Thursday, May 26, 2016

Local News

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jim Thorpe Area School Board members recently passed a policy aimed at making class rank equitable between longtime students and students who transfer into the district.

The school district’s superintendent has agreed to implement the policy, but has pointed out that it could deter people who are thinking about enrolling at the high school.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Nesquehoning woman was placed on a long probation period on Monday after previously pleaded guilty to a theft count.

Tara Hertzog, 31, was placed on probation for two years by Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass on a charge of theft. She was charged by Lehighton police for an incident on Feb. 6, 2015.

Hertzog told the court she has health problems and is seeing two physicians for those problems. She said, “I apologize for everything. It hurt my family and it hurt me.”

Hertzog has several prior criminal convictions involving drugs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Five first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program last week by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they would face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rooftop heat pump air handling unit replacements at one of its elementary schools could cost Northern Lehigh School District nearly $150,000.

Three companies submitted bids to the district on Monday for the work at Peter’s Elementary School, with JBM Mechanical of Nazareth turning in the apparent low bid of $149,000.

That proposal was $10,700 less than the next lowest bid of $159,700 turned in by Spotts Brothers of Schuylkill Haven and $59,500 less than the $208,500 bid submitted by Worth and Company Inc., of Pipersville.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

HARRISBURG — A state senator is in the hot seat over the abrupt resignation of the state environmental secretary and controversies relating to regulation of natural gas drilling and clean air.

Environmental groups have sharply criticized Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Carbon County, as having a role in John Quigley’s departure as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and for opposing Wolf administration proposals to regulate gas drilling and pass a clean power plan to reduce air pollution.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Beth Hudlow directs the Lehighton Middle School Band as it performs the district’s alma mater before the STEM Plus Academy of the Year award presentation Tuesday morning.

When Lehighton Area School District’s board of directors approved a $6.5 million multipurpose athletic stadium, Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver couldn’t have guessed one of the first images in the complex would be more than 1,000 elementary and middle school students doing the “Whip/Nae Nae” dance.

That was exactly the scene Tuesday morning, as the district celebrated its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Plus Academy of the Year honor. The national award netted Lehighton the $10,000 top prize and an additional $1,000 check.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lehighton Area School District’s board of directors approved total payments of $604,985.66 Monday night for project design, permits and construction throughout the district.

The breakdown of payments is as follows:

Stadium: $6,232.46 to Barry Isset and Associates and $110,515.40 to CMG of Easton.

Middle school: $20,041.67 to EI Associates, $187,965.45 to Jay R. Reynolds Inc., $138,433.64 to Lobar Inc., and $16,545.50 to Quandel Construction Group.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Two defendants who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence were sentenced on Monday afternoon in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass imposed sentences on the following:

Harold W. McFarland III, 30, of Sugarloaf, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in jail, a fine of $1,500, one-year license suspension and render 100 hours of community service.

He was arrested May 22, 2015, along Bridge Street in Lehighton by state police at Lehighton. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday on charges of tampering with evidence and retail theft.

Jeffrey Hosier, 28, of Weissport, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to a total of nine to one day less 24 months in prison on the two charges. The prison term will be followed by two years’ probation. He previously pleaded to the charges.

He was arrested for the retail theft on Feb. 5 at the Dollar General Store in Palmerton. He took an item valued at $79.