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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Changes to its secondary scheduling for the 2013-14 school year are under review in the Palmerton Area School District.

Paula Husar, junior high school principal, and Kathy Egan, high school principal, shared their master schedules with the school board at a workshop meeting on Tuesday.

Husar prefaced her presentation by stating "I feel very strongly that any change in schedule has to be something we all feel is going to work."

Thursday, February 7, 2013

In a three day period Samuel Thomas Steffie, 41, of 600 Railroad St., Schuylkill Haven, was found guilty by two juries in trials held this week in Schuylkill County court.

He was found guilty of two counts of selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors after a one day trial before Judge Jacqueline Russell but was found not guilty of charges of simple assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of corruption of minors.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

David Rudy Cipko, 36, of 175 Penn Street, Tamaqua, was found guilty Wednesday afternoon by a jury of several criminal charges following a two day trial in Schuylkill County court and faces a possible state prison sentence.

A jury, after almost two hours of deliberation, found him guilty of two counts of simple assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person but found him not guilty of charges of burglary, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, terroristic threats and false imprisonment.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Efforts to raise the level of interest in music are under way in the Palmerton Area School District.

Don Szena, vice president of the Palmerton Area Music Parents Association, introduced the organization to the school board at a workshop meeting on Tuesday.

Szena said the group will be supporting students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and added that they currently have 68 members.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host a program, "What Are We Going to Eat?" at noon Saturday, Feb. 9.

Everyone makes food choices every day, but where does food come from? How does it get from "there" to the stores to our table? This program discusses how much energy is really in the food we eat and how it is used by our bodies. The program will explore food choices and help us to become better informed about those choices. Some "food for thought" will be offered at the conclusion of the program.

The program is for ages 8 and up.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Election 2013: Carbon and municipal races to be decided

(Editor's Note: In an effort to inform our readers of various governmental offices that are subject to election/re-election in 2013, with this story, the TIMES NEWS begins a five-part series relating to the election process.)

A county and municipal election cycle awaits voters in Carbon County in 2013.

Whereas last year's elections focused on state and national offices, there will be races in boroughs, townships and school districts this time around, in addition to three Carbon County row office holders terms of office being set to expire.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Diocese of Allentown will launch its annual Catholic Charities program on Sunday, March 3, at 5 p.m. at The DeSales University Center, Center Valley. The theme for the sixth annual gala will be "Caring for Our Communities."

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A spectacular fire broke out in Lansford's business district this evening, chasing 17 people from their homes and leaving inits smoldering path injuries, heartbreak, and damage. The fire occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on West Ridge Street. There were several firefighters injured battling the inferno, the most seriously being Lansford fireman Calvin Frantz Jr., 51, of 25 W. Abbott St. He was injured when a false front on a building collapsed on him. He is in critical condition in the Coaldale Hospital.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Watkins

Jaquiline Watkins, daughter of John and Julia Watkins, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for January at Weatherly Area High School.

Jaquiline is a member of Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society, the high school band, the high school chorus, County Band, District Band, and the drama club. She also serves as the manager for the boys' soccer team. Additionally, Jaquiline has been involved in the school's variety show, the robotics club, and the dance club.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Brendan Morgans, an eighth-grade student at Panther Valley Middle School, left, recently represented PV at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Intermediate Band and Orchestra Festival, held at Saucon Valley High School. Brendan is pictured with PVMS band director Joe Ogozalek. This was the third year in a row that Morgans played trumpet at the District 10 Band Festival. He is also a member of the Junior High Basketball Team, Carbon United Soccer Club, and Lansford Babe Ruth baseball team. He is the son of Rick and Jacqui Morgans of Nesquehoning.