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Thursday, June 4, 2020

St. Luke’s talks COVID-19 treatments, recoveries

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

The 100th COVID-19 patient discharged from the St. Luke’s Anderson Campus walked through the doors last week, and doctors on Friday said their comfort level with treatment protocol is growing by the day.

Dr. Deborah Stahlnecker of St. Luke’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates, and medical director of the Anderson Campus intensive care unit, said her team has been working tirelessly to provide the best care possible for COVID-19 patients, and it’s paying off.

Banks adjust to changes, assure money is safe

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

From schools to restaurants, hundreds of businesses have seen the way they operate changed due to COVID-19. Banks have certainly not been immune.

Branch lobbies have closed and most business is now conducted at drive-up windows, online or at 24-hour automated teller machines. The changes, however, do not mean that banks have lost touch with those they serve on a daily basis.

State cancels standardized testing this year

Monday, April 6, 2020 by JARRAD HEDES in School

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19.

“Our school communities are operating within unprecedented conditions,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Schools are making extraordinary efforts to remain connected to students and families, to provide food service and to put appropriate systems in place to continue student learning. Assessments should not be the focus of school leaders right now.

Wolf’s orders hit businesses hard

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Local businesses are continuing to feel the trickle-down effect of the coronavirus.

More than 150 types of “non-life-sustaining” businesses were forced to close by 8 p.m. Thursday as Governor Tom Wolf strengthened the state’s efforts to limit person-to-person contact.

Late Friday night, the governor extended the enforcement period from Saturday to Monday.

Per Wolf’s order, businesses such as grocery stores, beer distributors, gas stations, pharmacies and building material stores are allowed to stay open.

Opioid treatment bills in state house hearing

Monday, March 18, 2019 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Two pieces of legislation aimed at helping the men and women in opioid addiction treatment and recovery were in the spotlight March 12 during a hearing in front of the state House Human Services Committee.

The bills, sponsored by state Rep. Doyle Heffley of Carbon County, would create a bed registry and a warm hand-off for addiction treatment.

“The opioid crisis affects every county and every part of the state, whether you’re rural or urban,” Heffley said. “This is something we need to continue to address ,and the hearing today is another step in that direction.”

Painful picture of Abuse - More than 300 priests, 1,000 victims detailed in report

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released what is believed to be the largest grand jury report of its kind Tuesday, Aug. 14, leveling accusations of sexual abuse against more than 300 Catholic Church priests and a “systematic cover-up” by church leaders.

Every diocese in the state except Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, which were the subject of previous grand juries, were the focus of the 18-month probe.

Working 5 feet from danger

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

PennDOT workers just want motorists to slow down

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews worked to cold patch a portion of Route 248 between Lehighton and Palmerton on Wednesday morning.

Less than 5 feet away, motorists zoomed past the work site. Many were estimated to be traveling 15-20 mph over the speed limit.

It’s an every day occurrence, according to PennDOT’s Corey Reph, who manages road crews in the area.

“We talk all the time about safety,” Reph said.

Blue mountain merges With St. Luke’s

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Palmerton, Lehighton campuses to remain open

Wednesday marks the dawn of a new era of health care in the area as Blue Mountain Health System officials announced it would be merging with St. Luke’s Health Network.

The two sides announced the deal during a press conference on the Gnaden Huetten campus in Lehighton.

One day earlier, Blue Mountain President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Harris penned a letter informing the system’s 1,000 employees of what he called a “win-win” affiliation.

A home run for health care

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Blue Mountain president says St. Luke’s merger secures future for local treatment

Steven Serfass is an avid baseball fan.

It’s no surprise then that the president of the Blue Mountain Health System’s board of directors called a merger with St. Luke’s University Health Network a “home run for the future of health care in Carbon County.”

“It’s a home run for the communities we serve and it’s a home run for our dedicated workforce,” Serfass added.

Warrant stop ends with two dead

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Former Palmerton woman, Walnutport man, found after standoff, murder-suicide

Two people are dead, including a Walnutport man and a woman formerly of Palmerton, after a murder-suicide Saturday.

Eric Messick, 33, of Walnutport, and Emily Fatzinger, 25, of Pike County, were pronounced dead just after 10 p.m. inside a residence in the 4100 block of Lanark Road in Upper Saucon Township.

According to investigators, the duo broke into the residence and barricaded themselves inside following a police chase.