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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On Saturday, Feb. 19, the "American Legion Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest" will be held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium.

The theme of the oratorical contest will be based on "The Constitution".

While each contestant will deliver a primary speech on a prepared subject of their own choosing, they will then each be given the same Constitution-based subject to speak on for a five minute follow-up speech.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Summit Hill Borough Council deadlocked this week on making an appointment to the borough's Water Authority.

The council, which tabled the appointment last month, twice voted 3-3 on appointment nominations, first for Jim Yusella then for Chet Maholick.

According to Purden's rules, a special meeting will have to be called and Mayor Paul McArdle will have to break the tie vote. The mayor wasn't at this week's meeting.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Anthony Colestock, an architect for Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, Mechanicsburg, displays plans for proposed renovations to the Tamaqua Area High School locker rooms at Tuesday evening's school board meeting.

The Tamaqua Area School District is moving forward on a proposal to add geothermal heating to Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

In addition, the district is planning to renovate the boys and girls locker rooms at the high school.

On Tuesday evening the district's board of education authorized McClure Company, Harrisburg, with a notice to proceed for the projects, which includes a continuation of engineering, securing final funding and coordinating and soliciting locker room renovation general construction bids.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Anticipating cuts in the budget for the state's judicial system, Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin has proposed revising the magisterial districts in the county and his plan is the one being accepted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The plan calls for reducing the number of magisterial districts in the county from seven to six and realigning a number of existing districts.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Panther Valley Elementary School has announced the recipients of the Student of the Month Awards for January 2011. Certificates of Achievement were presented in each classroom, grades 1-5. As well as the certificates, each student also received a Super Kid Magnet and a meal coupon from McDonald's. Students realize that it is a very special achievement and strive to achieve this recognition.

January's Students of the Month are:

Grade One: Samantha Kattner, Matthew Clewell, Eden Arnold, Julia Planutis, Chance Mahoney, Andon Macaluso, Kyra Rusnak.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Palmerton man who brandished a knife at his roommate with whom he shared an apartment was scheduled to appear before court.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled this morning for Joseph Easton, 23, of 346 Delaware Avenue, Apt. B, before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Easton faces charges on two counts of terroristic threats and one count each of aggravated assault and simple assault. He is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $5,000 straight bail.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 is offering driver education classes and Behind the Wheel training for qualified high school students in the following school districts: Allentown, Catasauqua, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton, Salisbury Township and Whitehall-Coply.

The spring theory classes will be held at William Allen High at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 and at 6 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, Schnecksville.

Behind the Wheel training is scheduled individually by the instructor.

Applications can be found at www.clip.org.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Imagine reliving your childhood, but in the body of a child who lives with a neuromuscular disease where the simple act of walking is the ultimate challenge. When you ask a young person with a muscle disease what the best week of the year is for them, they will say the week that they spend at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp.

In order to continue to make this camp possible, volunteers are needed June 11 through June 18. MDA Summer Camp is located in Worcester, and is roughly 45 minutes from the Allentown area.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Lehighton Area School District began the first of what is expected to be a series of conversations about the middle school renovation, or replacement, project proposed on December 1.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Taxpayers who live in the Northern Lehigh School District may in fact see no increase in their property tax rates in the 2011-12 school year.

Business manager Jeremy Melber informed the school board on Monday that "this district is on target for a zero-percent tax increase."

Melber said that out of 18 teachers who were present at a recent meeting with district administrators, 11 of them indicated they would likely take part in an employee retirement incentive plan the board created last month.