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Thursday, November 13, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature, fresh off a resoundingly successful Election Day, on Wednesday elected new floor leaders in both chambers for the coming two-year session, although not without some internal discord.

In the Senate, Republicans ejected their floor leader for the first time in nearly four decades, elevating Centre County Sen. Jake Corman in a secret ballot to be majority leader over Delaware County Sen. Dominic Pileggi, who had held the powerful position since 2006.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Slatington residents questioned borough council meeting this week about the way meetings are conducted, and minutes are taken.

Resident George Moyer asked why comments he had made at a Sept. 29 special public meeting regarding the sewer budget had not been recorded in minutes.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced the Students of the Month for September. Pictured, from left, are Jacqueline Kokinda, grade six; Gianna Steber, grade seven; and Erica Tout, grade eight. Students are awarded based on excellence in academics and conduct and are awarded certificates of achievement and gift cards.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grounds near the Lehighton High School are the prime study site for one teacher and her student volunteers, who plan to develop it into an environmental study area.

The project involves Beth Daubert, earth science instructor, and five members of the junior class. Part of the overall plan is to invite community members to become involved by memorializing loved ones at the site.

The five students who stepped forward to help with the project are Kari Bauchspies, Sean Alboucq, Kelly Neff, Meagan Wentz and Kreg Henritzy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two Carbon County agencies that aim to help families have become one.

On Wednesday, members of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board and the Interagency Council of Carbon County voted to merge the two groups in the hopes of creating a larger network to help children, families and senior citizens in the county. The new name of the group will be the Carbon County Interagency and Family Collaborative Board.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Thanksgiving feast will be celebrated for those in need or just missing family, and will include fellowship and a free meal with all the trimmings.

Sponsored by Heaven's Helping Hands, the meal will be served on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 388 Polk Township Road in Kresgeville, next to the Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

Call 610-381-5600 to reserve your seat.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will conduct a "flag-burning" ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Legion property.

This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to discard American flags to do so in a manner authorized by law.

Anyone desiring to get rid of their old flags can do so by dropping them off at the Post Home on Lehigh Street before Saturday.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS As a tribute to all veterans, Pleasant Valley Middle School students were brought to attention by their principal and US Marine Corps veteran, Rocco Seiler, as a color guard posted the colors.

It was a sea of red, white and blue at Pleasant Valley Middle School's Veterans Day program. All the seventh- and eighth-grade students wore either red, white or blue shirts. Principal Rocco Seiler, a U.S. Marine veteran, called "Attention" to the student body, and as one, they all stood at attention as the color guard, comprising members of different Boy and Girl Scouts troops, posted the colors.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area High School Principal Thomas W. Lesisko has announced the first marking period honor roll for the 2014-2015 school year.

Principal's list

Grade 12: Josiah White Harlan Behrens IV, Riley K. Carroll, Johnathan Thomas Condly, Emily Elizabeth Kattner, Matthew DeWitt Miller, Jackson James Potash, Monica Christine Silny, Alyssa Marie Smith, Elizabeth Joy Strauss

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Will Overstreet/Special to the Times News James Tully purchased a 2007 Subaru Outback with money raised for him through a crowdfunding campaign.

EAST STROUDSBURG (AP) A northeastern Pennsylvania man who was repeatedly mistaken as the suspect in the killing of a state trooper now has his own car as a result of the ordeal.

James Tully was questioned by police more than a dozen times during the search for Eric Frein, who was arrested Oct. 30 after a 48-day manhunt.

Because he didn't have a car, Tully had been forced to walk back and forth from work each day along rural roads.

His plight brought him wide sympathy and led to a crowdfunding campaign to get him a car.