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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The state Senate on Tuesday confirmed Ann Dudish as recorder of deeds and Thomas Campion as clerk of courts in Schuylkill County.

Dudish steps in to take the place of her late husband, A. Matthew Dudish.

Campion replaces Stephen Lukach, who retired in April after fiscal improprieties were discovered in his office. No charges have been filed against him.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Aug. 22 nominated Dudish and Campion to their posts.

The swearing-in ceremony has tentatively been set for Friday.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ambulance personnel assist Joe Pizzuta after he was struck by a car on Bankway Street (Route 209) in Lehighton this morning.

A Lehighton man was struck by a car this morning while crossing Bankway Street (Route 209) in the borough.

Police said Joe Pizzuta was crossing Bankway Street at the "Y" where Bankway meets Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard.

He was treated by Lehighton Ambulance and then flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township.

Lehighton police officer Neal Ebbert said no charges will be filed against the driver of the car, Dylan Smith, 24, of Lehighton.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of directors tabled taking a vote on a proposal to charge a permit fee to people who bicycle, snowmobile or ride a horse on designated state game lands trails. Instead, the PGC executive director will re-evaluate the issue, and it will be back on the agenda for the board's December meeting.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Salvatore Badolato admires Clarence Dietrich's 1928 Ford at Mrs. Bush's first Car Cruise to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 14. They raised over $507 to help put an end to Alzheimer's, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's. Mrs. Bush's thanks everyone who helped and contributed to this great cause to make it a great success.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Pleasant Valley High School students and some adults gathered by the school's flagpole to pray in observance of "See You at the Pole" day, to encourage others to stand strong for the Lord and to share the Good News of the Gospel.

Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

Surely his presence was felt this morning by 13 Pleasant Valley High School students and five adults as they gathered in a circle in front of the flagpole at the school to pray during the See You at the Pole event.

They prayed to be able to evangelize to others in the school, and for God to watch over them and to keep them safe.

While thanking God, they prayed for administrators, staff, teachers and students and all who enter through Pleasant Valley's doors.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Lehighton man was struck by a car this morning while crossing Bankway Street (Route 209).

Joe Pizutti, of North First Street, was struck at 6:30 a.m. at the “Y” in the road where Bankway and Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard intersect.

The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and flown to Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest.

Lehighton Police said no charges will be filed against the driver of the car, Dylan Smith, 24, of Lehighton.

Route 209 remained open during the investigation.

Traffic control was handled by Lehighton Fire Police

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Professor Emeritus Eugen Wendler of Reutlingen University, Germany, tells Tamaqua residents that research reveals Friedrich List traveled 3,000 miles to gather $700,000 to build Tamaqua's 1831 rail line, still in existence today.

On Saturday, the world's foremost authority on the life of German pioneer Friedrich List traveled 4,000 miles on a cultural trip to America.

On Tuesday, he arrived in Tamaqua and delivered this message: the vital railroad that sparked your town's growth is one of List's crowning achievements.

Dr. Eugen Wendler, professor emeritus at Reutlingen University, has studied the life of List for the past 43 years, publishing 15 books and founding Germany's Friedrich List Institute for Current Economic Studies.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Carbon County Correctional Facility inmate is charged with assaulting a female corrections officer on July 4, according to Nesquehoning police.

Police said Albert Brooke, 63, of Nesquehoning, slammed a cart into the officer and pinned her against a door after the two got into an argument about Brooke's medication.

Brooke was in prison after receiving a 34-to-68-month sentence for aggravated indecent assault and other charges.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish High Holiday celebrating the start of the year 5775 on the Jewish calendar, begins tonight at sundown.

The themes of the Jewish New Year festival are repentance, preparation for the day of Divine Judgment and prayer for a fruitful year. The two-day festival, which falls on 1-2 Tishre in the Jewish calendar, will conclude at sundown on Friday.

Major customs of Rosh Hashana include the sounding of the shofar in the middle of a devotional service that focuses on the festival themes, and elaborate meals at home to inaugurate the new year.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) Long the bane of gardeners and unwary motorists, soaring deer populations are also nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially at this time of year, according to aviation and wildlife experts.