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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Lehighton Area School Board voted Monday to authorize Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver, Board President Gloria Bowman, board member Rocky Ahner and the Architectural Consultant Mark Barnhardt of EI Associates to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education to seek fact-finding for a waiver from the approved PlanCon submission to consider the district to build an elementary center.

Incorrect information was reported in Tuesday's edition.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania will present the Establishing Hope: Current and Future Treatment Options 2014 Conference on Wednesday, March 26 at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Kasych Family Pavilion, Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Here's where to reach your state representatives in Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe counties:

Doyle Heffley, R-122Mail: 423 Irvis Office Building, PO Box 202122, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2122Phone: 717-260-6139 Fax: 717-782-2885

Lehighton:

Mail: 110 North Third St., 2nd Floor, Lehighton, PA 18235 Phone: 610-377-6363 Fax: 610-377-5675

Lansford:

Mail: American Legion Building, 3 West Ridge St., Lansford, PA 18232

Albrightsville:

Mail: 2681 State Rte 903, Unit 3, P.O. Box 1008, Albrightsville, PA 18210 Phone: 570-722-8700 Fax: 570-722-8702

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Times news file photo A school bus maneuvers through snowy streets in Tamaqua during a recent storm.

School children in the region have been back at their desks for a few days in a row now.

Meanwhile superintendents have been spending time struggling with rescheduling the days off to meet the Pennsylvania Educational Code to complete 180 days of instruction by June 30.

While none of the schools in the local area are seriously considering holding school until the end of June, there have been challenges to scheduling all the days.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Residents woke up to a common sight this morning - a coating of snow. That's been happening a lot lately. A Hummer comes out of East Mountaintop Road in Summit Hill on the snow-covered roadway.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pop quiz! Quick name your state representative. Now name your state senator.

Did you pass? Check the list to find out.

CARBON COUNTY:

Senator:

John T. Yudichak, Democrat: Banks, Lausanne, Lehigh, Kidder, Mahoning and Packer townships; Beaver Meadows, East Side, Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Weatherly and Weissport boroughs

David G. Argall, Republican: East Penn, Franklin, Towamensing, Lower Towamensing and Penn Forest townships; Bowmanstown, Palmerton and Parryville boroughs

Representative:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad, headquartered in Port Clinton and serving companies in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, is one of the 33 recipients for funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The railroad will receive $700,000 to rehabilitate track in the Buck Mountain Tunnel in Delano, including replacing 2,478 ties.

Rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain more than 43,000 jobs across Pennsylvania were approved for funding from three PennDOT-managed programs, Gov. Tom Corbett announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Flames damage vacant house in Lansford

Firefighters from five communities battled a fire that heavily damaged a vacant house early this morning in Lansford.

The fire happened shortly before 2 a.m. at 22 E. Kline Alley. Flames caused heavy damage on the first floor and front porch of the structure.

A state police fire marshal has been summoned to help determine the cause.

There were no reported injuries.

Although firefighters had a quick knock-down of the fire, they remained at the scene for about two hours.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Carbon County officials are eager to work with groups involved in the Route 903 bridge replacement project in Jim Thorpe.

During the county railroad commission meeting Wednesday, the board voiced its approval for the $28.1 million project.

"All three of the commissioners are happy with the situation," Commissioner William O'Gurek reported. "Everyone is willing to work together.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Five defendants who previously entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence were sentenced on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II, including a Northampton County man who was given a minimum of one year in jail for his fourth conviction.

Palmerton incident

John Albert David Jr., 42, of Wind Gap, was sentenced to serve one to five years in prison for his fourth conviction.