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Saturday, April 12, 2014
TIMES NEWS/BOB FORD  Kevin Hardy is the new regional advertising director for the Times News.

Emerging technologies in the news industry are providing opportunities for new products and services to benefit customers.

To take advantage of those opportunities, the Times News has hired a regional advertising director.

Kevin Hardy will oversee print and online advertising initiatives at the Times News and eight weekly newspapers of Lehigh Valley Press, publications independently owned and operated by the Times News LLC of Lehighton.

Hardy, of Nazareth, was hired March 3, replacing Don Reese, Times News ad director, who capped a 44-year career on March 21.

Friday, April 11, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Fire Companies responded to a fire Friday night at 208 N. Third St., Lehighton.

According to resident Paris Cooks, he was preparing dinner for his family when a grease fire started in the kitchen.

Cooks said that the fire spread quickly and he got his wife and two children out of the residence and called 9-1-1.

Firefighters had doused the fire and were ventilating smoke from the residence at about 10 p.m. Friday.

The other side of the duplex, 210 N. Third St., received smoke and water damage.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The pastor whose parish sponsors SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton has announced after a nine-month study that because of enrollment and financial challenges, the school will close at the end of the current school year.

In a letter to parents sent home with students today and mailed for delivery tomorrow, the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield  said SS. Peter and Paul students will be eligible for $1,500 grants to defray tuition at other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Allentown next school year.

Friday, April 11, 2014
Lukach

Embattled Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. has resigned, District Attorney Christine Holman announced Friday.

Lukach, a Democrat who has held the office for 27 years, is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the state auditor and state police after several "irregularities," including making car payments from a county account, were discovered in his accounting and records management.

Lukach's office processes criminal court documents.

Friday, April 11, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The long bus ride north from Los Angeles for a group of high school students who planned to visit Humboldt State University had been fun: The hours whizzed by as they watched movies, chatted up new friends, and jammed to hip-hop on the radio.

Steven Clavijo, 18, a senior at West Ranch High in Santa Clarita, was looking forward to his visit to Humboldt, where he planned to enroll. Just as Clavijo was trying to catch a nap Thursday afternoon, he said he felt the big vehicle begin to shake from left to right and then he heard a loud boom.

Friday, April 11, 2014

OLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter's tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old's personal information.

"This is the first time in her life she has ever filed income taxes, after earning all of $1,800 stocking products on grocery store shelves," Hankins said. "I did her taxes for her online, but immediately she got the rejection."

Friday, April 11, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman speaks at a press conference at the Schuylkill County Courthouse Friday morning. Also at the press conference were, from left, First Assistant District Attorney Maria Casey, Chief Detective Dolly Malec, Assistant District Attorney John Fegley, and county Controller Christy Joy.

Friday, April 11, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter's tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old's personal information.

"This is the first time in her life she has ever filed income taxes, after earning all of $1,800 stocking products on grocery store shelves," Hankins said. "I did her taxes for her online, but immediately she got the rejection."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Funding for county 911 communication centers may be in jeopardy, officials report.

During the Carbon County commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said a problem has come up with the funding source for communication centers throughout the state.

Acts 78 and 56 are slated to end on June 30, meaning that if no legislation is passed or an extension isn't passed, the funding from these two grants will no longer be there.

Friday, April 11, 2014
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These four Australian Shepherds entertained the Nesquehoning Woman's Club at its April meeting. Their owners are Ron and Gwyn Kokinda and the dogs have attended various schools and earned certificates. From left are Lacey, Skye, Shelby and Lilly. The nextexecutive board meeting of the club will be held at Valerie Higgins at 2 p.m. Sunday. Theregular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 5 with the Spring Tea. The invited guests will be members of the Lehighton Women's Club and the Panther Valley Women's Club.