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Thursday, December 11, 2014

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a 79-year-old hunter found dead in the western Pennsylvania woods accidentally shot himself with his own rifle.

The body of James Turnbull, of White Township, was discovered by another deer hunter shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area of the township.

Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman Jr. says in a news release Thursday that, "Foul play or involvement by another hunters has been ruled out."

What's unclear is how the gun went off. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, state police and the coroner were continuing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Carbon County commissioner has responded to a recent one-man protest near the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Carbon County Commissioners' Chairman Wayne E. Nothstein said, "It's just a normal procedure that we take at any other time. The person decided to go from full-time to part-time, and that's what happens when you have to separate for two weeks. That's the policy, and that's what we did."

The Carbon County Correctional Facility employee had made the move over a two-week separation after he requested to go from a full-time correctional officer to part-time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTON (AP) A man who was found with a knife in his neck after he was shot by police following a car chase in eastern Pennsylvania succumbed to the gunshot wound, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said that according to the county coroner, the knife wound was a contributing factor to Richard Scheuermann III's death but not the primary one. The coroner intends to rule Scheuermann's death a homicide, Morganelli told The Express-Times of Easton.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Feed the People is serving an early Christmas community dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at St. Johns Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance), Lansford. Santa will be on hand. All are welcome. For more information, call 570-657-1480.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Due to the winter weather, The Tamaqua Area School Board has again changed the meeting date and time for its monthly workshop session.

The new date will be Dec. 16 and the time will be 6 p.m., when the board committees will meet in room 108 of the Tamaqua Area Senior High School. The regular board meeting will be held the same day, at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas events

Ÿ Festival of Lights at Phifer Ice Dam's Park, hosted by the Franklin Township Lions Club, the walk-through outdoor holiday display of lights and music at 880 Main Road in Lehighton in Franklin Township includes a nightly visit from Santa and runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21 as well as Dec. 22 and 23. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 4-12, and free for children under the age of 4. For more information visit www.FranklinTwpLions.com or call 610-714-2204.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – More accountability is needed in programs that provide state grants and low-interest loans to companies that promise to create jobs, Pennsylvania's top auditor said Wednesday

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a special performance audit of $213 million in grants and loans awarded to 582 employers between 2007 and 2010. The audit examined Department of Community and Economic Development records to judge how well those companies complied with their contracts since then.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The borough of Lansford will be doing curb to curb plowing in the borough beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. Plowing will occur on the south and west sides of the street (even-house numbers).

Plowing will continue at 8 a.m. Saturday on the north and east sides of the street (odd-house numbers).

Vehicles that are not moved will be ticketed and/or towed.

Anyone with questions can contact the police department at 570-645-5844.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Class of 1967

Members of the Jim Thorpe High School class of 1967 will meet at 10 a.m. Monday for breakfast at the Boulevard Restaurant, Route 443 in Lehighton. Former classmates and spouses are also welcome to attend.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Allentown Diocese has established a Diocesan Pastoral Council to recommend and implement changes that are immanent for the diocese's 151 parishes and Catholic schools.

The council, created by Bishop Edward P. Cullen, is made up of 16 laypersons, 8 priests, 1 nun and 1 deacon. Three of the members are from Carbon County, including Msgr. John Chizmar, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe and head of the Carbon Deanery.