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Thursday, May 5, 2016

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania police agencies had a backlog of just over 1,850 untested rape kits at the end of last year, according to the first statewide study under a 2015 law that revamped procedures for handling sexual assault evidence and aimed to qualify the state for federal funding.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Jim Thorpe Area High School Principal Thomas W. Lesisko has announced the names of students on the honor roll for the third marking period of the 2015-2016 school year.

Principal’s list

Students must have a GPA weighted average greater than or equal to 93; at least five grades greater or equal to 93; and no grade lower than 85.

Grade 12: Brian Joseph DeMarco, Ilse Jone Hassler, Emily Rose Layden, Emily Elizabeth Leifholt, Joseph Montesrin, Luke Michael Morris, Emily Ann Reichard, Kailee Marissa Romanchik, Kayla Mae Sompel

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has numerous special activities planned for May, including a day of spring planting on May 19.

Other activities for this month include: Monday, bird feeder craft day; May 12, flower painting; May 16, cookie baking day; May 16, singalong with Audrey Christ; May 18, Salvation Army service; May 25, visit from St. Jerome’s kindergarten students.

The center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, recently announce the honor roll for third marking period of the 2015-16 school year.

Principal’s list

(93 or higher in each subject)

Grade 8: Katherine Aaron, Dante Arzuaga, Dylan Coffin, Meagan Gildner, Karissa Hough, Nicholas Karpowicz, Samantha Miller, Rebecca Serfass, Kaia Slaw, Joshua Smith, Jade Steber, Isaiah Wetzel, Alyssa Williams, Ashley Wojton

Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Jim Thorpe Lions Club honored eight Jim Thorpe Area High School Students of the Month at a dinner program Tuesday in the high school. Seated, from left, are: students Meghan Donohoe, Monique Jervier and Cheyenne Davison. Standing: Ronald Sheehan, education and youth chairman of the Lions club; students Declan Behan, Steven Jaramillo-Acosta, Colton Hurley, Christopher Widdicombe; Lions Club President Sandy Gallagher; and high school principal Tom Lesisko. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright -

Eight Jim Thorpe Area High School students who attained Student of the Month status during this school year were honored Tuesday by the Jim Thorpe Lions Club.

The Lions Club program was held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School cafeteria.

The students are:

• Christopher W. Widdicombe, business education.

• Steven Jaramillo- Acosta, physical education.

• Meghan Kathryn Donohoe, music.

• Briea Alveda Bush, art.

• Ray Hurley, technical education.

• Cheyenne M. Davison, German.

• Declan Eric Behan, computer technology.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Pleasant Valley school board last weekaddressed a number of business matters that needed approval.

The directors approved a $14,500 contract with Barry Isett Associates for the design for stairs and a ramp at the intermediate school as well as $3,500 for a used golf cart.

Additionally, the directors approved an $153,982 upgrade to the wireless service at the high school and $63,176 to upgrade the phone system for the district, and a $10,230 projector for the high school.

Of the directors present, only Susan Kresge voted no on all of the business purchases.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Jim Thorpe Area High School Principal Thomas W. Lesisko has announced the names of students on the honor roll for the third marking period of the 2015-2016 school year.

Principal’s list

Students must have a GPA weighted average greater than or equal to 93; at least five grades greater or equal to 93; and no grade lower than 85.

Grade 12: Brian Joseph DeMarco, Ilse Jone Hassler, Emily Rose Layden, Emily Elizabeth Leifholt, Joseph Montesrin, Luke Michael Morris, Emily Ann Reichard, Kailee Marissa Romanchik, Kayla Mae Sompel

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Schuylkill County’s Office of Senior Services will have a new $197,740 roof over its head thanks to a 2008 energy savings contract.

County commissioners on Wednesday approved an amendment to the agreement with McClure Company of Harrisburg, a subsidiary of PPL.

Work to replace the roof with one guaranteed to last 30 years is expected to start soon.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
ABOVE: Nancy Bullard leaves district court on Wednesday with her public defender, Stephen Vlossak. LEFT: Officials said Nancy Bullard kept 13 dogs outside in makeshift kennels in East Penn Township. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

An East Penn Township woman will plead guilty to animal cruelty for keeping dozens of Yorkshire terriers in unsanitary conditions on her property.

Nancy Bullard, 72, of Kittatinny Lane has agreed to enter a guilty plea to 10 counts of animal cruelty at a court date next month.

In exchange, prosecutors will not pursue an additional 43 counts of cruelty that were filed against Bullard after state police, assisted by other agencies, removed 53 dogs from her property in January.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

For the Northern Lehigh Community Committee it’s never to early to start planning for Slatington’s oldest tradition. The 109th Halloween Parade has already started taking form by booking bands and brainstorming new ideas for the Oct. 22 event. This year’s float theme is movie monsters.

The committee, led by chairman Russel Hallman, has arranged the second Day in the Park, a basket raffle and kickball tournament to help raise funds.