Monday, February 27, 2017

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Janet Zellner, dental receptionist at Mahoning Valley Family Dental Care, left, teaches 4-year-old Ashlin Wolter about proper teeth brushing using one of the stuffed animals at the dental office. AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Flash your smile!

Show off those pearly whites.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the American Dental Association and area dentists want to make sure parents remember the importance of keeping their children’s teeth healthy.

“Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums,” the ADA states.

That means brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day, as well as flossing once a day may help a child stop problems before they start.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants the people to know the federal government is working to try and improve the lives of people across the nation in times of crisis.

On Thursday, the senator visited the Carbon County Commissioners’ meeting on Thursday to talk briefly about two pieces of legislation that can relate to not only the county, but Pennsylvania and the United States on a whole.

Prior to speaking about the legislations, Casey said that the commissioners have to deal with “many difficult issues.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school board member has sued his local newspaper and three of its journalists, claiming they violated state wiretapping laws by reporting on a secretly recorded audiotape of a closed-door meeting on the search for a new superintendent.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.

This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Anna Trace, Michael Simmons and Carl Goulden listen during a news conference with state officials in the Pennsylvania Capitol where the trio told stories about how the 2010 federal health care law had helped them, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf kept up pressure Wednesday to keep the 2010 federal health care law covering 1 million-plus Pennsylvanians, using his office to mount a vigorous public defense of it as efforts unfold in Congress to repeal it.

Wolf is in a prime position to help exert public pressure on Pennsylvania's big delegation of Republicans in Congress. Only Texas and Florida send more Republicans to Congress than Pennsylvania's 14, and only a couple of other Democratic governors hail from a state with a Republican congressional delegation of significant size.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor estimates that legal bills stemming from his convicted predecessor's actions cost about $3.6 million.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro told a state Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday that his staff had tallied the costs related to former Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Kane resigned last year after being convicted of leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it. She's been sentenced to 10 to 23 months, but is free on bail while she appeals.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A sexual assault investigation led to the arrest of five undocumented immigrants Wednesday in Palmerton Borough.

Two of the men, Jose Antonio Corripio Martinez, 36, of Jim Thorpe and Rafael Alberto Escobar Garcia, 29, of Palmerton, were charged for the sexual assault, which police said occurred at a party in mid-December.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Leiby’s Ice Cream House and Restaurant generated a buzz today when it announced on its Facebook page that the renovated restaurant will be open by Easter.

The management also announced that job applications are being accepted and the restaurant is working to offer some gluten-free choices.

Leiby’s Restaurant closed in December 2007, after declining sales.

The eatery sold at auction on June 30, 2008, for $1.5 million, a sale conducted by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneers of Richfield, Snyder County.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Reilly Bauer was crowned Pennsylvania’s Miss Amazing Jr. Teen in Bethlehem. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Reilly Bauer, a seventh-grade student at Panther Valley Junior/Senior High School, has been crowned Miss Amazing Jr. Teen in the Pennsylvania Miss Amazing Pageant, heldrecently at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts in Bethlehem. She competed against 20 girls in her division.

Reilly, 13, is the daughter of Colleen and Kevin Bauer of Lansford.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chestnuthill is one step closer to having a new Gerrity’s supermarket at the intersection of Route 115 and State Road after the township granted the conditional use application Tuesday.

The Mount Effort Development Company is planning on revitalizing the existing strip mall at the location of the old Hilltop Market that burned down several years ago.

Along with updating the existing buildings, the new owners intend to construct a number of new buildings to bring the total to seven buildings on the property.