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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weatherly Mayor Rosebud Leppler says she is quite concerned that Carbon County municipalities are getting short-changed with the latest distribution of surplus food. According to the mayor, there has not been a single distribution of surplus food anywhere in the county out of the current state allotment, even though there already has been four different distributions in Hazleton, Luzerne County.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the 2010 Northern Lehigh High School football team and head coach Joe Tout were recognized with a resolution by the school board on Monday for their terrific season.

For its impressive accomplishments, members of the Northern Lehigh High School football team were honored Monday.

The school board presented the 2010 football team with a resolution in light of their terrific season.

It was a year in which the team finished 13-1, won the Colonial League Championship, captured the District XI AA Championship, and competed in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AA State Quarterfinal game.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A sign on a post along West Amidon Street in Summit Hill spells out snow plowing rules. According to dialogue at last night's meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council, the signs might not be accurate with the borough's ordinance.

Summit Hill police had ticketed some vehicles not moved for snow plowing in the borough following recent snow and ice storms.

But a Summit Hill councilman said he's not sure the police did the right thing.

John O'Gurek, vice chairman of the council, said tickets aren't to be given until at least 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling. He said this is how the ordinance is written.

Chief of Police Joe Fittos said it has always been that tickets would be given if the snow stopped falling by 8 a.m. and vehicles weren't moved that day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Runaway rig crashes in Nesquehoning

Route 93 in the borough of Nesquehoning was closed to traffic after a tractor trailer operator lost control of the rig as he was descending the Broad Mountain. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. today as the unit was traveling south. The driver apparently lost control, striking several portions of the guide rails while crossing all three lanes of the roadway. The rig came to rest along the guide rails along the east berm. The saddle tank of the truck tractor was ripped from the unit and was ejected over the guide rails and down a steep embankment of about 60 feet.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Parents, residents, drivers, and monitors continue to voice their concerns about Jim Thorpe Area School District losing bus monitors. The issue, which has been brought up at previous school board meetings, was also brought up at Monday night's meeting.

Last school year JTASD allotted $50,000 to each transportation company, Getz Transportation and Kuhn Transportation, to help pay for bus monitors. Charles Getz of Getz Transportation stated that as of Tuesday the company will be over the $50,000 allotted by the school district and Tuesday will be the last day for the bus monitors.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS In this photo taken last February, Maddox, a chow chow, stands in front of Jan Kolnik of Palmerton, his handler, and Karen Tracy of Franklin Township, his owner. Yesterday Maddox won "Best of Breed" at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

A chow chow dog owned by a Franklin Township woman, whose kennel was destroyed by a devastating fire in March 2009, won the "Best of Breed" honors at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Maddox, who is registered with the AKC as GCH Liontamers Dial 1-800-Hotstuff, won the honors in his third appearance at Westminster.

Karen Tracy, who co-owns Maddox with Gerry and Richard Richards of Maryland, said before the show that Maddox will be retiring after this year's event.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Northern Lehigh School District has agreed to borrow an additional $10 million to help afford a $21.5 million renovation project to Slatington Elementary.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to approve the bond resolution as presented by bond council to authorize the issuance of general obligations debt services of 2011 in that amount.

That action came after the board heard a presentation on the resolution from Les Bear, the district's financial consultant.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Carbon County Special Olympics will hold track and field training from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20; Feb. 27 and March 6 at the L.B. Morris Elementary Gymnasium, Jim Thorpe. The school is located on the east side of Jim Thorpe.

Floor hockey athletes should report to training at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Memorial Hall as previously scheduled.

Athletes/coaches/volunteers should be prepared with comfortable gym-wear including sneakers. Water bottles are encouraged.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Palmerton Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. Any individual or business interested in learning more about Lionism, or attending a club meeting may contact membership chairperson Nick Hawkey at (610) 826-6465 or you may email him at hawkeys@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Summit Hill held "Soup-er Bowl Sunday" to benefit the food pantry in that community. Rev. John Hazel, rear, pastor of the church, looks on as Natalie Vermillion, 4, left, and her sister, Abigail, 6, make first contributions. Holding containers are Brian Fisher, 13, second from right, and Maxwell Vermillion, 9.