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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy charged with fatally beating a 90-year-old woman told a Pennsylvania state trooper he was "only trying to hurt her."

But an arrest affidavit says the boy also said, "I killed that lady."

A bail hearing was scheduled Wednesday for the boy, who is charged as an adult with criminal homicide. His lawyer wants him released into his father's custody.

The beating occurred Saturday at the home of the boy's grandfather, who had been caring for the woman, Helen Novak.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School District might save as much as $2.3 million over the next three years by refinancing two bond issues.

This week the board approved the refinancing, which will be finalized in December.

Business manager Lauren K. Kovac said the exact amount of savings won't be known until the bonds are actually sold.

The amount of interest on the bonds at the time of the sale will determine the total savings.

The bond sales will be handled by Robert T. Aumer, managing director of Janney Capital Markets in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The latest leak was the last straw.

During a meeting Tuesday, members of Coaldale's borough council decided they'd be better off buying a new truck than continuing to pay for repairs on an old one. The truck's latest problem, a transmission leak, wasn't expensive but was the kind of thing that could have sidelined the vehicle at a critical time, such as a snowstorm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Special to the Times News

The fifth Parryville school reunion was held on Sept. 20 at Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. Class members who attended the reunion are, first row, from left: Marlene (Ellis) Reiner, Elaine (Souders) Seltzer, Betty (Souders) Nothstein, Florence (Wentz) Reed, Shirley (Rehrig) Greene, Romaine (Fritzinger) Hahn, Betty (Straup) Mertz, Alice (Ahner) Walck, Joan (Fritzinger) Frable, and Phyllis (Kunkle) Koch. Second row, Keith Youse, Kathy Souders, Gloria (Koch) Heffelfinger, Berry Souders, Eileen (Miller) George, Sandra

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The West End Park and Open Space Commission will host a bingo night at the Chestnuthill Township Park at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 5:30. There is a 50/50 guaranteed payout. Specials, pull tabs, door prizes and refreshments are available.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Special to the Times News

The Lehighton High School Class of 1954 held their 60th class reunion Aug. 15 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Those attending were, front row from left: Janet LeeBlank (Rismiller), Joan Lawry (McGlynn), Sara Exner (Flyzik), Kay Koch (Teets), Beverly Gabert

(Dolgopok), Joan David (Laury), Florence Gabovitz (Lentz), Carol Reinheimer (LaRose) and Barbara Bisbing (Hydro). Second row: Faye Fritzinger (Koch), Edward Jones, Jean LaRose (Rhoads), Elsie Strauss (Freandt), Hazel Schnell (Goodhile), Janice Edgar (Mahler) and

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Landmark Community Bank presented a check to Marian Catholic High School through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Funds will be used for need-based scholarships at the school. Attending the presentation were, from left: Sue Ann Gerhard, Marian director of development; Terry Malloy, Landmark's commercial loan officer; John M. Nonnemacher CPA, chairman of Marian's EITC committee; and Sister Bernard Agnes, school principal.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Could Lower Towamensing Township eventually convey its portion of the Aquashicola Playground to the Aquashicola Fire Company?

The matter came up for discussion after resident Robert Kester asked the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday if there were any new developments with regard to the playground.

Kester said his question stemmed from last month's decision by supervisors to have township solicitor Jim Nanovic handle all matters associated with the playground.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eldred Township

Halloween parade is 1 p.m. Oct. 19. Rain date is Oct. 26.

Jim Thorpe

Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Halloween house-decorating contest judging will take place on between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Lansford

Lansford Alive Event's Committee is sponsoring the Panther Valley Children's Halloween Party from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 25 with a rain date of Oct. 26.

A teen dance will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Panther Valley Mini Mall.

Lehighton

Halloween parade, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Northern Lehigh