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Friday, June 22, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Angela Burda received her undergraduate degree from Misericordia University and recently received her Doctorate in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Elkins Park.

DALLAS, Pa. - Angela Burda, O.D., admits her recent accomplishment has yet to sink in.

In May, the 26-year-old graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pa., with a Doctorate in Optometry, concluding a path that originated in high school and wound through Misericordia University. Dr. Burda has dreamed of being an optometrist since her high school days at Marian Catholic in Hometown. There were a few things about the profession that appealed to her.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Stuart Tripler, principal at the Weatherly Area High School, has released the honor roll for the fourth marking period.

Distinguished honor roll: Students must achieve a 95 average or better with no grade below 90:

Freshmen: Madeline Aurisano, Jenna Bartel, Deanna Campion, Samantha Hartz, Tea Heister, Brett Kelly, Catherine Maleski, Michael Matirko-Gudelunas, Jessica Polchin, Colleen Popko, Megan Ray, Jennifer Stank

Sophomores: Melissa Bresnak, Courtney Dickson, Brittney Isom, Rachel Moon, Sarah Peiser, Cassidy Piskorick, Katelyn Priore, Shannon Sarosky, Kirsten Ursta

Friday, June 22, 2012
Proud graduate

Chloe Elizabeth Wirth was a recent graduate of the 6th grade at the R. B. Walter Elementary School in Tioga, Pennsylvania. Chloe is the Grandest Kid of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Haas and niece of Mr. Ken Haas, all of Lehighton. Chloe received numerous awards for her academic achievements including her AR award with over 100 points, the Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Academic Achievement Award and was presented with a diploma. Chloe was also recognized for her 4.0 average for her entire elementary career. Chloe is the daughter of Susan (nee Haas) and Roger Wirth of Tioga, PA.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Temperatures yesterday reached record temperatures on some areas. This Seitz Brothers sign on the Hometown Hill shows 94 degrees at 2:24 p.m. yesterday.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

A tractor trailer, attempting to make a turn onto Susquehanna Avenue from Broadway in Jim Thorpe this morning, got too close for comfort to a car that was traveling in the same direction. The results of the 8:30 a.m. accident was substantial damage to the car. There were no reported injuries. No further details of the accident were available at presstime.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Weissport man and a Coaldale man face drug-related charges stemming from an alleged methamphetamine manufacturing operation in Coaldale.

Vincent Anthony Keller, 27, of 222 White St., Weissport, is charged with criminal conspiracy, possession of liquified ammonia gasses used in the manufacture of methamphetamine; possession of counterfeit substances by an unauthorized person; and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Transferring the operation of Rest Haven Home to a private company was discussed by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville on which action will be taken at next week's public meeting.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Garbage collection in Franklin Township will be changed to Tuesday, July 3, due to the July 4 holiday. This affects Wednesday customers only.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jim Thorpe Chamber will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Bear Mountain Butterflies, Route 903 just north of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner, left, congratulates newly-hired Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver. Cleaver replaces James Kraky, who is retiring after having served as LASD superintendent since 2007.

Without any furloughs, Lehighton Area School Board has approved the final budget for the 2012-2013 school year, with no real estate tax increase.

"We have a strong school district right now and we're happy to be able to give our taxpayers a break," school board President Rocky Ahner said.

"We've been saving money. So, we're able to not raise taxes this year with no furloughs."