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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Jake Corman (R-Centre) will hold a Capitol news conference on Wednesday to address the necessity for Penn State board governance reforms.

The news conference will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Media Center at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Yudichak will also unveil legislation at the news conference that would make significant reforms to the structure of the Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn-Kidder Lions Club has selected Delia Earley of Albrightsville as its Student of the Month for October. With Delia is club president, Manuel DaCosta. Delia is the daughter of Nicole Gittens and Gregory Earley.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The final tally for the Dream Come True-Blue Ridge chapter telethon Sunday was $74,749, with some donations still coming in. The incorrect total was written in Monday's edition. Also, telethon sponsors included Foster Jewelers, First Northern Bank & Trust and R.F. Ohl. They were omitted from the list.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Blue Ribbon Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Blue Mountain Health System Inc., for its Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids Mobile Dental Van. With this grant, the program will be able to purchase the supplies necessary to provide free dental services and oral hygiene education to 225 un/underinsured children through on-site visits to Carbon County schools.

In all seven grants were approved at the Nov. 12 meeting of The Foundation's board of directors, providing $61,654 in funding to regional nonprofit programs that will serve more than 1,550 people.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Nesquehoning VFW on Center Street.

New members are welcome, and applications will be available. Scott Reinhart will be in charge.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Two firefighters from the Summit Hill Fire Company practice crawling in a burning commercial structure by holding a rope which is tied in knots every 20 feet. They are Ed Nunemacher and Kevin Connors. Watching is state fire academy instructor Brian Markovich.

Firefighters take all sorts of training classes to protect your house and personal possessions?

Last weekend, 17 local firefighters participated in a survival skills course taught by five Pa. Fire Academy Instructors, hosted by the Nesquehoning Hose Company.

Funding for the program is provided by the state Fire Commissioners Office.

Fire companies represented were composed of Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Lehighton, Mahoning Valley and Beaver Meadows.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Jim Thorpe Area High School Principal Thomas W. Lesisko has announced the names of students on the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2013-2014 school year.

Principal's list

A GPA weighted average greater than or equal to 93; at least five grades greater or equal to 93; no grade lower than 85.

Grade 12: Courtney Lauren Capper, Haley Christine Cope, Bradd Anthony Dent, Jamie Nichole Hartmann, Brandon Michael Huffman, Sean Thomas Nanovic, Gina Marie Rodriguez, Christina Marie Slack, Tyara Adia Wright-Slater

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Weissport Police Chief Steve Armbruster disputes that former Weissport Mayor Tina Hagenbuch was singled out to have her car towed last month.

"There must be little news in the town of 600 if the ex-mayor's car being towed is a news story," Armbruster said.

Armbruster said he had the car towed because it had to be moved. He said her car was only one of several that were towed that day.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

*In a poll of 1,000 high school juniors and seniors, 90 percent indicated that they had experienced the death of a loved one.

*One out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These statistics don't account for the number of children who lose a "parental figure," such as a grandparent or other relative that provides care.

*1.5 million children are living in a single-parent household because of the death of one parent.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

An East Penn Township resident agreed prior to a hearing in Carbon County Court Monday to clean up junk on his property ina decade-old dispute.

Agreements were made in both the East Penn Township vs. Robert Balliet case and the East Penn Township vs. Clair F. Troxell and Diana Troxell case scheduled for hearings yesterday at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

At least nine East Penn Township residents attended the hearings.