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Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Jan. 10--Two men are not sexually violent predators but are sex offenders and subject to Megan's law sanctions, a Schuylkill County judge decided Friday.

In separate cases, Judge Charles M. Miller ruled Michael C. Gallagher, 34, of Jim Thorpe, and Charles J. Yoder Sr., 63, of Pine Grove, are not sexually violent predators, a ruling in line with the determinations by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.

However, he imposed Megan's Law sanctions on Gallagher for 15 years and Yoder for the rest of his life after he leaves prison.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — About 200 people braved temperatures below freezing to attend a rally near Philadelphia's Independence Hall in support of local law enforcement officers.

Pennsylvania Republicans Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Pat Meehan spoke at Saturday's Delaware Valley Pro-Blue Rally, which was sponsored by the conservative Independence Hall Foundation but billed as a nonpartisan event.

"For one day, one hour, we suspend our political differences for an exceptional cause to honor, thank and proudly stand with our Delaware Valley Police officers," foundation president Teri Adams said.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans with political grudges are out to "railroad" and destroy Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane through a grand jury probe, a lawyer for the first first-term Democrat said Saturday.

Washington crisis counselor Lanny Davis vowed that Kane will be vindicated, whether or not she faces criminal charges in an investigation over a grand jury leak.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

MIAMI (AP) — Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault at his home in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday.

Zimmerman was released on a $5,000 bond Saturday afternoon. At a court appearance earlier Saturday, he was ordered to avoid contact with the woman, who was not identified.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

For Erin Kennedy the connection from her past to her present life makes for good storytelling.

She grew up in Jim Thorpe, the town named for the world-famous Olympic gold medal winner. She graduated from Jim Thorpe Area High School, where she was a three-sports star for the Olympians.

Recently, Kennedy was appointed to the position of project coordinator for the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games to be held in Lillehammer, Norway.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced this week that Northampton Community College has earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

The designation was based on evaluation of an extensive self-study documenting the nature and extent of Northampton's engagement with the communities it serves.

Of the 24 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that earned the designation, Northampton is the only community college.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Class A Color Photograph Award winners during the Palmerton Camera Club's recent Salon Photography Competition include, seated, from left, Paul Sell and Bob Reinhart, and standing, Kris Minnich and Connie Reinhart.

The Palmerton Camera Club recently held its Salon Photography Competition.

Its theme was nature, according to camera club member Roger Smith.

There were 17 Class A color, 12 Class A black and white, 19 Class B color, and 10 Class B black and white entries.

The winners for the Color Photograph Awards are as follows.

Class A

Paul Sell, Mohawk Falls Ricketts Glen, first place

Bob Reinhart, Hawk, second place

Bob Reinhart, Pink Trilluim, third place

Kris Minnich, SPLASH!, honorable mention

Connie Reinhart, Devil's Pulpit, judges choice

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Linda Koehler/Times News Salem United Methodist Church in Aquashicola has not closed, contrary to recent rumors.

Contrary to popular belief, Salem United Methodist Church in Aquashicola is alive and well.

A recent sale of property connected to the church at 4145 Forest Inn Road has led some people to believe the church is closed.

Not so, according to church Pastor Deborah McLean, who attempted to lay those unfounded rumors to rest.

"We are open," McLean said. "In fact, we have been operating for 171 years."

McLean said the sale of the old Hunsinger property last month is what likely triggered the rumors that the church was closed.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Need to accept credit cards for your small business? You have more reader options than ever. Online retailers Amazon and Etsy are the latest companies to offer the devices, which plug in to smartphones and tablets and let business owners accept credit cards anywhere. They join established players such as Square and Inuit GoPayment.