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Thursday, July 18, 2013

An elderly Slatington area man was struck by a car Wednesday evening and killed.

State police at Bethlehem said the accident occurred in Heidelberg Township about 6:15 p.m.

Troopers said James M. White, 71, of 4973 Mountain Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Paul F. Hoffman of Lehigh County at 7 p.m. The cause of death was listed as multiple traumatic injuries.

The accident occurred near White's home along Mountain Road. Lorie A. Hughes-Rehrig, of Kempton, was driving eastbound when she hit White, who was walking south across the road.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The pool at Panther Valley High School presently sits unused.

It would cost Panther Valley School District up to $16.2 million to build an addition onto the middle school; either $12 million or $16 million, depending on size, for a stand-alone building at either the middle or elementary school; or about $5.7 million to redesign the now-closed high school pool and locker rooms into educational space in anticipation of increased enrollment over the next decade.

School directors expect to choose an option when they next meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Earl Scott, of Palmerton, leaves the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Charges against a Palmerton man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl nearly a decade ago have been bound over for court.

Earl Scott, 53, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Scott faces three counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors.

Scott waived his right to the hearing and will appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 15.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The supporters of the Carbon County Animal Shelter will host "Dogs 4 Dawgs" in the parking lot of the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 23, 24, and 25. The event is open to everyone.

During the three-day event, supporters of the animal shelter will be serving hot dog lunches, with all proceeds benefiting the shelter, located on top of the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning. Donations, in addition to the lunch cost, will also be accepted.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lansford borough council agreed Wednesday to purchase bulletproof vests for part-time police officers Chris Ondrus and Jason Helmer, if a roughly $450 grant is approved.

Ondrus and Helmer had agreed to pay half of what it would cost to purchase the vests during a public safety meeting on June 24, yet it was not determined how much a vest actually costs.

Council member Mary Soberick said she would hate to see the officers pay a large amount of money for the safety equipment if it turned out that the grant was not enough to cover half of the expenses.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Presented with the Tom Hartz Sr. Award are McAdoo firefighters, from front left, Jeffrey Payne, Gary Perna Jr., Aaron Leshko and J.P. Mears. From back left are Gary Chico Perna, Jamie Marszalek, Whitney Duca, Mary Beth Leshko, Robert Leshko, Robert Leshko Jr. and Ryan Gasper.

Citizen's Fire Company of Tamaqua has announced the winners of its annual parade held recently. Awards were given out in various categories.

During the trophy presentations, the Tom Hartz Sr. Award was presented to the McAdoo Fire Company. Thomas "Tom" Hartz Sr., who volunteered over 50 active years with the Citizen's Fire Company, passed away March of 2010

Parade winners were:

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Ukrainian dancing is among the events scheduled at the Ukrainian Festival, to b eheld at the Ukrainian Homestead in the Beaver Run section of Mahoning Township, on Aug. 17 and 18.

The Ukrainian Homestead of ODWU, Inc., 1230 Beaver Run Drive, Lehighton, will be host to the annual Ukrainian Festival celebrating Ukrainian song, dance, music, culture and of course food.

This year's festival will be held Saturday, August 17 from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Northern Lehigh Middle School honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2012-2013 school year has been announced by Principal Jill Chamberlain.

High honor roll

Must have a composite average of 95 percent or above and all individual course averages of 90 percent or above.

Eighth grade: Jennifer M. Knerr, Shelby R. Kreglow, Maddie L. Ligenza, Elline R. Santos, Kiera Shellhammer

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Area residents can join Robin Tracey at the Locust Lake Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 27, at 6 p.m. for a storytelling event.

Mary Ann Owens will be on hand to speak about the ancient art of storytelling and how it was used in the past. She will also be sharing some Native American stories using puppets and audience participation. This is a great way to spend the evening with you family, Tracey said.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Children and teen activities

Summer Reading Club for grades K-6 will take place Fridays at 10:30 a.m. through July 26. Activities include stories, games, crafts and more.

Preschool Circle Time for ages 3-5 is offered Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through July 25.

Watercolor painting classes are offered on Tuesdays for children. Call the teacher at (610) 824-4962 for more information. New classes for adults and kids are now forming.