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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Your son is behaving a bit oddly as of late. His grades are dropping, he's sleeping more than usual, he's become apathetic about sports and other activities he was once passionate about, and the money from his part-time job vanishes with astonishing speed, with nothing to show for it.

Straightening his room, you find that missing silver teaspoon, its bowl blackened from a flame held underneath.

A multicolored glass pipe turns up in his sock drawer, and you find a small plastic bag coated with white powder between the mattress and box spring.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Goodbye to 2014 and hello 2015.

I am always a little sad to see a year end. This year hasn't been all wonderful, but I will overlook that and only recall the good things that happened in the past 12 months.

My husband's retirement after 46 years of working, an announcement that we will be grandparents again and realizing a dream of buying a vacation home in South Dakota.

These are all exciting, but what really counts was being lucky enough to be surrounded by the love of my husband, children and grandchildren and all the good memories that were made.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Quick response by area firefighters saved a Polk township home from being consumed by a fast moving fire.

Emergency personnel were called to a working dwelling fire along East Nottingham Drive in Robin Hood Lakes at 5:15 p.m. Friday. Firemen found flames in the attached garage portion of the single family wood frame dwelling.

Firefighters extinguished the fire before it traveled into and through the main potion of the home.

No injuries were reported in the incident. Due to the remote location of the scene water had to be tanked into the site.

Friday, January 2, 2015

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A couple from Ross Township has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for fatally neglecting a 70-year-old stroke victim in their care.

The Pocono Record reports (http://bit.ly/1K7yO9t ) 45-year-old John Tedesco and 38-year-old Tina Tedesco entered the pleas Friday in Monroe County Court.

Authorities say the couple is responsible for the August 2011 death of Barbara Rabins. Police allege Rabins was left in her own urine and feces and lost more than 100 pounds in a year while the Tedescos looked after her.

Friday, January 2, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tolls are going up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Motorists will pay an extra 5 percent starting Sunday at 12:01 a.m. The higher rates apply to both cash customers and those with E-ZPass.

Turnpike officials say the increase will help reduce a state transportation funding shortfall. The money also will help pay to reconstruct the roadway and widen it from four lanes to six.

Drivers can view the new toll schedules online at www.paturnpike.com/toll .

Friday, January 2, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died.

Her niece says Douglas died Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near her hometown of Zachary. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, Charlene Smith said. Douglas was 82.

She was best known for her role in "The Beverly Hillbillies," the CBS comedy about a backwoods Ozark family who moved to Beverly Hills after striking it rich from oil discovered on their land.

Friday, January 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There's an extra moose alive in southcentral Alaska thanks to three snowmobilers who freed it from an avalanche.

Marty Mobley, Rob Uphus and Avery Vucinich, residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, on Sunday went riding on the west side of Hatcher Pass about 55 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1AinLEQ ) reported. With Alaska's unseasonably warm weather, they were wary of avalanches, Mobley said.

Friday, January 2, 2015

At its Dec. 30 end-of-the-year meeting Towamensing Township set a tax rate of 2 mills, the same as last year for the $959,605 budget.

There are also a real estate transfer tax of one-half of 1 percent; earned income tax of one-half of 1 percent; a local services tax of $10 and a per capita tax of $5.

Garbage fees also remain the same at $105 for 100 percent disabled veterans and active duty military as well as single senior citizens; $125 for senior citizen couples; and $190 for a family.

Friday, January 2, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Though the appeals court sided with Jim Thorpe and Thorpe's grandsons, the battle for the Olympian's remains from over as 2015 begins.

An ongoing legal battle over the final resting place of Native American Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe continued in 2014, highlighted by a United States Third Circuit of Appeals ruling allowing his remains to stay in Carbon County.

The appeals court, located in Philadelphia, threw out a ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo, of Scranton, that would have returned Thorpe's body to American Indian land in his Oklahoma birthplace.

Friday, January 2, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, distributes

helium balloons at 10 minutes to midnight on Wednesday at the Chamber's New Year's Eve celebration. Festive music and revelry made spirits soar at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce's New Year's Eve celebration. Several hundred swarmed the 200 block of East Broad Street in biting 16-degree weather.