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Thursday, February 27, 2014

One man was sent to the hospital Tuesday evening following a two-vehicle crash at Leiby's Intersection in South Tamaqua.

According to West Penn Township Police Chief Brian Johnson, Sonia Mann, 43, of Stroudsburg was driving north on SR309 in a 2012 Honda Civic and attempted to make a left turn on to Clamtown Road. A 2010 Toyota pick up truck, operated by John Shorten Jr. of Lehighton, was traveling south at the same time and entered the intersection as Mann began turning.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

At their February meeting, Mahoning Township supervisors unanimously agreed to show support for a Carbon County Council of Governments by adopting a resolution to participate in it.

The Council of Governments is being formed for the purpose of sharing services and to form a bloc of communities to apply for grants and related types of business.

In a second vote, the board appointed township Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt to act as the voting delegate on the board with Vice Chairperson Franklin Ruch acting as an alternate delegate. This motion also carried unanimously.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School students who were recently inducted into the Leo Club include, front, from left, Thomas Quigley, Caitlin McCormick, Kianna Marlatt and Amber Thomas; and back, Ashton Bevans, Wyatt Delans, Emily Bevans and Everette Bevans.

Northern Lehigh High School has established its very own Leo Club.

Eight students were recently inducted into the school's brand new organization during a ceremony conducted by members of the Slatedale-Emerald Area Lions Club.

The students are seniors Thomas Quigley and Caitlin McCormick, juniors Kianna Marlatt, Amber Thomas and Emily Bevans, and freshmen Ashton Bevans, Everette Bevans and Wyatt Delans.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Over the past few weeks, the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the independent Office of Consumer Advocate each have received hundreds of calls and complaints from consumers regarding unexpected and dramatic spikes in the cost of their electricity.

Complaints suggest that in some circumstances consumer electricity costs increased as much as 300 percent in recent months. Many of the consumers affected appear to have recently switched to variable-rate pricing for their electricity.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved several personnel actions.

Janet Dagon of Pottsville resigned from her job as full-time assistant director of nursing at the county nursing home at Rest Haven. The job paid $58,340 a year.

Other Rest haven personnel moves:

Charlene Esler of St. Clair resigned from her job as a storeroom clerk.

Commissioners appointed Denise Hubler, Port Carbon, and Cherianne McCuller, Pottsville, as full-time nursing assistants.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kindergarten registration in the Panther Valley School District will take place April 22, 23, and 24, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the elementary school, 1 N. Mermon Ave., Nesquehoning.

For a child to be registered for kindergarten, the parent must call Panther Valley Elementary School and make an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Matthew P. Stinson will be the grand marshal of the 17th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The 17th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1, Carbon County, and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County, will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

The parade committee has selected Jim Thorpe resident Matthew P. Stinson Jr. to serve as grand marshal of the event.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jenna Haydt, a junior at Palmerton Area High School, earned High Honors (3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects).

Her name was inadvertently omitted from the original honor roll list that was printed in an article than ran on Feb. 19.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER /TIMES NEWS Cubmaster William Chechel describes the Heavy Shoulder award.

Cub Scouts of Pack 98, Brodheadsville, held its Blue and Gold banquet and advancement ceremonies Feb. 22 at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

Friends of Scouting gave a presentation asking for help to pay the $270 cost of a boy in Cub Scouting, calling it the "best investment you can make."

Den Chief Christopher Curtis, who organized the program, sang a prayer followed by the invocation by the Rev. Sean Carpenter.

"Thank you for the core values we teach these young men," Carpenter said.

The troop is sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lehighton Borough Council will hold a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

It will be a meeting of general purpose.