Friday, September 22, 2017


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pennsylvania is in the top 10 when it comes to the number of alcohol and drug arrests of college students. So says a recent study done by Project Know. Even more alarming is the disclosure that East Stroudsburg University is in the top 10 nationally.

A spokesman for the study says that the high rates of on-campus arrests can either be a badge of honor or shame, depending on the interpretation of the data.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Thirteen decorated heart sculptures have been removed from Broad Street in Tamaqua after three months on display. They can be seen in the former Scheid’s Department Store window awaiting a public auction to be held Sept. 28. DONALD R. SERFASS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just over a year ago, the Tamaqua Community Art Center launched a highly visible experiment aimed at rallying the community around a heart theme.

The Tamaqua Has Heart campaign was unveiled August 2016 during Tamaqua National Night Out and its goals were ambitious and daunting.

Central to the initiative was a strategy to attract the most gifted local artists to engineer their magic on large, fiberglass heart sculptures. Business sponsors were sought to help make it happen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Following a one-year study, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a scathing condemnation of the state’s children and youth services system.

“What I found was appalling,” DePasquale said. “I’m talking about wholesale system breakdowns that actually prevent caseworkers from protecting our children from abuse and neglect,” he added.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

After 57 years in the news business, there is one thing I can tell you with assurance: No matter how many times you run an important public service advisory, some are sure to complain that they didn’t see it, criticize the news media for not informing the public and blame us for making their lives miserable.

Such will be the case later this month when the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission closes the northeast extension between the Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) and Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) interchanges for 55 hours resulting in an estimated 65-minute detour.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some residents in four of the five Times News counties will have new members of Congress in 2019. The only ones who won’t are all those in Schuylkill County and some in parts of Carbon, Monroe and Northampton counties.

Monday, September 11, 2017

On Labor Day weekend, a patriotic ceremony was held in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and in at least 50 locations across the country to honor women’s contributions to World War II.

A bell that was rung at the Sunday church service in the cathedral served as a preview of the Labor Day event, which was billed as “Ring a Bell for Rosie.”

The ceremonies honored the millions of female riveters, now in their 80s and 90s, who worked manual labor jobs to support the troops during World War II.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Dear Editor,

The Tamaqua Salvation Army and major corporate sponsor Silberline Inc., teamed up for the fourth consecutive year for the Kidz Karnival, drawing families to downtown Tamaqua. Hundreds of people turned out Aug. 1 to enjoy a summer event geared toward elementary school aged children.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Dear Editor,

Many years ago I had a friend who was with the Department of Transportation in Harrisburg who was talking about retiring.

I thought for a moment that I would like to run for office, and particularly, his office. So I sat down and devised a plan.

First I would contact the stone quarries, the road oil companies, and then the tire and windshield manufacturers with my plan. If they would support my campaign financially, I could guarantee them a financial return.

Friday, September 8, 2017

On the last day of last month, Alfred A. Schlert, 56, was installed as the fifth bishop of the Allentown Diocese, which includes Carbon, Schuylkill, Northampton, Lehigh and Berks counties. (Monroe County is part of the Scranton diocese.) He is now serving as shepherd to about 500,000 Catholics in the five-county region.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from “It.” BROOKE PALMER/WARNER BROS. PICTURES VIA AP Copyright - © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC All Rights Reserved

You can tell Halloween is coming when new nonsense starts freaking out the population. Last year it was clowns; this year it is a clown tying red balloons to sewer grates as a deadly warning.

A prankster started the practice in the small Lancaster County borough of Lititz in south-central Pennsylvania. Look for it to spread throughout the state just as last year’s clown sightings did.