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Friday, August 14, 2015
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS Christine Donohue discusses her Carbon County roots with Larry Daiell of Albrightsville.

Christine Donohue, Democratic candidate for state supreme court justice made a stop in Jim Thorpe on Thursday morning.

"I love coming home to Carbon County," Donohue said. "I am counting on the people of my home county to get out to the polls this November and help me to win this election."

Donohue was born in Coaldale and grew up in Lansford. The daughter of a union seamstress and a coal miner, Donohue learned the value of working hard to get ahead.

Friday, August 14, 2015

A Carbon County teenage girl pleaded to her part in a drug selling operation on Thursday and was immediately sentenced to a county prison term.

Zoey Danielle Bartenope, 18, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II then sentenced her to serve six to 18 months in prison followed by one year of probation.

Friday, August 14, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Raider Marching Band practice their stadium entrance in the parking lot of Tamaqua AreaMiddle School on Thursday afternoon. August is a key month not only for football practice but for high school musicians, majorettes, silks, cheerleaders and color guard who also spend hours perfecting their fall field show.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Final plans for a hot dog eatery came before the Walnutport Borough Council Thursday night and passed without a problem.

Ricky Harring and Mike Harring, owners of the proposed Doggy Style hot dog shop, said they hope to be open by Christmas. Before that can happen though, there is much work to be done at the site of the former Fritz's Barber Shop on Main Street.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tamaqua area residents, local businesses and organizations turned out to lend a hand as Thursday's exhaustive search wore on.

Amy and Ray Sell of Rowe Street offered ATVs, as did businessman Ronny Ziegler. Jay Stidham, Shawn Martin and others.

Members of Tamaqua Fire Police, who typically control traffic flow, instead donned search gear and took to the woods.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Count Northern Lehigh School District administrators among those who have expressed frustration with the new Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.

Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas told the school board on Monday that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has asked administrators to share with the district five points policymakers should know about the new PSSAs.

The five points are as follows:

Friday, August 14, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Neither of the two emails sent to Hillary Rodham Clinton now labeled by intelligence agencies as "top secret," contained information that would jump out to experts as particularly sensitive, according to several government officials.

One included a discussion of a U.S. drone strike, part of a covert program that is widely known and discussed. A second conversation could have improperly referred to highly classified material, but it also could have reflected information collected independently, U.S. officials who have reviewed the correspondence told The Associated Press.

Friday, August 14, 2015

DANVILLE (AP) – A couple who took their nearly 5-foot boa constrictor for a swim in a Pennsylvania river say the pet slipped away and they’re concerned about its welfare.

The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1JfL8XN ) that Kolby and Zachary Latranyi had been swimming with the snake named Leyla last weekend in the Susquehanna (suhs-kwuh-HAN’-uh) River. The Latranyis say the red-tailed boa was shedding, so the swim was designed to help it remove material from its scales.

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Cpl. Henry Woods unloads his ATV as Tamaqua search gets underway noon Thursday.

A search team of more than 30 left the grounds behind Tamaqua Area High School noon Thursday in search of a man missing in the deep woods of Sharp Mountain.
Jesse Farber, 29, of Tamaqua, who also goes by the name Jesse Rex, was last seen Tuesday afternoon. The last contact made by Farber was a cell phone call to his girlfriend, Rachel Carroll, in which he sounded frantic and needing help, said family members.
"It was only a couple of seconds," Carroll said. "He was very despondent."

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A female motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon when involved in a crash along the entrance ramp to Route 248 west from Bowmanstown. The biker was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to the Lehighton hospital. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.