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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stephen Toth, principal of Tamaqua Area Senior High School, has released the honor rolls for the final marking period of the 2012-2013 school year. To be eligible for highest honors, students must have an average of 95 percent or above with no grade below 93 percent in a major subject. For high honors, students must have an average of 90 percent or above with no grade lower than an 86 percent in a major subject. Honor roll members must earn an average of 86 percent or above with no grade lower than a 78 percent in a major subject.

Highest honors

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Students in the Panther Valley School District will likely have to fork over $30 to play a sport under a new policy being considered by the school board.

It would cost $20 to play a second sport, and $10 for a third, according to the policy. The board approved the first reading at a public meeting Thursday.

The fees, which would offset athletic budget expenses, would be required to play any Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) team or join cheerleading.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Distinguished honors and honor roll for the fourth marking period at Panther Valley Middle School has been announced by Lisa Mace, principal.

Sixth grade

Distinguished honors: Amanda Fegley, Alexa Ruzicka, Eric Tout

Honor roll: Natalie Ahner, Carter Brettle, Caleb Cesanek, Emily Devonshire, Rachelle Filer, Justin Gunderson, Haily Henninger, Karlene Kleppinger, Mark Kokinda, Nathen Miller, Joshua Muth, Cheyenne Olivant, Vanessa Papay, Rhianna Ross, Chloe Rossmann, Jordan Serina, Emma Smith, Rachel Strohl, Samantha Wildoner Noah Yanchura

Seventh grade

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Coaldale Cub Scouts Andrew Surotchak, 11, and Gavin Brossman, 10, were awarded their Arrow of Light during the last pack meeting located at the Knights Of Columbus Council 271 Meeting Hall. The Arrow of Light award is the highest award available to Cub Scouts and requires the Scout to have earned the Webelos Scout badge and eight activity badges.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Relay participants and volunteers will be celebrating 20 years during this weekend's Tamaqua and surrounding communities Relay For Life. The 24 hour event will start at 2 p.m. Friday and end 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Lansford stadium.

The first Tamaqua Relay started at the Mahoning Valley Farmer's Market in 1993, and since then has raised over $1 million.

This year's relay theme is "Color a Cure." Teams are encouraged to decorate their tent sites with colors and information that corresponds to their chosen type of cancer. Members are also asked to dress in colored costumes.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Weissport Redneck Festival planning committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Weissport Borough Hall. Anyone interested in joining the committee is welcome to attend. For information, call (610) 377-5559. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Weissport resident asked members of council to explain the town's burning ordinance.

"I don't want to be a bad neighbor," said Lynette Moyer. "But my neighbor just put in an outdoor burning area right outside my living room window."

Moyer was told by Gene Kershner, council president, that a person cannot burn in Weissport unless they have 25 feet from a neighboring property line. And then it must have a cover over the flames to prevent flying debris.

Kershner referred Moyer to contact the police officer.

"The first time they burn, I will," she said.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Monroe County teen was arrested on Monday and charged with attempting to sexually assault a student inside a female rest room in the Pocono Mountain West High School in Pocono Summit.

Pocono Mountain Regional police were called to the school about 10:45 a.m. on Monday, June 17, for a disorderly student. On scene officers learned that a student, identified as Alsonso McGill, 19, of Jonas, was being disorderly even after police arrived.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A shot of the Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication watch, which sold for $2.25 million at the Important Watches sale held last week at Christie's Auction House in New York.

A nineteenth century watch has fetched $2.25 million at an auction in New York.

That was the astonishing price the Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication watch sold for at the Important Watches sale held last week at Christie's Auction House, NY.

A gold open-face minute repeating perpetual calendar of split seconds chronograph clock watch, with grande and petite sonnerie and moon phases, the Patek Phillippe Grand Complication No. 97912 was the most expensive watch Christie's has ever sold, and the highest-priced watch at auction this year.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The incoming President of the County Treasurers Association of Pennsylvania John Gross, left, Cumberland County Treasurer, accepts the gavel from the Association's outgoing president Ron Sheehan, Carbon County Treasurer and host chairman of the County Treasurers Association of Pennsylvania's Convention, which was held at the Galleria at Split Rock.

The Galleria at Split Rock was the site of the County Treasurers Association of Pennsylvania's convention with Carbon County Treasurer Ron Sheehan serving as host convention chairman.

Treasurer Sheehan, the outgoing president of the association, passed his gavel on to the group's incoming President John Gross, treasurer of Cumberland County.

Also present at the convention was Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture George Greig.

"The Department of Agriculture is the official agency that handles dog licenses," Sheehan explained.