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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

SJRA announces honor roll

Thursday, February 7, 2013

St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe recently announced the honor roll lists for the second marking period.

Grade 4

Distinguished Honors: Owen Brady, Mason Fristick, Sophia Samoleski and Isabella Stianche.

First Honors: Liliana Kelly, John Malarkey, Alexia Pietkiel and Trent Young.

Second Honors: Nicole Ivan, Thomas McGinley, Madison Moore and Julian Rickert.

Grade 5

Distinguished Honors: Emily Reaman and Gianna Steber.

First Honors: Nicholas Goff.

Grade 6

Girl, 8, seriously injured when struck at bus stop

Thursday, February 7, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An 8-year-old girl was struck by a car and seriously injured near a Summit Hill school bus stop this morning.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An 8-year-old girl was struck by a car and seriously injured near a Summit Hill school bus stop this morning.

3 people hurt in Summit Hill incident

An 8-year-old girl was seriously injured when struck by a car at a bus stop in Summit Hill at about 8 a.m. today.

She was one of three individuals hurt during the incident. Also sustaining slight injuries was the girl's younger sister, age unknown.

A man was hurt, though reportedly not seriously, when he got into the path of the vehicle when he apparently feared the driver might flee the scene.

The incident happened on Market Street near the intersection of West Hazard, in front of the Summit Hill Post Office.

Student ambassadors

Thursday, February 7, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Leah Heffelfinger, Vithu Selva, Brandy Green and Cortney Phillips, all of Palmerton; Andrea Drumbore of Lehighton and Lauren Anderson of Northwestern are among the students from local schools who will visit Europe as Student Ambassadors.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Leah Heffelfinger, Vithu Selva, Brandy Green and Cortney Phillips, all of Palmerton; Andrea Drumbore of Lehighton and Lauren Anderson of Northwestern are among the students from local schools who will visit Europe as Student Ambassadors.

21 from area schools headed for European trip representing U.S.

A Mediterranean Tradition is the trip to be taken as part of a People to People project. Presently, there are 21 students from schools in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Saucon Valley, Palmerton, Northwestern and Lehighton.

They are attending monthly informational meetings at St. John's Lutheran Church, Slatington, to learn what it means to be an ambassador rather than a tourist before the July 10 date to head to Spain, the only one of the three countries they will visit with home stays. The other two countries are Italy and France. The journey will last 19 days.

Pleasant Valley students honor its school board

Thursday, February 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley School District board members were given recognition at the last school board meeting. They are, from left, sitting: Russ Gould, H. Charles Hoffman and Steve Borger; and standing, Dominick Sacci; Susan Kresge, vice president; Thomas Murphy, president; and James Spinola, treasurer.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley School District board members were given recognition at the last school board meeting. They are, from left, sitting: Russ Gould, H. Charles Hoffman and Steve Borger; and standing, Dominick Sacci; Susan Kresge, vice president; Thomas Murphy, president; and James Spinola, treasurer.

Resident Brian Martin asked the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors to exonerate payment of penalty of his 2012 school real estate taxes. He stated that he sent his taxes in on time. But the tax collector's office did not receive the payment and he now has to pay the taxes and the additional penalty.

Board solicitor, Jerry Geiger, said the board has no proof that Martin mailed his payment by Nov. 30, 2012, stating that the tax laws are specific.

Martin said that for 12 years he never had a problem.

Neither rain, nor snow...nor weekends?

Thursday, February 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Starting in August, mail carriers with the United States Postal Service will have to work even harder throughout the week due to the Postal Service's recent decision to limit mail delivery on Saturdays. They will still continue to deliver packages six days a week under the new plan; which is aimed to save them about $2 billion annually. U.S. postal carrier Bob Kunkel delivers mail along West Broad Street in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Starting in August, mail carriers with the United States Postal Service will have to work even harder throughout the week due to the Postal Service's recent decision to limit mail delivery on Saturdays. They will still continue to deliver packages six days a week under the new plan; which is aimed to save them about $2 billion annually. U.S. postal carrier Bob Kunkel delivers mail along West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Starting in August, mail carriers with the United States Postal Service will have to work even harder throughout the week due to the Postal Service's recent decision to limit mail delivery on Saturdays. They will still continue to deliver packages six days a week under the new plan; which is aimed to save them about $2 billion annually. U.S. postal carrier Bob Kunkel delivers mail along West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Pa. lawmakers wary, Corbett takes plan on the road

Thursday, February 7, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett has hit the road to sell an ambitious spring agenda, toting a message honed to win over popular opinion. In his rear-view mirror is a skeptical Legislature.

Audiences on Wednesday began hearing the sales pitch, a day after the Republican governor revealed the full scope of his plans to increase transportation funding, rein in pension costs and boost spending next year. Those blueprints are accompanied by his recently announced strategy to liberalize sales of beer, wine and liquor in Pennsylvania.

Peggy Sue O'Donnell

Thursday, February 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Peggy Sue O'Donnell, grand marshal of the 2013 St. Patty's Day Parade, stands near photos of her grandson, Cadden (with hat), and her great-nephew, Carter Reis, with a photo of All American Jim Thorpe in background.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Peggy Sue O'Donnell, grand marshal of the 2013 St. Patty's Day Parade, stands near photos of her grandson, Cadden (with hat), and her great-nephew, Carter Reis, with a photo of All American Jim Thorpe in background.

Jim Thorpe native to serve as grand marshal of St. Patrick's Day Parade

The 16th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1, Carbon County, and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County, will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

The parade committee has selected Jim Thorpe resident Margaret Susan "Peggy Sue" O'Donnell to serve as grand marshal of the event.

Washington Twp. considers sewer rate increase

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Lehigh County Sewer Authority has asked for a five percent increase in sewer rates, but Washington Township supervisors want more information before they agree. They tabled the request during their meeting Tuesday night.

Marines to meet in Jim Thorpe

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Members and volunteers of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 will meet today at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe American Legion, 20 West 6th Street. Any new members are encouraged to attend. For more information about the league and upcoming events, go to www.mcldet626.org http://www.mcldet626.org or call (570) 386-2129.

Author to be at Dimmick Friends Book Sale

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mark Thornton will be signing copies of his latest novel "Bridesmen of Madison County" from Beau to Beau Books, as well as his second volume of "Twisted Tales of an Otherwise Ordinary Mind," at the Dimmick Friends Book Sale on Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

Thornton resides in White Haven and has chosen the Pocono Mountains as the setting for his latest novel.