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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Dr. Charles K. Herman, chief medical executive and chair of surgery at Pocono Health Systems, is the lead editor of a new textbook released at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery held in San Francisco.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Here's a snapshot of motherhood in Pennsylvania between 1991 and 2011, compiled from data released by the state Department of Health.

In Pennsylvania

The total number of births fell by 15.32 percent.

Births to married women during that same period fell by 29.01 percent.

Births to unmarried women rose by 15.08 percent.

Births to unmarried women under age 20 fell by 31.85 percent.

Births to unmarried women over age 20 rose by 34.66 percent.

Births to married women under age 19 fell by 81.38 percent.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Serena McNeal smiles as she cuddles her 5-month-old son, Seamus, who wriggles happily and grins right back at her.

McNeal, 31, is among a rising tide of older single women who are having babies: While the birth rate is falling across the United States, and births to unwed teens have plummeted, more older single women are having babies.

Pennsylvania's overall birth rate dropped by 15.32 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to an analysis of data released by the state Department of Health. Unwed teen births fell by 31.85 percent.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

One defendant had two preliminary hearings recently scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, while another failed to show up.

James Englert, 37, of 1011 Lehigh St., Newkirk, appeared before Judge Bayer for two cases related to domestic violence.' The cases stem from incidents that happened on Dec. 29, 2013 and June 29, 2013. In both cases, Englert was charged with simple assault and harassment. Englert waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will await a formal hearing in Schuylkill County Court.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Department of Environmental has released the 2013 Oil and Gas Annual Report, along with a video highlighting the important work and professionalism of the dedicated members of DEP's Oil and Gas Program staff.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Lions Club member Alicia Silliman announces Palmerton Area High School Leo Club Members of the Year, seniors Taylor Williams (left) and Alison Young (right) during the club's annual Community Spirit Night held recently at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

The Palmerton Lions Club acknowledged 10 nonprofit organizations, as well as two Leo Club Members of the Year during its Community Spirit Night held at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

Robert Silliman, club president, presented certificates of appreciation to Leo Club co-advisors Jeanna Baumgardt and Travis Fink.

Program committee member Alicia Silliman announced the two Leo Club Members of the Year: Palmerton Area High School seniors Taylor Williams and Alison Young.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Budget questions about the Bowmanstown Authority and sewer treatment plant dominated the Bowmanstown Borough Council meeting this week.

During the sewer treasurer's report, Councilwoman Pam Leiby asked about water/sewer treatment contractor Portland Contractors' monthly billing.

Leiby said it was "quite a bit higher" than previous reports.

Councilman Darren Thomas told her the sewer treatment plant has recently been having more issues, including that it "went down," which accounted for the increase in billing seen on the May 6 report.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Special to the Times News

Shayla Rivera, center, receives her student of the month award for the month of February from Beverly and Ken Cathcart of the Penn-Kidder Lions Club at a recent meeting.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

ORWIGSBURG (AP) - A county coroner in eastern Pennsylvania says a 92-year-old man who died after a fight at a nursing home died of natural causes.

WFMZ-TV said the Schuylkill County coroner made the announcement Friday.

Investigators said Fred Govern was involved in a fight with another male resident at the Pinebrook Personal Care and Retirement Center near Orwigsburg on March 17.

He was taken to the hospital for minor head and facial injuries but went into cardiac arrest and died.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Coaldale State General Hospital is saving big money by burning coal. Hospital administrator Frank E. Wehr told the board of trustees last night that using coal is saving the hospital about $6,000 a month.

Coaldale Hospital has a capability of burning either Anthracite coal or oil and in the past few months has opted for coal.