Month: January 2017

School board seeks two to fill vacancies

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

HEGINS – Although the Tri-Valley School Board hasn’t made any decisions on the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, the board voted unanimously last Wednesday evening to not raise taxes above the Act 1 index established by the Department of Education for the 2017-18 year.
The Act 1 index is 3.3 percent and the current real estate tax is 32.25 mills in the district.
Directors Diane Dietrich and Carl Shankweiler were absent from the meeting.
Even though the auditorium was empty for Wednesday evening’s meeting, Board President Jerry Beaver stressed the need for community members to step up and fill vacancies on the school board.
There are currently two vacancies in Hegins West, Region 3.


Hepler becomes four-time league wrestling champion


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler works on turning over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh during the 138-pound final at the Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championship Jan. 21 at Jim Thorpe Area High School. Hepler won the bout by major decision 11-3 to become a four-time Schuylkill League wrestling champion and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

JIM THORPE — Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler became the 14th wrestler since 1985 to become a four-time Schuylkill League Champion.
Hepler, who was named the outstanding wrestler at this past weekend’s Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships at Jim Thorpe Area High School, won the 138-pound title with an 11-3 major decision over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh, raising his record to 21-1.
His win, along with titles from Kolt Schaeffer and Dan Scheib, helped Tri-Valley to a third-place finish in the standings. Upper Dauphin, who crowned two champions in Brandon Garber and Jackson Kennerly, finished second in the standings with 173. Pottsville was named team champions.
The area’s other Schuylkill League Champion was Halifax’s Jakob Paul, winning the 220-pound title while remaining undefeated on the season.
Championship finals
106: Wi. Kahler (PO) dec. Paul (UDA), 4-2 SV; 113: Onea (PO) dec. Schoffstall (TV), 7-5 SV; 120: Garber (UDA) dec. Green (PO), 7-3; 126: Mason (BM) pinned Rupp (UDA), :27; 132: Madden-Edwards (NS) tech. fall L. Bruner (HAL), 19-4 5:42; 138: Hepler (TV) maj. dec. McHugh (TAM), 11-3; 145: Bentz (PO) pinned Gehring (SH), 2:25; 152: T. Kennedy (PV) dec. Scherer (LEH), 4-3; 160: Kennerly (UDA) dec. Fegley (MAH), 7-6; 170: Painter (PO) dec. Lewandowski (MAH), 9-3; 182:


10-year-old boy selected as Tremont’s Citizen of the Year

Derick Ney presented plaque and cash

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •


Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo Tremont Borough Council members presented 10-year-old Derick Ney with the title of Citizen of the Year 2016. Ney received cash and a plaque. He is pictured with, front row, from left, Rogie Adams, Paulette Yuschock; back row, Phil Kintzel, Dan Noll, and James Scheibley.

TREMONT – A panel of four judges selected Derick Ney, 10-year-old son of Christy and Ricky Ney, Tremont, as the 2016 Citizen of The Year.
Tremont Borough Council members donated some or all of their council pay toward a fund to name a Citizen of the Year.
According to Councilwoman Paulette Yuschock, 10 applicants were received and the four judges reviewed each applicant and selected Ney to receive the title, cash and plaque.
Derick’s application read as follows: Derick is extremely active in his community and takes great pride in helping others. Derick volunteers to help with the Tremont Little League field by cleaning the burn pit and helping his dad do work around the field. He also plays baseball for the Tremont Little League and Fall Ball with the Pine Grove Little League.
Derick cuts grass in the summr for his neighbors and friends, and shovels snow in the winter. Although some people may compensate him monetarily, Dereick also does this for his handicapped neighbors and does not expect any pay.