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Friday, September 12, 2014

Following in the footsteps of the St. Clair school directors, Panther Valley School Board member Manny Roman strongly recommended at a meeting of the directorate, that all school district employees be required to be tested for drug and alcohol use.

Roman had high praise for the action taken by the St. Clair board earlier this week and said that he feels drug and alcohol tests should be discussed during future contract negotiations.

Roman said members of the school board should also submit to the tests. No action was taken.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A 78-year-old South Whitehall Township man with Lehighton ties died on Tuesday after a motorcycle he was operating struck a tractor-trailer on Route 873 at Mountain Road in Washington Township, north of Slatington.

Alfred M. Kotsch was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:18 p.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas. Officials said he sustained multiple traumatic injuries.

His obituary, which appears in today's Times News, states Kotsch was an accomplished musician who owned the former Kotsch's Music House, Lehighton.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two changes are coming to traffic patterns in Jim Thorpe Borough.

Borough council on Thursday night approved ordinance updates extending the amount of time School Street is closed between Fifth and Sixth streets and creating a "no left turn" condition from West Tenth Street onto North Street, except for buses for a short time at the end of the school day.

According to Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, the closing of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton has led to increased enrollment at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Submitted Photo Lehighton Area School District board member Rocky Ahner speaks at the state capitol Wednesday in favor of legislation aimed at simplifying the school construction reimbursement process.

A Lehighton Area School District board member spoke Wednesday at the state capitol in Harrisburg in favor of legislation aimed at simplifying the school construction reimbursement process.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires school districts to use the 11-step Planning and Construction Workbook (PlanCon) process to apply for state reimbursement for a share of approved construction costs.

House Bill 2124, sponsored by State Rep. Seth Grove, of York, would establish a five-step Accountability and Reducing Costs in Construction (ARC Con) process.

Friday, September 12, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Michael Luciw of Lehighton gets his blood pressure read by Melinda Walck from St. Luke's Physical Therapy in Jim Thorpe during the 2014 Carbon County Senior Citizens Expo at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. The event was sponsored by State Representative Doyle Heffley and State Senators John Yudichak and David Argall.
Friday, September 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking forward to this weekend's Weatherly Hill Climb are Brian Griffith of DeAngelo Brothers Inc., Carbon County Commissioner Tom J. Gerhard, Weatherly Hill Climb Association President Joe Cybert, Al Corazza of Fairway Motors, and Jim Baran of Lehigh Tire.

The Weatherly Fairway Subaru Hill Climb will be held this weekend, with a parade of local businesses and hill climb drivers kicking off the events at 6 p.m. today.

Following the parade, everyone is invited to meet the drivers in the pit area and support the Relay for Life Chapter, which will be providing a dinner as a fundraising event.

Racing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

In conjunction with the Carbon County Animal Shelter, a dog walk will be held following the race on Saturday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Tamaqua man accused of stabbing his roommate in May has had his probation in a 2012 theft case revoked.

Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes sentenced Thomas Ruzzano, 44, to serve six months to 23 months on a theft by deception charge stemming from an Aug. 29, 2012, incident.

Ruzzano was given credit for the 99 days already served.

He is required to undergo a mental health evaluation and follow through with any recommended treatment. He was also ordered to abstain from alcohol, and to pay court costs and fees.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Tamaqua AreaMiddle School will conduct an Open House on Monday. The evening will begin at 6:30.

Parents should report to their child's homerooms.

Friday, September 12, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS A 201-page banner contains the names of every life lost in the fight against terror, started on Sept. 11, 2001, is displayed during 9/11 remembrance service in Tamaqua.

It was all about the children at Thursday's 9/11 Remembrance Service in Tamaqua.

With the sounds of carefree children laughing and playing in the background at the South Ward Playground, speaker after speaker touched on the importance of children, those who lost loved ones in the terror attacks in 2001, those who lost parents in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those who have been born since that heart-wrenching day under the constant threat of another terror attack.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday helped smooth the long and winding road to a new handicapped accessible ramp to Lansford's borough office.

The project, years in the planning, would enable people with disabilities to enter the offices at 1 W. Ridge St. to pay bills, ask questions and get information. Currently, a set of steps acts as a barrier.

On Thursday, the sole bidder for the Community Development Block Grant project, Bruce George Paving and Excavation of Kunkletown, offered to build the ramp for $88,646. The problem was, the borough didn't have that much money.