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Thursday, July 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers stole Social Security numbers, health histories and other highly sensitive data from more than 21 million people, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that the breach of U.S. government computer systems was far more severe than previously disclosed.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The storm has caused power outages throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

In our region, 68 customers are without power in Polk Township, near the Monroe County line, according to PPL.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fireline Road is blocked from Bowmanstown to Third Street in Palmerton because of a crash reported at Golf Road.

No other details are available at this time.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

WEST WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a farmer working at a southwestern Pennsylvania livestock option recognized his own stolen cows, leading to the arrest of a suspect.

The Washington Observer-Reporter said Thursday (http://bit.ly/1LYRU4a ) that the farmer realized they were his three animals based on the patterns of their hides and then called police.

The paper says state police charged 33-year-old Henry Vester Stiles III of Clarksville with receiving stolen property.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hugh Dugan saw how successful the Men of Marian booster organization worked for Marian Catholic High School and thought a similar program could work in Lehighton.

Thanks to the vision of the Lehighton High School graduate and a former district teacher, the nonprofit Lehighton Education and Athletic Foundation launched in 2013 and is starting to hit its stride.

"The whole idea of the foundation is to give back to our students in all grades, K-12," Dugan said.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A bill that would give states and local school districts more control over assessing the performance of schools, teachers, and students, is headed for the Senate.

On Wednesday the House narrowly passed a Republican-led measure known as the Student Success Act, which replaces the expired No Child Left Behind Act and allows greater local control of public schools.

Congressman Lou Barletta, District 11, issued a statement Wednesday about HR 5, the Student Success Act.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Smokey Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dave Duffy, the fire chief from New England Fire Company, will give a fire prevention and campfire safety presentation followed by a visit from Smokey Bear.

This program is free and open to the public. Shine only, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in anticipation of the new Northwestern Lehigh Middle School which is anticipated to open at the start of the 1992 school year.

Among the principal participants were Dr. David Fallinger, superintendent of schools; Carl D. Snyder, president of the district's board of directors; Deborah Peters, president of the Northwestern Lehigh Education Association; and Jodi Dellicker, student council president.

Ground was broken by Snyder, Carl Betz and Ken Kistler, members of the school board's buildings and grounds committee.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summit Hill

The Summit Hill Historical Society will conduct its monthly meeting on Wednesday at the Vermillion Farm in Mahoning Valley. The meeting will be a picnic meeting starting at 4 p.m. with a social hour, covered dish dinner and short business meeting to follow.

All members and friends of the historical society are welcome. Call 570-645-9772 for more information.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Emergency crews and Krajcirik's Towing work on a car that was involved in a two-vehicle crash early this morning along Route 209 between Lansford and Nesquehoning.

Two vehicles collided, shutting down both lanes of Route 209 between Lansford and Nesquehoning early this morning.

The crash between a dump truck and a Ford car happened just before 7 a.m. in the area of Knepper's Trailer Court.

Initial scanner reports stated that there were injuries, but attempts to reach police were unsuccessful as of press time.

Lansford and Summit Hill police and fire crews, as well as Lehighton Ambulance responded to the calls. The area where the crash happened straddles Summit Hill and Lansford borough lines.