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Friday, May 23, 2014

Students from Marian Catholic High School received awards on May 14 at the Athletic Awards assembly.

Students were recognized for football, track, cross-country, basketball, baseball, volleyball, media, band, silks and softball, cheerleading and golf.

The awards were given by Stan Dakosty, athletic director; as well as their coaches.

Students were recognized with plaques, letters, inserts and certificates.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Lansford man admitted on Thursday in the county court to having drugs in the county prison.

He was one of six defendants in pending cases involving drug charges to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Marijuana

George S. Heffelfinger Jr., 39, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.

Friday, May 23, 2014
Kathy Davidson

It's obvious by the look in her eyes that Karen Davidson Koch has been through a lot lately.

The 34-year-old occasionally wipes tears from her cheeks as she sits on her mother's couch in Walnutport and tells her story. But through it all, she remains determined that the focus be on her mother, Kathy Davidson, who lies on a hospital bed in the next room with cancer throughout her body.

"She wants to be at home and be comfortable," Karen said.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Lehighton man was jailed on Thursday after he appeared at the county courthouse in Jim Thorpe under the influence of alcohol again.

Andrew Anthony Kressler, 65, appeared on the third floor of the courthouse to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika to a charge of disorderly conduct.

That charge stemmed from a Jan. 17 incident at the courthouse when Kressler appeared at the adult probation office and was under the influence of alcohol. He was jailed and later released on bail.

The charge was filed by the sheriff's department.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a Slatington man with an attempted assault at Walmart.

On Wednesday, police saidan ex-employee identified as Anthony Munoz entered the store with a baseball bat, attempting to attack former co-workers.

Munoz has been charged with criminal attempt-simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Hail was reported in the Jim Thorpe area near Route 903 and in Bear Creek just before 3 p.m. today.

Storms continue to move through the area.

A severe thunderstorm watch iis in effect through 8 p.m.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. West wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Macungie man has been charged with driving under the influence as a result of a crash on Feb. 23.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal forecasters are predicting a slower than usual hurricane season this year because of an expected El Niño system.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in New York City on Thursday that the periodic Pacific warming characteristic of El Niño will likely reduce the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Cooler temperatures on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean compared with recent years will also lower the probability of hurricane formation.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is expecting two million vehicles on the Turnpike this Memorial Day weekend. With such heavy volumes, motorists are being asked to keep alert and stay focused as they travel over the four-day holiday weekend.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Fourteenth District Commander Michael Bodnar and Post 16 Commander George Burke, left and right back row, presented awards to Rhynier Minnich, Robert Koch, Pauline Minnich and Robert Eroh.

The American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 of Slatington presented longevity awards on Monday. The recipients had all been members for at least 50 years. Commander George Burke was master of ceremonies.

Chaplain Thomas Beam in the invocation asked God to hasten the promise of peace.

Jr. Vice Commander Robert Churetta removed the cover from the empty MIA-POW chair as a reminder that many military people are still missing, and efforts should continue to bring them home.