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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect correct information.

A Northwestern Lehigh School District bus, carrying 22 elementary students, was hit by anoher vehicle on an icy Route 143 at Mosserville Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, on Wednesday. None of the students were injured.

State police at Fogelsville sais Harol Greiss, 62, of New Tripoli, was driving a 1982 Chevrolet three-quarter ton pickup truck when he lost control on icy roads. He spun into the path of a 2008 Thomas S bus driven by Kim Borgman, 59, of New Tripoli.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
  1. Charges have been bound over to Carbon County Court against a Palmerton man who abducted his 4-year-old daughter.

    Timothy Simcsuk, 25, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

    Instead, Simcsuk waived his right to a hearing, and will appear April 17 for a pretrial status conference in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

    Simcsuk has been charged with interference with custody of children.

    He remains incarcerated in Bucks County Prison in lieu of $250,000 straight bail.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

James Robert Gallagher, 54, of Hazleton, appeared before Judge Joseph Matika in Carbon County Court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to three counts of theft by deception and one of bad checks.

He admitted to fleecing three people out of thousands of dollars by taking money to do work for them and never doing the work.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
fyi

The Shingles Vaccine Clinic originally scheduled to take place on Feb. 14 has been rescheduled for Friday, March 7 at the Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. Eighth St. from 10 a.m. until noon.

If you were registered, or would like to confirm or cancel your previous registration, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 570-325-6106.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Panther Valley High School distinguished honors and honor roll for the second marking period of the 2013-2014 school year has been announced by the Joseph A. Gunnels, principal.

Distinguished honors

Seniors: Jessica Bauder, Madison Blasko, Kylie Catena, Darrian DeMatto, Jordan Devitt, Katie Kabana, Kayla, Kashlak, Jacob Kusko, Jacob Ligenza, Troy Margerum, Rebeka Maturana, Desiree McGarrity, Shane McGeehan, Marley Mikovich, Gabriella Mistretta, Shannon Morris, Leonard Ogozalek, Patrick Owens, Austin Stuckley, Jacob Szczecina, Richelle Van Horn.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Much like its contemporaries across the state, Palmerton Area School District has had to alter the remainder of its school calendar.

The school board approved revisions Tuesday to the district's 2013-14 school calendar.

Superintendent Scot Engler announced that March 31 will be a snow make-up day, while the tentative last day for classes is June 17.

In other business, the board:

Ÿ Accepted the single audit report dated June 30, 2013, as presented.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ian Niles Thrasher, 37, of Tamaqua, appeared before Judge Joseph Matika in Carbon County Court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of theft, as a felony three.

He was charged by Summit Hill police with removing a safe from the home of Ralph Parsons, of 6 E. Hazard St., and taking the contents, which included money and other valuable items.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A man and a woman from Palmerton will serve time in Northampton County Prison after they were caught making meth in a car.

Richard E. Walterick III, 30, on Tuesday received a nine-to-18-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to operate a meth lab. His co-defendant, Emily A. Fatzinger, 22, received six to 23 months in jail after she admitted to the same conspiracy charge in a separate hearing.

According to court documents:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS As the sign on this snowman in Lehighton indicates, spring can't quite come soon enough for many.

Your driveway looks like a snow sculpture version of the Grand Canyon. You've actually worn out your snow shovel.

You canceled your summer vacation trip because after missing so many days of school, your children may be in class until midsummer. You yearn to hear the phrase, "It's not the heat. It's the humidity."

This morning freezing rain and then snow in the Tamaqua area contributed to five crashes all at the same time.

When will it all end?

Let's turn to that generations-old trusted companion, "The Old Farmer's Almanac."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Palmerton Area High School's principal, Paula Husar, announces the high honors and honor roll.

High honors

A 3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects.

Seniors: Ty Achtermann, Jenna Creed, Jordan Cressman, Jessica Debski, Joshua Evans, Nicholas Frey, Brittany Fronheiser, Ashley Kraftician, Garrett Krome, Jeremy Long, Alexandria Mammarello, Anthony McCoy, Andrew Nosti, Samantha Polowczuk, Gabriel Scott, Arissa Snyder, Dakota Strohl, Benjamin Winn, Alison Young.