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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A three-year pact has been approved for teachers in the Northern Lehigh School District.

On an 8-0 measure, the school board on Monday approved the collective bargaining agreement, which calls for a salary increase in each of the three years. Director Robert Keegan Jr. was absent.

The contract, which runs from Sept. 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2017, calls for salary increases of 2.10 percent in the 2014-15 school year; 2.40 percent in the 2015-16 school year; and 2.49 percent in the 2016-17 school year, which equates to an average on-scale increase of 1.01 percent.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Nothstein

Lehighton Area School Board unanimously appointed Lori Nothstein to the school board Monday evening. She fills the vacancy created as the result of the resignation of board director Thomas Zimmerman IV on March 24.

According to solicitor William Schwab, the school board had until April 23 to fill the vacancy.

Following Zimmerman's resignation, the board voted to contact Nothstein to determine her interest in being appointed to the board for the remainder of Zimmerman's term.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gabriel Costanzo, 1, of Mount Pocono, appears to be satisfied with the eggs he snatched up during the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Palmerton Memorial Park on Saturday.

Saturday was a busy day for the Easter bunny. Egg hunts were held at the Palmerton Memorial Park and the Palmerton Borough Park.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today's the deadline for filing your federal, state and local income taxes. After today, if you owe taxes, you will be hit with a penalty.

Of course, if you owe a lot of tax money, you will be hit with an under-payment penalty even if you meet the filing deadline.

Next Monday, April 21, is Tax Freedom Day. But is there such a thing as "tax freedom"?

Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. Don't be confused. It doesn't mean the nation's indebtedness has ceased.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Palmerton woman wants to modify her current home occupation and conduct an assisted living facility business as a home occupation in Lower Towamensing Township.

Donna Smith will appear before the township's zoning hearing board at 7 p.m. today in search of a variance/special exception to conduct the business as a home occupation in a Rural Conservation Zoning District, at 112 Northcreek Road, Palmerton.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday in a road rage incident.

Joseph Mongi, 29, of Lansford, was sentenced on six counts of recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct to a total of four to one day less 24 months in prison followed by one year of probation.

Mongi was convicted by a jury on Jan. 10 of the charges that were filed by Mahoning Township officer Christopher Ritter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lehighton Area School Board voted 5-to-4 Monday to realign the district classes by moving the fifth-grade students back to the elementary level.

The move followed a heated discussion among the school board directors.

William Hill said, "This is a loaded issue. If you vote for this grade realignment, you're voting for the elementary center."

"That's not necessarily true," replied school board President Gloria Bowman. "It's still an open-ended dialogue."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Walnutport woman was killed in a head-on crash on Saturday.

State police at Bethlehem said Jennifer L. Ebert, 65, of 4060 Elm Tree Road, was pronounced dead at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, at 2:15 p.m. The crash occurred at 8:30 a.m. along Route 145 in North Whitehall Township.

Troopers said Ebert was driving south between Neffs Laury's Road and Clearview Road, when her vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle operated by Courtney Quinn, 19, also of Walnutport, who was northbound.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PULASKI, Pa. (AP) – A male western Pennsylvania police officer has been dressing as an Amish woman – along with a female officer from a neighboring department – hoping to scare off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.

Pulaski Township Sgt. Chad Adams says police weren't able to charge the man for a lack of concrete evidence, but believe he's the same person sentenced to house arrest in January for similar incidents in neighboring Mercer County. Adams says he got help from a female officer in Wampum.

Monday, April 14, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

A 20-year-old man fell to his death this afternoon at Glen Onoko Falls in that state game lands in Lehigh Township, within the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

According  to reports on the scene, Jesse Crossly of Catasauqua fell 30 feet. State Police at Hazleton said Crossly was hiking with a group of friends when he lost his footing at 12:10 p.m.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said Crossly died from the second waterfall, close to where a woman fell to her death in August 2013. Nalesnik pronounced Crossly dead at the scene at 2:23 .m.