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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Retired Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson devotes his time to advocating for gay rights.

A former Kidder Township cleric believes the time has come for the Roman Catholic Church to extend an olive branch.

In fact, he'll tell you it's long overdue.

The Rev. Bruce J. Simpson, now of Plains, is an expert on the topic of gays and gay marriage.

Simpson retired three years ago as Archbishop Abbot of the Benedictine Order of St. John the Beloved, Old Catholic Church, where he was one of only seven U.S. archbishops.

The Old Catholic Church is not in full communion with the Holy See of Rome but rather with the Anglican Communion.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Michael J. Mullen)  Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan

HARRISBURG Investigators fear the man suspected of killing one trooper and wounding a second is looking to strike again, the head of the Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday.

Commissioner Frank Noonan spoke about the effort to capture Eric Frein after updating lawmakers at the state Capitol, more than a month after the shootings.

"The thing that's foremost on my mind is, what's the cost if we don't catch him? What's the cost if he commits another crime?" Noonan said.

Noonan said his concerns about Frein are based on a review by behavioral scientists.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Paul Smith, left, who has been involved in musical endeavors all his life, including as a music teacher and band director, will be the grand marshal during the 44th annual Lehighton Halloween Parade on Saturday. With him are, from left: his wife, Linn, and members of the Halloween parade committee Hilbert Haas, Judy Harris and chairman Julie Harris.

Paul Smith has been named grand marshal for the 44th annual Lehighton Halloween Parade.

The march will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. In the event of rain, it will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The announcement was made by parade chairman Julie Harris.

She said Smith was named because of his six decades of service to the community through music, education and church-related events.

He has been director of the Lehighton Band, formerly known as the Lehighton Men's Band, since 1965. The band is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monroe County moved into the 20th century, according to Warden Bryan Hill, after the new $12 million Monroe County prison in Hamilton Township was dedicated.

James E. Cadue, chairman of the Monroe County Commissioners and president of the board of prison inspectors, welcomed the crowd of over 200 residents who attended the dedication ceremonies.

Cadue said the construction of the Monroe County facility marks a new phase of corrections for the county.

"It's up to the Monroe County Commissioners to support it."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Voter registration by major party preference in Carbon County's 11 townships appears to be divided, with the Republicans having an advantage over the Democrats in six of the districts.

The townships of Franklin, Kidder, Lehigh, Mahoning, Packer and Towamensing have more registered GOP voters than Democratic voters, whereas the Democratic advantages over the GOP are in Banks, East Penn, Lausanne, Lower Towamensing and Penn Forest townships.

A breakdown of registration totals in Carbon County's 11 townships is as follows:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Times News will be presenting a candidates' primer for the election in November.

We'll be contacting candidates with a list of questions suggested by our readers.

The races we'll be covering:

Congressional race: 17th district: U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright and Republican challenger David Moylan, the Schuylkill County coroner.

11th District, Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican, faces opposition from Democrat Andy Ostroski.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Democratic Party's strength in voter registration plurality lies in 11 of the 12 boroughs in Carbon County.

According to the latest voter registration certification after the deadline to register on Oct. 6 to vote this fall, the party has 3,803 more voters than the Republican Party, including advantages in nearly 100 percent of the boroughs.

The voter rolls show the Democrats have the plurality in Beaver Meadows, Bowmanstown, East Side, Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Palmerton, Parryville, Summit Hill and Weissport.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Members of Lehighton Area High School Class of 1970 will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Lehighton Orioles Club on Orioles Drive, to plan the 45-year class reunion.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Class of 1967

Members of the Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1967 will hold their monthly breakfast gathering at 10 a.m. Monday at the Boulevard Restaurant in Lehighton.

Gold Ticket Club

Students at L.B. Morris Elementary School, who have the honor of being selected to the Gold Ticket Club for the month of September include: Samantha Dudzinki, Lacey Highland, Noah Snisky, Treasurely Nelson, Brett Delong, Nicole Ivan, Nashalie A. Thomas Gablick, Alex Strauss, Catherine Taddei, Lucas Lawrence and Kaden Hess.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A decision by the state Department of Transportation to shut down a dangerous intersection in Lower Towamensing Township has ruffled the feathers of one resident.

Resident Herman Bollinger on Tuesday spoke out at the township's board of supervisors with regard to PennDOT's decision to shut down the intersection of Route 248 and Club Road.

This week, PennDOT workers were to begin constructing a center median barrier at the intersection to permanently prohibit vehicles from making a left-hand turn from Route 248 onto Club Road, as well as from Club Road onto Route 248.