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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Monroe County woman, one of six people injured in a head-on crash Friday evening, has died.

Katrina Strausser, 42, died Saturday from injuries sustained in the crash that occurred at 8:10 p.m. along Route 611 at the Mount Pocono sewage system in Mount Pocono.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board approved the contract for incoming Superintendent Brian Gasper on Monday night with a 6-1 vote.

Gasper will be employed under the contract for five years at an annual salary of $110,000.

He will begin as superintendent on July 1. Previously, he was principal at the Penn-Kidder Campus K-8.

Gasper will be replacing Barbara Conway, who held the position since 2007 and will retire on June 30.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Carbon County Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe is bidding farewell to building and grounds supervisor Dave Kost. After 30 years on the job, Kost, at left with CCTIadministrative director David Reinbold, isretiring as of June 30. He said he's looking forward to spending time with his grandson, and eventually traveling with his wife. Kost on Thursday said the school's $20 million building project, completed in 2011, and its students, were the highlights of his career. Also retiring are cleaners Mildred Boyle and Karen Ruch, both of whom worked at CCTI for 20 years.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lehighton could spend up to $387,562 for a custom pumper truck for its fire department.

On a 5-0 vote, borough council on Monday agreed to purchase the truck for the fire department from KME of Nesquehoning.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said council is awaiting the final proposal from KME.

Beckett said the pumper will be purchased from out of the borough's fire apparatus fund.

The borough had implemented a half-mill tax for fire apparatus purposes over a decade ago, she said.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As Slatington, Walnutport and Washington Township worked toward the possibility of establishing a regional recreation organization, they delved into greater detail about what it would take to form such an alliance at a meeting Tuesday at Slatington's borough hall.

Representatives of the three municipalities have been meeting since last October and are now at a point where "project committee meetings" are taking place.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Carbon County Fair Board reminds young ladies that the deadline for this year's fair queen program is rapidly approaching. The fair will take place from Aug. 4 through Aug. 9 in Palmerton.

Applications can be obtained by accessing the fair's website at www.carboncountyfair.com or by calling 570-325-8685.

All applications must be postmarked by June 27. There is no application fee.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuscarora State Park naturalist is offering a basic kayaking course this summer.

Classes will be held: July 4 at 9:30 a.m.; July 18 at 5 p.m.; Aug. 2 at 3 p.m.; and Aug. 9 at 3 p.m.

Cost is $15, with checks made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or in cash to the park office.

Equipment will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds.

If a person has his/her own equipment, cost is $5 per person. Participants will meet at the "Lakeside Concessions" stand at Tuscarora park. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and be 12 years or older.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summit Hill Borough Council was informed Monday night that there might be a group home opening in the White Bear section.

Zoning Office Bill Kirklosky informed the council he issued an occupancy permit to Rick Bjorkman for a dwelling at 116 W. White Bear Drive.

Kirklosky said that Bjorkman isn't living there.

"I found out he is not the occupant," Kirklosky said, adding that he was informed Bjorkman started a group home and already someone else lives there; someone who is a group-home resident.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Kim Gear, Youth Market director, American Heart Association of Northeast PA, presents the Fit-Friendly Gold Achievement Award to Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver at Monday's school board meeting.

Residents in the Lehighton Area School District will see a mild increase in their property tax rate next year.

That's after the school board, by a 5-3 vote on Monday, agreed to adopt the 2014-15 budget with a 0.56-mill increase.

Directors Larry Stern, Wayne Wentz, Stephen Holland, Andrew Yenser and board President Gloria Bowman were in favor. Directors Rocky Ahner, William Hill Jr. and Lori Nothstein were opposed. Director Hal Resh was absent.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Funeral services have been set for Friday for Jason "Jay" Hahn, and a memorial fund has been set up at a local bank to provide assistance with funeral expenses.

The body of the 22-year-old Andreas resident who was staying with a family in Tamaqua was found Saturday night in a wooded area along Silver Creek Road in Blythe Township.

He had been hit on the head with a metal pole. After an autopsy Monday, Schuylkill County coroner David Moylan said the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head and the manner is homicide.