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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Rosemary Brown

State Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-189, will be challenged in the Nov. 4 general election by Democrat Liz Forrest. The district covers Hamilton, Middle Smithfield, Ross and Smithfield townships, Delaware Water Gap, and parts of Chestnuthill and Stroud townships in Monroe County; and Delaware, Lehman and Porter townships, and part of Dingman Township in Pike County.

The Times News asked each candidate the same set of questions. Their answers are printed below.

What will it take to achieve property tax reform in Pennsylvania?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Albrightsville man was killed when his vehicle ran up an embankment and flipped onto its roof along Route 534 in Polk Township, Monroe County.

State Police at Lehighton said George B. Sherman, 39, of Star Route, was westbound about 1 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and went onto the berm, up the embankment and flipped over. It then skidded on its roof. The crash occurred about half a mile west of Route 209.

Troopers said Sherman was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Summit Hill Water Authority, an independent entity of Summit Hill Borough, will likely cease to exist come Jan. 1.

The borough council is planning to take over the authority and create a Summit Hill Water Department.

The council, according to plans, would request all authority members to resign by Jan. 1. The present chairman of the authority is Lewis Alexander. He could not be reached for comment this morning.

A resolution regarding the takeover of the authority is set for adoption at the Nov. 24 meeting of the borough council.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county jail term on Tuesday after previously admitting to drug dealing.

Deborah Murray, 39, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve nine to 18 months followed by two years of probation, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance.

Murray was arrested by agents of the state attorney general's office after she sold 45 Percocet tablets to an undercover agent. The sale occurred on Dec. 20, 2010, in the area of North Second and Coal streets in Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

People will probably get a break on home heating costs this winter. The price of popular fuels is expected to dip, providing the temperature doesn't take an unexpected plunge, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Those who use propane and heating oil should see the biggest savings.

Here's the EIA winter fuel forecast: (Information was not available for anthracite, although the price per ton in our region tends to hover around $200).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District obtaining quotes for a contract for maintenance on the softball field.

The board authorized Christopher Fisher, assistant to the superintendent, to obtain quotes at a cost not to exceed $15,000.

Project Restoration Earth Work will also be done behind the Pleasant Valley Middle School at a cost not to exceed $15,000. Some areas, where some out buildings had been, needs to have some earth leveled out and restored to grass. Fisher said that sometime down the road, the district will probably put an athletic field there.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Left, Lacie White of Kunkletown and her part cattle and partAustralian dog Karma won in the Look-alikes category at the West End Park and Open Space Commission's Halloween Pet Parade, held at the Haney-Van Buskirk Park in Saylorsburg. Winning the Scariest category, right, Vicki Koehler of Saylorsburg is the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. With her are her flying monkeys, Charlie, a shorkiepoo, and Gracie, a cockermix.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last winter, the state Department of Public Welfare distributed $92.5 million in cash grants and another $57 million for crisis grants under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Here's how the money was distributed locally:

Carbon County: $676,395 cash and $619,250 for crisis grants.

Monroe County: $1,116,983 for cash and $665,593 for crisis grants.

Schuylkill County: $1,723,020 for cash and $1,892,911 for crisis grants.

Lehigh County: $1,584,196 for cash and $855,177 for crisis grants.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Northampton Community College will hold its 13th annual youth chess tournament for children ages 18 and under from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the David A. Reed Community Room, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

Participants will be able to compete in five rounds, rated and unrated. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $30 with preregistration by Nov. 13 or $35 at the door.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Hamilton Jackson Pocono Park and Open Space along with Friends of HJP will be hosting a Trunk or Treat So People Can Eat event from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Township building in Reeders.

This event provides a safe Halloween destination for families with kids of all ages. Trunks are still needed. There is no charge to enter your trunk, but you do have to register.