Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

State police are investigating the death of a man discovered along the Rails To Trails hiking path about a mile south of Slatington.

The body was found just before 1 p.m. Emergency personnel accessed the area by a gate at the intersection of Walnut Street and Shady Nook Lane.

Numerous state troopers are at the scene along with a forensic unit.

The Lehigh County Coroner has been called to the scene.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A few thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening could produce locally strong winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday could produce locally damaging winds and hail. In addition, torrential downpours will be possible
which may result in some flooding of poor drainage areas.

The forecast:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

State police at Hazleton are investigating the apparent murder - suicide of a couple at 37 Main Street in the village of Junedale. The incident was first reported 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

William Wilkinson, 44, killed his wife Denise Wilkinson, 44, before he turned a gun on himself, police said.

Troopers were summoned to the home at 10:45 p.m. for a domestic disturbance.

Police found Denise Wilkinson dead inside the Banks Township home, and William Wilkinson dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dear Editor,

Are unions useful?

I find this an interesting subject. My husband has retired from the government. He paid union dues of approximately $1,000 per year.

If he had taken that money and put it in a savings account, he would have something. He does not get anything from the union. So why should anyone pay union dues to get back absolutely nothing?

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Zagalo de Lima

ALLENTOWN PPL Corporation announced that an executive with more than three decades of wide-ranging technology and management experience will join the company's board of directors.

Armando Zagalo de Lima, a Xerox executive vice president, has been elected to the PPL board, effective July 3. Zagalo de Lima, who has served Xerox in a number of key positions since 1983, will be retiring from Xerox at the end of this year.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
James Kimball Palmerton Hilary Clinton. I think we should have the first woman president because it would be different.

If a presidential election was held today, who would you vote for and why?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The violent crime rate for the United States is roughly half of what it was at the beginning of the 1990s, but related crime surveys fail to capture an enormous number of assaults and rapes inside American prisons, according to a recent article from Slate.

The federal government tracks crime annually with the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports and the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey. However, the government has only a limited view of potential crimes committed against individuals in state and federal custody.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dear Editor,

I am writing to point out my concerns about the performance of our local congressmen in Carbon County in response to their voting records on retiree issues. As a volunteer for the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, I feel that the interests of seniors should be held in high regard by our representatives, but that is not what is happening in some cases.

Case in point, according to the 2013 voting record from the alliance, Lou Barletta has a lifetime score of just 7 percent in voting in line with the interests of retirees.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Two Carbon County residents were among 88 men and women who graduated from the State Police Academy Friday.

George J. Tessitore III of Lansford and Gary N. Fedor of Lehighton were honored as they graduated from the academy.

Gov. Tom Corbett spoke at the ceremony, which was held at Bishop McDevitt High School, Dauphin County, along with State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. Cadet Shannon M. Eichenseer of New Cumberland, York County, spoke on behalf of the cadet class.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park is a National Natural Landmark.

Have you hit the summer doldrums yet?

In a month we'll be shopping for back-to-school items, so plan some activities today.

Here are some inexpensive and even free ideas.|FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN:

Glen Onoko Falls: Hike Jim Thorpe's own trail along the Broad Mountain, accessible from Coalport Road. One word of caution: Stay on the path.

Hickory Run State Park, White Haven: Choose your trek at Lake Harmony from over 40 miles of hiking trails. Don't forget Boulder Field, which is a National Natural Landmark.