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Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday set salaries for its superintendent, business manager and solicitor.

Superintendent Rosemary Porembo will be paid $107,120 for the 2013-2014 year. The amount reflects a pay freeze. School Director Roy Angst cast the sole "no" vote.

Business Manager Kenneth Marx Jr. will be paid $75,480.46 for the 2013-2014 year. Again, the amount reflects a pay freeze, and again, Angst voted no.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The beach at Beltzville State Park in Lehighton has been reopened to swimmers wishing to take a dip.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach Friday afternoon after water sample tests revealed that the bacteria levels in the water were again safe for swimming.

The lake has been closed to swimmers since Tuesday evening, after water samples revealed high bacteria counts in the lake.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jim Thorpe Community Watch and Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch are joining forces to discuss the viability in coordinating a Carbon County Community Watch.

With the idea of "neighbor helping neighbor," the two groups will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School to address the matter.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
A newly purchased SUV sits in the rear driveway of a Summit Hill home after catching fire yesterday. An adjacent garage and car were also damaged from high temperatures.

Firefighters and police were called to the rear of 109 East Amidon Street in Summit Hill around 10 a.m. Friday after the owner of a newly purchased SUV called 911 to report his new vehicle was on fire.

"The vehicle was fully engulfed when we arrived," said Summit Hill Police Chief Joe Fittos Jr.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Sign on the Gehring Farm barn reads 1887. The barn once housed cows and horses, now it serves as a warehouse for old farm equipment. Note where the roof was raised on the upper left side of the barn.

Marvin Gehring was heartbroken last week as he was preparing to leave the homestead that his great-grandfather settled in the 1870s, a farm that had remained in his family until a little over 40 years ago when it was taken by the state of Pennsylvania under eminent domain to create Mauch Chunk Lake, the surrounding watershed, and Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Area fairgoers can enjoy the Carbon County Fair one day longer than planned.

The additional day is due to inclement weather on Friday, which caused the fair committee to cancel the fair yesterday except for agricultural events. The fair will be open today and Sunday, beginning at noon.

On Saturday, the regular schedule of events will be held, which includes an antique field stock tractor pull at 4 p.m. in the arena; and a country spectular event throughout the day on the main stage.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A new bench was dedicated to volunteer Claire Heiney for her 14 years of service to the Carbon County Fair. She was misidentified in a newspaper story in the Wednesday, Aug. 7 issue of the TIMES NEWS. Heiney also was recognized by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for her volunteer service to the fair.

Also Judy Shutack was named a Volunteer of the Year at the Carbon County Fair. She was also wrongly identified in a story about the opening ceremony of the Carbon County Fair.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the errors.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

District 14-U recently held a Banner Exchange in Milford when District Governor Liz McElwee, left, a member of the West Penn Lions Club, received the District Governor Banner from immediate Past District Governor Sharon Kimmel, a member of the Milford Lions Club. The banner will be in McElwee's possession until June 30, 2014. The exchange was hosted by the Milford Lions Club.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob Kuntz holds a sample of the keepsake slate for which orders will be taken at the kickoff.

The kickoff of the year-long celebration of Slatington's 150th anniversary is getting close.

The events committee for the borough's anniversary committe said volunteers are needed for the Aug. 24 kickoff for various jobs, including manning stands, ticket sales and taking borrowed chairs to the site.

At this week's meeting, the committee began finalizing plans.

The kickoff celebration will begin at 4 p.m., but volunteers are needed beginning at 9 a.m.

Needed are more crafters.