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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

During the Carbon County Veterans Day program on Monday, the county commissioners honored some very special veterans.

Those highlighted included 35 county employees from a number of departments.

Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, chairman; William O'Gurek; and Thomas J. Gerhard thanked the men and women who served the country and now serve the county.

"Thank you for those who served," Nothstein said.

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Harry J. Wynn of American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, listens to the speakers of the Carbon County Veterans Day program in Jim Thorpe on Monday.

The sun smiled on Carbon County Monday afternoon as residents, veterans and employees of the county gathered in the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe to honor the men and women who served this country.

During the annual Veterans Day program, hosted by the Carbon County Veterans Council, the Carbon County Commissioners addressed the crowd about the importance of remembering those who fought for our freedoms.

Henry Desrosiers, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs in Carbon County, welcomed everyone to the event.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Carbon County man who abducted his daughter, which triggered a Amber Alert, entered a guilty plea in the county court on Monday.

Timothy C. Simcsuk, 27, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of interference with the custody of children, a felony three.

Simcsuk was arrested for an incident at 6:10 p.m. on Dec. 14 when he took his 4-year-old daughter from her grandmother, Lisa Fatzinger, her legal guardian and sole caregiver.

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FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS An artist's rendering of the pedestrian bridge.

A gap in the Delaware and Lehigh Canal trail might soon be filled.

Carbon County has been approved for $2 million for the installation of a prefabricated pedestrian bridge across the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe.

This bridge will connect the 60 miles of D&L Trail north in Carbon and Luzerne counties to the 105 miles of D&L Trail in Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks County. If all goes as planned, the bridge would be completed in late 2016.

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ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jesse Troxell, bugler; Susan Queen, representing the Auxiliary; Bernie Dugan, president of the Legion; Mark Queen; Dennis Ziegler, Veterans Day chairman and Scott Schaeffer, bugler participated in the Veterans Day service.

A Veterans Day program in memory of those members of Allen O. Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington, who passed away during the past year was held in the Northern Lehigh Bible Fellowship Church, Best Road, Walnutport, during its regular church worship service.

"We have some special visitors. We want to celebrate our veterans," said music director Jason Musselman.

Everyone joined in singing "God Bless America," and Ben Strohl, in his first public solo performance, sang "God Bless the U.S.A."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

During the 2005-2006 school year, Panther Valley received $12,022 per student in local and state funding, while Lower Merion School District netted $26,700 per pupil.

This happened even though the PV school district has "an equalized tax millage" of 27.8 the 27th highest of the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania.

Property rich Lower Merion raised revenue through taxes of approximately $23,709 locally per student four times more than Panther Valley with an equalized millage rate of just 14.7, almost half of Panther Valley's.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A massive 124-year-old Schuylkill County hospital that has stood vacant for two years may have a new owner.

Ashland Properties wants to buy St. Catherine's Medical Center, 101 E. Broad St. in Fountain Springs, Butler Township, for $550,000, then spend $4 million to $5 million to update the buildings. The new venture could employ 200 people, according to documents filed Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilkes-Barre.

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Lehigh Township police are investigating a crash which occurredMonday afternoon along Route 248. The crash happened at 2:30 p.m. near the intersection with Aspen Road. The driver of a Sunny Ambulance unit apparently lost control while driving east near the intersection in Berlinsville. The unit entered the right berm, traveling across a large lawn of a community park, narrowly missing a wood structure and a high chain link fence before snapping off a large wooden utility pole with a light. The unit went back onto the roadway and came to rest on the berm.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Northern Lehigh School District appears as though it will recoup a sizable amount of money its owed from the State Department of Education.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, told school board on Monday that the district could receive a little over $370,000 by the end of January.

The money is the result of back payments the district is owed for the district's $20.4 million renovation project at Slatington Elementary that was completed in 2012.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

State Rep. Keith McCall is doing something that could save a life. The recently re-elected legislator has adopted his uncle, Emmett McCall of Lansford, under the "Adopt A Smoker" program, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Rep. McCall, who recently kicked the cancer stick habit, has vowed to help his uncle kick the habit during the Great American Smokeout. It will not be an easy task to take cigarettes away from a man who has been puffing away for 31 years.