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Thursday, January 22, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Members of the board of Shepherd House food pantry received a $5,000 check from PPL's "Operation Help Fund" in their Lehighton office. Board members include, from left, Charles Hettler, chairman; Jean Zimmerman, vice chairwoman; Shirley Radler, secretary; and Stanley Haupt, administrator. Presenting the check was Paul Canevari, Northeast regional affairs director. Canevari said that the fund usually helps people in need with their heating bills, but this year they also used it to fund 10 food pantries.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Pleasant Valley High School cheerleaders are the 2014-2015 District 11 PIAA Competitive Spirit Medium Varsity Champions. They are, front from left: Paris Barton; Bryana Mitchell, senior co-captain; Haley Toth, captain; Abby Roselli, senior co-captain; Savannah Vasquez; and Laurissa Smith. Middle row: Jaidyn Borre, Kelsey Diabo, Elena Nuzzo, Natalie Smith, Mariah Haney, Shaina Baylo and Alexa Deluzio. Back row: Maddy Brandt, Marie Vazquez, Emilee Egglinger, DJ Greenzweig, Kennedy DeHaven, Livia Mackes and Marina Ghin.

Give me a W. Give me an I. Give me an N. Give me a N-E-R-S. What does it spell? WINNERS.

And that's what the Pleasant Valley High School senior cheerleading squad is: the 2014-2015 District 11 PIAA Competitive Spirit Medium Varsity Champions. The squad received that distinction at the Jan. 10 competition in Easton, competing against four other teams in the medium varsity division: Easton, Freedom, Southern Lehigh (defending District champs), and Blue Mountain.

Last year the squad placed second in the PIAA districts.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Three first-time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If they successfully complete all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed were:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PPL Utilities and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission have asked the state Supreme Court not to accept an appeal of a lower court ruling that allows them to keep secret details of an investigation the agency conducted into power restoration following a freak October 2011 snowstorm.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seven defendants in pending drug-related cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Lansford incident

Ronald Warren Eidem, 36, of Lehighton, and formerly of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A new study of Monroe County's health needs shows that residents face a wide range of factors.

But researchers at East Stroudsburg University say the mental health, substance abuse and traffic accidents are among the most alarming trends in the county's health in the past four years.

ESU's College of Health Sciences recently completed a Community Health Needs Assessment commissioned by Pocono Medical Center. The college's dean, Dr. Alberto J.F. Cardelle, presented the findings last week.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Angela Pope

A Lehigh County judge was faced Tuesday with the choice of either county jail or state prison for a driver who struck and killed a 47-year-old Lehigh County jogger.

Judge James Anthony could have sentenced Donald Vito to one year minus a day for homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and related charges, making it a county jail sentence.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seven defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted pleas from the following:

Lance McLeod, 55, of Tresckow, was arrested on Aug. 2, 2014, by Weatherly police along Main Street following a vehicle stop. He refused a blood test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.

Sentencing was deferred until McLeod can get a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Dave Thomas of Jim Thorpe clears the sidewalk in front of his home on Center Street Thursday morning.

Snow on Saturday?

No one really knows yet.

Some meteorologists are flirting with the idea of a major winter storm this weekend that could drop nearly a foot of white stuff over the Northeast, but nothing is definite.

A major system is being tracked as it moves up the coast from the south and west but weather models are pushing the track farther east, meaning areas around Philadelphia may be hit harder than the Times News coverage area.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Rhoades

HARRISBURG Although state Sen. David Argall has a new office, it is not a new location for a Schuylkill County legislator.

"I was thrilled when this office came open," Argall, R-29, said Tuesday of Room 171 Main Capitol, which in the early 1980s housed his predecessor, the late state Sen. James J. Rhoades.

Rhoades, a Mahanoy City Republican, represented the 29th senatorial District from his election in 1980 until Oct. 18, 2008, when he died as the result of a traffic accident near Brodheadsville in Monroe County.