Monday, October 5, 2015

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Monday, October 5, 2015

The New Ringgold man involved in an apparent murder-suicide incident at his home on Saturday has died from his injuries.

Michael Mindock III, 53, of 687 Arrow Road, New Ringgold, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday in St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem according to a report released by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. An autopsy to determine the exact cause of Mindock’s death has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Monday, October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indian tribes and Jim Thorpe's sons to move the remains of the athletic great from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.

The justices on Monday left in place a court ruling that ordered Thorpe's body to remain in the Pennsylvania town that bears his name.

Thorpe's two surviving sons, and the Sac and Fox Nation have been seeking to bury Thorpe on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe was a football, baseball and track star who won the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics. He died in 1953 at age 64.

Monday, October 5, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — After a suburban district attorney in New York barred her prosecutors from keeping handguns, even at home, her office said the goal was safety. But the now-changed restriction has touched off debate about whether prosecutors should be packing heat.

The Nassau County DA's office loosened the policy last week but still prohibits prosecutors from carrying guns at work, saying that could be dangerous or discomfiting in a job known for sensitive, unpredictable situations.

Monday, October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre's ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he's still paying the price of admission.

After a decade of repayments, Aguirre still diverts $512 a month to loans and owes $20,000.

The expense requires his family to rent an apartment in Campbell, California, because buying a home in a decent school district would cost too much. His daughter has excelled in high school, but Aguirre has urged her to attend community college to avoid the debt that ensnared him.

Monday, October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

The software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to cause somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years, with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. The total cost has been well over $100 million.

Monday, October 5, 2015


October 5, 1991

Seventy-five 11th- and 12th-grade Panther Valley High School literature students of Richard Morgans and Richard McIntyre attended the annual Renaissance Faire for senior high students at Cornwall, near Lebanon.

Panther Valley won first place honors in the banner competition with an elaborate, well-done representation of academics, co-curricular activities and the Renaissance period.

Monday, October 5, 2015


Today marks the start of Public Power Week, and Lehighton plans to observe it by offering the public a view of its new Light and Power building.

The building, located at 551 Bridge St., will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Friday. Refreshments will be offered.

Those who attend will meet the department, and also obtain information on the borough’s municipal electric system.

Monday, October 5, 2015
Grace Ann Williams, a Panther Valley High School sophomore, rides in the parade on Sunday after being crowned the 2015 Rose Queen. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of people ran through the streets of New Columbus in Nesquehoning on Sunday, jockeying for position to get a coveted rose from heaven.

A helicopter dropped around 300 roses near the Shrine of St. Therese Lisieux to bring the 83rd annual Shower of Roses to a close.

The full-day celebration, held at the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, honors St. Therese and included the crowning of the 2015 Rose Queen, Grace Ann Williams.

Williams is a sophomore at Panther Valley High School.

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Bessie Bauchspies, a member of Lehighton Borough Council, wears a pink toy firefighters’ helmet as she rides in buggy during Lehighton Fire Department’s dedication parade on Sunday. Seated next to her is councilman John Kreitz. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A four-division parade on Sunday in Lehighton was held as part of the dedication celebration of a $4 million fire station, new pumper and new rescue boat of the Lehighton Fire Department.

Taking part in the march, held under sunny skies with mild temperatures, were fire departments from Carbon, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

There were five marching bands in the line of march as well as two marching fire department units.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A parade, followed by a pep rally and brief fireworks show, is likely to be held next month in Lehighton.

Borough council recently approved the Lehighton Touchdown Club’s request to conduct all of the activities on Nov. 5.

Council’s decision came after it heard from Gerald Strubinger Jr., president of the Lehighton Touchdown Club.

Strubinger said that as a result of the school district’s construction project, the organization cannot do a bonfire this year as it has in the past.