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Bill would make it easier for smaller grocers to sell beer

Friday, September 25, 2015

New legislation that would make it easier for grocers to sell beer in stores has some local merchants excited, while others feel it takes away from their core business.

Sen. David Argall has proposed a bill to exempt small grocery stores from having to build a 30-seat cafe to get a retail liquor license, which allows them to sell six-packs of beer.

John Hopcraft, an Argall aide, said this week that the bill should “level the playing field” for midsize grocery stores around the state.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

Friday, September 25, 2015

Here is a snapshot of Northampton’s health rankings among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties:

Health outcomes: 27

Length of life: 11

Quality of life: 54

• Poor or fair health: 15 percent (state average: 14 percent)

• Low birth weight: 8.8 percent (state average: 8.3 percent)

Health factors: 12

Health behaviors: 15

• Adult smoking: 18 percent (state average: 20 percent)

• Adult obesity: 30 percent (state average: 29 percent)

• Physical inactivity: 25 percent (state average: 24 percent)

Former WWE diva ‘Sunny’ arrested on warrant

Friday, September 25, 2015

A WWE Hall of Famer was locked up in Carbon County Correctional Facility on Friday for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge.

Tamara Lynn Sytch, better known to WWE fans as “Sunny,” was arrested Friday on a bench warrant.

A judge issued the warrant after Sytch of Palmerton missed a formal arraignment on DUI charges in connection with a May 30 traffic stop in Mahoning Township.

She was arrested for DUI a total of three times between May 30 and June 20 of this year, all in Carbon County.

LEHIGH COUNTY

Friday, September 25, 2015

Here is a snapshot of Lehigh’s health rankings among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties:

Health outcomes: 21

Length of life: 14

Quality of life: 33

• Poor or fair health: 12 percent (state average: 14 percent)

• Low birth weight: 8.3 percent (state average: 8.3 percent)

Health factors: 35

Health behaviors: 26

• Adult smoking: 20 percent (state average: 20 percent)

• Adult obesity: 29 percent (state average: 29 percent)

• Physical inactivity: 21 percent (state average: 24 percent)

Flat Francis visits St. John Neumann

Friday, September 25, 2015
Mary Hartz, surrounded by St. John Neumann Regional School’s first-grade class, holds Flat Francis after a school presentation on Thursday in Slatington. Hartz said that the school thought it would be great for the students to be a part of the Pope Parade since they won’t get to actually see him. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS
Mary Hartz, surrounded by St. John Neumann Regional School’s first-grade class, holds Flat Francis after a school presentation on Thursday in Slatington. Hartz said that the school thought it would be great for the students to be a part of the Pope Parade since they won’t get to actually see him. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Girl suspended from school for wearing wrong shade of green

Friday, September 25, 2015

SICKLERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl received a one-day suspension from her southern New Jersey public elementary school for wearing a shirt that was the wrong shade of green.

The girl’s mother tells WTXF-TV that Winslow Township Elementary School No. 4 sent her daughter home Tuesday for wearing a kelly green polo shirt, which was deemed to be in violation of the Camden County school’s dress code.

The school’s dress code specifies that shirts and blouses may only be white, dark green or navy.

LCCC main campus hosts transfer fair

Friday, September 25, 2015

 

Lehigh Carbon Community College will host a transfer fair for students, alumni and the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman Community Service Center at its main campus in Schnecksville.

Representatives from various colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions about transferring from LCCC to a four-year school.

WeatherLY Area High School Homecoming

Friday, September 25, 2015
Weatherly Area High School held its homecoming ceremonies Sept. 11. The 2015 Homecoming Court includes, front from left, Andrew Solonoski, Megan McClintock, Tharon Brewer and Ciana Gomez; and back row, Jake Stover, Shelby Berger, Trent Dempsey and Summer Peck. Jake Stover was crowned homecoming king, while Shelby Berger was crowned homecoming queen. Trent Dempsey and Summer Peck were first runners-up. Tharon Brewer and Ciana Gomez were second runners-up. Andrew Solonoski and Megan McClintock were third runners-up.
Weatherly Area High School held its homecoming ceremonies Sept. 11. The 2015 Homecoming Court includes, front from left, Andrew Solonoski, Megan McClintock, Tharon Brewer and Ciana Gomez; and back row, Jake Stover, Shelby Berger, Trent Dempsey and Summer Peck. Jake Stover was crowned homecoming king, while Shelby Berger was crowned homecoming queen. Trent Dempsey and Summer Peck were first runners-up. Tharon Brewer and Ciana Gomez were second runners-up. Andrew Solonoski and Megan McClintock were third runners-up.

Weatherly Area High School held its homecoming ceremonies Sept. 11. The 2015 Homecoming Court includes, front from left, Andrew Solonoski, Megan McClintock, Tharon Brewer and Ciana Gomez; and back row, Jake Stover, Shelby Berger, Trent Dempsey and Summer Peck. Jake Stover was crowned homecoming king, while Shelby Berger was crowned homecoming queen. Trent Dempsey and Summer Peck were first runners-up. Tharon Brewer and Ciana Gomez were second runners-up. Andrew Solonoski and Megan McClintock were third runners-up. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Friday Night Football: Scores from Week 4

Friday, September 25, 2015

Scores updated after each quarter.

Tri-Valley 0
Jim Thorpe 35
FINAL

Tamaqua 21
Schuylkill Haven 27
FINAL (OT)

Palisades 14
Palmerton 13
FINAL (OT)

Panther Valley 6
Shenandoah 13
FINAL

Blue Mountain 29
Lehighton 36
FINAL

N. Schuylkill 26
Marian Catholic 7
FINAL

Northern Lehigh 23
Notre Dame (Green Pond) 36
FINAL

William Allen 14
Pleasant Valley 38
FINAL

WWE's Sunny arrested for missing court date

Friday, September 25, 2015

A WWE Hall of Famer was locked up in Carbon County Prison Friday for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge.

Tamara Lynn Sytch, better known to WWE fans as “Sunny,” was arrested Friday on a bench warrant.

A judge issued the warrant after Sytch, of Palmerton, missed a formal arraignment on DUI charges in connection with a May 30 traffic stop in Mahoning Township.

She was arrested for DUI a total of three times between May 30 and June 20 of this year, all in Carbon County.

Her bail was set at $2,000. As of Friday evening, she was still in custody.