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Saturday, May 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Participating in the Schuylkill United Way's Day of Caring, Air Products employees plant superintendent Eric Dreyfus, of Andreas, and electrician Gary Clemson, of West Penn, work to replace old railing located on the side of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Air Products and Chemicals employees of Hometown spent a full work day providing needed manpower support to area organizations as part of the Schuylkill United Way's annual Day of Caring held recently. Some organizations receiving help consisted of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, Avenues of Pottsville, Tamaqua YMCA, Tamaqua Salvation Army, Marian Catholic School and others.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board tentatively approved the 2013-2014 proposed budget at 45.52 mills, with a 1 mill increase.

The vote passed 5 to 3, with one member absent. Board members Dr. Clement McGinley, Robert Schaninger, Randall Smith, William Allison, and John Partenio voted yes on the budget.Opposed were Pearl Downs-Sheckler, John Ciavarella, and Gerald Strubinger. Dennis McGinley was absent.

Partenio stated, "The average assessed value in our school district is about $50,000 and a one mill increase would be $50 that would increase on your taxes."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Young at Heart meeting will not meet on Tuesday, May 21, as previously stated in the Polk Township column in Thursday's issue, due to the Primary election. Instead, they will meet on Monday, May 20 at the Polk Twp. Vol. Fire Co. in Kresgeville.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Carbon County man admitted to a drug dealing charge Thursday in Carbon County court. He was one of 13 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

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Charlie Lee McNeil, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office for an incident on Feb. 4 in the 300 block of S. Center Alley in Lehighton. McNeil told nine bags of heroin to a confidential informant (CI) working with the AG office.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Brian Kibler, of Lehighton, is shown being escorted outside of the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday. Kibler waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and will have his charges bound over to Carbon County court.

A Carbon County man charged with the indecent assault of a young girl will have his charges bound over to Carbon County court.

Brian Kibler, 39, of Lehighton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Kibler decided to waive his right to the hearing, and is scheduled to have a pretrial status conference at 9 a.m. July 5 in the Court of Common Pleas.

Kibler faces charges on two counts of indecent assault, and one count each of indecent exposure and corruption of minors.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Accessing eBooks just got easier for students in Carbon and Lehigh County public schools. School districts partnered with Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 to provide the Overdrive eBook platform for students, enabling them to check out eBooks on any device, at any time. As technology advances, students are getting increasingly accustomed to learning on tablets, mobile devices and computers. Adapting to these changes, CLIU 21 will be the first in the state to implement the OverDrive collection of eBooks in K-12 schools in our area.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Weatherly High School Engineering Team recently competed in the Division One TEAMS Competition, placing first in Pennsylvania and seventh in the United States. The team is composed of Cassidy Piskorick, Michael Matirko, Michael Embick, Jaquiline Watkins and Brittney Isom. The TEAMS (Tests of engineering aptitude, mathematics and science) is an annual competition designed to help students discover their potential for engineering. During the competition, students worked collaboratively to solve real world engineering challenges using science, technology, engineering and math.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Scott Dietrich and his dog, Jessie, an Australian Shepherd sit besides a rhododendron-draped cascade on Bear Creek. Dietrich is looking to save the 426-acre property from development by renting out 200 acres to Navitat an operator of canopy parks in North Carolina and California.

the beauty with others in an ecologically friendly and controlled way," he continued. "We initially thought about developing it into 10- to 15-acre lots, selling it off and allowing people to have their own little paradise.

"I didn't really like that idea," he continued. "I like the idea of keeping the land in one piece."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

On May 15, 2013, Carolyn Dumaresq, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, testified before the Senate Education Committee Public Hearing on Pennsylvania's Common Core Standards. Deputy Secretary Dumaresq's testimony (as it had on May 14th before the House Education Committee meeting on "Common Core") included the following: