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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Panther Valley School Board agreed, with member Roy Angst opposed, to purchase 32 cameras and six audio recording devices for school buses. Angst said he voted against the $10,770 purchase from Zentinel, because it was an "unnecessary expense."

The action was taken Thursday.

School board President Jeff Markovich said the equipment includes "added security" measures, but would not say what they were.

Kistler Transportation has agreed to reimburse the district for half the cost, or $5,385. The cost will be paid through the district's maintenance budget.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Palmerton residents can expect the holiday season to arrive a little early this year.

That's because a Christmas in the Park event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.

The event will be hosted by the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee, which plans to decorate the park with new lights in time for Christmas.

Committee member Michele O' Neil said the goal of the event "is to have families, businesses, and various organizations sponsor live Christmas trees in the park."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a hike on the Christman and Cove Ridge trails, Beltzville State Park, on Aug. 14.

The hike is 6 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails transverse through an evergreen forest and run parallel to the Beltzville State Park lake.

Hikers will meet in the Christman Trail parking lot, located on Pohopoco Drive, at 10 a.m. Bring a lunch or snacks.

Call Tracey at (570) 467-2506 for more information or weather conditions. All pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Voting is now open for "Project Drive-In," a campaign by Honda Motor Co. to save America's drive-in movie theaters and provide five theaters nationwide with a digital movie projector.

For one local theater, their fate hinges on this vote. The Mahoning Drive-In theater will likely close at the end of this year if they do not win a digital projector.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
David Huebner

The Citizens Fire Company No. 2 and Mahanoy City EMS has announced the Grand Marshal for the 59th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighters Convention Parade and the 150th Anniversary of Mahanoy City.

He is United States Ambassador David Huebner.

The parade willl be held at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

A native of Mahanoy City, Ambassador David Huebner currently serves as the American Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

He is the son of Elizabeth and the late David Huebner (Sr.) of East Pine Street.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A pageant, Little Miss and Mr. Summit and Junior Miss and Mr. Summit, will be held at Fall Fest, hosted by The Summit, on Saturday, Oct. 5 in the parking lot at The Summit, 211 North 12th St., Lehighton. Contestants may register from now until the deadline on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Fall Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The pageant will begin at 10 a.m. There is a registration fee per child.

Two age categories: 0-4 years old criteria, Who's the cutest?; 5-10 years old criteria, Who has the best talent?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A cleanup was conducted along the Lehigh Riverin Lehighton by high school students. The efforts were led by Ben Ronemus and Adrian Potoczak from Palmerton Junior High. Ben contacted Frank Potoczak, owner of Castle Grill, and asked if his crew could do the project. The Castle Grill provided gift cards to the students.Participants in the project are, l-r, Ben Glueck, Peter Phelan, Thomas Phelan, Matt Schwietzer, Chris Windbeck, Abbey Obert, Emily Snyder, Rene Ronemus, and Olivia Hine.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Carbon County man who admitted setting fire to an apartment building was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday and also faces a big restitution bill.

David Leone, 23, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of one day less one year to one day less two years in the county prison. The prison term will be followed by 36 months of probation, Serfass ruled.

Leone previously pleaded guilty to one count each arson-criminal solicitation, insurance fraud, both felonies, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor one.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Although passers-by are credited with helping four family members escape from a fast-spreading dwelling fire on Friday morning in Lehighton, it was really Stephanie Roberts who proved to be the heroine.

Roberts and her three children were asleep when fire erupted in their residence on Bridge Street shortly after 6 a.m. Friday. Roberts was awakened by dense smoke. The children were asleep in another room.

"It was terrifying," said Roberts. "My thoughts were of the kids and getting them out."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Marine Band of Allentown has announced that 2013 Weatherly Area High School graduate Laura Palmer will be a featured soloist at a concert on Friday, Aug. 16, at West Park in Allentown.

This summer, the band has been featuring outstanding youth musicians from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, and Miss Palmer will be performing the "Concertino for Flute" by Cecile Chaminade.