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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the second 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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lehighton is the largest borough in Carbon County. What do smaller towns like Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, and Summit Hill have that Lehighton doesn't?

A historical society.

That could soon change.

At a meeting of Lehighton Borough Council this week, a request was made to utilize a room in the borough annex, rent free. The request was made by Dr. Harrison Hoppes, who 10 1/2 years ago was one of the founders of the Lehighton Area Heritage Alliance (LAHA).

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tonight, for the second time this month, the moon's orbit will bring it unusually close to Earth.

Although it will be a crescent, the moon will appear bigger and brighter than normal.

Are you planning to take photos? If you do send them to tneditor@tnonline.com and we'll post them on our website and possibly in the newspaper.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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

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

All were placed for a year.

Placed by Judge Joseph J. Matika were:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Banks Township supervisors thought they were starting 2014 with a $21,000 surplus.

Instead, they are just a few dollars away from a deficit.

The township supervisors approved a final 2014 budget for $275,110 at a special meeting Monday night that calls for maintaining the township's 1.1-mill property tax rate.

But new Supervisor Charles Schalles, who doubles as the township secretary-treasurer, said when the current board got township records, they found $19,000 in unpaid bills from 2013.

"Nothing was paid after Dec. 18 (2013)," Schalles said.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

District Attorney Christine Holman appeared before the Schuylkill County commissioners Wednesday to report on additional personnel changes she has made in her office.

Kurt Montz, of Schuylkill Haven, was hired as a detective supervisor replacing Gregory Meisner, North Manheim Township, who resigned from his position as supervisor and county detective. Montz's salary was set at $22.75 per hour.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the second semester of the 2013-2014 school year.

To be eligible for distinguished honors, a student must earn 93 percent or better in all major subjects.

First honors is awarded to those students who earn a 90 grade point average, with no grade lower than an 87, while an 85 or better grade point average, with no grade below an 82, is needed for second honors.

Distinguished

honors

Seniors: Tara Koskulitz, Joseph Letcher, Monica Wasik

Thursday, January 30, 2014

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting Monday evening, Gretchen Laviolette reported that this year marked the 25th year that Lehighton Area School District Holiday Educare Program helped to make the Christmas season brighter for struggling families throughout the district.

"It is an honor to be considered the 'chair' of this program," said Laviolette. "However, it truly is a team effort."

In addition to serving as chairperson of the program, Laviolette is a math teacher at Lehighton Area High School.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Venture Group include participants from the borough of Slatington, Washington Township, the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, the Mason Lodge & Eastern Star, the Slatington Lions Club, the Rotary, Future Focus, the Northern Lehigh Historical Society, the Northern Lehigh Community Center and the Walnutport Playground Association, along with many other community individuals, gather Wednesday at its first meeting of 2014. They are, front from left, Anita Lear, Jason Breidinger, Josh Friebolin, Bob Treskot, Paul Gass and Ted Kistler; and back, Walter Niedermeyer, Nancy Treskot, Donald Eckhart, Nick Smith, Pete Papay, Clarence Smith and Jim Layland.

Handing over the reins of one project, and picking up those of another, were major topics at the Venture Group's first meeting of the year Wednesday night at Slatington's borough hall.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

A fire broke out just after 4 a.m. today at a residence along Schleicher Lane, East Penn Township. According to reports, East Penn Township, Bowmanstown and Mahoning Township fire departments responded to the structure fire to battle the blaze. At approximately 8:45 a.m., crews were again called to the same location after the fire rekindled at the residence.