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Thursday, May 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nathan Cunfer was first in Class III of the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest. Caitlene Santos won in Class II and Sydney Stein was first in Class I. Ruth Porter was on the essay committee.

On Thursday, May 15, three students at St. John Neumann School, Palmerton received the Americanism Essay Award given by Oplinger-Hower American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 899, in Walnutport.

The auxiliary sponsored the Americanism Essay Contest for students from grades three through 12.

One award in each of the classes was presented.

This year the theme was "How Can I Show Pride in Being an American?"

Class I comprises grades three and four; Class II is for grades five and six and Class III is for grades seven and eight.

Winners this year are:

Thursday, May 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Megan Zurn, center, school nurse at S.S. Palmer Elementary, was one of two Palmerton Area School District employees to be honored with the PASR Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards on Tuesday. Pictured next to Zurn are Gloria Bowman, left, Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, and Jill C. DeLong, educational support chairwoman.

Two Palmerton Area School District employees have been lauded for their work.

Megan Zurn, school nurse at S.S. Palmer Elementary, and Tracy Smith, attendance secretary at Palmerton Area High School, received the PASR Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards during Tuesday's school board meeting.

The awards were presented on behalf of the Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, by Jill C. DeLong, educational support chairwoman, and Gloria Bowman.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lehighton Area School District plans to make improvements to its high school cafeteria.

On a unanimous vote on Monday, the school board agreed to advertise for the high school administration and maintenance director to begin getting quotes and planning for upgrades to the high school cafeteria.

The upgrades include, but are not limited to, existing pizza stations, expanding the salad station and equipment adjustments to allow for improved serving lines.

In other business, the board:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

If you are looking for something to do outside, you may want to rethink your options today, or bring rain gear.

Storms, some severe, are possible throughout the day.

According to the National Weather Service, which issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area through tonight, thunderstorms are possible, with a risk of severe storms this afternoon into early this evening. Temperatures will reach into the mid-70s.

Damaging winds and small hail are also possible if a severe storm develops.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Palmerton man who allegedly tried to take a video of a teenage girl changing clothes in a bathroom at Palmerton Area High School has had his charges bound over to Carbon County Court.

Robert Eckhart, 41, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Eckhart decided to waive his right to the hearing, and will appear for a pretrial status conference at 8:30 a.m. July 3 in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The proposed tax increase for property owners in the Tamaqua Area School District is still on the table.

During Tuesday's regular board meeting held at Tamaqua Area Middle School, members approved a preliminary budget that calls for about $37 a year more in school taxes for 2014-15 with some paying more and some less depending on property value.

The board has until the June meeting to finalize the budget, according to Daniel Schoener, chairman, finance committee.

The increase of 0.93 mill the value of a mill is $295,000 would generate $274,000 for the district.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A turkey flying across Interstate 80 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, was blamed for a one-vehicle crash.

State police at Fern Ridge said John Parrinello, 56, of Wanaque, New Jersey, was driving a 2007 Dodge Durango eastbound at 7:09 p.m. Saturday when a turkey flew across the road and struck the windshield of the Durango.

Glass fragments from the smashed windshield struck Parrinello on the left hand causing lacerations.

Parrinello did not require immediate medical attention.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a college prep course on May 31 for students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grades and their parents or guardians from Carbon County.

They will learn about college planning and test preparation from the perspective of LCCC students and college staff.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the LCCC Jim Thorpe campus, 1100 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

Following introductions and information about academics and test-taking, guests will board a bus for the college's main campus on Route 309 in Schnecksville.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Existing marriage license forms are no longer appropriate, but courthouse staffers say they'll do their best to comply with changes in Pennsylvania marriage laws.

Theresa Gaffney in the Clerk of Orphans' Court, Schuylkill County Courthouse, said Wednesday that the department expects to receive applications, even though the printed forms still refer to "male and female."

"I took an oath to uphold the law," she said. "Society has changed and the laws are changing."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Flames ripped through a vacant, 2 1/2 story house in Lansford early Wednesday morning.

The fire happened at 336 W. Snyder Ave. When the fire was discovered at about 1:15 a.m., flames already were shooting through the roof of the structure.

Lansford Fire Chief Joe Cannon said at one point the flames spread to the peak of the roof of a neighboring home, occupied by James and Dorothy Gulla at 338 W. Snyder Ave.

The fire inside the Gulla home was contained to the roof area.