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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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway in Jim Thorpe broke ridership records for 2014 and had several additions to their regularly scheduled operations.

Bike trains from Jim Thorpe to White Haven as well as new community events were added over the course of the season.

New communities included Tunkhannock, Pottsville, Minersville, Schuylkill Haven, Duryea and White Haven.

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway announced recently that it had over 72,295 passengers in 2014.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
This August 2011, video frame grab provided by T.J. Fuller shows a cat named Maxine playing "Game for Cats" on an iPad in Valencia, Calif. Fuller, Nate Murray and their company, Hiccup, created ìGame for Catsî, ìPaint for Catsî and ìCatzilla.î (AP Photo/T.J. Fuller)

LOS ANGELES (AP) When Laura Fritz's felines play with her iPad, her fat cat loses the urge to eat, her scaredy-cat loses his fear and her youngest just loses interest.

If you've had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the device over to your tech-savvy cat.

Every cat app, no matter the maker, has something for felines to electronically track, stalk or hunt, such as mice, bugs or laser dots.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent Carole Geary received a certificate from The College Board announcing that the district earned the award of being on its fifth annual AP District Honor Roll.

"PV is one of 547 school districts in the nation and Canada to receive this award, putting us in the top 4 percent of all 13,588 school districts in the country. It shows we have increased our participation, increased our scores and increased underrepresented population. I'd like to present this to Kenneth Newman, our assistant to the superintendent," Geary said.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company is one step closer to restarting operations at its Greenwood Breaker on Route 209 in Tamaqua.

Shut down since February 2001, the closure has created a strain on the economy of the Tamaqua and Panther Valley areas as more than 200 employees have been out of work.

Deeply in debt, the company plans to use a $9 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Service to pay off its creditors and reopen for business.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS David Weaver is escorted out of the office of District Judge Ed Lewis by Pennsylvania State Police Cpl Michael Borosh Friday afternoon following his arraignment.

A Junedale man was arrested Friday and charged with the Nov. 18 armed robbery of the Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank branch on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.

David Brian Weaver, 39, of Main Street, was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis, who set bail at $500,000 straight.

The charges were filed by Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. William Gross, criminal investigator out of the Lehighton barracks. Gross was the lead investigator on the case.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A joint investigation by the Lehigh County Drug Task Force and South Whitehall Township police has resulted in prostitution and related charges against six women.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security assisted in the investigation into illegal activities at the Aries Spa at 3333 Hamilton Blvd.