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Saturday, November 1, 2014
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A Lancaster woman escaped serious injury Friday afternoon when involved in a crash along Route 443.The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. at the intersection with Terrace Lane atop the Clamtown Hill. The woman told West Penn Chief of Police Brian Johnson she was traveling west when she fell asleep. Her car drifted to the right entering the berm and striking an earth embankment before coming to rest in a field. West Penn Fire Co. No. 1 responded maintaining traffic control at the scene.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS One man lost his life and at least two others were injured in a two-car crash about 5:40 p.m. Friday on Claremont Avenue (Route 309) in the Still Creek section of Rush Township.

One man lost his life and two others were injured in a grinding two-car crash Friday in Rush Township.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township Police, Raymond J. Poreca, 76, Hometown, was killed when his vehicle collided with a car driven by a Lansford woman as Poreca was attempting to exit a parking area on Claremont Avenue (Route 309) just north of Ben Titus Road in Still Creek at 5:40 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Having a compelling story gives a business the ability to generate substantial word-of-mouth and in the process increase brand awareness. Stories that add color and character to a business resonate with customers at a deeper level, encouraging them to evangelize on behalf of the company in retelling the story.

Take the instance of Ken Deckinger, who recently co-founded an online dating service called "Jess, Meet Ken." This latest venture is an online dating site where women can post the profile of a male friend, relative or even a former boyfriend.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Schuylkill County Commissioners took initial steps to bring 911 service to Schuylkill County during a board meeting, when a resolution was approved to commit the county to establish a county wide 911 enhanced system for the purpose of handling emergency calls throughout the county and construct a 911 center.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Patti Borger is the Democratic challenger for 122nd District

Both candidates for the 122nd district seat in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives agree that the state's property tax system needs to be addressed.

Republican incumbent Doyle Heffley stands firmly behind House Bill 76, which shifts from a property tax to a higher sales or income tax, while Democratic challenger Patti Borger wants to see the math before backing the plan.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau held its annual Report Luncheon for the 2013-14 fiscal year recently at Blue Mountain Resort. The event highlighted the accomplishments and actions over the past year, while also acknowledging individuals and partners who contribute to the success of Pocono Mountains tourism.

The 2013-14 annual report showcased the many successes of the bureau.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Students at Panther Valley Elementary School play instruments during Halloween Parade. The children didn't even need coats for the event, which was attended by several hundred parents. The weather picture is expected to change drastically this weekend as a cold front dips temperatures to more seasonable levels.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS St. John Neumann Regional School students prepare to participate in the school's annual Walkathon held recently in Palmerton.

Keep calm, and walk on.

The weather was warm, the sun was shining and the streets were filled with students who walked for a worthwhile cause.

Sounds like a match made in heaven, much as it was when St. John Neumann Regional School students recently took to the streets for the school's annual walkathon.

The theme of this year's walkathon was flight, according to Sue Arnold.

Students began their day Oct. 24 with Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton.

They then proceeded to the gym for a stretch session courtesy of Dedicated Fitness of Palmerton.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates sprinted toward the finish line Friday, going town to town and rally to rally making their final pitches and encouraging their supporters to cast ballots and get everyone they know to join them.

Democrat Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett are also mounting a new wave of attacks on each other. To try to capitalize on President Barack Obama's sagging popularity in Pennsylvania, Corbett has begun airing radio and TV ads telling voters that Wolf will try to further Obama's agenda.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The victim of a two-car collision in Hometown has been identified.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township Police, Raymond J. Poreca, 76, Hometown, was killed when his vehicle collided with a car driven by a Lansford woman as Poreca was attempting to exit a parking area on Claremont Avenue (Route 309) just north of Ben Titus Road in Still Creek at 5:40 p.m.
Another motorist was injured and airlifted to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital.