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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A New Ringgold man was attacked in Tamaqua on Monday afternoon over a supposed debt.

Dominic Chickilly, 23, told Tamaqua police he was walking in the area of the Majestic House Apartments when another man, identified as Adam Jose Cruz, 29, of 20 Clay St., Tamaqua, pulled up in a silver Ford pickup demanding money he said he was owed.

When Chickilly indicated he didn't know what Cruz was talking about, Cruz jumped out of his truck.

Police said he then approached Chickilly, armed with a yellow box cutter, which he used to stab the victim in his left arm, near the bicep.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Carbon County medical and dental practitioners treating Department of Public Assistance clients during the month of February of this year will receive 94 percent of their fees for such patients instead of the previously paid 45 percent, it was announced at the meeting of the executive board of the D.P.A. held here last night.

Physicians, dentists and nurses will come under the increase program while pharmacists will continue to receive 100 percent as in the past.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Several students from Polk Elementary School led the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance. They are, from left: Isaac Westerman, kindergarten; Mira Giunta, first grade; Sam Smale, kindergarten; Nicholas Westerman, third grade; Zachary Hayes, third grade; and John Smale, third grade.

In a 9-0 vote, the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors approved tabling the substitute teacher pay raise at the Thursday, April 10, board meeting.

Director Len Peeters made the motion, saying he didn't think it would pass.

"We need to do more research," he said.

Director Susan Kresge seconded the motion.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
bob ford/times news

These yellow blooms looked sad this morning after April snow showers movedthrough overnight. The rest of the week will be cool, with temperatures expectedto reach 59 degrees for Easter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's UMC free community dinner will take place from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1140 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, will host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The theme is "Strengthening Home and Family."

Everyone is invited for a brief tour of the church and to become better acquainted with its members and organization. Visitors will be able view displays, ask questions, and enjoy light refreshments.

Tom Thunell and his wife, Heather, are serving as missionaries for the church and are assigned to work at the Lehighton branch.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Public Library recently held an open house to

showcase some improvements. Visitors were invited to view the new shelving, which opens up the room and creates more space for

additional books, along with four new computers and a large screen TV that will be used to show movies to children. Patrons were

treated to goodies and were able to purchase chances to win one of over 52 baskets. From left are, Sarah DeHart, 4, of Lansford; Diane Gould of Coaldale; and Ayana Batchelder, 15, of Lansford.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Terri Roselli (standing) on Tuesday speaks out against Palmerton Area School Board's decision to have the district's engineering firm complete a site feasibility study for a potential multipurpose turf field.

A site feasibility study for a potential multipurpose turf field has been given the green light in the Palmerton Area School District.

By a 6-3 vote, the school board on Tuesday approved Barry Isett & Associates to complete the study for the proposed multipurpose field located at the current football field and track site.

Among those in favor of the study were directors Clarence Myers, Sherry Haas, Josann Harry, Charles Gildner, Joshua Smale and board President Tammy Recker. Opposed were directors Darlene Yeakel, Barry Scherer and Susan Debski.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Speaking as a taxpayer, and not as a school board member, director Susan Debski on Tuesday implores her fellow board members to reconsider their consensus to approve the 2014-15 budget with a 1-mill increase.

A slight increase in the 2014-15 property tax rate could be in the cards for residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District.

On a narrow 5-4 vote on Tuesday, the school board instructed district business manager Diane Serfass to construct a budget with a 1-mill increase.

Directors Darlene Yeakel, Sherry Haas, Josann Harry, Joshua Smale, and board President Tammy Recker were in favor. Directors Barry Scherer, Susan Debski, Clarence Myers, and Charles Gildner were opposed.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parryville Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 25, 26 and 27 at the fire company at 359 Main St. in Parryville.

Those wishing to donate items that are unwanted and in good condition can do so from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

For more information or to schedule a drop off, call Jen at 484-553-0061 or Carolyn at 484-560-0167.