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Saturday, September 20, 2014

He could be anywhere. Crouching behind boulders the size of tractor trailers. Concealing himself in a cave. Taking cover in thick brush.

With tens of thousands of acres of undisturbed northeastern Pennsylvania forest offering ample opportunity to hide, the self-taught survivalist accused in last week's deadly ambush at a state police barracks has avoided capture.

Not that authorities aren't looking hard. As many as 200 officers at a time are trying to flush 31-year-old Eric Frein out of the dense, boggy woodlands where he's believed to be.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lehighton and Weatherly are the only remaining Carbon County school districts to offer its students the ability to attend Carbon Career and Technical Institute on a part-time basis.

That may eventually change, however, after discussion by Lehighton Area School District's finance committee last week.

"I think we're cheating the part-time students," said board member William Hill Jr.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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It's less than a week until autumn arrives. With autumn comes Halloween. The studentsection of Panther Valley High School got into the costume spirit early, donning all sortsof get-ups for their volleyball game Monday night against Marian Catholic.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge on Monday revoked the bail of a Saylorsburg woman charged with drug offenses.

Noelle Parisi, 28, of Saylorsburg, in July had her bail reduced by Judge James Goodman from $25,000 to $5,000, meaning she had to post $500 to gain her freedom. Under Goodman's orders, Parisi was required to live with her grandfather, Cornelius England. She was forbidden to have or use alcoholic beverages, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia, and was required to get a job within 30 days or notify the district attorney.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Kidder Township Board of Supervisors concluded their regular monthly meeting with a moment of silence in memory of Pennsylvania state trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who had been laid to rest earlier in the day.

"I would like to ask everyone to take a moment of silence in memory of the state trooper and his family," supervisor Thomas Lafond said.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance is a nonprofit, regional community and economic development agency with a 50-member board of directors.

The alliance was organized in 1964 by the private sector as a nonprofit community and economic development agency. NEPA became a Local Development District and an Economic Development District by federal law in 1965.

It was then designated as an Local Development District by state law in 1994.

It recognized the value of a regional approach to economic development.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Walnutport Canal Association discussed its upcoming annual canal festival this week.

The event will be held on Oct,19.

Members discussed some policy issues in regard to a request made by visitor Al Dommel, pastor of outreach and discipleship for Northern Lehigh Bible Fellowship Church.

Dommel, who asked that his church be allowed to join the festival said the congregation moved from the Calvary Bible Fellowship Church along Main Street in Walnutport, to its new location along South Best Avenue, in what used to be The Terrace Restaurant.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Senate Education Committee held a hearing this week on state Sen. Don White's proposal, SB1193, that would allow school boards to authorize whether or not staff may carry guns on school grounds.

Among those testifying was Blue Mountain School District, Orwigsburg, Superintendent Robert L. Urzillo, who said two of his staff members were trained last year by state police to carry weapons on school grounds. The decision met with very little opposition from the public, he said.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Joe Shamonsky of Hometown, who fell ill during a Rush Township supervisors' meeting Thursday, was transported by Tamaqua Ambulance to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, where he was admitted. His wife Shirley said Friday that he was being treated and remained a patient there.

Shamonsky had spoken during the public comment portion of the meeting, and argued with the supervisors and code enforcement officer Bill McMullen over a shed that supervisor Jeanine Motroni has on her property.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Ryan Heller, physical education instructor at S.S. Palmer Elementary School/Parkside Education Center, accepts a plaque from Kim Gear, Youth Market director for the American Heart Association of Northeast PA.

After this type of performance, it's rather evident Palmerton Area School District elementary students will literally jump through hoops to succeed.

Kim Gear, youth market director for the American Heart Association of Northeast PA, attended Tuesday's school board meeting to bestow recognition upon Ryan Heller, physical education instructor at S.S. Palmer Elementary School/Parkside Education Center.