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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Santa in the Park celebration scheduled for tonight in Lehighton has been changed to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday expelled/suspended a second-grade student for three days for violating the district's weapons policy.

The student, who was not identified, was barred from the classroom from Dec. 4 through today for bringing a small pocket knife onto school grounds.

Superintendent Rosemary Porembo said the child readily admitted to having the knife, and was remorseful.

Friday, December 6, 2013

A number of employment positions were acted upon Thursday, including naming and setting the salary of the new director of the Carbon County Office of Planning and Development.

During the monthly meeting of the county salary board, which follows the weekly meeting of the county commissioners, the commissioners voted to approve David J. Bodnar of Tresckow as the new director of planning and development. He fills the position that became vacant on Sept. 3, after Judy Borger, former director, retired. Previously, Bodnar served as the project coordinator in that department.

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Deer Lake woman and her husband attended a holiday party at The White House last week at the invitation of President George W. Bush.

Gretchen Sterns, an attorney with the Pottsville law firm of Cerullo, Datte and Wallbillch, and her husband, Joseph, received the invitation two weeks ago and made the three-hour drive to Washington, D.C., to attend the White House Christmas Party.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Carbon County and Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau are working together to update the visitors center inside the Old Mauch Chunk Train Station in Jim Thorpe.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board, as well as Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the visitors bureau, discussed the upcoming renovation project inside the train station. The project is slated to begin Jan. 2 and conclude just in time for the borough's Winter Fest, in the beginning of February.

Friday, December 6, 2013

This Christmas will be one of mixed blessings for the Susko family of Jim Thorpe.

Anastasia (Ana) Susko, 7, was diagnosed with D.I.P.G., a rare and serious pediatric brain cancer on Oct. 1. She has been given a 35 percent chance of survival for the next two years.

Ana, a second grader at L.B. Morris Elementary in Jim Thorpe, wants to experience many things in her life and her family wants to allow her to do as many of these things as possible, from plane trips, roller coasters, hang gliding, swim with dolphins, and more.

Friday, December 6, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sara Martz, a 10th grade Lehighton Area High School student, second from left, presents a check to Carbon County Commissioners, from left, Thomas J. Gerhard, Wayne Nothstein and William O'Gurek. Sara is currently working on various school projects that benefit the county's animal shelter, including a recent hoagie sale/dressdown day that realized $917.85.

A Lehighton Area High School student is responsible for the recent updating of the Carbon County website as it pertains to the county-operated animal shelter.

Sara Martz, a 10th grade high honors student, has been busy lately doing a school project that is benefitting the county operation.

She is a daughter of Edward and Lori (Smith) Porambo of Franklin Township and Timothy Martz of Tennessee, and the granddaughter of Jean Smith of Franklin Township, the late Larry Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Porambo of Lansford.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Monies confiscated by state police following drug raids in novelty stores in two Schuylkill County Malls were turned over to the state Attorney General's office by an order issued by a Schuykill County judge.

Judge Jacqueline Russell, after a hearing, ordered $3,953 confiscated from Nirvana Closet Inc., at the Schuylkill Mall, and $3,550.50 from Dragon Chaser Emporium in the Fairlane Village Mall, totaling $7,503.50 be turned over to the state.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Jim Thorpe police officer, who was struck by a car driven by a drunk driver while performing his duties, has filed a civil suit seeking damages against the driver.

Joseph David, 115 Crescent Drive, Lehighton, has filed suit in Carbon County court against Robert Monroe, aka, Robert Wellington Monroe Jr., 53, and Kim McHugh, both of 116 Parker Trail, Albrightsville.

Monroe was the operator of a vehicle that struck David on Nov. 30, 2011, along SR209 in Nesquehoning, just past the line with Jim Thorpe, as the police officer was directing traffic around a disabled vehicle.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Legislation to lift restrictions on potato package weights is headed to Gov. Tom Corbett to be signed into law.

The governor expects to sign the bill within 10 days, said spokesman Allen Zieglar.

The state senate on Wednesday unanimously approved the bill, sponsored by Sen. David FG. Argall, R-Berks-Carbon-Lehigh-Monroe-Northampton-Schuylkill.

The House on Nov. 21 also unanimously approved the measure.