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Thursday, June 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club held installation of new officers with Barbara Priadka as the new president, front left. Installing and outgoing president was Carol Zickler, front right. Other officers include left to right rear, Connie Kravelk, vice president; Ginny Novy, treasurer; and Jennifer Drake as secretary. They will serve a two-year term. The dinner was held at Trainer's Restaurant in Lehighton.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lions Kathy Nunemacher, left, and Larry Engle, right, presentscholarships to Gabriel Scott, Peter Phelan, Bridgette Miller andHailey Deibert.

The Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club held its 38th annual Charter Night on June 2 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

President Raymond Nunemacher thanked the students who were to receive scholarships for being present. He said it takes a lot of work to earn the scholarships.

The Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation provides money raised in Pennsylvania for the scholarships.

"Larry Engle donated $500 to the foundation and earned the name of Lion of Pennsylvania Fellow," said McElwee.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Administrators in the Northern Lehigh School District have a new compensation plan.

The school board unanimously agreed this week to approve the new administrator compensation plan between the Northern Lehigh School District and the Northern Lehigh Middle Level Management Team.

In a related matter, the board approved the Memorandum of Understanding updating the language and adding new language for college tuition reimbursement for the co-director of business affairs/human resources, and co-director of business affairs/payroll and benefits agreements.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Tamaqua School Board's finance committee has recommended that the full board approve the 2014-15 budget, which includes a 0.93-mill tax increase.

The finance committee made the recommendation during a meeting Tuesday night. On average, based on a home valued at $39,000, a homeowner will see a $37 increase in taxes per year.

Even with the tax increase, the district will begin the year with a $5 million general fund balance and end it with $2.8 million, using roughly $2.2 million of the general fund balance.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A civil complaint has been filed by 11 Lehighton residents against a tattoo parlor in the borough.

The suit, filed in the county court lists the following plaintiffs: Stephanie and Eamon Murray, Margaret E. Bayer, Marie Keegan, Robert D. and Diane L. Exner, Jason Nothstein, Ron and Jennifer Kusse, Diane Sample and Todd Kriner.

The suit states all the plaintiffs own and/or rents real property within a three-block radius of the subject property, 336 Iron St.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is in need of volunteers to work the refreshment stand and donations of refreshments (snacks, baked goods, drinks) for the Riverside Rhythm Big Band Summerfest on Saturday.

The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. at the Lehighton Boys & Girls Band hall at Sixth and Cypress streets, Lehighton. All proceeds from the dance and sale of refreshments are to benefit Special Olympics PA Carbon County.

Come out and enjoy some great big band music, or put on those dancing shoes and cut a rug. Some of the dancers will be SOPA's very own athletes.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin took prison officials to task Wednesday after an inmate arrived in his courtroom for trial without having received his psychiatric medications.

At a prison board meeting, Baldwin said the inmate told Baldwin he was hallucinating and could not testify because he was not given his medication before leaving the prison, which is across the street from the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Shamokin town council held a meeting where the firm Angelo Christman & Co., was awarded the contract to pave various streets at a cost of about $66,249.67.

The bids on the contract were lower than anticipated, and a motion led to the entire program being carried out.

Mr. Pascoe, a representative of the successful bidders, stated that the firm may prepare to pave as soon as the contract was signed.

The secretary was instructed to notify the Gas Company to remove the lines it recently laid on West Kline Avenue so they would not interfere with construction of a new sewer.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Among the students recognized during Palmerton Area High School's Senior Awards Night were, from left, Joshua Evans, Jonathan Schwarz, Jessica Debski, Benjamin Winn, Gabriel Scott and Dakota Strohl.

Palmerton Area High School held its senior awards assembly recently in the high school auditorium.

Students, and the awards they received, are as follows:

Ty Achtermann: Peter J. Gulden Jr. MD Memorial Award ($100), Towamensing Elementary PTO Award to the outstanding senior from the Towamensing Building ($475).

Casey Ahner: Shea's Hardware, Inc. Award ($100).

Bryce Andress: Palmerton Hungarian Club Award ($100).

Colin Benner: Avenger Award (Pen/Pencil Set), Judy Parsons Memorial Award ($250).

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Corkery

A state police trooper, qualified as an expert in computer examinations and investigations, testified at the trial of former Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery on Wednesday in Carbon County Court that he found "thousands" of pornographic photos on a computer used by the defendant at his former workplace.