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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

An event long to be remembered in the history of Gnaden Huetten Convalescent-Nursing Center took place.

The keys to the nursing home were turned over to the hospital administration by Robert Patierno of the Health Services Inc. of Johnston. The keys were accepted by Fred Manning, president of the board of directors, and Arthur Stout, hospital administrator.

This signifies the completion and acceptance of the nursing home from the builders to the Gnaden Huetten officials.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) Where a woman delivers her baby can make a major difference to her own health a quality gap that remains largely hidden from mothers-to-be.

A new study comparing hospitals nationwide finds that women who delivered at low-performing facilities suffered more than twice the rate of major complications for vaginal births. For cesarean section deliveries, the disparity was even greater: nearly a fivefold difference, according to the study in Monday's issue of Health Affairs.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.

The word "te" as avariant of "ti," the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to "The Official ScrabblePlayers Dictionary," out Aug. 11 from Merriam-Webster.

The dictionary's last freshening up was a decade ago. Entries in the forthcoming book that include texter, vlog, bromance, hashtag, dubstep and selfie were mere twinkles on the racks of recreational players.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Touchdown Club

The Jim Thorpe Olympian Touchdown Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the commons area of the high school. The meeting is open to all parents and friends of football players from junior high through high school. The agenda will include events and projects of the club for the upcoming season.

Smoke detectors

The Jim Thorpe Fire Department is offering smoke detectors to families of the community which are in need of one. Please contact Deputy Chief Bill Diehm at 570-325-3890 to make the arrangements.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jordan Behrens, left, 20, of Jim Thorpe, is crowned 2014 Carbon County Fair Queen by Carissa Troxell, last year's fair queen.

Jordan Behrens was named 2014 Carbon County Fair Queen on Monday night.

Behrens, 20, beat out the two other finalists, Melissa Nothstein, 17, of Lehighton, and Kaylyn Ahner, 16, of Lehighton. Nothstein finished as first runner-up, while Ahner was second runner-up.

"I'd like to say thank you to the fair committee and everyone involved," Behrens said. "I think agriculture is such an important part of the area."

Behrens was crowned by Carissa Troxell, last year's Carbon County Fair Queen.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Nesquehoning VFW will hold a Miller-Keystone blood drive from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Miller-Keystone coach outside 300 Center St., Nesquehoning.

Donors will be entered to win a $100 gas gift card.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tonya Napolitano, 31, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, admitting she took two rings from an 80-year-old woman at the Maple Shade Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Nesquehoning. The incorrect name of the facility was listed in Monday's edition.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS David Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Township supervisor vice chairman and Ross Township zoning officer, lost his life one year ago today in fatal shooting.

One year ago today police say Rockne Newell of Saylorsburg opened fire at a Ross Township's supervisors' meeting, killing three and injuring three others in his ongoing dispute with the township over his condemned, debris-strewn property located on Flyte Road.

David Fleetwood, 62; Gerald J. Kozic, 53; and James V. LaGuardia, 64, all died that night.

Kozic's wife, Linda, was shot in the leg and faces a long recovery.

Frank Piranio Jr. suffered a grazed wound to the head and Howard Beers, Ross Township supervisor chairman, suffered a hand wound.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Join naturalist Robin Tracey, of Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Saturday.

The trail is 4 miles in length and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" created by one of the area Eagle Scouts.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

With only a few more weeks until the McCall bridge rehabilitationproject is complete,one Weissport resident continues to be concerned about the effects of the project on his home and family.

William Hartzell of White Street, Weissport, asked Weissport Council just how he is supposed to rid his house of the dust that has spread over the interior of his home and has covered his yard.

"The only type ofvacuum cleaner that would work to clean up the dust is one with a HEPA filter," he said. "I can't afford to buy one."