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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Lehighton Area School District has released the list of the elementary Students of the Month. They are broken down by school.

East Penn Elementary School

Kindergarten: Mrs. Betz - Tanner Manogue; first grade: Mrs. Bruch - Elizabeth Kimble, and Mrs. Zerbe - Alexis Kester; second grade: Mrs. Biery - Dakota Nedley, and Mrs. Bonser - Erin Homm; third grade: Mrs. Snyder - Makella Szozda, and Miss Wassmer - Natasha Schleicher; fourth grade: Mrs. Breiner - Mackenzie Borger, and Mrs. Kattner - Jacob Meenan.

Franklin Elementary School

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Three area people were among 13 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced Wednesday by Judge John E. Domalakes.

Zachary I. Hess, 25, of 204 Valley Street, Brockton Village, Schuylkill Township, on a DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol charge, was sentenced to serve five days to six months in the Schuylkill County Prison with the sentence to begin on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. He was also granted immediate permission to participate in the work release program.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Members of the Fairview Hose Company in East Mauch Chunk answered an emergency call for services today to rescue a kitten that had been "treed" on South Street. "Oscar," owned by the Emory Sofranko family, was chased up the tree by a dog on Wednesday and had been occupying its lofty perch in Frank E. McGinley's walnut tree since that time. Fire Chief George Hummel scaled a tall ladder to retrieve Oscar. Over 50 spectators gathered to witness the feat.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Carbon County Correctional Facility officials are taking proper measures to ensure the safety of the inmates.

During the monthly county prison board meeting on Wednesday, officials responded to anonymous complaints about the medical staff at the prison.

Diane McFadden, a mother of two of inmates at the prison, approached the board about information she heard about the prison not taking proper care of the inmates when medical issues arise.

"I'm here because I'm concerned for their safety," she said to the prison board.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has applied for a pair of grants and plans to throw its hat into the ring for a third source of funding.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, informed the school board on Tuesday that applications have been sent in for the Keystones to Opportunity grant and Environmental Education grant.

Also referred to as Striving Readers, the Keystones to Opportunity grant is geared to advance literacy skills - such as pre-literacy skills, reading and writing - for students from birth through grade 12.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ronald Blisard of Nesquehoning has received an appointment by Gov. Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board.

Blisard was one of nearly two dozen new members appointed to the board. Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) applauded the governor's appointment of Blisard, who has more than 40 years of professional and leadership experience in various lines of corporate work.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jack Gunsser reaches for another antique during his presentation at the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

Jack Gunsser returned to the Palmerton Area Historical Society on Jan. 9 with some of his antiques. This was his third visit, and he said it is his final one.

He thanked the group for his Christmas dinner and said he enjoyed the company. He was the presenter for that event also.

Gunsser said he was in Walmart and someone came up to him and said he recognized him from the story (Christmas) in the Times News. He got Facebook messages referring to the same article.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Swim/Dive Team Boosters will sponsor a used clothing/toy drive this weekend, Jan. 21 and 22. The drop off location will be the East End Fire Company, 553 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours will be: Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Items which may be donated include: wearable and usable clothing; shoes, belts and handbags; coats, hats and gloves; bed and bath linens; stuffed animals and toys. All items must be packaged in plastic garbage bags.

Furniture, CDs, DVDs, etc. will not be accepted.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #238 held their installation recently at their lodge in Hometown. Pictured from left are DelRoy Haas, trustee; Roland Harper, secretary; Donald Fetter, Senior Warden; Edward Moran, Master; John Schrickram, Junior Warden; Richard Hadesty, Pursuivant; Tom Jones, trustee; and David G. Billig, treasurer. For more information about the Tamaqua Masonic Lodge and their 37th District and affiliated lodges, visit www.PAGrandLodge.org

Thursday, January 19, 2012
A fireman probes the damaged heating unit, source of Wednesday's fire.

With the cold weather comes the threat of chimney fire and that turned into a reality for a Penn Forest Township family when fire damaged their home Wednesday afternoon.

The fire, at 90 Behrens road in the Bear Creek Lakes developement, broke out just after noon.

The family managed to escape the flames and no injuries were reported.

When fire companies from Carbon and Monroe counties arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames were shooting from an exterior wall surrounding the chimney.