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Thursday, March 6, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lucas Larkin, of Walnutport, picks up some refreshments from a table hosted by Ann Redline, who calls bingo at the fire company social hall each Saturday night.

Over 100 people gathered Friday night at the Diamond Fire Company's Social Hall for Walnutport's first-ever "Meet Your Public Officials" town dance.

What began as a simple celebration in honor of newly elected Walnutport Mayor Wayne Weidner, who also serves as the fire company's president, grew into a somewhat impromptu party in which all local public officials and the general public were also invited to attend.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Schuylkill Township has been awarded a $500,000 Department of Community and Economic Development grant, which it will use to replace water lines in Tuscarora.

The township's supervisors made the announcement during their meeting Wednesday. They credited former supervisor Linda DeCindio and secretary Mary Bubel, who were instrumental in applying for the grant in 2011, and following up on its progress.

"Mary and Linda did a lot of the work that made this possible," Chairman Charlie Hosler said.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Crews work on the center span of the East Broad Street bridge in Tamaqua early Wednesday afternoon. The project has reached the midway point and the bridge is expected to reopen by November.

Contractors have reached the midway point or beyond in their rehabilitation work at the Route 209 East Broad Street bridge in Tamaqua.

Crews have begun reconstructing the center arch, which is the final arch to be reworked.

The project, begun, in early June, 2013, involves a complete overhaul of decking and support arches.

The bridge carries two traffic lanes, two parking lanes, and two concrete sidewalks.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul Elementary School, Lehighotn, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the honor roll during the second marking period of the 2013-2014 school year.

Principal's list

Students must achieve a 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct.

Recipients are: Megan Aaron and Katherine Aaron. First honors

Students much achieve a 90 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School FBLA students who competed at the Region 21 conference held in December include (front, from left) Jennifer Danzeisen, FBLA Co-Advisor, Macie Hourt, Morgan Balliet, and Kerri Palumbo, FBLA Co-Advisor, (Row 2) Charles Debski, Maddy Mummey, Janel Tracy, Abby Reimer, Lyndsey Nemeth, Gabe Scott, Ricky Getz, and Jacob Taylor, (Row 3) Ben Everett, Brock Moyer, Connor Haney, Ryan Reis, Lila Goodhile, and Samantha Polowczuk, (Row 4) Dakota Strohl, Bryce Andress, Alyssa Bojko, Keira Gasper, Cassie Keiser, Maddie Quinn, and Lauren Bock, (Row 5) Jagr Andress, Gavin Scott, Seth Andress, Brynn Boehler, and Juli Garey-Perrine, (Row 6) Owen Miller. Missing from photo are Erika Beers and Mary Garey-Perrine.

Several dozen Palmerton Area High School students recently exhibited a business acumen well beyond that of their years.

Thirty one of the school's Future Business Leaders of America students placed in the Top 4 at the Region 21 conference at East Stroudsburg South High School.

In doing so, those students qualified for the State Conference that will be held at the Hershey Lodge from April 7-9, according to Jennifer Danzeisen, FBLA Co-Advisor.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Piles of snow still exist along Broadway and West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, but the conditions won't postpone the 17th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday.

When it comes to attracting people to Jim Thorpe, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade may rank number one every year for a single-day attraction.

However, the Irish spirit is dampened this year, as recurring snowfalls and accompanying bitter cold has created mounds of snow along the parade route.

Tom and Michelle Loughery, who own a bed and breakfast on West Broadway, expressed to various borough officials their safety concerns and asked that the parade be postponed until another day.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Carbon County Commissioner William J. O'Gurek will be the guest speaker at the 67th annual banquet of the Panther Valley Irish American Association.

Plans have been finalized for the 67th Annual Banquet of the Panther Valley Irish-American Association, continuing a tradition that started back in 1948 when the organization was formed.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA State universities contend they will have no choice but to raise tuition unless they get more from taxpayers, but that doesn't mean students will get more for their money.

Funding for Pennsylvania's four major state-related universities will remain flat, according to Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget.

The schools Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University say they will have to pass rising costs to students.

This worries state legislators.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Joseph A. Dea Jr., the young man from Tamaqua who saved three children from a burning building in Philadelphia on Feb. 8, received some welcome news this week. Dea told the TIMES NEWS yesterday that he had received word from the Medical College of Pennsylvania that his medical bills will be paid by the state and the hospital.

Dea was a passenger in a van that was taking a co-worker home from M.A.V. Associates in Upper Darby, when he saw flames shooting from a second-floor apartment in North Philadelphia.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

In addition to voting in this year for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Congress and Pa. House and Senate seats, Carbon County voters will select members of the Democratic and Republican parties to represent them on state and county committees.

The bylaws of the Democratic Party call for one committeeman and one committeewoman from each of the 51 election precincts to be elected this year.

On the Republican side, its bylaws are a little different from that of their counterparts. The GOP elects committee persons on an at-large basis in each municipality.