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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

State Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton, had two resolutions adopted by the House of Representatives to increase awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screenings and the need for additional mentors serving youth.

House Resolution 10 designates January 2015 as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Cervical cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide, yet with regular and accurate screening it is also highly preventable.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Northampton Community College held its commencement ceremony Sunday for close to 750 students who completed associate degrees, specialized diplomas and certificates. Local graduates include:

Albrightsville: Tawney Barthel, associate in applied science; Jodi Lillman, associate in applied science; Danielle Santapaola, associate in arts; Jennifer Volpe, certificate

Brodheadsville: Tezdzhan Mustafa, associate in arts; Brian Vadell, associate in science

Coaldale: Jason Seekins, specialized diploma

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Facing pretty big bills, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority is set to do what millions of American families have done get itself a credit card.

With a $7.6 million debt payment coming by year's end, and no certainty of raising the money in time, the authority is set to apply for a $6 million to $8 million line of credit, Authority Executive Director Charles Everett Jr. said. And like many families, Everett is hoping the authority never has to use it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free tuition will be expensive.

President Obama in his State of the Union address laid out a proposal, introduced earlier this month, offering interested students free community college tuition. Obama made the announcement in a Facebook video recorded on Air Force One and offered few initial details for the plan, other than saying it would be part of the speech.

The program, America's College Promise, could cost taxpayers at least $60 billion over 10 years, according to the White House. But the monetary hit may only be a fraction of its cost.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
JUDY DOLGoS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Charles and Cathy Weber stand outside their home in Kidder Township. The PennEast Pipeline is currently slated to cut across their property, possibly requiring the destruction of their home.

The Kidder Township Board of Supervisors will act as an intervener before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to protest a proposed gas pipeline.

The PennEast Pipeline Company has filed a pre-filing proposal with FERC for review. The proposed pipeline will run from the fracking location in the Dallas area to Hopewell Township, New Jersey.

The proposed route will transect parts of Kidder Township.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Several appointments were made by Summit Hill Borough Council on Monday, including a new Emergency Management Agency coordinator for the borough and a new face on the borough's Water Authority.

Kevin Steber was named the EMA coordinator, succeeding John Allesch, who moved out of the area.

Five people applied for the position. Besides Steber, they are Edward Nunemacher, James D. Smith, Charles Byers and Joseph Bohovich.

Steber is a sales engineer in the pumper/tanker group at KME Fire Apparatus in Nesquehoning.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Young at Heart Seniors will meet in the social hall of the Polk Township fire house in Kresgeville at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3.

A Chinese auction will be held and there will be refreshments.

Guests are welcome. For information, contact Janet at 570-722-3895.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carol Snyder shows a few photos she took of some of the buildings that were looted during the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, are filled with a sadness and anger.

The remnants of the brutality that unfolded last August in the town of 21,000 can still be seen today former bustling businesses now sit silent, their smashed storefront windows hidden behind painted plywood. Within the streets, small reminders of the riots and demonstrations are ingrained in the asphalt, but overall, an eerie quietness now fills the air.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The following graduates of Northampton Community College's registered nursing program received nursing pins at a ceremony on Jan. 24. They include:

Albrightsville: Jodi Lillman

Kresgeville: Roena Tolkaniets

Saylorsburg: Heather Holmes, Morgan Perez, Tricia Smay

Slatington: Stephanie Tomasco

Walnutport: Christopher Hummel, Tricia Smay, Roena Tolkaniets, Caitlin Wallbillich, Brittany Wunning

Christopher Hummel received the Leadership Award.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Owens

A fourth suspect in an armed robbery in Nesquehoning earlier this month has been arrested.

Borough Police Chief Sean Smith and officer Timothy Wuttke arrested Tyquan Shakeem Owens, 18, of Lansford Court in Lansford on Jan. 22 in connection with the armed robbery of two girls, ages 12 and 13, on Jan. 17.

Three accomplices, Izael Flores, 18, of Willow Lane, Nesquehoning; a 16-year-old male whose name has not been released but is being charged as an adult; and Elijah Frey, 18, of East Railroad Street, Nesquehoning, were arrested and arraigned last week.