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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Flames ripped through a vacant, 2 1/2 story house in Lansford early Wednesday morning.

The fire happened at 336 W. Snyder Ave. When the fire was discovered at about 1:15 a.m., flames already were shooting through the roof of the structure.

Lansford Fire Chief Joe Cannon said at one point the flames spread to the peak of the roof of a neighboring home, occupied by James and Dorothy Gulla at 338 W. Snyder Ave.

The fire inside the Gulla home was contained to the roof area.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dr. David J. Moylan used big support from his home county of Schuylkill on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in the 17th congressional district in a three man race.

Schuylkill County Democratic voters went big for Tom Wolf in his bid to face incumbent Republican Tom Corbett in the fall for governor.

The lack of local races resulted in a very low turnout of voters overall in the county with just over 25 percent of the eligible 84,000 plus voters turning out on a very nice day for voting.

Congressional race

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

atement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on his decision not to appeal a court decision that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.


"I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones' opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones' decision.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Despite a stiff challenge, state Rep. Julie Harhart retained her spot on the ballot  in the 183rd district on Tuesday.

Harhart was able to stave off Republican challenger Marc Grammes, a former Lehigh County commissioner, after she garnered an unofficial 1,229 votes to 960 for Grammes, with all 26 precincts reporting.

The 20-year incumbent will go on to face Democrat Terri Lynn Powell in November.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

READING, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy in a shooting death on an eastern Pennsylvania bicycle trail 1½ years ago.

The Reading Eagle ( ) reports that 30-year-old Jose Rivera-Aguirre of Reading entered the plea Tuesday in Berks County Court.

He and two others were charged in the September 2012 slaying of 41-year-old Luis Salas-Ramos of Reading, whose body was found on the Thun Trail in Cumru Township.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Proposed improvements to Girl Scout Camp Mosey Wood are one step closer to becoming a reality.

During the Carbon County Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to recommend conditional plan approval for the proposed land development at Camp Mosey Wood in Kidder Township.

Plans call for the construction of a 5,450-square-foot lodge building, replacing an existing change house, and building an 872-linear-foot zip line over Mosey Wood Pond, as well as towers, an access road and a challenge course associated with the proposed zip line.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Summit Hill Historical Society will meet at the museum at 134 W. Ludlow St at 7 o'clock this evening.

Agenda items include the Ludlow Park project, Memorial Day parade and plans for the anniversary celebrations.

President Lou Vermillion will chair the meeting, which is open to all.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday after previously admitting to her part in a series of burglaries in the county.

Stephanie Keck, 34, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of nine to 24 months in a state correctional institution. Keck is currently serving state sentences imposed in other counties for similar acts. She is serving a 14- to 30-month term imposed by Northampton County and four to 24 months on a Schuylkill County sentence. The new sentence runs concurrent to her other sentences but began Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual giant yard sale at 9 a.m. Saturday. The rain date is Sunday.

There will be over a hundred vendors selling a variety of household items and baby items, toys and furniture.

Anyone who wants to donate baked goods can drop them off that morning or call Tammy Solt at 610-377-4147.

Vendor setup time is 7 a.m. Spaces are available.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Some of the students from Lori Smith's second grade at Towamensing Elementary School were dressed in camouflage and military style to help celebrate Book Boot Camp as they participated in Buddy Reading. They are, from left: Riley Gearhard, Jackson Stein, Zachary Bechtold, Colby Haydt, Cora Wentz, Trace Stahler, Damian Miller, Wyatt Costenbader and Erika Pysher.

Have you got your books?

Yes, Ma'am.

Are you ready to read?

Yes, Sir.

Are you ready for Book Boot Camp?

Yes Ma'am.

The direct order for last week was to have fun reading at Towamensing Elementary's Book Boot Camp.

"It was a whole military theme week with the message to 'Train Your Brain' through reading," says Stacey Olewine, Towamensing's reading specialist.

On Monday students were encouraged to come to school dressed camouflage and military style for Spirit Day. They held "Buddy Reading" sessions between classrooms.