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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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After a preliminary budget hearing last week, the president of the Tamaqua School Board said that steady increases in pension costs could bankrupt Tamaqua and about 500 other districts in the state.

"It's very simple," said Tamaqua School Board President Larry Wittig. "The pension costs are increasing to the point where it's just not sustainable.

"There's not enough money in Pennsylvania to fund the systems," he added. "By 2018, there will be 500 bankrupt districts in the state."

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Casey Reifsnyder, 4, sits next to the bin in which he collected clothing for Family Promise.

Casey Reifsnyder is a little boy with a big heart.

When Casey, 4, learned about William, a little boy who needed a coat, Casey immediately pitched in to help. His small efforts reaped a windfall of much-needed clothing for children whose families were struggling.

For Casey, it's no big deal.

"He had nothing. Then we collected some clothes for him. Because he had no clothes," he patiently explains to a reporter as he sits on his grandparents' sofa one recent afternoon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St. in Jim Thorpe will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

The menu includes baked chicken.

For more information, call 570-325-2241.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The death of a 10-week-old female child in Northampton County on Friday remains under investigation.

On April 4, about 10:20 p.m., Lehigh Township Police responded to an ambulance assist at 3882 Banyan Drive, Danielsville, for the child, who was not breathing.

Upon arrival, police found two people, identified as Dawn and John Plokhooy, same address, performing CPR on the infant.

Police assisted with CPR until medical personnel arrived at the residence.

The child was transported to Lehigh Valley Muhlenberg Hospital at 11:15 p.m., where she was pronounced dead.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan has promoted Matthew K. Rowlands of Danielsville, Northampton County, to lieutenant and assigned him as the eastern section commander, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. He most recently served as the station commander of Troop M, Belfast.

Lieutenant Rowlands enlisted in the state police in 1991. Upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop M, Bethlehem.

As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Rowlands served in Troops M and K.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Rotary Club of Slatington recently made a donation to theNorthern Lehigh Community Center. Ron Williams (at left), of the Rotary Club of Slatington, presents a donation of $500 to Paul Gass and Bob Berger of the Northern Lehigh Community Center.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is forming a new club of nature explorers. The club is free and open to all elementary-aged students currently in grades two through six.

Club members will explore the habitats of the nature center and beyond and will learn about birds, butterflies, bees, native plants and other creatures. They will also explore forests, grasslands, ponds, the Lehigh River, and the habitat gardens at LGNC's visitor and education center, the Osprey House.

There will also be occasional field trips to other natural areas.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taxpayers United for a Safe, Debt free school, are asking Lehighton residents to consider signing a petition that offers taxpayers a choice to fixing the existing schools, using asset management and no debt, or to build a new elementary center.

The petitions will be collected and presented to the Lehighton Area School Board at the April 14 meeting.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Big Creek Grange, Lehighton. This is for livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1 2014. 4-H is a youth program of Penn State University.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Police radios currently in use in Schuylkill County will soon join the ranks of analog television sets obsolete.

West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson said that county emergency officials have told him that the radio switch from analog to digital may be complete by Memorial Day.

During the township meeting Monday, council members agreed to spend about $48,000 to buy six portable and four mobile radios from Green Communications of Pottsville.