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Thursday, October 30, 2014
AP photo Nurse Barbara Smith demonstrates the proper way for health care workers to use personal protective equipment when dealing with Ebola during an education session in New York, this week.

With the threat of an Ebola epidemic catching the attention of the world last month, area hospitals are working to build protocols that could help anyone should they become infected.

Locally, Dr. David Hochhauser, chairman and director of the department of emergency services at Blue Mountain Health System, is at the forefront when it comes to Ebola preparedness.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Texas man has been charged in the death of a Lower Macungie Township man who was fatally shot earlier this month in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived.

Alexander Adrian Brown, 25, of Houston, Texas, was charged by state police on Wednesday with shooting 59-year-old Gary A. Wragg, of 1037G Village Round.

Wragg was known as a frequent visitor to Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Peter Kern said the fledgling Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is "in its 10 1/2 months of pregnancy and is struggling to be born."

But, Kern assured, it will be born and a kick-off dinner for it will likely be held in spring, possibly in March.

The concept is to have local Chambers of Commerce merge into a countywide unit. The local chambers will then become counsels of the county chamber.

Two local chambers, Jim Thorpe and Palmerton, have agreed to join the countywide unit, while the Lehighton chamber has agreed to "endorse the concept."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Luther's Angels Relay for Life Team is having a Thanksgiving pumpkin roll sale. Whole and half rolls are available. Orders are due by Nov. 9.

To order, call 570-668-3030 or St. John's Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 570-668-4570.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A lone ladder stands at the front of Hunan House Chinese Restaurant in Tamaquaafter the building's facade was removedby workers early Wednesday. But it's not a move to implement open-air dining. Instead, the business is undergoing major renovations. The eatery closed Monday and will remain out of operation for about one month, the owners said. The restaurant on the 100 block of West Broad Street will expand and take over all three storefronts of the building, reopeningas a buffet.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Thanksgiving feast will be celebrated for those in need or just missing family, and will include fellowship and a free meal with all the trimmings.

Sponsored by Heaven's Helping Hands, the meal will be served on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 388 Polk Township Road in Kresgeville, next to the Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

Call 610-381-5600 to reserve your seat.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CANADENSIS (AP) Pennsylvania State Police say an unmanned balloon brought in from Ohio has not been helpful in the search for a suspect in the killing of a state trooper.

Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, says the agency returned the Mylar balloon to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday.

Kelly says dense brush and rugged terrain in the Pocono Mountains search area hampered use of the tethered device, which is akin to a weather balloon.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Kidder Township man pleaded guilty this week in U.S. Middle District court to producing child pornography.

Todd Kowar, 47, admitted to persuading and inducing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of the conduct.

Kowar committed the crime between 2008 and December 2012.

The plea occurred before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AVOCA (AP) – Authorities say a family of black bears was shot and killed near a northeastern Pennsylvania airport earlier this month because they posed a threat to incoming flights and customers.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says a mother bear and her three 2-year-old cubs crossed the perimeter fence of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport on Oct. 20.

Airport director Barry Centini said the animals were spotted by a helicopter pilot, and maintenance personnel killed them a few hundred yards east of the approach to Runway 4.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

State Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton, announced a $217,375 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor for a connector project on the D&L Trail.