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Friday, March 2, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when she lost control of her Chevrolet Tahoe and struck two trees in Lehigh Township. The crash occurred as the victim was traveling east on Lehigh Drive (SR248) just east of Locust Drive when she lost control. Her SUV left the right berm sliding broadside into the trees. Reports from the communications center was the victim had been ejected from the vehicle. She was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill. The Lehigh Township Fire Company responded to the scene.

Friday, March 2, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Northern Lehigh High School Band that will perform Saturday in the 54th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Concert at Whitehall High School are (front row, l-r) Abigail Messinger, sophomore; Heather Heiney, senior; Dana Fricker, junior (back row, l-r); Marc Beleno, sophomore; Clay Hardy, junior; Zac Schegel, sophomore; and Michael Miller, senior.

They're are all amped up and ready to steal the show at what will undoubtedly be their marquee performance of the year.

Any last second jitters will have to be overcome when members of the Northern Lehigh High School Band play at the 54th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Festival.

The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Whitehall High School Auditorium. The Host director this year is Matthew Tanzos, band director of Whitehall High School.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Carbon County officials are questioning the specifics of an ordinance that the state is asking counties to adopt.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board of commissioners voted to authorize the advertising of a proposed unconventional gas well fee.

The new law provides counties with the power to impose flat fee on a Marcellus Shale well.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, questioned the fee, asking if the county would benefit from adopting this ordinance even though it does not have any Marcellus Shale wells in the county.

Friday, March 2, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Kindergarten pupils at St. John Neumann Regional School's Slatington campus recently presented Joseph and Isa Bechtel of Slatington with flowers and a stuffed sheep as Principal Sister Virginia Stephanie watches on, as part of Catholic Schools Week and Parents School Month earlier this month.

They've been pillars in the Slatington community for as long as anyone can remember.

Which is why, then, it should have come as no surprise to Joseph and Elizabeth Bechtel when pupils at St. John Neumann Regional School paid respects to them.

Pupils at the school's Slatington campus honored the service of the Bechtel's recently as part of Parents School Month and Catholic Schools Week.

Friday, March 2, 2012
 MICHAEL A. HEERY/ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

PathStone Regional Deputy of Child and Family Development Services Bernetta Frantz was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed her organization's programs – including Carbon County Head Start, Early Head Start, and Pre-K Counts. Pictured left to right are Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7410 Barbara Belón, Frantz, and Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Many drivers were surprised Wednesday with a thin layer of slick snow and slush. Despite only receiving minimal accumulations of snow, there were multiple reports of minor fender benders and accidents throughout our area. PennDOT, borough and township workers were also called out to lay road salt on both major and municipal roads. There were no reports of serious injuries. The driver of this red Dodge Journey van crashed into a tree and took out a mailbox after failing to negotiate a slippery SR54 in Hometown yesterday. Ryan Township ambulance and Rush Township Police responded.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Marian Catholic's FBLA chapter recently participated in the Region 23 Conference at Susquehanna University. The objective testing for the conference was completed online at the individual chapter schools, while the performance events were held at the university.

While at the conference on Jan. 10, members participated in an opening session, voted for candidates for the regional office, and attended an awards session. The Tolerance Troupe of Selinsgrove High School was there to present their dramatic skits on cyberbullying and hurtful teenage relationships.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Heiney

The Woman's Club of Slatington has named Heather Heiney, the Girl of the Month for March. She is a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School.

She is treasurer for Student Council and the senior class. She is the drum major of the marching band, editor in chief for the yearbook, student representative for the NLSD school board, plays the piccolo and flute in concert band, a member of Scholastic Scrimmage, Interact, SADD and is stage manager for the fall play and spring musical.

She has been a part of the Lehigh County Honors Band for the past two years.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Marian High School will hold an informal question and answer session on Monday evening, March 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the library for all parents and students interested in attending Marian in the fall.

Faculty, staff and administration will be available to answer any questions parents or students may have regarding registration, academics, financial aid or athletics.

Everyone is welcome to attend this information session. For more information/registration, call the development office at (570) 467-0641.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Palmerton Area High School student was reportedly questioned earlier this week after he allegedly made threats on Facebook.

Attempts by the TIMES NEWS to substantiate the alleged incident called in to the newsroom Wednesday afternoon by a concerned mother were unsuccessful in time for today's publication.

Contacted this morning, high school Principal Kathy Egan wouldn't confirm or deny whether the incident took place.