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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Carol Boyce

A recent Palmerton Area School District superintendent has been appointed to the head post at a school district in Susquehanna County.

Carol Boyce, who served as PASD superintendent for five years, on Monday was named superintendent of schools in the Montrose Area School District.

Boyce is set to begin her tenure there effective Feb. 3, under the terms of a three-year contract, with a starting salary of $120,000.

Montrose is a small, rural school district located in northwestern Susquehanna County.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Veteran Northern Lehigh School Board Director Mathias Green, left, accepts a Pennsylvania School Board Association School Board Service Award from board President Edward Hartman on Monday.

If Northern Lehigh School District chooses to raise the property tax rate next year, it will not be above the mandated state index.

On an 8-0 vote, the school board on Monday approved the Act 1 Tax Levy Resolution, which essentially states that the district may raise taxes up to the 2.8-percent index in the 2014-15 school year. Director Gary Fedorcha was absent.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Cheerleading Squad sponsored a number of "Pink Out" events during the 2013 fall sports season. With the help of fellow students, faculty, family and friends, the squad raised $2,200 in October for St. Luke's University Hospital Cancer Centers. A check was presented to St. Luke's representatives on Tuesday. On hand for the presentation were, front from left, Missy Hess, cheerleading coach; and Robyn Plesniarski, supervisor of Radiation Oncology, St.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reaction was mixed Monday night to the concept of an elementary center at the Lehighton.

"Obviously, there are pros and cons to each concept (elementary center versus four individual elementary buildings)," said Suzanne Howland, principal of East Penn and Franklin Elementary Schools. "Each current elementary building is unique and different."

Aaron Sebelin, principal of Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools, agreed. "Each building has its own 'small school feel,'" he said.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

HSBC Bank, U.S.A., N.A., to Robert Jandura, Greenwood Lake, N.Y., property at 724 Pine St., $60,299.

Franklin Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal National Mortgage Association, Philadelphia, property at 31 Acorn Drive, $1.

Kidder Township

Gary A. Cooper to Robert V. Koble, Box 57A, White Haven R.1, property along River Road, White Haven, $70,000.

Wayne l. Hockersmith to Jeffrey L. Hockersmith, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., property along Skyline Drive, Lake Harmony, $1.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Tamaqua man was among several people hired by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board when it met Monday at the Maple Campus in Norwegian Township.

James Gurcsik was hired as the culinary arts instructor at a salary of $40,232 per year under the collective bargaining agreement.

Others hired were:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
bob ford/times news A bird flies above a shrouded Saint Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe Tuesday afternoon.

The area was shrouded in fog Tuesday and the haze continued this morning.

The fog, combined with icy glazed roads brought road crews out this morning. Area schools decided to play it safe with two-hour delays.

According to the National Weather Service, visibility was reduced to one-quarter mile or less. The fog alert continued through mid-day.

Tonight, there's a chance of snow showers.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Zinc Corp. of America yesterday announced that it will be closing its zinc oxide facility in Palmerton resulting in the layoffs of 100 local men and bringing to an end a legacy of over 80 years of zinc production at the plant.

Workers were notified yesterday of the phasedown, which is scheduled to be completed by September of this year.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings recently on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed against defendants currently on either parole or probation for violating the conditions of their release.

Frank Dandrea, 25, of Weatherly, had his parole revoked on a driving under the influence on petition filed by probation Officer Joseph Bettine for violating conditions by using heroin, which violated the zero tolerance provision, and for his unsuccessful discharge from the Salvation Army program in Harrisburg.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Western Pocono Community Library will be featuring Saturday Movies at the Library.

Movies geared for adults will be played every Saturday in January beginning at 1 p.m. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. For a schedule of movie titles please call the library at 570-992-7934.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 WPCL will be serving hot tea and cookies (while supplies last). All proceeds benefit the library.