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Morning Briefing: Hunters take to woods for deer; Study for later school start times to begin; Flyers simply lost patience in Hextall | News

Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.

WEATHER

Chilly out there today, with some wind that will make it feel a little bit colder. Expect the high to hit about 45 degrees, but it will be clear.

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NEWS

Former WPSD employee gets probation in $210,000 theft

A former employee of the William Penn School District who stole more than $210,000 to support a gambling habit was sentenced to 23 months of intermediate punishment. Rose Marie Lyons was also given three years of consecutive probation and ordered to repay more than $30,000 as part of the sentence imposed by Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony Scanlon. Lyons, 52, of the 2500 block of North Jefferson Street in Wilmington, Del., was arrested Feb. 13 following an investigation by Delaware County Detective John Hoffner. She has been out on unsecured bail of $100,000 since that time.

Hunters take to the woods around Marsh Creek for opening day of rifle hunting season

While many Pennsylvanians were drawn to their computers for cyber-Monday shopping deals, outdoor enthusiasts took to the woods for the start of rifle hunting season Monday. One of the few spots open to public hunting in Chester County is Marsh Creek State Park were the western sections of the 1,727-acre park are open to hunting. On Monday morning, which dawned damp and overcast, there was no shortage of hunters headed out looking to bag a trophy buck.

OJR task force to study later school start time

The Owen J. Roberts School District will form a sleep health task force to help move forward ideas considered during two recent public forums, including the possibility of changing to later school start times. The task force will be charged with, among other things, arranging for a sleep expert to speak to the community, organizing focus groups, and communicating sleep concerns to parents and students. Ultimately, the task force will develop options for the school board for addressing adolescent sleep health, with a focus on schedule changes and possibly changing to later school start times.

NFD delivers the goods for a happy holidays for families

Norristown Fire Department’s Operation Turkey Surprise was a huge success last week. Firefighters and volunteers staged the charitable operation at Montgomery Hose Fire House, Pine and Freedley streets, on Wednesday. NFD would like to thank all of the sponsors for help in feeding more than 100 families with complete turkey dinners: Aman’s Bistro, JP Warner Assoc, Sav-a-lot, Dekalb Thriftway, U.S. Maintenance, American Heritage FCU, Altieri Meats, Signarama, Randolph Insurance, Norristown High School Volleyball team and SERVPRO.

Malagari to resign from Lansdale Borough Council

The timeline is not yet final, but borough council looks likely to have another vacancy in January 2019. Councilman Steve Malagari announced Tuesday he plans to step down from council in just over a monthh, as he prepares to take over as the area’s state representative. “I know individuals have been asking me about what my plans are for council,” said Malagari.

SPORTS

Parent: Flyers patience for Hextall to act had worn thin upstairs

Slowly, patiently, Ron Hextall started from scratch when asked to rebuild the Flyers. He began in earnest several weeks after his May 2014 promotion to the general manager’s chair, drafting defenseman Travis Sanheim, a smooth and offensively minded defender who could someday complement the prior year’s top two draft prospects, huge and lanky defenseman Sam Morin and the more physical defender Robert Hagg. They were Paul Holmgren picks, which indicated that Hextall in that summer of four years ago was of the same mind as Holmgren had been: the defense needed to be rebuilt, and fast.

Adams gives Eagles running game much needed boost

Eagles running back Josh Adams has a history with Saquon Barkley that dates to the days when they were recruited by Penn State. Barkley, now with the New York Giants, was in the fold for Nittany Lions’ coach James Franklin when Adams made his visit after rushing for 1,623 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year at Central Bucks South. “I don’t know him, know him,” Adams said. “But we said, ‘what’s up,’ talked about stuff that pertains to football or whatever. He’s from Pa. I’ve known of him from high school.”

ENTERTAINMENT

Theatre Horizon’s powerful, intimate ‘The Color Purple’ is a highlight of the theater season

The book vaulted Alice Walker to worldwide acclaim when it was published in 1982. She won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The film, directed three years later by Steven Spielberg, starred, among others, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey, in her screen debut. And the musical version ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2008 and was revived in 2015. “The Color Purple” now makes its regional premiere at Theatre Horizon and has already been extended to run through Dec. 23.

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