Monday, October 24, 2016

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Friday, October 21, 2016

HARRISBURG (AP) — The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities says it has reached a tentative contract agreement and is ending its walkout, now in a third day.

The strike had disrupted classes for over 100,000 students.

Professors walked off the job Wednesday after the union turned down what the university said was its last contract offer.

Union spokeswoman Kathryn Morton said Friday it had made concessions on salary and benefits in return for the university system withdrawing proposed contract changes faculty had opposed.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Under a grant received from PennEast, the Kidder Township police department will be adding another weapon to its arsenal. The Tracs System will allow the township’s officers to e-ticket for moving violations.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The PennEast pipeline project is once again making waves in Kidder Township and was the subject of discussion at the board of supervisor’s meeting Thursday night.

According to Chuck Weber, PennEast has notified him and his wife, Cathy, regarding a change in the location of the proposed pipeline along North Old Stage Road.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Lehighton residents will soon get new recycling totes.

The totes will be delivered to each residence Oct. 31 by County Waste, along with a garbage tote.

They are the property of the borough and/or County Waste, and are to be left at the property they were delivered to in the event the resident moves.

Residents will be charged the cost of the tote should it be damaged or removed from the address to which it was delivered, and will no longer be permitted to put recycling out in shopping bags or trash bags.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Shirley and Carey Krum of Kunkletown will be the grand marshals at this year’s Eldred Township Halloween Parade. JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS

Shirley and Carey Krum have been married for 37 years, and since Carey’s retirement they spend most of their time working together to keep the Eldred Township Community Center going. So it comes as no surprise that the Krums were given the honor of being co-grand marshals in the small township’s very popular Halloween parade.

Shirley was born and raised in Kunkletown, and with the exception of a few years in Slatington, has lived there her whole life. Carey grew up in nearby Emerald.

Carey was an only child, while his bride Shirley Kuehner was one of 12 children.

Friday, October 21, 2016

After dipping during the summer, Schuylkill County’s prison population is again edging upward.

But the number of inmate remains well under the 277 cap imposed Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to avoid overcrowding.

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of inmates was 239, up from a low of 210 in August.

The county has doubled-down on its efforts to keep the population down since the state in May ordered it to stop accepting new inmates until it got the inmate population below a daily average of 277.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary, right, leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte on Monday. AP PHOTO/GENE J. PUSKAR Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

BELLEFONTE (AP) — Jurors heard Thursday that a former Penn State head football coach testified that Mike McQueary told him years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that he had made a complaint about Sandusky to university administrators.

The deposition by Tom Bradley was read during the fourth day of trial in McQueary’s defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against the university over his treatment after Sandusky’s 2011 child molestation arrest.

Bradley said he fielded a rumor that made him approach McQueary, a fellow assistant under Paterno, in 2004 or 2005.

Friday, October 21, 2016

It’s been over four years since the Parryville playground was rededicated to Carbon County Hall of Famer Carl Wolter II. Wolter grew up in the borough and won titles in Lehighton and Penn State for javelin and was an All-American in track and field. He later moved on to master golf when he grabbed the world championship title at the ReMax World Long Driving Championship in Nevada in 2011.

In the years since the ceremony, few improvements have been made to the playground.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Candidates from left, Neil Makhija, Matt Schutter and Rep. Doyle Heffley discuss the issues during a live debate Thursday night at Penn’s Peak. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Three candidates for the 122nd District seat in the state House of Representatives squared off Thursday night in a televised debate at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Incumbent Doyle Heffley, a Republican, and challengers Neil Makhija, Democrat; and Matt Schutter, Libertarian, fielded questions from a four-person panel and the audience on topics ranging from property taxes to term limits.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Times News has contests for everyone.

Currently, there are four contests that you can enter and win great prizes such as a trip for two to Hawaii, Ellipsis 8 tablet and local spa gift certificates.

The Pro Football contest is going on now until Feb. 7. Weekly winners are chosen to win a gift certificate to Popcorn Buddha, Verona’s Pizza and McDonald’s as well as a personal training session at Pyramid Sports Performance Center.