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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Columbus, Ohio, property at 29-33 Main St., $1.

Bowmanstown

Marion E. Whiteman to Richard A. Melhem, Breinigsville, property at 241 Ore St., $60,000.

Franklin Township

Kevin Strunk to Lonnie K. Kresge, 205 Malibu Drive, Lehighton, property along Malibu Drive, $190,000.

Fannie Mae to Matthew T. Henshue, 450 Acorn Drive, Lehighton, property at 450 Acorn Drive, $190,000.

Jim Thorpe

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A handful of Schuylkill Township residents continue to question the supervisors about the amount they pay for garbage, the enforcement actions of the township's police officer and the availability of the financial records of the township.

During the public comment portion of the township meeting held Wednesday, Dan Gray, Brockton, asked the supervisors why they don't provide line-item budget reports.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Kunkle talks to volunteers who were bused to the new arboretum as part of a volunteer recognition day.

An offer was made for the Lehigh Gap Nature Center to buy 1.6 acres of land in East Penn Township contiguous to the 756 acres presently part of the center. On June 22 as part of volunteer recognition day, a bus took volunteers to see the improvements that have been done on the site.

The center's board discussed whether to buy the land or not. The cost was $17,000, the price requested by landowner Doug Gause. A grant was received to cover the cost.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

At Wednesday night's Eldred Township supervisors' meeting, Supervisor Chairman Gretchen Gannon Pettit and Supervisor/secretary Sharon Solt voted "yes" to acquire Eldred Elementary School from the Pleasant Valley School District. Supervisor vice Chairman Mary Ann Clausen voted "no."

Before the vote, the supervisors spoke to about 25 people in attendance.

Gannon Pettit said that everyone knows she was in favor of acquiring it.

"I know there may be downfalls, but we will check into everything before we actually acquire it," she said.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War is coming up in August and we're looking for veterans to tell theirstories.

If you, or a relative, served in the war and you are willing to be interviewed, send us an email at tneditor@tnonline.com or call 610-377-2051, ext. 3141.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lisa Mace, principal of Panther Valley Middle School, has announced the honor roll for the fourth marking period.

Distinguished

honors

Sixth grade: Charles Byers, Jenna Dubosky, Jessica Markovich, Megan Pascoe, Jaden Politi, Gianna Steber, Stilitino, Brandon, Raelynn Swan

Seventh grade: Natalie Arner, Amanda Fegley, Rachelle Filer, Kyle Rusnak, Alexa Ruzicka, Jordan Serina, Brittany Stewart, Rachel Strohl, Erica Tout, Caroline Velez

Eighth grade: Sarah Markovich, Brandon Velez

Honor roll

Thursday, July 3, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Pennsylvania House Republican leaders lost battles on public pension legislation backed by Gov. Tom Corbett and a Philadelphia public schools bill on Wednesday as they tried to salvage a successful end to a rocky spring session before it dragged farther into summer.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Schuylkill Conservation District employee was fired for gross misconduct Wednesday in the wake of an ongoing investigation into the embezzlement of at least $200,000 from the organization.

Commissioners voted unanimously to terminate fiscal technician Virginia Kunigonis of Pottsville, who earned $19.13 an hour.

No charges had been filed against Kunigonis as of early Thursday, but District Attorney Christine Holman said she expects that to happen.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Brian Steigerwalt

Brian and Jessica Steigerwalt show off their seasonal red, white and blue decorations at 236 W. Railroad St. in Nesquehoning.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A naturalist from Tuscarora State Park will lead a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, which is north of Mount Carmel, starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The hike is eight miles in length and moderate to difficult. The loop passes by two large reservoirs.

Those planning to participate are asked to meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot off Route 42 below Aristes.

Call Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506 or register online at dcnr.pa.gov under the calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.