Monday, October 5, 2015

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

With flu season just around the corner, the flu vaccine can be the best method to combat the condition.

But, will this year’s flu vaccine do a better job of protecting people against the flu than it did last year?

Often times that can be difficult to predict, according to Dr. John Viteritti, DO, an emergency room physician with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“I don’t think anyone exactly knows how it’s going to hold out,” Viteritti said.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — She had never before given more than a few hundred dollars to a politician. But two weeks ago, Jacquelyn Monroe, a single mother who plays the piano for a living, decided to raise $100,000 for Ben Carson.

Inspired by a brief meeting at the hotel where she works, the 45-year-old Georgia woman joined an army of middle-class Americans fueling the fundraising juggernaut that is Carson's Republican presidential campaign.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

While there are still scenarios that would take Hurricane Joaquin out to sea, the possibility of the hurricane reaching the Eastern United States coast is gaining merit.

Joaquin is forecast to continue to gather strength just northeast of the Bahamas during the next couple of days before it begins its northward run along the East coast. The system is forecast reach Category 3 strength.

The storm will bring pounding surf, dangerous seas, strong winds, drenching squalls and flash flooding to the central Bahamas. Wind gusts could reach between 75 and 100 mph on some of the islands.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Louis Troell made some mistakes early on in his life that landed him in jail.

In 2006, when he was 19 and a volunteer firefighter in Kidder Township, Troell and two friends were arrested and charged with arson.

He served two years in the Carbon County Correctional Facility for his crime.

“When I was incarcerated, I learned a lot about the system and how life really was,” he said. “I learned about a lot of things on how to be a better person, too. So when I got out, I just wanted to be a better person.”

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Those who kill golden and bald eagles will face stiffer penalties under Pennsylvania law.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Tuesday gave final approval to a measure that increases to $2,500 the replacement costs for killing bald eagles or golden eagles.

The heightened penalty will take effect in the coming months.

The issue came to light after a Lehighton man pleaded guilty to shooting a bald eagle in Andreas.

Carl Marion, 46, paid around $4,500 in fines and court costs at District Magistrate Casimir Kosciolek’s office in Lansford.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We're in for a wet weekend as Tropical Storm Joaquin moves off the mid-Atlantic coast. Rain will be heavy at times today.

Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Light north wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: Scattered showers. Cloudy, with a low around 49. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky wants a judge to let him explore contacts between prosecutors and a judge who oversaw the grand jury that recommended he be charged with child molestation.

Sandusky, who was convicted of molesting boys but maintains his innocence, on Tuesday filed a court document saying he also wants to look into how information about the grand jury investigation was published eight months before he was arrested in 2011.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


The Weatherly Area PTA and the Weatherly Area Wellness Council will host a Drug and Alcohol Expo sponsored by state Rep. Doyle Heffley in October. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Weatherly Area Middle School, located at 602 Sixth St., Weatherly.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PSSA scores across the state are significantly lower than last year as the state transitions to common core standards.

Students who took the PSSA in the spring — anyone in grades three through eight — took a brand-new test, which explains the low scores.

The scores are so much lower than last year that the state decided not to use them as part of districts’ “School Performance Profiles” — scorecards that play a role in teacher evaluations.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MIAMI (AP) — The Bahamas was bracing Wednesday for a brush with Hurricane Joaquin, which was on a projected track that would take it near the East Coast of the U.S. early next week.

The hurricane was expected to pass near the islands of San Salvador, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Rum Cay late Thursday and early Friday, close enough that it could bring tropical-storm-force winds, coastal flooding and 5-10 inches of rain, said Geoffrey Greene, a senior forecaster with the Bahamas Meteorology Department.