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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta praised the House's unanimous passage Monday of his legislation to protect volunteer firefighters and emergency responders from the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act.

The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act ensures that emergency services volunteers are not counted as full-time employees by the Internal Revenue Service under the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

The House passed the measure on a rare unanimous vote of 401-0. It now heads to the Senate for its approval.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

During a meeting Monday, New Ringgold council recouped $14,000 in delinquent garbage, sewage and tax bills by selling a property for $15,001.

The borough had taken possession of the property because of the unpaid bills. Borough Mayor John Belsak was the lone bidder.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A pair of Times News area cheerleading teams have qualified for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association State Championship Competition.

That distinction came after Pleasant Valley won the medium division, while Lehighton placed fifth in the small division at the third annual PIAA District XI Competitive Spirit Championship held Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.

With an overall score of 223, Pleasant Valley easily outdistanced itself from runner-up Easton, which finished with a score of 207, in the medium division.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS David Mondillo waits to pick up the cars after a race. Felt-lined boxes were made to transport the cars safely.

Twenty-nine race cars were entered in the Jan. 10 Pinewood Derby held by Cub Pack 98 at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Boy Scouts from troops 98 and 102 helped the younger Scouts.

The organizing race committee members were Scott Anderson and Bob Bonser.

The race was run on an aluminum track purchased in 2003. It is complete with electronic timing and connections to a computer which showed the racers in a heat. After the race, the winners were posted on a large screen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Northampton man was sentenced to a county prison term Monday on a charge of driving under the influence, and also must serve a long probation period.

John Carone, 24, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 30 days in jail followed by 59 months in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program with the first two months on electronic monitoring.

Carone was arrested on March 16, 2014, along Route 443 in Lehighton by state police at Lehighton. A test showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) More than six years after the financial crisis struck, the House is moving toward softening a post-crisis law that brought the strictest rules for banks and Wall Street since the 1930s.

Under a veto threat from the White House, the bill pushed by the newly bulked-up Republican majority came under discussion in the House on Tuesday for the second time in less than a week. This time it's likely to pass, with a vote expected Wednesday that would advance a Republican priority.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coaldale Council may have better news regarding the leaking roof at the Coaldale Complex, the board learned during a meeting Tuesday.

Councilman Francis Hutta, a contractor, was appointed to fill the seat of Linda Miller, who died Nov. 16. He said he'd checked the roof and "has some ideas" on how to fix it. He asked council for permission to discuss the matter with a representative from the borough's engineering firm, Alfred Benesch & Co., and was given approval to do so.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

John Pippy, CEO of The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, will speak during a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 project at 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

The meeting will be held at the Lehighton American Legion Post. A general gathering of the Lehighton 9/12 group will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said Pippy will address the Environmental Protection Agency's "war on coal."

She said she feels the meeting is important since the EPA proposals could cause electric bills "to skyrocket."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Forestry contributes $19 billion to the state economy each year. It provides $2.2 billion in salaries and wages to 60,000 employees, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Each year for more than a decade, the forestry industry has been on display at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, bringing awareness and education about one of the state's largest industries.

This year, that display got a major face lift.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A 20-year-old Mahoning Township resident accused of stealing checks from his family to fuel a heroin addiction has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week.

Zachiry Kerschner, of Boyko Drive, will be in court Jan. 21, on charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, forgery, flight to avoid apprehension, theft by deception and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mahoning Township police were called to Kerschner's home on Dec. 21 to investigate the stolen checks.

Kerschner, however, had fled the residence.