Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Local News

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A local veterinarian who was convicted on animal cruelty charges last year will be allowed to continue his practice under probation.

Earlier this month, the State Board of Veterinary Medicine approved an agreement with Clyde Rendell Shoop ending the suspension of his license, imposing a probation and paving the way for him to start practicing again.

Shoop is the owner of Poco West Veterinary Clinic in Jim Thorpe.

His license was suspended last February after state police removed nine horses in critical condition from a Lower Towamensing Township farm he owned.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

In the wee hours of June 26, Tamaqua police caught Matthew R. Bachman, armed with a handgun and a pocket knife and carrying drugs, lurking around the local elementary school.

On Friday, Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline L. Russell sentenced him to one to two years in state prison followed by three years on probation.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
A rail car full of clean anthracite is ready to be transported.

Driving through the coal towns of the Panther Valley, it’s clear that there is an active surface mining operation taking place.

But outside of those who work the mine, and some curious explorers, most people don’t know how expansive it really is.

Lehigh Anthracite Inc. owns permits to 7,000-plus acres in the Panther Valley, land that has been mined for more than 200 years.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Other events are a Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 and a community yard sale on April 29. More details to be announced soon.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Two doctors are among 10 people who were charged in connection with prescription fraud in Lehigh County on Friday.

The charges were the result of a joint investigation by the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control.

Three of the people were employed at health care facility. Six of the other defendants were involved with a prescription drug ring that operated in the Allentown area between December 2016 and January. They include:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

There is still time to register for the eighth annual Human Services Priority Brunch in Carbon County.

The brunch on April 7 will provide an update from various agencies on community partnerships already in place to help school-age children; as well as what needs to be done to better serve the children of the community.

The event, which is open to all county agencies and the public, will be held at the Whispering Pines, Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company 1, 1387 Route 903, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Brunch begins at 9, and the discussion will start at 9:30.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Girardville St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announce that the 14th Annual AOH Girardville St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been rescheduled to April 8.

The parade, originally scheduled for today, kicks off at noon.

The annual event was postponed because of cleanup from winter storm Stella.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Valor coordinator Mike Meining and assistant coordinators Mike Flannery and Alan Pearson accept a donation check in the amount of $5,231 from Rodney Steigerwalt, Palmerton Rod and Gun Club president, and David Bieling, club secretary. The gun club sold a January raffle gun ticket, and the proceeds from the annual fundraiser were donated to the Valor Clinic Foundation, a volunteer organization that helps to improve the lives of area veterans in need. MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One successful raffle fundraiser equals a hand up for area veterans.

The Palmerton Rod and Gun Club gave a check this week in the amount of $5,231 to the Valor Clinic Foundation of Jonas.

The club sold a 31-day gun raffle fundraiser in January, with all of the proceeds from the ticket raffle being donated to the Valor Clinic.

The Valor Clinic Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides help throughout the area for veterans and families in need.

The organization, founded in 2012, has approximately 50 volunteers.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Northeastern Extension of the Pa. Turnpike will be closed in both directions from 12:01 to 6 a.m. on Sundaybetween the Wyoming Valley Interchange, Exit 115, and the Clarks Summit Interchange, Exit 131.

Single-lane closures and traffic stoppages may occur Saturdayduring the nighttime hours to prepare for the Sunday closure. Motorists are encouraged to plan travel accordingly.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, March 24, 2017. Spanier faces charges that he failed to report suspected child sex abuse in the last remaining criminal case in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

HARRISBURG — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno.

The jury found Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment over his handling of a complaint against the retired assistant football coach but acquitted him of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count.