Sunday, February 26, 2017

Local News

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Courtney McCall of Summit Hill earned dean’s list honors at Saint Joseph’s University for the fall 2016 semester.

McCall is studying chemical biology in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above, a B or greater in all their classes, and complete at least 15 credits to earn dean’s list status for a semester.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Orioles Community Center on Orioles Drive is developing plans to host a summer carnival the first week of June.

StartingJune 1, the center will partner will AB Amusement, which will roll food carts, games and rides to the “home in the sky.”

The permit cost for the carnival is $100 with a 10 percent amusement tax attached to the event. The nonprofit organization agreed to a 15/85 percent split in profits with the company.

“If you read the contract, the Orioles will be responsible for all the fees and permits,” said township solicitor Thomas Nanovic.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Northern Lehigh School Board this month approved its share of budgets for institutions it sponsors.

The 2017-18 Lehigh Carbon Community College budget. LCCC’s sponsor contribution budget calls for total expenditures of $6,186,337, which represents no change over the 2016-17 budget. The district’s share of the total budget is $197,196, a decrease of $8,488.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Terrance P. McCall, Lansford tax collector, has announced his candidacy for a full four-year term of that office. He is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in the May 16 primary election.

A lifelong resident of Lansford, McCall was appointed to the position in February 2016. He is fulfilling the unexpired term of longtime tax collector Daniel J. Wynn, who retired.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Adrianne Allen of Raising the House hands off a $150 check to Mayor Christopher Olivia for the police department. Borough council member Kris Hoffner accepted a check in the same amount for the borough. Raising the House helps alleviate hardships for families, including medical bills and other financial problems. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Members of Raising the House stopped by the Palmerton Borough Hall for the council meeting on Thursday to spread the word on their community efforts and thank the borough and the police department for their assistance in helping those in need.

Raising the House was established in March of 2016 with the intent of helping families with hardships ranging from medical bills to house fires.

Inspired by Palmerton teacher and coach Blaine R. House, who passed away in 2013, the group strives to inspire a better community with their hardship alleviation and scholarship programs.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Carbon County Treasurer Ronald J. Sheehan, a Democrat,is seeking re-election to a fifth term of office.

Sheehan, 51, a lifelong resident of Jim Thorpe, is a son of the late John W. Sheehan and Shirley (O’Neill) Sheehan.

A graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, he spent nine years in banking, working his way from bank teller to an officer’s position.

In 1992, Sheehan took a position as accountant/fiscal deputy in the Carbon County Controller’s office.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pennsylvania’s primary election is May 16.

Submit your campaign announcements to the Times News at Submissions should be no more than 350 words and should include why you are seeking office and a brief biography. Photographs are welcome.

Deadline for submission is May 5.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Carbon Career and Technical Institute’s Joint Operating Committee has come to an agreement on a new teachers’ contract with the Education Association.

Negotiations between the JOC and the union stalled last November when the two parties could not agree on what was needed for a tentative agreement.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Allie Gerber, a senior at Tamaqua Area Senior High School, is the recipient of the 2017 Schuylkill County Chorus Festival Vocal Scholarship.

The $500 award is presented annually to a Schuylkill County senior student planning a career in music education or music performance.

The daughter of Terry and Darlene Gerber of Tamaqua is planning to pursue a degree in music education at either West Chester, Temple or Penn State University. The award was presented by the Schuylkill County Choral Directors Association.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

University of Maine

Colleen Hoffman of Jim Thorpe has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Maine for the fall 2016 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must achieve a 3.5 grade-point average of higher.

Shippensburg University

The Shippensburg University dean’s list is an honor roll of full-time students who have achieved academic excellence as evidenced by earning a semester quality point average of 3.30 or better; or part-time students who have earned a quality point average of 3.3 or better in the last 15 or more consecutive credits.