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Monday, June 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS These first grade pupils at Parkside Education Center in the Palmerton Area School District receive their lunches recently. Pictured serving lunch to the students is cafeteria worker Eileen Heiney.

Pupils at a Palmerton Area School District elementary school could receive free breakfast and lunch in the 2014-15 school year.

About 200 pupils would receive the free meals in kindergarten and first grade at the Parkside Education Center next year if the district's application for the Community Eligibility Provision is approved.

District business manager Diane Serfass announced at a recent school board workshop session that the district has until June 30 to apply for the provision.

Monday, June 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Lioness Club held its monthly meeting on June 9at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. New officers were installed for 2014-2015. They are, from left, Martha Moyer, vice president; Kathleen Kenderish, secretary; Madeline Ligenza, president; and Sandy Gallagher,installation officer. Missing from the photo is Debbie Trainer, treasurer. It was announced Christmas in July will be hosted by the Jim Thorpe Lioness at Kimmel's Personal Care Home at 6 p.m. July 14. The club will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in August. New members are welcome.

Monday, June 16, 2014

An addition to its light and power building could cost Lehighton up to $490,000.

Just two companies submitted proposals to the borough on Friday, with C&E Ankiewicz, of Mountain Top, Luzerne County, turning in the apparent low bid of $487,082.

That bid was $8,309 less than the $495,391 proposal turned in by Kistler Buildings of Fogelsville.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the borough had set aside $400,000 from this year's light and power budget to afford the project.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Two defendants in pending cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court last week.

Andrew Anthony Kressler, 65, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

He was arrested on Jan. 17 at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe. He was the courthouse for an appointment at the adult probation office and was intoxicated and caused a disturbance. He was jailed that day and later released on bail.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to a free Backyard Bible Club from 10:30 a.m. until noon Tuesday through Thursday, July 1-3 at the Lehighton Grove Park.

The church is also hosting a free baseball camp on the same dates from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the field at Sixth and Coal Street in Lehighton.

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers, pastor, at 610-714-9834 or at www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Monday, June 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 1996 Jaguar XJ6 was among the many impressive vehicles to be entered into the Palmerton Car Show held Saturday in the borough park. Pictured is (standing, from left) car owner Peter Lachowksi, Mack Iwinski, and (seated) Andrea Cwiklinska, all of Allentown.

Monday, June 16, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Late Friday night motorists travelingRoute 209 near the new bridgeconstruction site in Jim Thorpe begancalling the Carbon County Communications Center reporting what they believed to be a possible subsidance in the roadway. With the heavy rains, people were comcerned that the steep embankment would wash away at the site where a new bridge will carry Route 903 over the Lehigh River and railroad yard to intersect with Route 209. Officials of the construction company monitored the site during the weekend.

Monday, June 16, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley met on Sunday with about 20 parents of the Jim Thorpe Area School District about the potential of troubled teenagers from a private facility being transferred to clasrooms in the district.

A meeting on the topic is scheduled for 6 p.m. today in Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Heffley said he is hoping the matter can be resolved without the district having to bring the teens to the public classrooms.

He said the meeting on Sunday with the parents lasted about 45 minutes and he shared his feelings with them.

Monday, June 16, 2014

A sentencing date has been set for former Coaldale mayor Richard P. Corkery, who was convicted last week on 27 counts of child pornography.

Corkery, 75, of Coaldale, will appear before Judge Steven R. Serfass at 9 a.m. on Sept. 16.

The 27 counts come under the provisions of Megan's Law, meaning Corkery must undergo a sexual offenders evaluation by the state sexual offenders assessment board.

The evaluation is to determine if Corkery is a violent sexual predator. If the board finds he is, then he must register for life as a sexual offender.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Organizers of the "Dear Tamaqua Project" will be at the Tamaqua ABC Hi Rise from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to provide information about the project, as well as assist anyone who wishes to participate.