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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) – One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate testified Tuesday that they intended to do some damage during a night of mayhem last month but did not anticipate their actions would cause severe injuries to an Ohio teacher.

Keefer McGee took the stand against co-defendant Brett Lahr after McGee and the other two waived their right to a preliminary hearing. The judge determined there was enough evidence to send the case against Lahr to county court for trial.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News District Judge William Kissner takes the "Ice Bucket Challenge" for ALS  awareness on Tuesday with the help of Palmerton Borough Police Chief Randy Smith.

Millions of people across the country have been filmed dumping ice water on their head over the past few weeks.

No, it's not due to a massive heat wave. Instead, the "Ice Bucket Challenge" was started to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The progressive neurodegenerative disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Decades ago, before the federal government provided Medicaid and Medicare, counties had their own nursing homes to care for impoverished senior citizens.

But as of June 5, just 22 of the state's 67 counties, including Schuylkill, Monroe and Lehigh, operated nursing homes.

That number could drop as Schuylkill County officials suggested at a special meeting last month that they may sell the county nursing home, Rest Haven.

The issue was likely to be addressed at the commissioners' meeting today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 in Lehighton recently installed new officers for the 2014-2015 year. Front row from left, district President Cathy Olker, member of Unit 922, Canadensis and installing officer; Deborah DeCindio, president of Unit 314; and Sandra Shook, first vice president; back row, Deborah Bokan, sergeant at arms; Gladys

Balliet, historian; Phyliss Klein, treasurer; Jean Rice, parliamentarian; Geraldine Klein,

chaplain; LaRue Fritz, second vice president; and Cheryl Laub, secretary.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A committee of Jim Thorpe residents view the restoration of the once-famous Switchback Railroad as a must in the continuing revival of the spirit of tourism in the area.

The meeting was called by Councilman Jay Miller and held in the borough building. About a dozen people attended.

The Switchback, in its entirety, represented a spectacular 18-mile ride from Mauch Chunk to Summit Hill and return. It was discontinued as a tourist attraction in the early 1900s.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Public comments took up the better half of Monday's Slatington Borough Council meeting, which had been rescheduled from its regular meeting date of Aug. 11.

At least half a dozen public commenters spoke, with two relaying water usage and bill issues, two expressing concern over council's actions, or perceived lack thereof, and two with other news, including commending the borough on its successful 150th celebration events last week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The nation's longest running consecutive ethnic celebration took place over the weekend at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, which hosted the 100th annual Lithuanian Days. Schuylkill County is nicknamed "Little Lithuania," owing to its large number of residents of Lithuanian extraction. Here, Lithuanian wedding traditions are recreated on Sunday, accompanied by music from the Varpelis group.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley – and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.

The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Lots of earth is being moved to make way for the building of a new Jack Williams Tire & Auto Center along Route 209 in Brodheadsville.

The earth is moving and soon there will be a new Jack Williams Tire & Auto Center in Brodheadsville. Heavy equipment has been clearing land between Brodheadsville Chevrolet and the Dollar General Store along Route 209.

Dave Sutton, project manager for Trade Eastern Inc., which designs and builds the centers, says they expect to pour concrete footings in just a few days. It takes about four to five months to complete a store.

There will be eight service bays, a showroom and parking for 51 cars.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In-service activities are planned for teachers today and Thursday at the Panther Valley School District as they prepare for the opening of schools on Monday.

Freshman and middle school orientation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday at the respective schools.

An open house will be held at the elementary school from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday. All new and current students are invited to attend, said Superintendent Dennis R. Kergick.