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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Several Weatherly Area High School students won awards at the 2014 PA Regional Computer Fair held March 5 at Muhlenberg

College. Front row, from left: first place, Computer Programming, Mike Matirko; first place, Computer Logo Design, Trent Dempsey and Tom Newell; second place, Computer Animation, Keith Gunderman and Devin Berger; second place, Digital Movie, Shelby Berger and Morgan Mengle. Second row: second place, Graphic Design, Shaman Klynowsky and Tristen Decker; second place, Web Page Design,

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A fundraiser is planned for a Lehighton woman who suffered a double brain aneurysm while at work.

Sue "Myrtle" Keiser, 43, who is employed at Majestic Fire Apparel in Franklin Township, suffered a double brain aneurysm on Jan. 22. She has been hospitalized since then.

The event, to be held Saturday, April 5, at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club in Mahoning Township, is being conducted by co-workers and family members. It has been dubbed "Help Myrtle Over the Hurdle."

Entertainment will be by a DJ and the band Onguent, beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Area School District guidance department will hold scheduling information meetings for parents on Tuesday, March 18, in the high school auditorium.

Parents with students entering 10th through 12th grades should attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m.; while parents with students entering ninth grade should attend the 7:30 meeting.

The meetings are being held to inform parents/guardians of the courses available to students in the 2014-2015 school year. The programs will include question and answer sessions.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A former Carbon County woman, who stole over $28,000 from her employer, was given a probation sentence Tuesday in Carbon County court after entering a guilty plea to criminal charges.

She was one of eight defendants to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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Angela Marie Weir, 29, formerly of Nesquehoning and now residing in Steelton, Dauphin County, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft by deception and misapplication of trusted funds.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Northern Lehigh High School seniors take note: The long-winding road that has been this school year does have an end in site.

Superintendent Michael Michaels told the school board on Monday that high school graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 13.

Also on Monday, Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas announced that the district recently received a "very generous" donation from the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute with a the donation of books totaling more than $20,000.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Seven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Carbon County residents who are seeking to be elected to committeeships within the Democratic and Republican parties continued the process of filing nominating petitions in the Carbon County Board of Elections in the past week.

The deadline for filing petitions was Tuesday.

Each party's bylaws dictate the number of committee positions that are to be filled by party members in the May 20 primary election.

The Democratic Party rules call for one committeeman and one committeewoman from each of the 51 election precincts to be elected for a total of 102 members.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Election of officers was held at the meeting of the Tamaqua Library Board, held last night at the library.

The new officers are Willis Parnell, president; Dr. Michael Matteo, vice president; Earl Behr, treasurer; Mrs. H. James Moyer, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Thomas Daubert, recording secretary.

The report of the librarians was circulation, 1,280 for adults and 1,377 for juveniles; daily average, 133; new borrowers, 63; reference assistance, 510; new books, 21; records, 22; and donated books, five.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Eldred Elementary School in Kunkletown will be going up for sale.

Several months ago, Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors voted to obtain appraisals on Eldred Elementary School in Kunkletown and the district's operations facility in Kresgeville.

At Monday night's buildings and grounds meeting, the board discussed plans to sell both facilities.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The odds of winning are one in 962,598, but somebody did.

Unfortunately, odds are we'll never know who that person is.

On March 10, 2013, someone used a computer-generated "quick pick" to purchase a Cash 5 ticket for the Pennsylvania Lottery at the Hometown Mini Mart, located at the intersections of Route 54 and 309.

The winning ticket was worth $325,000. The winning numbers were 3, 6, 15, 27 and 29.

A year ago, it was a busy weekend for the market, which is located about midway between two annual St. Patty's Day parades, one in Ashland and one in Jim Thorpe.