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

Tamaqua Elementary schools releases second marking period honor roll

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2012-2013 school year. This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As.

To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Verdicts returned in two criminal cases

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Juries returned verdicts in two criminal cases Tuesday in Schuylkill County court and the case involving a Tamaqua man, which was carried over to today, was expected to reach the jury this afternoon.

Nicholas Michael Kostishak, 50, of 323 S. Mill St., Saint Clair, was found not guilty of the charge resisting arrest but Judge John E. Domalakes was not going to let him walk away a free man by finding him guilty of public drunkenness and imposed a fine of $150 plus court costs.

Taking technology to the ice

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ice fishing methods, normally thought of as primitive, have changed quite a bit over the past 20 years. Back in the day, most anglers would simply drill one hole in the ice and wait, hoping that a fish would swim by. Now, seasonal anglers come equipped with sonar, electric or gas-powered ice augers, handheld global positioning system (GPS) devices, special tents, audible alarms and lighter gear to improve their chances of catching a fish.

Weissport asked to approve PennDOT construction easements to begin bridge work

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Weissport Council on Monday sifted through correspondence that will have a big impact on Weissport residents and motorists traveling through Weissport during the period when the Thomas McCall Route 209 bridge will be under renovation next year.

Gene Kershner, council president, provided an overview of the two requests from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and a third from UGI Utilities and then under the recommendation of council member Tim Rehrig, presented one request at a time for council's approval.

Juries return verdicts; other trials begin

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Juries returned verdicts Monday in four criminal trials held in Schuylkill Count court and three more trials got underway, including one involving a Tamaqua man.

Samuel Thomas Steffie, 41, Schuylkill Haven, was found guilty of receiving 16 stolen veterans' grave markers and selling the makers for scrap metal.

East Penn fills zoning board vacancies

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Although one vacancy remains, the East Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board now has enough members to hold a meeting.

During a meeting Monday, the township's supervisors appointed one new member, James Lambert, and an alternate, Reed Potter. Lambert and Potter join Zoning Hearing Board member John Reedy and alternate Jay Frey. One vacancy remains for a three-year term. Any interested citizens can contact a supervisor or Secretary Deanna Cunfer.

Pocono Polar Bear Plunge slated Feb. 17

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The 13th annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Henning's Pond, Albrightsville. Interested individuals must preregister at Robert Christian's Restaurant, Route 940, Pocono Lake or by calling (570) 646-6600 by Feb. 12.

Chairman steps down

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Paul Montemuro, chairman of the board of supervisors for Penn Forest Township, surprised those gathered at the February township meeting by offering his resignation as chairman, treasurer and assistant road master.

Souperbowl of Caring

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Girl Scouts from the Palmerton Service Unit gathered at the CACPAC food pantry, located at St. John's Towamensing Lutheran Church in Palmerton, to deliver non-perishable food items they collected during the Souperbowl of Caring program this weekend. The Scouts collected 1,824 cans of soup and other food items, which will be distributed to individuals and families in need in the Palmerton area. From left are Scout leader Lisa Jacobsen, project coordinator; Michelle Weiseman, Senior Girl Scout; and Amanda Weiseman, Ambassador Girl Scout. All are from Troup 33401 of Palmerton.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Girl Scouts from the Palmerton Service Unit gathered at the CACPAC food pantry, located at St. John's Towamensing Lutheran Church in Palmerton, to deliver non-perishable food items they collected during the Souperbowl of Caring program this weekend. The Scouts collected 1,824 cans of soup and other food items, which will be distributed to individuals and families in need in the Palmerton area. From left are Scout leader Lisa Jacobsen, project coordinator; Michelle Weiseman, Senior Girl Scout; and Amanda Weiseman, Ambassador Girl Scout. All are from Troup 33401 of Palmerton.

Girl Scouts gather 1,800 cans of soup and more

This Super Bowl weekend, you didn't find the Palmerton Girl Scouts huddled around a big-screen T.V. Instead, they spent time at Country Harvest in Palmerton gathering soup and other non-perishable food donations for the hungry.

Their project was part of the nationwide Souperbowl of Caring program, which encourages youth to gather donations of soup for local hunger relief.

Blaze erupts at old cigar plant in Mahanoy City

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters battle thick smoke and flames shooting from the roof of an old cigar plant yesterday afternoon along SR54 in Mahanoy City.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters battle thick smoke and flames shooting from the roof of an old cigar plant yesterday afternoon along SR54 in Mahanoy City.

About a dozen fire companies responded around 2 p.m. yesterday to a commercial structure fire along SR54 and East End Road in Mahanoy Township. When firefighters arrived, they noticed flames and heavy smoke shooting out of one of the three connected building of the former General Cigar plant.