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

Concerns raised over Lake Hauto fire hydrants

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Nesquehoning fire chief again shared his concerns over the lack of adequate fire hydrants at a private, gated community in the borough.

Nesquehoning Hose Company 1 fire chief John McArdle spoke to borough council recently about the need to get the ball rolling to help Lake Hauto Club start a discussion with the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority about the need for upgrading the fire hydrant lines.

McArdle said he spoke with representatives from the Lake Hauto Club board of directors, as well as the water authority.

Schuylkill approves five-year agreement

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a five-year, $68,889 lease/purchase agreement on behalf of the county Management Information Systems Department with Dell Financial Services.

The agreement is for three servers at a cost of $25,915, along with software and client licenses for $42,973.52.

The annual payment for each year of the lease is $14,811.

Pricing for the Dell servers is through the state COSTARS contract; the software and client licenses are priced through the state’s Microsoft Select Plus agreement.

Towamensing tree arrives at the White House

Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Official White House Christmas tree arrives to the White House.
The Official White House Christmas tree arrives to the White House.

First lady Michelle Obama has kicked off the holiday season at the White House by welcoming another Lehighton Christmas tree.

It’s a Fraser fir grown at Bustard’s Tree Farm in Towamensing Township that stands more than 18 feet tall.

The tree is traditionally displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The first lady says this year’s tree will honor the military.

THE GREAT DIVIDE

Saturday, November 28, 2015
THE GREAT DIVIDE
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Lehighton elementary center dominates board, public discussion

A proposed Lehighton Area School District elementary center remains a divisive issue and dominated the public comment portion of a school board meeting this week.

It’s the second time in a month that residents, teachers and board members have used the forum to make their feelings on the project known.

The district has been moving forward with plans to build the school, which would house all kindergarten through fifth grade students, and close the existing East Penn, Franklin, Mahoning and Shull-David elementary buildings.

Readers Turn: Nov. 28

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Alicia Snyder: I wanted to study art in Paris, it would definitely have a big effect on me going over there. I understand all the security they would want. It definitely won’t be the same. A lot of things will change over time. It’s almost like we did after 9/11 happened.
Alicia Snyder: I wanted to study art in Paris, it would definitely have a big effect on me going over there. I understand all the security they would want. It definitely won’t be the same. A lot of things will change over time. It’s almost like we did after 9/11 happened.

Have the recent terror attacks in Paris had any effect on your plans to go abroad after graduation?

We asked seniors at Jim Thorpe High School

Graduates from Coast Guard

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Mulderig
Mulderig

Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Mulderig Jr., a 2014 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, graduated from the United States Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, on Nov. 13.

He is the son of Sue and Michael Mulderig Sr. of Jim Thorpe, and Todd and Hope Young of Lehighton.

During the eight-week training program, Mulderig completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, firefighting and marksmanship.

Marian honor roll

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Marian Catholic High School in Hometown has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first semester of the 2015-16 school year. To be eligible for distinguished honors, a student must earn 93 percent or better in all major subjects. First honors are awarded to those students who earn a 90 grade-point average, with no grade lower than an 87, while an 85 or better grade-point average, with no grade below an 82, is needed for second honors.

Distinguished Honors

Seniors — Connor Dodson, Abby Pilla;

Holiday wish list

Saturday, November 28, 2015

As the holiday season nears, area groups are busy helping the less fortunate.

Email tneditor@tnonline.com to let us know what the wish list is for your nonprofit group.

We will compile everyone’s lists and run them in the Times News beginning Black Friday.

Positive changes coming to the Tamaqua Chamber

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Our executive director, Linda Yulanavage, is retiring today.

We are very sorry to see her go and thank Linda for her years of service to the Tamaqua chamber and the Tamaqua Community.

There is no doubt that the Chamber would not be the organization it is today without Linda.

She has worn many hats these past 15 years and has done an infinite number of deeds for not only the chamber, but for many other organizations throughout the borough.

She had been instrumental in many projects in the Tamaqua community over the past 20-plus years.

St. Luke’s gives $34K to Coaldale coffers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

St. Luke’s Hospital-Miners Campus has agreed to give Coaldale Borough a cash donation in exchange for some of the services that the borough provides the non-profit hospital tax-free, according to borough officials.

The donation is the latest development in the complicated relationship between the hospital and the three entities that collect property taxes in Coaldale.

Borough officials recently announced that the hospital recently agreed to contribute $34,000 to the borough’s coffers.