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Friday, November 14, 2014

Schuylkill county commissioners on Wednesday approved the following personnel actions:

Rest Haven: Terminations of nursing assistants Brianna Roth, Schuylkill Haven, and Clarissa Hostetter, Auburn.

Transfer: Maria Quinn, Pottsville, from Assistant Director of Nursing to part-time head nurse at $21.96 an hour.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has agreed to reduce the bail of a Tamaqua man charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge John Domalakes on Nov. 7 reduced Christopher Serina Jr.'s bail from $5,000 cash to $1,000 unsecured.

Domalakes required Serina to live at 250 Cedar St., Tamaqua, not to have or use alcohol or illegal drugs, find a job within 30 days, and show up for court hearings.

Tamaqua police on Oct. 1 charged Serina.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Galvin

Aislinn Galvin, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from Troop 30135 in Albrightsville, traveled to Salt Lake City to find the inspiration and encouragement to change her Monroe County community during a recent trip to the 53rd National Girl Scout Convention held Oct. 16-19.

"Going to the convention made me realize that all the girls have an idea of what they want to do to make the world a better place. We are going to make a difference in huge way," said Galvin, who was one of four delegates chosen from Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania to attend the convention.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Special to the Times News

Summit Hill native Bruce Frassinelli, center, receives a legislative citation from state Rep. Gary Day, R-Lehigh and Berks, markingmore than 50 years of "professional excellence" in the fieldsof communication and education. Participating in the presentationis Lehigh Carbon Community College President Ann Bieber. Thepresentation was made during Day's speaking appearanceat Frassinelli's State and Local Government class at LCCC, where Frassinelli is an adjunct instructor.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Blue Mountain Ski Resort plans to make snow this evening as temperatures continue to drop.

The ski resort is expected to complete a full test of its advanced snowmakingsystem as temperatures begin settling into the low 20s at night, creating an ideal snowmaking environment at Blue Mountain.

The ski resort has not yet set an opening date, but once the temperatures are consistently between 24-28 degrees, guns will be cranked at full capacity.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Jim Thorpe Borough Council tabled consideration of its tentative 2015 budget on Thursday night, opting for additional time to consider whether to approve a half-mill property tax increase or hold the line.

What likely won't be up for debate when council takes an official vote on the budget is an increase in the borough local services tax from $25 to $52. Employees who work in Jim Thorpe Borough pay the tax.

The proposed increase would bring the borough to 8.9 mills.

Friday, November 14, 2014
AP Photo/Rich Schultz Eric Frein is escorted by police out the Pike County Courthouse after his arraignment in Milford, Pa., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, was captured seven weeks after police say he killed a Pennsylvania State trooper in an ambush outside a barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Authorities in Pennsylvania on Thursday released a letter they said was written by state police ambush suspect Eric Frein during his time on the run. The text, addressed to Mom and Dad, reads:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Marian Catholic High School in Hometown has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year. To be eligible for distinguished honors, a student must earn 93 percent or better in all major subjects. First honors is awarded to those students who earn a 90 grade point average, with no grade lower than an 87, while an 85 or better grade point average, with no grade below an 82, is needed for second honors.

Distinguished Honors

Juniors - Connor Dodson, Deaynna Koskulitz, Kaitlin Kowker;

Friday, November 14, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Panther Valley School Superintendent Dennis R. Kergick explains why the district is seeking redress for inequities in funding.

Panther Valley School District intends to do whatever is necessary to give students a quality education, and if that means seeking legal redress over inequities in the state education system, then so be it.

On Thursday, Superintendent Dennis R. Kergick Sr. announced reasons why the district has joined with several others in a funding-based lawsuit against the Department of Education, Gov. Tom Corbett and other defendants.

"We require equitable and adequate funding," he said.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Eric Frein thought the nation was headed in the wrong direction and concluded that change couldn't be made at the ballot box.

So, two months ago, he picked up a high-powered rifle and ambushed two troopers outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks to 'wake people up,' according to new court documents that provide the first indication of a possible motive.