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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Times News FILE PHOTO Lehigh Carbon Community College's Jim Thorpe campus will be offering five new associate degree programs this upcoming semester.

Lehigh Carbon Community College's Jim Thorpe campus is expanding programs to offer students additional associate degree programs in high priority occupations in the region.

The new degree programs, which will begin this fall, include computer science; construction management; construction technology; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; and industrial automation.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Palmerton Area School District will forge ahead with a $21 million renovation project, complete with a junior high cafeteria, turf field, and stadium improvements.

On an 8-1 measure, the school board on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to authorize the projects and to engage Barry Isett & Associates as prime professional for design, bid phase and construction phase services.

Director Susan Debski cast the sole vote in opposition to the project.

After the meeting, Debski said she voted against the project because of the stadium improvements.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
MARTA GOUGER/TIMES NEWS McDonald's in Brodheadsville was closed after an anonymous complaint to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

An anonymous customer complaint has temporarily shut down the McDonald's restaurant on Route 209 in Brodheadsville.

The restaurant was closed Tuesday after an inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed that there was a water heater issue.

A notice of violation was posted on the door by the department of agriculture food inspector as well as a sign from the management, saying that the hot water heater wasn't functioning and would be repaired shortly.

"We would love to see you back here for dinner with a free dessert from us," the sign said.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS More than a dozen youngsters took time to enjoy a story at the Tamaqua Library's Summer Reading program Tuesday morning. The theme for the day was Our Local Heroes, and firefighter Ann Miller, New England Fire Company, Walker Township, let the youngsters try on her heavy turn-out gear. Xavier Harving, 6, Tuscarora, tries on a firefighter's gear.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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A woman escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon after colliding head-on with a tractor-trailer on Route 443 in West Penn Township. The crash occurred at 5 p.m. as she was traveling east about a quarter mile west of the intersection with Route 309. She crossed the center line and hit the rig. The woman was evaluatedby members of the Penn Mahoning Ambulance. West Penn fire police maintained traffic control at the scene, reducing traffic to onealternating lane. West Penn Township police Sgt. Melissa Ruch is investigating the incident.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
DYLAN MESSERSCHMIDT/TIMES NEWS Traffic as backed up all morning on the Mansion House Hill leading into Jim Thorpe.

A traffic pattern mix-up in Jim Thorpe Borough on Tuesday left many motorists fuming.

Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joe Schatz said he met with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representatives Tuesday afternoon and was assured this was a one-time issue.

"We were concerned as well," Schatz said. "The regular construction at Front and River streets, coupled with construction on Route 209 was causing the congestion. PennDOT told us this isn't an everyday thing."

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

About a dozen Rush Township residents attended the Tamaqua Area School District meeting Tuesday to voice their concerns about the district's plan, which will change the makeup of the student population at Rush Elementary School.

The Rush Township Elementary School housed students in grades K-1 until June 2015. Beginning in September, the district will move those students to its elementary schools in West Penn Township and Tamaqua. Elementary school students in the gifted and English as a Second Language programs will go to the West Penn school.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) Pennsylvania's governor argued in a court filing Tuesday that he has nearly unlimited power to grant reprieves to death row inmates, and he asked the state Supreme Court to deny a challenge to his use of that authority.

Gov. Tom Wolf's lawyers were responding to a request by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a fellow Democrat, that the justices nullify his moratorium on executions. They said the "broad and unfettered executive power" has been in practice since the 17th century.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SCRANTON The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Providence, Rhode Island, man was indicted late Tuesday by a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton on the charge of possession with intent to distribute in excess of 1 kilogram of heroin.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Angel Prado, 43, allegedly committed the offense on Dec. 19, 2013, in Monroe County, when he was the operator of a vehicle involved in a traffic stop.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Keenan Cook, 8, of Hometown, was able to convince Tamaqua Borough Council to install new signs along Schuylkill Avenue.

Eight-year-old Keenan Cook of Hometown learned an important civics lesson Tuesday night: One determined person can make a difference.

Keenan and his family attended Tuesday's Tamaqua Borough Council meeting in case council members had any questions concerning a letter the youth wrote to them after a July 9 incident on Schuylkill Avenue.

That day, like many others, Keenan and his mom were traveling along Schuylkill Avenue. They noticed traffic was tied up between Locust Street and Route 309.