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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Carbon County is hosting its annual track and field competition on Saturday at the Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium.

Volunteer opportunities include registration, uniform distribution, security, concession stand, officials table, runners for scores, setup/cleanup, measurers, timers, athlete escorts, high-fivers, and equipment retrievers.

Volunteers should arrive at 8:30 a.m.

If you are available to volunteer, please contact Sheri Anthony, SOPA volunteer coordinator, at 610-737-0469 or sheria@ptd.net.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Members of the 1964 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School will meet, May 21, at Penn's Peak. The reunion committee will meet at 11 a.m. and classmates planning to attend the dinner show of Danny and the Juniors will meet at noon. Classmates planning on attending the 50th year reunion are reminded that reservations for the September event should be mailed to Ed Solomon.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rachel Pappas

Rachel Pappas of Slatington has been named as May's Girl of the Month of the Slatington Woman's Club.

She is a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School

She was in Bigs and Littles for one year of high school and has played soccer all four years.

Pappas has been named to the honor roll, high honor roll, or principal's list all four years of high school.

She enjoys working with children and volunteers at dances for children and adults with special needs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A front end loader from Lehigh Anthracite Coal cleans up a portion of the northbound lane of Route 209 in Lansford Tuesday morning after one of the company's dump trucks spilled coal shortly after 11 o'clock. A small section of the highway was closed for about 90

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A psychiatrist who treated a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Carbon County psychologist testified Tuesday that medication made the woman vulnerable to others.

Dr. Ilan S. Levinson, who has an office in Lehighton, testified at the second day of the trial of Dr. Michael Degilio, 46, of Penn Forest Township. Degilio has been charged by Mahoning Township police with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Polk Township man died as a result of a fire at his residence in Polk Township early Tuesday evening.

William Perry, 69, of 1287 Mountain Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by Monroe County Coroner Robert Allen.

Allen pronounced Perry dead at 9:51 p.m. The coroner said Perry was already removed from the burning home by firefighters.

Perry's wife was admitted to Palmerton Hospital.

A granddaughter, Kolonni Dennis, got her grandmother out of the residence.

Dennis was not injured, Allen said.

Several cats and dogs were rescued.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The 2013-14 Leadership Carbon class will be holding a graduation ceremony today at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Guests will register and network at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker will be state Sen. John T. Yudichak, Senate District 14, serving Carbon and parts of Luzerne County.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Residents of Lehighton Area School District could see a slight increase in their property tax rates next year.

That's if the school board follows through with a 0.65-mill increase for the 2014-15 school year, as discussed at Tuesday's finance committee meeting.

Six members of the board, directors Rocky Ahner, Hal Resh, William Hill Jr., Andrew Yenser, Stephen Holland and Lora Nothstein, attended the session.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla has announced the students of the month for April 2014. They include Brandon

Fogarty, sixth grade; Gretchen Pucklavage, sixth grade; Tyrone

Rarick, eighth grade; Alyssa Campomizzi, eighth grade; Melanie Shimko, seventh grade; and Mason Dolinsky, seventh grade.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Weatherly Area High Schools students recently delivered handwritten "Happy Spring" cards to residents of Weatherwood and the Heritage Hill Senior Living Community as part of a service learning project. The students brought smiles to the faces of 300 residents as they delivered the cards and spent time visiting and chatting. The service learning project is part of the school's Family and Consumer Science Class, instructed by Bobbi Ann Kufro.