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Thursday, September 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The E! network says no decisions have been made about the future of "Fashion Police" in the wake of Joan Rivers' death.

The network said in a statement that its "mourning our beloved Joan, and will respond at a later date with further programming updates." Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, is its executive producer.

Rivers died Thursday at 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She was hospitalized Aug. 28 after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor's office following a routine procedure.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The University of Pennsylvania's president, Amy Gutmann, is now the school's highest-paid employee after a 35 percent increase in compensation in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/Z8YYFP ) that Gutmann was paid $2.82 million in overall compensation.

The compensation details were included in new tax filings.

Robert Muller, the CEO of Penn's health system, was the second-highest paid school employee at $2.37 million.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The nearly $4 million addition to Panther Valley High School is progressing and is anticipated to be completed as scheduled by next March.

Kenneth Marx Jr., business manager of the Panther Valley School District, said all demolition and plumbing work is completed. The structural steel and metal decking is 85 percent complete.

The addition is being done on the site where the former high school swimming pool had been. The pool has been removed and filled in.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Two neighbors have been cited after police were called because of a fight.

On Wednesday.  Mahoning Township Police were dispatched to Spring Street for a reported fight involving weapons.  

When police arrived two people admitted they had been fighting over stolen money, but they denied the use of weapons.

 As a result of the investigation Shannon Reeser of Spring Street, and Richard Anthony Jr of South First Street have each been charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Class of 1965

Members of the 1965 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School will meet for lunch at noon on Sept. 11 at Platz's. All members are invited to attend.

Recycling postponed

The Jim Thorpe electronic recycling program scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. A new date will be rescheduled for next month. If you have any questions call the borough office at 570-325-2181.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A softball game to benefit the family of Warner B. "Butch" Rodgers is scheduled for noon on Sunday at Christman Field in Franklin Township.

Rodgers, 46, passed away on July 31. He coached the Cobras in the Franklin Township Girls' Softball League.

In addition to the game, featuring the Cobras and an alumni squad, the event will feature a raffle and bake sale. A basket display and gift certificates will be up for grabs in the raffle. Food concessions will also be available throughout the day.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Kresgeville man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court to a weapons charge this week.

Dillon Michael Frantz, 37, pleaded to one count of possession of a prohibited offensive weapon.

He was arrested on Nov. 19, 2013, following a vehicle stop along Route 209 by Nesquehoning police.

Frantz was a passenger in the vehicle, which was stopped for an equipment violation. Through the course of the stop the driver permitted a consent search of the vehicle and Frantz agreed to a pat-down search.

Frantz was found in possession of brass knuckles.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Katlin Blevins, Pottsville, warms up before practice at a Pottsville outdoor basketball court at Rotary Park. She's hoping to find more members for the Anthracite Derby Dames.

The Anthracite Derby Dames are searching for more teammates and places to practice as they launch a women's roller derby team.

Team member Katlyn Blevins of Pottsville moved to the area from Lancaster County, where she was part of that county's Dutchland Rollers. The Rollers are members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

The Dames need to get 14 members on their roster; currently they have about 10 women interested. They practice at various paved basketball courts in the Schuylkill and Carbon county area, and are seeking additional practice venues.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pleasant Valley senior Skyler Gabriel presented a video for his senior graduation project to the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors at the Thursday meeting. He was a volunteer at the district's summer reading and math camp and made a video of the activities.

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted (8-0, with Robert Serfass absent) to approve:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Monroe County man is being sought by police for the machete attack on two of his relatives Wednesday morning.

Pocono Mountain Regional police are seeking Paul A. Brown, 47, of 426 Northampton Road, in the Pocono Farms Community in Tobyhanna for an attack on two relatives at their home.

Police were dispatched to several locations in the Pocono Farms Community about 7:10 a.m. Officers received calls for an assault involving a machete in the area of Devon and Northampton roads.

The victims were identified as Matthew Brown, the suspect's son, and Diana Brown, his wife.