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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As Slatington, Walnutport and Washington Township worked toward the possibility of establishing a regional recreation organization, they delved into greater detail about what it would take to form such an alliance at a meeting Tuesday at Slatington's borough hall.

Representatives of the three municipalities have been meeting since last October and are now at a point where "project committee meetings" are taking place.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Carbon County Fair Board reminds young ladies that the deadline for this year's fair queen program is rapidly approaching. The fair will take place from Aug. 4 through Aug. 9 in Palmerton.

Applications can be obtained by accessing the fair's website at www.carboncountyfair.com or by calling 570-325-8685.

All applications must be postmarked by June 27. There is no application fee.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuscarora State Park naturalist is offering a basic kayaking course this summer.

Classes will be held: July 4 at 9:30 a.m.; July 18 at 5 p.m.; Aug. 2 at 3 p.m.; and Aug. 9 at 3 p.m.

Cost is $15, with checks made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or in cash to the park office.

Equipment will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds.

If a person has his/her own equipment, cost is $5 per person. Participants will meet at the "Lakeside Concessions" stand at Tuscarora park. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and be 12 years or older.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summit Hill Borough Council was informed Monday night that there might be a group home opening in the White Bear section.

Zoning Office Bill Kirklosky informed the council he issued an occupancy permit to Rick Bjorkman for a dwelling at 116 W. White Bear Drive.

Kirklosky said that Bjorkman isn't living there.

"I found out he is not the occupant," Kirklosky said, adding that he was informed Bjorkman started a group home and already someone else lives there; someone who is a group-home resident.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Kim Gear, Youth Market director, American Heart Association of Northeast PA, presents the Fit-Friendly Gold Achievement Award to Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver at Monday's school board meeting.

Residents in the Lehighton Area School District will see a mild increase in their property tax rate next year.

That's after the school board, by a 5-3 vote on Monday, agreed to adopt the 2014-15 budget with a 0.56-mill increase.

Directors Larry Stern, Wayne Wentz, Stephen Holland, Andrew Yenser and board President Gloria Bowman were in favor. Directors Rocky Ahner, William Hill Jr. and Lori Nothstein were opposed. Director Hal Resh was absent.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Hahn

Funeral services have been set for Friday for Jason "Jay" Hahn, and a memorial fund has been set up at a local bank to provide assistance with funeral expenses.

The body of the 22-year-old Andreas resident who was staying with a family in Tamaqua was found Saturday night in a wooded area along Silver Creek Road in Blythe Township.

He had been hit on the head with a metal pole. After an autopsy Monday, Schuylkill County coroner David Moylan said the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head and the manner is homicide.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A proposed skateboard/bike park may someday be located at the borough-owned vacant lot seen here at the southwest corner of Diamond and Chestnut streets in Slatington.

Ideas abounded at a recent Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.

Most vocal was member Jon Rinker, who said he would like to see the borough-owned vacant lot at Diamond and Chestnut streets, which the commission has discussed making into a park, become the new skateboard/bike park that teens and other young adults in the area have been trying to make come to fruition.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Seniors at Pleasant Valley High School received awards and scholarships for their scholastic achievements. Monetary awards to the students aided their expenses for their future education.

Awards were given to students ranging from $250 to $46,000, and over 40 students were recipients.

Some students received scholarships from their future colleges, while others took home memorial or athletic scholarships, among others.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On Monday evening, fire crews from Nesquehoning, New Columbus and Hauto, as well as Nesquehoning Ambulance and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources were dispatched to the area of Route 54 near the breast of the Hauto dam and the high tension lines for a reported brush fire.

Hauto Fire Chief David Walls confirmed the fire and discovered the inside of an abandoned building that once served as a switching station for PPL was on fire.

The building is located on Lehigh Coal & Navigation property.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court told a lawyer to respond to an accusation that he acted without the permission of a death row inmate who wants to waive his appeals and be executed.

The nation's highest court on Monday declined to review the sentence of Michael Ballard, 40, who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend and three others in Northampton in June 2010.

Attorney Marc Bookman had asked the court to review a state Supreme Court decision upholding the death sentence.