Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.

The first-term Democrat delivered an approximately $33.3 billion plan for 2016-17 to the Republican-controlled Legislature as he tries again to break down resistance to a multibillion-dollar tax increase that has held up passage of a budget for the current year.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tamaqua Police are trying to determine how the operator of a tractor trailer swerved from the south bound lane of Center Street into the northbound lane where it collided with a parked car.

The woman had just parked her car in front of the Tamaqua Diner and was only feet from it when it was rammed.

Center Street is also busy Route 309.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

JIM THORPE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early dismissal, HS: 1 p.m.; LBM and PKC: 1:30 p.m.; No PM Pre-K or afterschool activities

LEHIGHTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early dismissal due to the pending weather. The High School and Middle School will dismiss at 1 p.m. and the elementary schools will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. All after school activities are canceled.

PALMERTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early Dismissal/JR/SR 1 p.m.; Elementary, 1:45 p.m., no p.m. kindergarten

PANTHER VALLEY: Early dismissal; HS 12:30 p.m.; PVIS, PVES 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tonight's Schuylkill League, Colonial League and East Penn Conference basketball playoffs have been postponed due to the impending weather forecast.
The Schuylkill League Boys’ semifinals will be made up on Thursday, Feb. 11. Blue Mountain will take on Minersville at 6 o'clock, while Shenandoah Valley will play Pottsville at 7:30 p.m. The girls semifinals will be played on Wednesday as scheduled.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Area lawmakers responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal:
Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike): “I am disappointed in the governor’s budget address and the extreme scare tactic he used to try to convince the people of Pennsylvania that we have no other choice but to raise taxes.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HARRISBURG (AP) — State health authorities say two female Pennsylvania residents have tested positive for the Zika virus.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the two had recently traveled to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus.

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said officials are concerned about the health of those individuals and others who may be exposed, but the want to emphasize that the two cases "pose no threat to the public."

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jim Thorpe school board members are excited about a summer reading program that has become popular with students at one of its elementary schools.

At the board’s regular meeting Monday night, Randy Engle, assistant principal from the Penn-Kidder campus, gave the board a presentation about the merits of the school’s summer reading program, and requested that the board consider dedicating some funds to it.

“This year, 70 kids attended. We would like to do more, but we don’t have the funds,” he said.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A free, fun for all ages, bingo event will be held at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Feb. 19.

Anyone wishing to participate is asked to bring one full-size candy bar to donate as a prize. Hours will be from 7-8 p.m. Organizers are hoping this event will serve as a “break from the winter doldrums by giving everyone the opportunity to get out and meet new people.”

The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

For more information, call 570-668-1192.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PITTSBURGH — George Banyas is self-employed, having run a successful optometry business in Richland for the past 15 years. He and his wife have two children, both in their early 20s and attending college.

While his business has afforded his family a stable living, it also has left him ineligible for a health insurance subsidy under the Affordable Care Act. And Banyas is increasingly worried about the rising cost of insuring his family of four.

The Affordable Care Act, he said, is looking increasingly unaffordable for him.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Registration forms and information about Raising the House’s annual 5K race will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Joey B’s restaurant in Palmerton.

The race is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19 in the Palmerton Borough Park.

In addition to the registration forms, the Palmerton Area High School softball team will be holding a fundraiser at the restaurant during that time.

A portion of the sales between 4 and 8 p.m. will be donated to the softball team.