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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Turcmanovich

John Turcmanovich, chief of police in Lansford for the past six years and a police officer in the borough for 41 years, is retiring.

He informed Lansford Borough Council in a resignation letter that his retirement date is May 1.

During the meeting of the borough council Wednesday, the council accepted the letter of resignation.

However, council did not accept a request that he retire with a disability retirement pension. This matter was later discussed in an executive session.

Turcmanovich has been on sick leave from the police department since February.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS George Essick, front, of Walnutport, receives a hot dog from Paul Seifert, owner of the Pickled Dog, which recently opened at the Slatington Trailhead.

These days there's a savory scent that wafts through the air near the Slatington Trailhead.

That succulent smell signifies the various foods that are whipped up inside the Pickled Dog, a truck that's stationed by the Trailhead along Main Street.

Operated by Paul Seifert and Sandy Root, the Pickled Dog specializes in foods such as pulled pork, fresh-cut french fries, and of course, hot dogs.

Its signature food is the pickled dog, Seifert said. Chili dogs, as well as other kinds of hot dogs, are also sold at the wagon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/BOB FORD Bullying is unfortunately a common occurrence in schools.

Jenn Fox sits next to her 13-year-old daughter in her living room on an afternoon when the seventh-grade girl should have been in school.

She is staying home based on advice from her psychiatrist.

The girl met with the doctor after she had attempted suicide by cutting her wrist. She says being bullied in school and not getting help from teachers led her to take such drastic action.

Fox said the doctor advised her not to let the girl return to school yet because the situation which led her to cry out for help hasn't been remedied.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nine days after a coroner's inquest jury determined that negligence contributed to a Schuylkill County prison inmate's drug overdose death in 2013, county officials have yet to see a transcript, but do not foresee any major changes in policy or procedure.

But they intend to scrutinize the rules.

"From everything we've seen, everything was followed," said Commissioner George F. Halcovage Jr. following a special meeting of the county Prison Board Wednesday. "We're working as a team to make things even better."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Road crew workers employed by Polk Township have recently voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 773 in Allentown. The contract was unanimously ratified and carries with it significant raises and seniority rights, and the members are now eligible to be part of the Teamster health care plan.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Junior High School placed third in the Academic Challenge Eighth-grade team competition held at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School from Feb. 24-26. Eight schoolsparticipated: Panther Valley, Lehighton, Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe, Catasauqua, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh and Palmerton. The final results were: Jim Thorpe first, Catasauqua second and Palmerton third. Palmerton had the same team which won first place two years ago in the Sixth Sense competition, which was a first-time win.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

During a committee meeting Tuesday, members of the Tamaqua School Board gave a preliminary nod to some planned expenditures with substantial price tags.

Members of the Finance Committee approved spending $330,787 to replace a section of the roof at Rush Township Elementary School in Hometown.

The district has repaired the roof in stages, with this repair to section B the final piece, said Superintendent Carol Makuta.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Louise Howells of the Schuylkill County Retirees Association asks county commissioners for a cost-of-living increase, the first time since 2007.

For the first time in about seven years, Schuylkill County retirees may stand a chance of receiving a cost-of-living increase.

At a public meeting Wednesday evening, Schuylkill Retirees Association treasurer Louise Howells asked county commissioners for the boost.

Howells mentioned House Bill 1078, pending legislation that would amend the county pension law to relieve counties from having to calculate cost-of-living increases retroactively to the last one.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Freedom Community Church, Lehighton, invites the public to a free Easter Pancake Breakfast from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton.

There will be candy and crafts for the children and giveaways for the adults.

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers at 610-714-9834 or on the web at www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Country Junction will host an Easter egg-stravaganza this weekend and next, which includes free egg hunts, as well as a number of other activities.

An opening celebration takes place each day at 11 a.m. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 and 13 and again April 19.

Egg hunts for children up to 3 years old will take place at 11:30 a.m.; for ages 4-6, the egg hunt will begin at noon; for ages 7-9, it will begin at 12:30; and from children 10-12, it will begin at 1 p.m.