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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the second semester of the 2010-11 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects]

Seniors: Blake Campbell, Cynthia George, Elizabeth Hahn, Lyndsey Heinrich, Amber Hettler, David Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop, Andrew McReynolds, Alexandria Paulinho, Kaitlin Reimer, Jordan Ruzicka, Kevin Seemiller, Samantha K. Smith, Derek Szena, Joseph Tyahla, Brianna Walck

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta joined his colleagues in the House to unveil and support the All Children are Equal (ACE) Act, which would bring more federal education funding to school districts in the 11th Congressional District, which includes Carbon, Columbia, Monroe, and parts of Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A motion by a Penn Forest Township psychologist to quash sexual assault charges filed against him was denied by a Carbon County judge.

Michael T. Degilio, 42, filed a motion to have charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and indecent exposure quashed claiming evidence presented at a preliminary hearing was insufficient to sustain the charges.

In a 10 page opinion President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II denied the omnibus pre-trial motion and ruled all the charges will continue for trial in the county court.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Brett Ottinger made this Philadelphia Chippendale side chair. He said he is "big into reproduction furniture."

Brett Ottinger of Towamensing Township wanted to travel to Europe this summer with or without being named to the WorldSkills competition being held in London during October. He had never been overseas and thought it was time.

He was thrilled when the call came that he was named to the United States team for WorldSkills in the cabinetmaking competition. The family had just finished eating when the call came and he was "definitely thrilled."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A motion by a Carbon County man to suppress oral and written statements he made to police concerning numerous arson brush fires he is charged with starting, was denied by a county judge.

Frank Duane Swartz, 43, of Summit Hill, filed a motion to suppress the statements he gave to police on Nov. 24, 2008. It was denied in a 10 page opinion filed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Lower Towamensing recreation park has received an $85,000 grant to install basketball courts at its revamped facility.

Brent Green, a member of the township's Recreation Committee, informed the board of supervisors on Tuesday that the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road has been awarded the funds.

Green said the grant came from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development, and was secured through the office of state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and former state Rep./Speaker of the House Keith McCall.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

St. Mary's Orthodox Church, on the corner of First and Phillips streets, Coaldale, will host a program, "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer," a documentary about a pilgrimage to the heart of ancient spirituality, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In an article in yesterday's TIMES NEWS regarding sewage entering a basement of a Summit Hill resident, it should have stated that John Evans lives on Walnut Street.

The article mistakenly said he lives on Walter Street.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coaldale Borough is considering holding an annual community festival.

Councilman Andrew Girard on Tuesday broached the idea, and won council's approval to form an exploratory committee to see if enough business owners and organizations would be interested.

Girard suggested the borough charge groups and businesses, say $100, to have a booth at the festival. Whatever they take in over that amount would be theirs to keep. The borough would use its share of the proceeds to improve the town.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Palmerton Area School District must decide how to make use of additional money it received from the state.

Exactly what capacity the district plans to utilize the extra state funds figures to be determined when the school board holds a special meeting today at 5 o'clock.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the disposition of the additional state funds.

"It's PlanCon money from construction," Boyce said. "The state is reimbursing us."

However, Boyce cautioned that the funds are a once-and-done compensation.