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Friday, September 12, 2014

Here are the final scores for area football teams.

Palmerton 54, Bangor 13
Jim Thorpe 7, Tamaqua 6
Marian 47, Minersville 12
Mahanoy Area 19, Panther Valley 12
Whitehall 41, Pleasant Valley 21
North Schuylkill 28, Lehighton 25

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nancy Snyder Knadler says the days of small, family-run businesses are coming to an end.

It began with the small neighborhood grocery stores and now it's reached the farm supply industry.

As a result, Charles S. Snyder Inc. of Tamaqua, turned over the keys to AG-Industrial Inc.

Effective Sept. 1, a local, 74-year tradition came to an end.

"Your mom-and-pop stores are disappearing, and we're a mom-and-pop store," said Knadler, co-owner and corporate secretary.

Friday, September 12, 2014

If you're planning outdoor activities this weekend it looks like Sunday will be your day.

Saturday could be a washout, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 6 to 9 mph.

Saturday: Rain likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. East wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a man with careless driving after a crash with injuries on Sept. 5 on Route 443 at the Farmer's Market.

A westbound jeep driven by Justin Gombert of Lehighton had stopped to turn into the Farmers Market parking lot when his vehicle was rear ended by a Subaru driven by Kody Strouse of Lansford.

As a result of the investigation Strouse has been charged with careless driving.

Friday, September 12, 2014

ATLAS, Pa. (AP) — Four Pennsylvania police officers have been suspended indefinitely after authorities say they threw a firework at a patrolman from a neighboring town.

Mount Carmel Township supervisor Chairman Charles Gasperetti says he's asked state police to investigate the case.

The News Item reports (http://bit.ly/1uLThaC ) the off-duty Mount Carmel officers were traveling in a car together Sept. 1 when they allegedly tossed a firework at a Kulpmont police cruiser, sparking a chase.

Friday, September 12, 2014

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted in Texas on a charge of child abuse for using a branch to spank his son. His team benched him for this weekend's game against New England.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said the charge in Montgomery County accuses Peterson of using a switch to spank one of his sons, whose age was not disclosed. Hardin said Peterson has cooperated with authorities and didn't mean any harm.

Friday, September 12, 2014

HAZLETON - City police and the state Office of Attorney General on Friday have charged Amir Edwards, 22, with the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Zachary Richards.

Zachary Richards was the brother of Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Justin Richards.

Edwards, of Hazleton, is charged with an open count of criminal homicide, which was filed with District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton.

Friday, September 12, 2014

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the past three years.

Friday, September 12, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Following in the footsteps of the St. Clair school directors, Panther Valley School Board member Manny Roman strongly recommended at a meeting of the directorate, that all school district employees be required to be tested for drug and alcohol use.

Roman had high praise for the action taken by the St. Clair board earlier this week and said that he feels drug and alcohol tests should be discussed during future contract negotiations.

Roman said members of the school board should also submit to the tests. No action was taken.