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Thursday, May 22, 2014

A turkey flying across Interstate 80 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, was blamed for a one-vehicle crash.

State police at Fern Ridge said John Parrinello, 56, of Wanaque, New Jersey, was driving a 2007 Dodge Durango eastbound at 7:09 p.m. Saturday when a turkey flew across the road and struck the windshield of the Durango.

Glass fragments from the smashed windshield struck Parrinello on the left hand causing lacerations.

Parrinello did not require immediate medical attention.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a college prep course on May 31 for students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grades and their parents or guardians from Carbon County.

They will learn about college planning and test preparation from the perspective of LCCC students and college staff.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the LCCC Jim Thorpe campus, 1100 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

Following introductions and information about academics and test-taking, guests will board a bus for the college's main campus on Route 309 in Schnecksville.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Existing marriage license forms are no longer appropriate, but courthouse staffers say they'll do their best to comply with changes in Pennsylvania marriage laws.

Theresa Gaffney in the Clerk of Orphans' Court, Schuylkill County Courthouse, said Wednesday that the department expects to receive applications, even though the printed forms still refer to "male and female."

"I took an oath to uphold the law," she said. "Society has changed and the laws are changing."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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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.

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"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 (http://bit.ly/1mX9kAr ) 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.