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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PSSA scores across the state are significantly lower than last year as the state transitions to common core standards.

Students who took the PSSA in the spring — anyone in grades three through eight — took a brand-new test, which explains the low scores.

The scores are so much lower than last year that the state decided not to use them as part of districts’ “School Performance Profiles” — scorecards that play a role in teacher evaluations.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MIAMI (AP) — The Bahamas was bracing Wednesday for a brush with Hurricane Joaquin, which was on a projected track that would take it near the East Coast of the U.S. early next week.

The hurricane was expected to pass near the islands of San Salvador, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Rum Cay late Thursday and early Friday, close enough that it could bring tropical-storm-force winds, coastal flooding and 5-10 inches of rain, said Geoffrey Greene, a senior forecaster with the Bahamas Meteorology Department.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
A look at the Lehighton Police Station, where council on Monday agreed to have a company install a new door between the evidence room and engine company No. 2 bay in an attempt to expand the station. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton intends to expand its police station, and on Monday moved to take the first step in that direction.

On a 5-2 vote, borough council agreed to authorize contracting with F.J. Lesher General Contractor of Palmerton, at a cost of $6,182 to install a new door between the evidence room and engine company No. 2 bay.

Councilman Joe Flickinger and Councilwoman Helen Torok were opposed.

“The police department is in need of space for vehicle storage, along with increased measures for officer safety,” borough manager Nicole Beckett said.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pleasant Valley High School Principal John Gress announced at Thursday’s board meeting that the school has recently been notified by the College Board Advanced Placement Program of the students who have been recognized by the program for their performance on the AP Exams.

This year there are 12 AP Scholars: Gina Bongiovanni, Dayne Coleman, Christopher Dantonio, Starmarie Ficke, Elizabeth Gillen, Barby Howard, Sofia Janak, Brianna Kish, Ryan Klapatch, Joseph O’Connor, Davis Reiss and Nicolette Sonmez.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Rush Township man accused of the sexual abuse of a child, has had his charges bound over to Schuylkill County Court.

Kyle Hosler, 21, of 57 Frankford Ave., was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua.

Instead, Hosler opted to waive his right to the hearing. He faces charges of three counts of sexual abuse of children, and one count each of corruption of minors, unlawful contact with minor, and criminal use of communication facility.

Hosler remains free in lieu of $25,000 unsecured bail.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

“Maze Runner” was an unexpected surprise in the genre of theatrical movie adaptations of Young Adult dystopian science-fiction.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials“ is pretty much of a mess.

The first film was “Hunger Games” without the reality show trappings. It was “Lord Of The Flies,” with every teen out for his or herself. Who in a middle school or high school homeroom, study hall or cafeteria has not experienced that?

Since the sequel is not worth spending your hard-earned part-time job or parents’ spending money on, we’ll cut right to the spoiler alert:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Those who have a fondness for Lehighton history, specifically the Lehighton Fire Department, can get their fix as part of round three.

The Lehighton 150 Celebration Committee will hold The History of Lehighton, Part 3, at 8 p.m. Friday on the second floor of the Lehighton Fire Station on Third Street in Lehighton.

Lehighton’s Sesquicentennial will occur next year. The committee wants to raise $55,000 for an eight-day celebration to commemorate the 150 years of the borough. The festivities are scheduled for June 25-July 2.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Woods, a leading alto saxophonist in mainstream jazz for more than 60 years whose piercing solos could also be heard on hit records by Billy Joel and Paul Simon, has died. He was 83.

Woods died Tuesday in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, said Philip Bensing, owner of the Bensing-Thomas Funeral Home.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Slatington 150 History Committee

The Slatington 150 History Committee is pleased to announce that the history book titled “Slatington at 150: More Stories to Share” will have a third printing.

To date over 600 books have been sold, and due to continual demand, the committee has decided to offer a third printing of the book to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to purchase a copy. The committee is only going to print the number of books it has preorders for, so it is imperative that everyone who wants a copy of the book preorder one.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf attacked the Legislature’s Republican majority leaders on Tuesday as “the only thing standing between us and a real budget” as he vetoed the GOP’s short-term spending plan, ensuring Pennsylvania state government will begin a fourth month locked in a stalemate.