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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In a story in Friday's TIMES NEWS titled "Salary board votes 3-1 for new full-time position," it appears there may be some confusion as to the votes cast to create a clerical specialist in the Clerk of Courts office.

The position, which will pay $9.91 per hour, will report to Clerk of Courts Bill McGinley, who joined Carbon County Commissioners Tom Gerhard and Wayne Nothstein in approving the position.

County Controller Robert Crampsie voted against the position. Commissioner William J. O'Gurek was not at last week's meeting.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The price of gas continues to spiral upward each and every day. The price of gas at this Turkey Hill along SR309 in Hometown, Rush Township is now at $3.99 a gallon. That's 10 cents jump a gallon since the morning hours. Gasoline has increased over two hundred per cent in the last four years.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Divorces Granted

William J. Small was granted a divorce from Jule Greco, both of 1029 Valley of the Lakes, East Union Township. They were married May 30, 2003.

Kristian M. Hennick was granted a divorce from Russ Hennick, both of Minersville. They were married May 21, 2005.

Jeffrey H. Nunemacher, Cressona, was granted a divorce from Nicole L. Nunemacher, Minersville. They were married April 9, 2007.

Christeen M. Cunningham, Selzer, Norwegian Township, was granted a divorce from Thomas C. Cunningham, Schuylkill Haven. They were married April 16, 1985.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School junior Nathaniel Czarnecki and senior Courtney Blocker are sworn in as part of the ceremonial oath as new student representatives to the school board on Monday.

For the first time in four years, Northern Lehigh School District has come up short in its bid to meet Adequate Yearly Progress.

Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas informed the school board on Monday that the district failed to meet AYP, a key measure of school performance established by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Nicholas said that while both Slatington Elementary and Peters Elementary met AYP, the middle school and high school did not.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Frackville chiropractor was awarded $5,000 in damages by a jury for injuries he suffered when his car collided with a car driven by a Tamaqua man on Dec. 21, 2007, in the parking area of the Schuylkill Mall. Marlin Weyant, of 62 Mahanoy St., Tamaqua, was the driver of the other vehicle.

Dr. Richard T. Adams Jr., 246 S. Lehigh Avenue, testified he was operating his vehicle in a lawful manner in the parking lot of the mall when Weyant pulled out of the parking space in front of him in an abrupt fashion that he could not stop and a collision occurred.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Northern Lehigh School Board on an 8-0 vote, with director Mathias Green absent, approved on Monday the following co-curricular appointments for the 2012-13 school year:

Susan Bachman, Sixth Sense Advisor, $442

Manny Guedes, middle school spring intramural weightlifting, $818

Laren Keglovitz, SADD Advisor, $561

Anthony Thomas, senior high fall intramurals, basketball, $818

The board also approved the following individuals as co-curricular volunteers for the 2012-13 school year:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

With an eye toward the future, Northern Lehigh School District has set its sights set on next year's budget.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, on Monday briefly discussed the 2013-14 budget timeline with the school board.

Molitoris said that due to Lehigh County's reassessment, the district is locked in at 1.7 percent, with an adjusted rate of 2.3 percent.

With a large retirement increase expected throughout the district, Molitoris said it may have to consider exceptions.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Diocese of Allentown Bishop John O. Barres will ordain Joseph S. Ganser of Kutztown as a transitional deacon in ceremonies at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. A transitional deacon is one step from becoming a priest.

Ganser, 28, entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia after graduating from Muhlenberg College in Allentown with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and Spanish in 2006. He graduate from Kutztown High School in 2002. He is the son of Gayle and Steve Ganser of Kutztown.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Over-60 Club of Palmerton will meet at noon, Sept. 18, at Palmerton Borough Hall.

The program is entitled "Senior Crime Prevention", to be conducted by a member of the state Attorney General's Office.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tamaqua's Sept. 11 Community Memorial Service is changing locations this year, but the goal is the same, to remember those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 during the worst terrorist attack on American soil. This year's event will be held at the New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Ave., and will again be sponsored by the South Ward Playground Association.