Saturday, February 28, 2015

Local News

Thursday, February 26, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look at the exterior of the Palmerton Area Junior High School, where a cafeteria could eventually be added.

Palmerton Area School District is looking at the potential creation of a junior high school cafeteria.

Superintendent Scot Engler said administators met with Barry Isett & Associates of Allentown about a feasibility study.

At present, the district runs grades seven through 12 lunches in its high school cafeteria, as the junior high does not have its own cafeteria.

That, Engler said, limits the district's options because of scheduling. A feasibility study was required to add a cafeteria to the junior high school.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The next Carbon County Animal Response Team meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, 1264 Emergency Lane in Nesquehoning.

The group will receive instructions on handling abandoned and orphaned kittens.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Briana Morrison works on her writing ideas cube during a LOL meeting.

Sara Bauer's assignment?

To write a short story that involves a cat, a tree struck by lightning and a couch stuffed with money.

Briana Morrison will be writing a story that includes a dragon, an empty passenger train and a wind-up manta ray that's powering a submarine.

Huh? The two are part of LOL, a writers' group of middle and high school students that meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

In this case, LOL doesn't stand for Laugh Out Loud, although they do a lot of that. It means League of Luminaries.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Plans to convert a former beauty school into local government offices took another step forward Wednesday when commissioners agreed to seek bids for the building's renovation.

The former Schoeneman building is at 324 N. Centre St., Pottsville, catty-corner to the courthouse.

Contractors interested in the work are asked to submit sealed bids by 3 p.m. April 13, to the county Controller's office, which is in the courthouse at 401 N. Second St.

The bids must be in triplicate, sealed, and clearly marked "renovation of Schuylkill County office building."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Every Friday during Lent, Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua will sponsor a fish bake at the church, which is located at 22 Lafayette St.

Hours will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The menu will include baked haddock, deviled crab cakes, cod fish cake or baked chicken with stewed tomatoes, baked potato, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, dessert and a beverage.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Takeouts will be available.

For more information, call 570-668-4630.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Joann M. Behrens, 263 Behrens Road in Jim Thorpe, has announced her candidacy for re-election to the position of Carbon County prothonotary. She is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 19 primary election.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Panther Valley School District: Aaron Eidem,Amanda Fegley, Aaron Miller, Jordan Serina, Erica Tout and Trey Turner. Adviser, Terence Bonner. Principal Lisa Mace.

Lehighton Area School District: Madison DeLuca, Olivia Frendt, Emily Kleintop, Jack Kogut, Victor McCandless, Jordyn Zwetolitz. Adviser, Susan McElvar. Principal Mark McGalla.

Tamaqua School District: Emily Barrett, DannyChinchar, Tommy Hosler, Olivia Lattanzi, Morgan Lusch, and Justin Weiksner. Adviser,Jennifer DiSante. Principal, Christopher Czapla.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS  Ralph Scott Winterburn, left, is led into district court in Tamaqua Wednesday morning by Tamaqua Police Cpl. Henry Woods and Special Investigator Drew Koser of Harrisburg. Winterburn faces charges related to misappropriating funds from a sports booster group.

A Tamaqua man was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Stephen Bayer, accused of misappropriating money from the Tamaqua Boys Basketball Boosters organization.

While the missing funds totaled $19,010.30 over a three-year period, there was a surprising twist to the case before it reached the judge's desk.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Schuylkill commissioners on Wednesday gave a boost to a company that wants to build a natural gas fueled power plant in the western part of the county.

Commissioners agreed to extend a right of way and easement agreement on county-owned land in Foster Township with Canada-based Emberclear and its subsidiary, Future Power PA, to March 31, 2016.

Future Power PA wants to build the electric generating plant in Porter Township.

To do that, it would build a 20-mile natural gas pipeline to connect the plant to a pipeline that runs through parts of Berks County, near Reading.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Darryl W. Arner announces his candidacy for re-election to Lehighton Borough Council.

As a councilman, Arner currently serves as president pro tem and is chairman of the Council's Finance and Administration Committee. In this capacity, he conducts periodic reviews of the borough's investments and has brought greater financial gains and solvency to the borough.

He also works at drawing up the preliminary budget with the borough manager and borough treasurer for presentation to the council for approval.