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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Do you enjoy a good horror film? Do you like being scared when you go to the movies? Would you like to be able to go to a real movie premiere?

If so, then B. Harrison Smith says he's got the movie for you.

His newest movie that he wrote and produced, "6 Degrees of Hell" will be shown at a real movie premiere that will also feature a red carpet event along with a meet and greet with its star, Cory Feldman, this Friday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. at the Sherman Theater on 524 Main Street in Stroudsburg. The premier will benefit United Way of Monroe County.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Carol S. Boyce

The contract of the superintendent of the Palmerton Area School District will not be renewed when it expires next summer.

On Tuesday, the school board unanimously agreed to accept the letter from Superintendent Carol S. Boyce for nonrenewal of her appointment to the post.

In a related matter, the board, in accordance with the superintendent's contract, unanimously agreed to notify Boyce that her contract ending June 30, 2013, will not be renewed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mrs. Jane Habel, the Director of Religious Education for the parishes of St. Jerome and SS. Peter and Paul in Tamaqua, has announced the first day of CCD classes for children in grades 1-6 will be Sept. 9. Returning students should complete the Updated Family Information Form that was emailed to their homes and return the form, with the registration fee, to the Religious Education Office at 250 W. Broad St, Tamaqua.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mandatory upgrades to concession stands will be under way at the Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium.

"We have to retrofit the booster stands if they want to fry foods," explained Superintendent Carol Makuta at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

While the stands are operated by volunteer booster organizations, the district expects to front the funding to make the upgrades happen, spending perhaps $10,000 or more to meet safety requirements. The board will then coordinate a reimbursement schedule with the various booster clubs, spreading payment over a few years to lessen the burden.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Employees with Charles S. Snyder Inc. of West Penn attended the Carbon County 4H Round Up at the Carbon County Fair last week. While there, they purchased the grand champion market, shorthorn steer from Alyssa Wentz, who has been showing 4H animals for about 8 years. The steer, who happened to be named Boomer, was the same as their New Holland Boomer tractor. Charles S. Snyder Inc. has been a supporter of the 4H livestock sales over the years. In the past 14 years, Charles S. Snyder Inc. has purchased over 314 animals at 4H livestock sales in and around the surrounding counties.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Family members and friends will be taking part in the second annual Cody Wentz Awareness Benefit in Weissport at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The event is coordinated by Cody's mom, Lisa Shiffert, to bring awareness to the growing drug problem in the Lehighton area. The event is being sponsored by the Beltzville Lions Club.

Last year's event raised approximately $3,000 and the proceeds from the event were donated to the Lehighton High School drug program in memory of her son, Cody Wentz, who died from an overdose of drugs on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 19 years old.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will no longer be accepting cut tree branches or yard refuse of any kind.

The center will continue to accept Christmas trees, and Christmas trees ONLY this coming winter. CCEEC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, but there is simply no more space available.

For questions or comments, contact the center by phone at (570) 645-8597 or email at

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An influx of students could result in swelled classrooms in the Palmerton Area School District.

Superintendent Carol Boyce informed the school board on Tuesday that the district had 87 new students enroll in the district, compared with just 43 withdrawals.

"We have a net gain of 44 students, which is going to make some classrooms expand," Boyce said. "It's good for our state subsidy, but difficult for teaching."

However, Boyce said the situation "doesn't warrant the addition of additional staff."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Lehighton man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl has waived the charges to Carbon County court.

Franklin Derr III, 21, of South Street, is charged with aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

He is free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will resume for the next school year on Sunday, Aug. 26 with Rally Day festivities at 9:15 a.m. in the church nave. Holly Jolly will be on hand to share the Noah's Ark story with the children and to create balloon animals and Christian symbols for their delight.

In addition to promoting students to their new classes and new teachers, those students who have completed the third-grade curriculum will be receiving their Bibles. They are Tyler Adamitis, Kendra Boger, Erin McArdle, Autumn Snyder and Timmy Tartaglia.