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Saturday, June 14, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School valedictorian Nathaniel Czarnecki and salutatorian Samantha Miller-Brown gather in the high school  gymnasium following commencement exercises on Friday.

Tough times don't last; tough people do.

Those were a few of the many words of wisdom expressed to members of the Northern Lehigh High School Class of 2014 during the 124th commencement held Friday inside the school gymnasium.

A total of 133 diplomas were handed out as family and friends gathered amid dreary weather to show their support while the students gathered one final time.

High school Principal Robert Vlasaty welcomed those in attendance.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Graduation brings with it a sense of freedom and independence.

It's fun to think of yourself as being completely independent.

But listen up, grads. You'll soon realize you're not.

To get through life, you'll need to lean on others. Here are some other tips that might help.

After years of sitting in classroom chairs lined up like so many dominoes, you're about to step forward. Don't wait for someone to inspire you. Learn to be your own source of energy.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Last week I started recounting the last 20 years of movie magic called the summer blockbuster. This summer is expected to have its share of blockbusters as well, even though a few have already been released including "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Million Dollar Arm" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." A couple upcoming films that I am looking forward to seeing are "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." There are other films that may achieve blockbuster status as well this summer including "Edge of Tomorrow" and "Deliver Us From Evil," but only time will tell.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Anita Hausman, Lehighton "My dad is gone almost 18 years now. I was married when I gave him this gift.  He was a butcher, a meat cutter, and he would have to go to meeting sometimes. All the other big wigs would be store owners or CEOs for Hatfield, meat packers and so forth.  Anyway, he said they have  briefcases and he wanted one.  My mom would laugh and just say 'Tom, you're a butcher not a businessman.'  Long story short, I got him one and his favorite snack was TastyKake lemon pies, so I got a dozen or so and filled the  briefcase with them for him."

Sunday is Father's Day. What is your happiest memory with your dad?

Friday, June 13, 2014
Crews on the scene of a house fire in Beaver Meadows this morning.

Fire companies from several communities battled a dwelling fire this morning in Beaver Meadows.

Shortly after 10 a.m. heavy black smoke was reported billowing from the roof at 16 Tamaqua Street.

Firefighters took about an hour to bring the fire under control.

The dwelling is reported to be vacant.   

Friday, June 13, 2014

As a cost-saving measure, Panther Valley School Board on Thursday agreed by a 5-3 vote to hire an outside firm to provide janitorial services at its buildings.

Eastern Janitorial Services of Kenilworth, New Jersey, was hired at a cost of $470,820.

The board expects to save $212,000 by hiring the firm.

About 15 employees are affected by the action. Darin Frey, representing Teamster Union Local 773, said the average custodian worker earns about $15 per hour. He said the board was seeking a $5 per hour pay cut.

Friday, June 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep-seeded political troubles.

Friday, June 13, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Ignition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors.

This time the company is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.

That disables the power steering and brakes and could cause drivers to lose control.

Friday, June 13, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Mauch Chunk Opera House operators say the venue is in danger of closing down because of fines imposed because of noise complaints.

The opera house leaders came to Jim Thorpe borough meeting last night looking for help.

For the past nine months, the facility has been receiving noise complaints from neighbor Jerry Hoare.

Since the opera house is now licensed to sell alcohol, the state Liquor Control Board can issue fines to the business due to the complaints.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Panther Valley School District, which already has the highest tax rate in Carbon County, added two more mills for the 2014-15 school year.

The board was split, voting 5-4 on the tax increase.

Approving the increase were board member Roy Angst, Anthony DeMarco, Michelle Markovich, Irene Genther, and Board President Jeff Markovich.

Opposed were Dan Heaney, Bill Hunsicker, Brian Dolena and John Williams.

Initially a 3-mill increase was proposed but that was defeated by a 6-3 vote. In favor were Hunsicker, Heaney, and Dolena.