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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A "downtown mall" was proposed for First Street in Lehighton during the reorganization meeting dinner program of the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce held at Mahoning Valley Country Club.

"The Downtown Mall" is the idea of Frank Brunner, Lehighton, who with Dan Watt, presented an artist's conception of the business section. The pavements along the east side of the borough park would be removed and the street widened.

The mall would extend from Coal Street to Iron Street.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tamaqua School Board approved a first reading of policies which will add electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, to the list of tobacco products which are banned in school buildings and on school grounds, and in vehicles such as buses and vans which are under control of the school district.

The policies to be amended include those for administrative employees, professional employees and non-instructional employees.

The ban will also be in effect for members of the public who are attending school events.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Palmerton Area School District is in the market for a new business manager.

That comes after the school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, approved the resignation of business manager Diane Serfass, effective on or before Dec. 8. Director Susan Debski was absent.

Afterward, board President Tammy Recker told Serfass she will be missed.

"We are very sad to see you go," Recker said.

Serfass resigned from the post because she has accepted a position as business manager at the Monroe Career & Technical Institute in Bartonsville.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Jeffrey Collins, Tamaqua's first artist in residence, explains how he combines acrylic mediums and yarn to create a look all his own,producing art that's a cross between painting and sculpture. Collins introduced his special gift Saturday at an exhibition inside the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, where the Columbus, Ohio,resident announced he intends to remain in Tamaqua because "there's always something going on."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lehighton Area School District has a little more work to do before ground can be broken on its new football stadium.

Members of the Carbon County Planning Commission voted to recommend conditional plan rejection for the plan on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beth Anne Mumford, state director of Americans for Prosperity, will speak at a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Lehighton American Legion Post.

A general meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project will precede the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Sandy Dellecker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said Mumford will speak on a variety of topics including the president's war on coal via the EPA, updates on paycheck protection and Common Core.

Attendance is free.

Those attending can have dinner at the Legion beginning at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Lansford Alive, a nonprofit organization formed 14 years ago to revitalize downtown Lansford, received a $1,500 donation from the PPL Corporation on Monday. Pictured are, Paul Canevari, PPL Pocono Regional Affairs Director, left, and Mark Sverchek, Lansford Alive immediate past president. "The money will allow the organization to continue to do its good work in Lansford," Sverchek said during a check presentation outside the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development office in Lehighton. Sverchek didn't earmark the money for any specific projects, but said the donation will pair well with a $275,000 Streetscape Grant received after a joint application by Lansford Alive and Lansford Borough.

Lansford Alive, a nonprofit organization formed 14 years agoto revitalize downtown Lansford, received a $1,500 donationfrom the PPL Corporation on Monday. Pictured are, Paul Canevari, PPL Pocono Regional Affairs Director, left, and Mark Sverchek,Lansford Alive immediate past president. "The money will allow the organization to continue to do its good work in Lansford," Sverchek said during a check presentation outside the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development office in Lehighton.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Alex Kessler, a sixth-grade student at Panther Valley Middle School, left, watches as elementary art teacher Gail Christopher Lazar unveils a framed piece of her artwork during meeting of Panther Valley School Board. Kessler received an "artist emeritus" award and the drawing will be placed in the library of Panther Valley Elementary School.

Panther Valley School District has inaugurated a program to recognize aspiring artists.

During a meeting of the Panther Valley School Board on Thursday, the first "artist emeritus" was recognized.

A drawing by sixth-grade student Alex Kessler was unveiled.

Kessler, now a student at Panther Valley Middle School, was an elementary student in fifth grade when she drew the line drawing with a Native American theme.

Elementary art teacher Gail Christopher Lazar unveiled the drawing to the school board.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Senior High School will hold an Open House on Thursda.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Parents should report to their student's homeroom.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Shubeck

A former Lansford police officer was placed on probation Tuesday in Carbon County court on a charge of corruption of a minor after previously pleading guilty to the charge.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II sentenced Robert J. Shubeck, 41, of Nesquehoning to serve 36 months probation on the charge.

Shubeck admitted giving alcohol to a teenage boy. In a plea bargain a section of the corruption count, concerning an alleged sexual relationship Shubeck had with the teenage boy, was dropped which probably spared him a possible jail term.