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Monday, March 4, 2013

The age of ever-evolving technology prompted the Panther Valley school board to consider, but ultimately reject, joining others in hiring a legal firm that specializes in determining how potential breaches of privacy should be handled.

The school board on Thursday voted 6-3 against entering into a Technology Pool Counsel Legal Services Consultation agreement with other districts that are members of the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit. The Unit is composed of 14 school districts, not all of which have agreed to join the pool.

Monday, March 4, 2013

During the month of February, Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) celebrated Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Students and faculty explored and celebrated career and technical education.

Rachel Strucko, Coordinator of SHINE Career Academy stated, "Career and technical education has an evolving curriculum and is always changing with the trades. The students are learning up to date techniques."

She added that students learn hands on with theory based learning.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Nine defendants, who were scheduled to go on trial this week in Carbon County court on various criminal charges, changed their minds and entered into plea agreements with the district attorney's office and entered guilty pleas.

The pleas were accepted by Judge Joseph J. Matika from the following:

Michael Thomas Halulko, 25, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for having in his possession an all-terrain vehicle that had been stolen in Towamensing Township.

Monday, March 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Visitors were treated to free music during an open stage event held at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center Thursday evening. For more information about the center and its programs, visit www.tamaquaarts.org Open stage event coordinator Jack Kulp, left, socializes with Lyle Mantz of Summit Hill. Mantz is also a board member at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Visitors were treated to free music during an open stage event held at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center Thursday evening. For more information about the center and its programs, visit www.tamaquaarts.org Open stage event coordinator Jack Kulp, left, socializes with Lyle Mantz of Summit Hill. Mantz is also a board member at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Monday, March 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township police said a fire at 6 p.m. on Friday, which leveled a vacant mobile home on Ukie Road in the Orioles section of the township, was the result of arson. Anyone who observed persons in the area is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police at (570) 386-2241. The fire was extinguished by members of the Mahoning Township and Lehighton fire departments.

Saturday, March 2, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Air Products freight auditor Chris Marshall was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed the company's history, reputation for quality, and community involvement. Pictured are Marshall, left, and Lehighton Rotary Club Sergeant-at-Arms Leon Morgan, right. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Beacon 443 Diner/Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call (610) 377-9706, email LehightonRotary@yahoo.com, or visit www.Rotary.org.

Saturday, March 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Every Wednesday in Lent, except for March 13, volunteers at Tamaqua's St. Jerome Church and school are hosting free community soup dinners. Volunteers stressed the social as being free, but stated donations would benefit St. Vincent De Paul - who help the less fortunate in our area. This is the third year that St. Jerome has held the event. In addition to a selection of homemade soups, guests enjoyed refreshments, other foods and desserts. Organizer Kristin Osenbach thanked everyone who helped and showed up to enjoy the event.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Jim Thorpe Community Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Memorial Park. The speaker will be Helene Katz, PhD, who will do a presentation on juvenile and adult arrests.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

As the Panther Valley school board awaits a Carbon County judge's ruling as to whether School Director Roy Angst should be allowed to attend executive sessions, Angst has found himself again fallen from the administration's good graces.

The court ruling is the result of the board's action to bar Angst from executive sessions due to his alleged leaks of confidential information through his online blog, which he denies.