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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Northern Lehigh School District appears as though it will recoup a sizable amount of money its owed from the State Department of Education.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, told school board on Monday that the district could receive a little over $370,000 by the end of January.

The money is the result of back payments the district is owed for the district's $20.4 million renovation project at Slatington Elementary that was completed in 2012.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

State Rep. Keith McCall is doing something that could save a life. The recently re-elected legislator has adopted his uncle, Emmett McCall of Lansford, under the "Adopt A Smoker" program, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Rep. McCall, who recently kicked the cancer stick habit, has vowed to help his uncle kick the habit during the Great American Smokeout. It will not be an easy task to take cigarettes away from a man who has been puffing away for 31 years.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its mazelike websites.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald called the restructuring the largest in the department's history and said it will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Police refused to tell the ambush suspect who eluded capture in the Pennsylvania woods for 48 days that his family hired an attorney for him the night he was captured, the lawyer said Monday.

James Swetz, a veteran criminal defense attorney from eastern Pennsylvania, said he called ahead, then showed up at the State Police barracks in Blooming Grove about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30, some 3 1/2 hours after Eric Frein's arrest. He said he was prevented from seeing his client.

"I was told, 'He's an adult and has not asked for a lawyer,'" Swetz recounted.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Class of 1967

To all members of the Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1967, a breakfast social will be held at the Boulevard Drive In at 10 a.m. Monday. Bring memorabilia, pictures and your spouse. Hope you can attend.

Leaf collection

Leaf collection will be held in the borough on the following dates. Nov. 10-14, they will be collected on Heights, Broadway and West Broadway. They will be collected on the east side from Nov. 17-21. Have the leaves curbside for the sweeper. No bagged leaves will be collected.

Class of 1964

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Towamensing resident Diane Conner, who lives on Sei Pike Road, asked the township supervisors last week if residents could get more information about the proposed PennEast pipeline before the open house next week.

The company will hold an informational session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Aquashicola Firehouse.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said they do not have any more information than the residents and that the information they receive keeps changing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HARRISBURG Local veterans can apply now to receive new specialty plates created earlier this year to honor those who earned special recognition in the U.S. military, according to Sen. David G. Argall.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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The covered bridge in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township opened

Monday, providing a short cut from the village to the Blue Mountain Ski Area. The bridge has been closed since the summer, while crews repaired damage from vehicle strikes. The project, which cost $291,126, included replacing the open-grid steel deck, sandblasting and painting the bridge and was covered by Act 13 bridge

improvement funds, along with Act 44 funds. See the story on Page 3.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The ceiling in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium will be cut out to make way for asbestos abatement and the replacement of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

By a unanimous vote during Monday's building workshop, Lehighton Area School District's board voted to pay $82,000 for Sargent Enterprises to remove asbestos in the room's ceiling and walls. The board already gave the Jim Thorpe company the go-ahead to do $262,900 worth of abatement in the rest of the building.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Carbon County woman was one of two people who died following a three-car crash Sunday afternoon in Lehigh Township.

According to a police report issued by Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel, police were called at 1:42 p.m. to the multivehicle crash on Route 145 (Riverview Drive) near Willow Road in the Treichlers area.

A silver Chrysler Cirrus operated by a 17-year-old male from Bath was traveling northbound on Route 145 when it rear-ended a Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Ronald Wechsler, 65, of Coplay.