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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nine persons in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court. Also, three first time offenders were placed in a special probation program.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors are not happy with a recent Senate bill 1100 that is on the floor in the PA Legislature which will centralize zoning to the state removing the power of local governments to control how their municipalities are zoned if it passes. This could mean the state could dictate what is built and what is not throughout the commonwealth.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the honor roll in the fourth marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

Principal's List – 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct. Honorees are: Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Jason Bauder, Zoe David, Ryan Drazek, Lydia Gowin, Casey Hanley, Hailey Hoffman, Katelyn Hosler, Amy McConnell, Abigail Rakos, Benjamin Slaw and Kaia Slaw.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Jim Thorpe School Board held the final vote, passing the 2011-2012 budget. The budget had previously been passed but needed to have a final vote before being submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) by the June 30th due date.

The budget will see a 2 mill increase (value of 1 mill is $649,682).

The vote to pass the final budget was 5-2, with two members absent. Board Members Gerald Strubinger and Ellen Kattner voted against the increase.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Derrick Drey, manager, stands behind the bar at the West End Saloon, which recently re-opened.

A business in the West End of Palmerton has re-opened under new management.

Thus far, it's been nothing but thumbs up for the West End Saloon, located at 1121 Mauch Chunk Road.

Derrick Drey, manager, said the business continues to be run by owner Stephen Takacs.

Drey said the business, which reopened May 31, features "good food and a friendly atmosphere."

He said tacos, cheeseburgers, cheesesteaks, and wings are among the more popular menu items.

"It's a good place to bring the family to eat," he said. "Our staff provides good food, and good service."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Panther Valley Pre-Kindergarten Summer School Program will be held at the Panther Valley Elementary School. This program is designed to help the new kindergarten students gain a positive attitude toward school and to become familiar with their new school.

Classes will be held 9-11:30 a.m., Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 22, 2011.

Transportation will be provided. Please be at your child's bus stop at least 10 minutes before pick up and drop off time to assure the safety of your child. Nesquehoning walkers should arrive no earlier than 8:50 a.m..

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) announced that the application deadline for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to December 31.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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Jesse Hiles of Lansford has donated a new refrigerator to the Lansford Little League. Hiles, left, who owns the Sports Zoo in Lansford, looks over the appliance with Dan Wynn, secretary-treasurer of Lansford Little League. Hiles said he made the donation because at one time, he received a phone call asking if he knew where the league could find a used one. He said, "When I was a kid, I got so much out of Little League. I played in Summit Hill but live in Lansford, now. That's why I decided they should have a new one."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Seven area people were among 39 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller as follows:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pleasant Valley School District's school board passed the 2011-2012 General Fund Budget with a 6-1 vote.

School board member Harvey Frable gave the only "no" vote. Board members John Sabia and Jim Spinola were absent.

The new budget shows a 2.726 mill increase, which is a 1.9 percent increase over last year's, that totaled 146.016 mills.

On a home with an assessed value of $20,500, at the 2011-2012 millage rate of 146.016, the base tax due is $2,993.33.

State funding amounts are still uncertain.