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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Go to www.schuylkilltownship.com.

If you do, you'll find information on meeting schedules, local ordinances and zoning regulations, the office building schedule and more as the site continues development.

Supervisor Chuck Fayash accepted the task late last year. During a meeting Wednesday, he said that the site "is up and running" and will continue to evolve.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A select group of Palmerton and Pleasant Valley School District students hope their participation in a math competition is as easy as one, two, three.

The students will compete in the 31st annual Lehigh Valley MathCounts on Saturday at Springhouse Middle School, 1200 Springhouse Road in Allentown. The snow date is Sunday.

Team from Palmerton Area Junior High School and Pleasant Valley Middle School will be among the 200 students from 25 middle, intermediate and junior high schools in four counties who will compete.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stephen N. Garger, 40, of Bath, Feb. 3, 2015. Brother of James T.J. Garger Jr. and his wife, Terry Lee, of Walnutport.

Frederick A. Gosch, 73, of Schuylkill Haven, Feb. 3, 2015. Husband of Laurie S. (Youtz) Gosch. Father of Michael and his wife, Melissa, of New Ringgold.

Elizabeth D. (Gennaro) Ward, of Weatherwood Nursing Home, Weatherly, Feb. 3, 2015. Widow of James Ward Jr. Mother of Joseph and his wife, Tracy, of Weatherly.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Olivia M. Winheld, a junior at Weatherly Area High School, presented a gift of $1,250 to Shannon Shughart, music and choral director

at Weatherly Area School District. The money was raised during the presentation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which was performed

for the public on Dec. 4 as Winheld's senior project. The donation includes money raised through a bake sale on the night of the show, as well as monetary donations received as admission. The money was donated to the music department and will be earmarked to purchase

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

In a presentation Wednesday, Schuylkill County commissioners listed the reasons why Nationwide Health Care Services of Brick, New Jersey, would be the best company to take over ownership of the county nursing home, Rest Haven.

Ÿ Nationwide has offered to accept all Rest Haven employees.

Ÿ Five of Nationwide's six facilities have a unionized workforce, and the company has received an award from the Service Employees International Union.

Ÿ Nationwide employees demonstrated excellent morale and support for their employer.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.

Instead, Williams said, he was in another helicopter trailing a Chinook that actually was hit. He apologized on "Nightly News" for getting it wrong.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Here are a few facts about Nationwide Health Care Services, which will be the new owner of the county nursing home, Rest Haven:

Headquarters: Brick, New Jersey; offices in Media, Delaware County, and Hockessin, Delaware

Established: 2002

Facilities: Ridgeview in Shenandoah; Renaissance in Philadelphia; Regency in Wilmington, Delaware; Brookside in Abington, Montgomery County; Regal Heights in Hockessin, Delaware; Sterling in Media, Delaware County.

Medicare Nursing Home Compare's overall rank, with five stars as the top rating:

Ridgeview: Two stars

Thursday, February 5, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) Pennsylvania's attorney general argued Wednesday that a special prosecutor who investigated her was appointed without legal authority or the presence of safeguards to prevent abuse.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane's lawyers said in a court filing that the suburban Philadelphia judge who appointed special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio gave him powers "that were not his to delegate."

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Ron Gower/Times News

Most towns are having a tough time handling the snow and ice accumulations from the past week. Along Ridge Street in Lansford there's quite a distance between parking spaces and parking meters. Ridge Street is thebusiness district, and the thick snow piles have created one lane of traffic at points. The situation could deteriorate this coming weekend when another storm could dump a substantial amount. The Weather Channel forecasters said as much as a foot or more of snow is possible. The National Weather Service says amounts are still impossible to determine.