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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crave Restaurant in the Albright Mansion, 66 Broadway, downtown Jim Thorpe.

Following the regular agenda, there will be a presentation by Frank Potoczak of Secure Technologies, who will present information on security cameras, DVR's and internet technology designed for small business security. Since many members are owners of small businesses and very concerned about security, this information will be very appropriate.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the times news Emergency personnel at the scene of Tuesday's two-vehicle crash along Blue Mountain Drive in Lehigh Township.

Three persons, including two from Jim Thorpe, were injured in a two-vehicle crash about 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Lehigh Township, Northampton County.

Township police said the crash occurred along Blue Mountain Drive, just south of the Summit Lodge of the Blue Mountain Ski Resort. Police said Tyrone Johnson, 37, of Northampton, was operating a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro southbound when he crossed over into the northbound lane and collided with a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by Gregory Tobin, 55, of Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Palmerton Area School District's S.S. Palmer Elementary School's Principal's List and Honor Roll has been announced by Ms. Brumbach, elementary principal.

HONOR ROLL

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A raccoon on Summer View Drive in West Penn stares curiously at a TIMES NEWS reporter taking his picture.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Panther Valley Elementary School has announced the recipients of the Student of the Month Awards for October, November and December 2011; as well as January 2012. Certificates of Achievement were presented to students in grades 1-5.

As well as the certificates, each student also received a Student of the Month Magnet, a "Kids Are Special" bumper sticker and a meal coupon from McDonald's.

Students realize that it is a very special achievement and strive to achieve this recognition.

October's Students of the Month

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors were asked to vote on policy revisions, one section was voted on separately from the other 16 policy revisions. That one was policy 6.2.1.17-No. 916 School Volunteers.

It received a vote of five "yes" and three "no" to have it tabled. Board director Harvey Frable was absent. Directors Russ Gould, Dominick Sacci and Steve Borger were the three "no" votes.

All the other policies that were voted on were approved 7-1 with James Spinola voting "no."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An Allentown man who fled from Palmerton police was scheduled to appear in court.

Ryan Cebrosky, 19, was set to have a preliminary hearing this morning before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Cebrosky is charged with one count of escape. He is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $5,000 straight bail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Palmerton patrolman Kevin Buck:

Buck was traveling westbound on Franklin Avenue in the area of Fifth Street at around 4:45 p.m. Feb. 10 when he observed Cebrosky.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, offers tips to a group of over 30 concerned area residents who gathered at a private home near Quakake on Tuesday to learn how to become more crime-savvy for their own protection.

Local residents and businesses are trying to become more crime-savvy for their own protection after the recent spike in holdups and burglaries.

Since Jan. 20, eight local robberies have taken place, some of them armed. In addition, there have been various break-ins and numerous thefts reported in the Schuylkill-Carbon region. The crime spree has reached from Kidder Township to Frackville.

On Tuesday, Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township, addressed a group of over 30 concerned residents at a breakfast session held at a private residence near Quakake.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Palmerton's decision to build a new fire station has ruffled the feathers of its fire department.

Last week, borough council, on a 6-0 vote, with one abstention, agreed to proceed with the construction of the fire station near the intersection of Third Street and Avenue B.

But, Joe Rogowitz, president of the Palmerton Fire Company, told the TIMES NEWS this morning members don't believe a new station is necessary, and would rather see the money used to fix up the current building.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of President's Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.