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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the final marking period of the 2013-2014 school year.

To be eligible for highest honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93.

For high honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Highest honors

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

To earn distinguished honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort.

For first honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort.

Second honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Distinguished honors

Seventh grade: Zachary Boyer, Nicholas Kernick, Courtney Rodick;

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Tuesday to assaulting his mother and grandmother.

Jason Michael Horvath, 30, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of aggravated assault, but mentally ill. The charge involves an assault on his mother, Bridget Horvath. An assault count involving his grandmother was dropped.

The plea was accepted by Judge Joseph J. Matika, who noted that in April he conducted a competency hearing in which a psychiatrist testified that Horvath was mentally ill at the time of the assaults and still needs long-term mental health treatment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

During a meeting Monday morning, West Penn Township awarded bids for road work totalling more than $200,000, but tabled bids for pipe material.

AMS, Center Valley, was the lone bidder for seal coating at $135,951. Lehigh Asphalt, Tamaqua, got the bid for stone and asphalt, with a bid of $75,375. The only other bidder was EJB, West Lawn.

For the stone and asphalt bids, the supervisors used a "hauling cost justification" to determine which bidder was lowest. Chairman Jim Akin said that mileage costs, as well as pickup and delivery costs, are included in the calculation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS Detective Lee Marzen and Mayor William E. Hines received awards for their participation in the PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program. Awards were given by Robert Webre, PA Law Enforcement Liaison, far left, and Carol Alonge, PennDOT regional coordinator, far right.

Carbon County midyear awards were given for Pennsylvania's Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program on Tuesday morning.

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, police officers from Carbon County were recognized for their participation in the campaign.

The presentation was in cooperation with Buckle Up PA, North Central Highway Safety Network and is part of PennDOT's traffic safety initiatives.

Award recipients were Detective Lee Marzen of the Jim Thorpe Police Department, and Mayor William E. Hines of Beaver Meadows.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Carol Heffelfinger of Palmerton sits inside a Dodge vehicle after taking a test drive during the Palmerton High School Basketball Team's Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser on Saturday in the high school parking lot. Heffelfinger is flanked by Karianna Ruch, 15; Courtney Connell, 5; Taylor Hirochek, 14; and Raegan Nemeth, 10.

At least on this day, their moves to the hoop took a back seat to a drive of a different kind.

Nearly 170 individuals attended the Palmerton High School Basketball Team (boys and girls) Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser free test drive Saturday in the high school parking lot.

By the time the event had concluded, $3,400 had been raised, which was $700 more than the $2,700 figure from last year's fundraiser, said Jim Nemeth, president of the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Joseph Becker of Coaldale (center) was arrested Tuesday in Rush Township on a fugitive warrant issued by Lansford Police in connection with a forcible robbery. Becker was arrested by Rush Township Patrolmn Adam Sinton (right), assisted by Tamaqua Patrolmen Karl Kharig.

Coaldale fugitive Joseph R. Becker, wanted in connection with a reported robbery in Lansford on June 5, was caught by Rush Township police Tuesday afternoon.

Becker, whose photo has been published by local media and online, was recognized by alert employees of St. Luke's Health Center on Claremont Avenue in Hometown, who then contacted police.

Becker and an accomplice, Christopher Keer, also of Coaldale, allegedly robbed Lansford resident George Becker of $1,475 last Thursday.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On Sunday the Palmerton Area Library held its third annual Student Art Show.

The show was well attended with refreshments served by the Friends of the Library.

Over 30 paintings were entered and judged by a professional artist.

The winners in the age 6-12 category are: first place, Aliya DeKort; second place, Kierra Pfaff; third place, Gina Laviolette; and honorable mention, Ella Cronk.

In the age 13-18 category the winners are: first place, Riley Zelienka; second place, Tate Koch; and third place, Riley Zelienka.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes, white cap, far left, leads a group of close to 100 up the Balliet Street Hill in Frackville on Saturday. The 3-mile hilly hike wound through trails and woods of the Broad Mountain to the ruins of the Mahanoy Plane inclined railroad.

Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes offered a Sunday tour of the ruins of the historic 1862 Mahanoy Plane inclined railroad.

But there was a catch.

You can't get there by bus, taxi, car or shuttle. Instead, you need to walk ... and climb and even jump.

And so the offer was open to anybody willing to take a 3-mile hike up the Broad Mountain to the site of the concrete foundations and the concrete walls and deep excavations that housed the Mahanoy Plane engine house.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Panther Valley School Board voted to tax 18-year-olds.

Superintendent Andrew Chichura noted that the state granted people 18 and older to be considered adults in 1973 for purposes not including the consumption of alcohol.

He also pointed out that students and those who are unemployed are exonerated from the tax, as are those of other ages who also fall into such categories.

Two directors, Lou Bales and Lois Pecha, did not approve taxing the youth, but the other seven members supported it.