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Monday, May 19, 2014

Although the 2014 Primary Election is a state and federal election in which voters cast their ballots for nominations for Pennsylvania governor, senator and state representative and U.S. House of Representatives positions, the Democratic and Republican parties in Carbon County will elect committeemen and committeewomen to represent them on the local level.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in each of the 51 election precincts of Carbon County's 23 municipalities.

Each of the parties have different sets of bylaws.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Carbon County Democrats and Republicans will have their say in two Democratic statewide contests and a Republican challenge in the 17th Congressional District when they report to the polls on Tuesday for the statewide Primary Election is held. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the county's 51 election precincts.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The three Republicans running for the congressional seat that represents Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston and Pottsville admit they mostly think alike on the major issues facing the nation.

Schuylkill County Coroner David J. Moylan of South Manheim Township, Wind Gap airplane pilot Matthew Dietz and Bethlehem Township sports car racer and team owner Matt Connolly agree their real differences lie with the incumbent 17th District congressman, Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright of Moosic.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
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Wearing a T-shirt that read "Keep Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe," the great Native American Indian athlete's grandson – John Thorpe of Lake Tahoe, CA – is adamant in his desire to keep his grandfather's body in the twenty-thousand pound, red granite mausoleum where he was laid to rest on Memorial Day of 1957.

"My brother, Michael Koehler, and I – as well as our entire side of the family – are behind the town in their legal battle to keep my grandfather where he belongs – right here in the town that bears his name," said Thorpe.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The American Red Cross Schuylkill Chapter Disaster Action Team responded to a single-family fire Saturday on Harrison Street in Pottsville.

The Red Cross provided five adults with lodging and will continue to follow-up with the individuals, as needed.

Contact Red Cross Volunteer Services at (610) 865-4400 ext. 219 or email Volunteer and Youth Services. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) — A commencement speaker on Sunday blasted college students as "immature" and "arrogant" for protesting another speaker who then decided to withdraw.

William Bowen, former president of Princeton University, used his commencement speech at Haverford College outside Philadelphia to criticize students who campaigned against Robert Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

HANOVER, Pa. (AP) — Volunteers at an exotic animal rescue in southern Pennsylvania are still looking for a monkey that got loose and ran away during a fire that destroyed the facility.

The East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Adams County burned down early Saturday. Two residents escaped, and most of the animals were saved from the fire. Two cats died.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Thankfully, Friday's heavy rains broke just in time to make most all 24 hours of this weekend's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event at Northern Lehigh High School's Bulldog Community Stadium a success.

"Aside from the rain, it's been going really well so far," said Courtney Totten, Relay for Life staff partner at the American Cancer Society's Bethlehem location.

This was the first time since this particular event's inception in 2007 that it was held in Slatington.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

With nearly 1.6 million Pennsylvanians living below the poverty line, the House Majority Policy Committee recently announced it will continue its efforts to study the barriers individuals face in reaching self-sufficiency in the Commonwealth. The committee has appointed Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) to co-chair the "Life Skills 101" section of the initiative's next steps.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A committee of Lansford Borough Council will meet with officials of Panther Valley School District to discuss possible bus stop changes.

At a council meeting Monday, it was agreed to meet with the district over the stops at Jones and Patterson streets (Route 209) and on Bertsch Street at the former middle school.

The meeting was the result of a request made by Kenneth Marx, business manager of the district, who urged that the borough and district "look at alternatives to these two stops for the 2014-2015 school year."