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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Due to the untimely death of Nesquehoning councilman Frank DiMiceli, there will be no meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council tonight.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 28.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
FILE PHOTO/ANDREW LEIBENGUTH Pictured are Tamaqua Wireless Assocation amateur radio volunteers taking part in a past offsite radio exercise. The public is encouraged to stop by their Locust Lake training grove this weekend to learn more about amateur radio.

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Wireless Association (TWA), Schuylkill Amateur Repeater Association (SARS) and other local amateur radio operators, also known as radio hams, will join more than 30,000 other amateur radio operators nationwide to display their combined emergency capabilities Saturday and Sunday during a operational field day to be held in communities throughout the nation.

The local field day will be held at their TWA Grove located in Locust Valley, west of the Tuscarora State Park.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach

It's easy to put on blinders and dismiss the possibility that our children may abuse drugs and alcohol. "That doesn't happen to people like us. Our children are good kids from a good home."

Guess what? It can happen to anyone … any family … anywhere!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Conservation volunteer Pap Knauss will lead a Spirit of Tuscarora Trail hike from 1 to 4 p.m., on Sunday July 3, Tuscarora State Park.

The trail is four and a half miles long and is moderate in difficulty. It winds through several diverse habitats and has a view of Tuscarora Lake cove.

Participants will meet in the upper beach parking lot near the trailhead.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along well with people and other pets.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

State police at Lehighton are pictured taking Randy Joe Whiteman Jr., 31, of Lehighton, into custody after responding to an assault at 593 Lower Nis Hollow Drive in East Penn Township. The incident occurred about 7:20 p.m. Troopers said Whiteman was arrested following a domestic violence incident in which he allegedly choked, kicked and punched a family member causing them to seek medical treatment at an area hospital. Whiteman was charged with simple assault and harassment, troopers said. Troopers were assisted by Mahoning Township police.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Honor students for the fourth marking period have been announced at Panther Valley Middle School.

The list is as follows:

Sixth Grade

Distinguished Honors - Kiley Boswell, Sophia Damian, Catlan Guinn, Abigail Haas, Danielle Hudicka, Brenna Karnish, Chloe Markovich, Brendan Morgans, Delana Nalesnik, Aaron Rohlfing, Christopher Santore, Jocilyn Steigerwalt

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School held their Academic Awards Program on June 8. Awards were presented to the following students:

The American Legion Auxiliary Award: Kelsey Andrews.

The American Legion Award: Hunter McCabe.

The Franklin Township Lions Award: Kyrsten Bandholz and Kirkland Breiner.

The Joseph M. Rakos Memorial Award: Christopher Guyn.

Outstanding student/outstanding effort awards

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The building at 26-28 E. Patterson St. that houses American Fire Co. No. 1 and the Lansford borough offices could be refurbished with a $265,000 state matching grant.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded Lansford borough a $265,000 matching grant to refurbish its aging borough hall/fire station on East Patterson Street.

The borough would have to come up with a like amount to get the money, and therein lies the problem. Amassing the $265,000 the equivalent of about 8 mills in property tax would be a tough task for the struggling borough. But if it returns the grant, DCED likely will never again give the borough money.

"That's the Catch-22," council president Adam Webber said.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School Board passed its budget for 2011-12 which does not include a tax hike, but does eliminate 10 professional employees and other staff cuts, during its regular meeting held last night.

The new spending plan is the same as the preliminary one approved earlier. The vote to pass the plan was 7-0 with two members absent.

The budget also includes the elimination of three non-professional employees and several assistant coaches, a wage freeze, an increase in the pay-to-participate student athletics fee and other cost-saving measures.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

By a 7-2 vote last evening, Lehighton Area School Board approved the final budget for the 2011-2012 school year.

"Although we lost substantial state and federal funding, we didn't have to cut programs or furlough teachers," school board President Dave Krause said.