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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Palmerton man who brandished a knife at his roommate with whom he shared an apartment was scheduled to appear before court.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled this morning for Joseph Easton, 23, of 346 Delaware Avenue, Apt. B, before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Easton faces charges on two counts of terroristic threats and one count each of aggravated assault and simple assault. He is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $5,000 straight bail.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 is offering driver education classes and Behind the Wheel training for qualified high school students in the following school districts: Allentown, Catasauqua, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton, Salisbury Township and Whitehall-Coply.

The spring theory classes will be held at William Allen High at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 and at 6 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, Schnecksville.

Behind the Wheel training is scheduled individually by the instructor.

Applications can be found at www.clip.org.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Imagine reliving your childhood, but in the body of a child who lives with a neuromuscular disease where the simple act of walking is the ultimate challenge. When you ask a young person with a muscle disease what the best week of the year is for them, they will say the week that they spend at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp.

In order to continue to make this camp possible, volunteers are needed June 11 through June 18. MDA Summer Camp is located in Worcester, and is roughly 45 minutes from the Allentown area.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Lehighton Area School District began the first of what is expected to be a series of conversations about the middle school renovation, or replacement, project proposed on December 1.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Taxpayers who live in the Northern Lehigh School District may in fact see no increase in their property tax rates in the 2011-12 school year.

Business manager Jeremy Melber informed the school board on Monday that "this district is on target for a zero-percent tax increase."

Melber said that out of 18 teachers who were present at a recent meeting with district administrators, 11 of them indicated they would likely take part in an employee retirement incentive plan the board created last month.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A recovering Mahoning Township police officer will be returning to light duty work in the township at the recommendation of his physician after a split 3-2 vote by township supervisors at the conclusion of an animated discussion over whether it was the best course of action.

Supervisors also split 4-1 to grant heart-lung benefits for the month Officer Audie Mertz was off because of the foot injury.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Could students in the Northern Lehigh School District start the 2011-12 school year before the Labor Day holiday?

The possibility certainly exists after Superintendent Michael Michaels discussed the matter with school board members on Monday.

Michaels said the district was in the process of exploring the possibility that students could start next school year prior to Labor Day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Palmerton Area School District will close schools on Monday, Feb. 21, in observance of President's holiday.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Parents of the Panther Valley Senior Class of 2011 will meet Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the high school to discuss plans for the all night party. Parents are asked to attend to discuss the event and details for upcoming fundraisers including one on March 19, a pie sale for Easter delivery and a possible Powder Puff football game in May.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of President's Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.