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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Second grader Tabatha Schleicher pours slime over the head of Principal Suzanne Howland, during Franklin and East Penn Elementary's Run for Brilliance fundraiser. Howland agreed to be slimed if the schools reached their fundraising goal.

Students in Franklin and East Penn elementary schools combined to raise funds for field trips and supplies with the Run for Brilliance on Monday at Franklin Elementary School. Students raised over $25,000. Each grade walked or ran for one hour, during which time, at four different stations, students were doused with colored powder.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Former Weissport Mayor Tina Hagenbuch and her fiancee, Chuck Unrath appeared before Weissport Council on Monday night to ask for the suspension of the borough Police Chief Steve Armbruster.

Unrath said that he had recently purchased Hagenbuch's car and had temporary tags and license and had paperwork to prove it. He said that according to the vehicle code he had 10 days to have the registration and insurance paperwork completed, but before the 10 days elapsed, the car was towed.

"Even the tow driver said it was illegal tow," said Unrath.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Frank Lorah of Palmerton casts his vote early this morning at the Palmerton Ambulance Building along Delaware Avenue.

Frank Lorah of Palmerton casts his vote early this morning at the Palmerton Ambulance Building along Delaware Avenue.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

With a standing room-only crowd of concerned taxpayers in attendance, Lehighton Area School Board held a Building Committee Workshop meeting on Monday evening to address districtwide, long-range facilities plans.

Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver began the presentation by reviewing the proposed plan that was presented to the school board and to the public in September.

Under this proposed long-range facilities plan, grades and buildings would be realigned.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lansford Borough Council heard an appeal from a resident, to put back into usable condition the former basketball court and playground area behind the former Abbott AA. The request was made by Mrs. Evelyn Fertally who submitted a petition with about 50 signatures, garnered from citizens, living in various parts of the community.

The court, as others in the borough, had been the victim of vandalism throughout the years, especially recent ones.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Firefighters responded to a large brush fire Monday afternoon in Palmerton believed to have been set by a group of youths.

The Palmerton Fire Department arrived at an area behind Mauch Chunk Road at the railroad tracks at about 3:30 p.m., according to fire Chief Larry Zawaly.

"When we got there, it was a fairly large area," Zawaly said. "We had it knocked down within a couple of minutes."

Zawaly said foul play was suspected to be the cause of the brush fire.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Larry J. Kabana is sworn in as commander of the Tamaqua American Legion. Kabana will serve as grand marshal of Tamaqua's Veterans Day Parade on Saturday.

Due to current bridge work along Broad Street and the extended parade route, parade organizers are asking participants to drive or ride in Tamaqua's Veterans Day Parade on Saturday. Organizers said this is being done for safety reasons, as well as for the health of older veterans and parade participants.

The detoured route will turn right onto N. Greenwood Street, left onto Mauch Chunk Street, left onto Pine Street, and then right onto Broad Street.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Under Lehighton's long-range facilities plan, grades and buildings would be realigned. Here's how the plan would work:

Ÿ All built in 1954 East Penn, Franklin, and Mahoning Elementary Schools would service students in grades kindergarten through five. Those students in grades kindergarten through five who would have attended Shull-David Elementary School would instead attend the current middle school.

Ÿ The middle school building would become an elementary school for students in grades kindergarten through five as well as a sixth-grade center.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

At their October meeting the Penn Forest Township supervisors voted to hire the accounting firm of Weseloh Carney & Company LLC to oversee, and correct the accounting deficiencies.

"We have already worked six days with the accountants and have reconciled most of the accounts," township treasurer, Mary Ann Lewellyn reported. "We believe that we need another five days to finish."

The last account that needs to be reconciled is the General Fund, which is the largest and most complicated of all the accounts.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Carbon County Association of Realtors is conducting a winter coat drive. Coats, new and gently used, will be accepted now through Nov. 20. Coats will be accepted at any real estate office in Carbon County or at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning during normal business and school hours. Those who cannot make those hours should call for an appointment.

Coats for all age groups and all sizes are being accepted. Also accepted are winter boots, hats, gloves and scarves.