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Friday, June 6, 2014

Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, will hold an informal question-and-answer session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16.

The meeting will be held in the school library for all parents and students interested in attending Marian in the fall.

Faculty, staff and administration will be available to answer questions regarding registration, academics, financial aid or athletics. Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now open.

If you are unable to attend and would like to visit the school campus, call the Marian Development Office at 570-467-0641.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Test drive a new Dodge, and support Palmerton high school basketball in the process.

The Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club will host a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) free test drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the high school parking lot.

Sponsored by Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Dodge vehicles will be available for parents, faculty, and guests to take a five-minute test drive in a Dodge Caravan, Journey, Durango or Dart.

Friday, June 6, 2014
HALEY SAWYER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS People realized how quickly a crash can happen by testing skillsin the Lehigh Valley Health Network's driving simulator.

People attending the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Expo Thursday learned through a simulator just how quickly they can get in trouble on the road.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) hosted the event at Carbon Career and Technical Insitute.

The Lehigh Valley Health Network's driving simulator creates courses in distracted or impaired driving in which the driver faces multiple obstacles. For example, a "passenger" could ask the driver to make a phone call or senda text while driving for them.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club will co-sponsor a free community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Palmerton Hospital cafeteria.

The day will include several health assessments, health screenings, chair massages, and an opportunity to meet with representatives from the Blue Mountain Health System, as well as agencies from Carbon County and surrounding communities.

Information and education on a variety of health-related topics and services will be available.

Businesses have donated door prizes.

Friday, June 6, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Dylan Michael Frantz, 20, of Kunkletown, is in Monroe County Prison following a shooting Thursday afternoon on Sycamore Drive in Polk Township.

A 20-year-old man is in Monroe County Prison today in lieu of a half million dollars bail following a shooting incident in Eldred Township on Thursday.

Dylan Michael Frantz of 104 Silver Spring Blvd., Kunkletown, is charged with shooting Albert J. Guzman, no address given, in the torso.

Guzman was flown to St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem by medical helicopter where he underwent emergency surgery.

His condition was not available this morning.

State police at Lehighton barracks said Frantz admitted to the shooting, using a .45 caliber gun.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A project to close gaps in the Delaware and Lehigh Corridor trail took another step forward Thursday when Carbon County commissioners accepted a $28,110 proposal from the Wilson Consulting Group of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.

"We received a $208,000 grant to get the project done," said Commissioner William O'Gurek.

The Carbon County Lehigh and Delaware Trail Connectivity Project is a four-part project.

"One of them is the Weissport to Lehighton share-the-road, a Lehighton streetscape project that will connect the town to the trail through an alley," said O'Gurek.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua is sponsoring a "Strawberry Festival" on June 19. Hours will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at Mauch Chunk and Greenwood Streets in Tamaqua. The menu will include homemade strawberry shortcake, BBQ, hot dogs, soup, picnic salads and baked goods.

For more information, call 570-668-0632. Walk ins are welcome and take outs will be available.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Carbon County salary board on Thursday approved, and lauded, District Attorney Gary Dobias' request to double the hours of a drug-fighting detective.

The interim part-time detective's hours had been capped at 500 hours. But now the ceiling is 1,000 hours.

The detective, who earns $15.98 an hour, is dedicated solely to drug surveillance, commissioners said.

"This is an aggressive attempt by the county commissioners, the controller and the district attorney to fight back against drugs in our communities," said Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Come out and run or walk, and in the process, benefit programs for students in the Northern Lehigh School District.

That's the contribution those who partake in the annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Run can make.

Sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation, the event will be held Saturday at Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington.

Registration is at 7:30 a.m. The 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m.

The post race features awards, a drawing, and dog costume judging.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Palmerton Area School District announced details and schedule information for the final days of the school year.

Friday, June 13, a last day breakfast and lunch will be served; Monday, June 16, early dismissal, with graduation at 7 p.m. at Penn's Peak; Tuesday, June 17, last day for students with early dismissal.

Early dismissal schedule is as follows: secondary students (7-12) at 11 a.m.; elementary students (K-6), 11:45 a.m. Also, all a.m. and p.m. kindergarten students will attend the a.m. session with early dismissal (from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m.)