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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Panther Valley Elementary School has announced the recipients of the Student of the Month Awards for October, November and December 2011; as well as January 2012. Certificates of Achievement were presented to students in grades 1-5.

As well as the certificates, each student also received a Student of the Month Magnet, a "Kids Are Special" bumper sticker and a meal coupon from McDonald's.

Students realize that it is a very special achievement and strive to achieve this recognition.

October's Students of the Month

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors were asked to vote on policy revisions, one section was voted on separately from the other 16 policy revisions. That one was policy 6.2.1.17-No. 916 School Volunteers.

It received a vote of five "yes" and three "no" to have it tabled. Board director Harvey Frable was absent. Directors Russ Gould, Dominick Sacci and Steve Borger were the three "no" votes.

All the other policies that were voted on were approved 7-1 with James Spinola voting "no."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An Allentown man who fled from Palmerton police was scheduled to appear in court.

Ryan Cebrosky, 19, was set to have a preliminary hearing this morning before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Cebrosky is charged with one count of escape. He is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $5,000 straight bail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Palmerton patrolman Kevin Buck:

Buck was traveling westbound on Franklin Avenue in the area of Fifth Street at around 4:45 p.m. Feb. 10 when he observed Cebrosky.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, offers tips to a group of over 30 concerned area residents who gathered at a private home near Quakake on Tuesday to learn how to become more crime-savvy for their own protection.

Local residents and businesses are trying to become more crime-savvy for their own protection after the recent spike in holdups and burglaries.

Since Jan. 20, eight local robberies have taken place, some of them armed. In addition, there have been various break-ins and numerous thefts reported in the Schuylkill-Carbon region. The crime spree has reached from Kidder Township to Frackville.

On Tuesday, Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township, addressed a group of over 30 concerned residents at a breakfast session held at a private residence near Quakake.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Palmerton's decision to build a new fire station has ruffled the feathers of its fire department.

Last week, borough council, on a 6-0 vote, with one abstention, agreed to proceed with the construction of the fire station near the intersection of Third Street and Avenue B.

But, Joe Rogowitz, president of the Palmerton Fire Company, told the TIMES NEWS this morning members don't believe a new station is necessary, and would rather see the money used to fix up the current building.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of President's Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Schuylkill County man has admitted stealing $420,000 worth of aircraft parts from his employer.

State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged Kevin Hook, 27, of Cressona, with one count each of theft and receiving stolen property, both felonies.

He is accused of taking several aircraft parts from the Hexcel Corporation, located at 172 Industrial Park Road, in East Norwegian Township, during the period of Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 6 a.m. Hook was an employee at the firm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos, foreground, listens as state Fraternal Order of Police attorney Tom Egan makes his case before Coaldale Borough Council on Tuesday. Sitting next to Egan is Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich.

Coaldale Borough Council on Tuesday virtually eliminated its full-time police department as a cost-cutting measure.

Council voted unanimously to furlough the borough's three full-time officers, leaving only Chief Timothy Delaney and two part-timers as it adopted a 2012 budget that calls for a 2.5 mill tax increase.

Council also cut two full-time borough worker jobs.

"There was nothing against their work ethics or anything like that. It just came down to number-crunching," Councilman Tom Keerans said after the public meeting. "Benefits are very expensive these days."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Judy Borger, county director of the Department of Community and Economic Development, told Mahoning supervisors that the township is once again considered an entitlement community for the distribution of Community Development Block Grants, but that there are some challenges to determining how to use the money.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) addressed the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors as a representative of a coalition of people who were in favor of a post-Labor Day school opening, of which PMVB is one.

He wanted PV to consider a post Labor Day school opening, at least for the next three years, 2012, 2013 and 2014 because Labor Day will fall on Sept. 3, Sept. 2, and Sept. 1, consecutively.

He is currently visiting all school districts in the Pocono Mountains region to plead this cause.