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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Earlier this week, President Obama made another speech to the nation. He stated that the rich must pay "their fair share." What he and our elected representatives fail to recognize is that the bulk of the tax burden is falling upon the middle-class.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I got this email the other day about walking and exercise I'd like to share with you because it made me chuckle ...

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years old and we don't know where he is.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Hometown streets flooded

Members of Hometown fire police direct traffic while Rush Township work crews and Hometown Fire Company volunteers pump flooded streets adjacent to Route 309 just north of the Hometown intersection Friday at 2 p.m. Heavy downpours causes storm drains to back up, flooding basements of homes and businesses. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Brittany Morgan, Palmerton "No, because of where the economy is at."

Do you thing the unemployment problem in this country will ever be resolved. Why?

Saturday, September 24, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

With water tables still running high after heavy rains earlier this month, the area was pelted with more heavy downpours on Friday,

keeping first responders busy throughout the area. Flooding along Carmen and Grant streets in Hometown, just off Route 309, necessitated a pump detail. Heavy rain also washed out a main road in nearby Quakake. The downpours caused storm drains to back up, flooding basements of homes and businesses.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

As many of you know one of my jobs here at the TIMES NEWS is covering the Carbon County court system. A friend of mine sent me some funny jokes about lawyers and the legal profession. I know my many attorney friends will get a kick out of these.

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Two lawyers were out hunting when they came upon a couple of tracks. After close examination, the first lawyer declared them to be deer tracks. The second lawyer disagreed, insisting they must be elk tracks. They were still arguing when the train hit them.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Coaldale mayor Richard Corkery, who violated conditions of his bail on charges of downloading child pornography, will be placed on home electronic monitoring beginning Monday.

Until then, Corkery, 72, of 249 Early Ave., will remain in Carbon County Correctional Facility, where he was taken on Monday after admitting to twice being around a child, a violation of the conditions.

Friday, September 23, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news Gathered around Steven Hutta at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Jim Thorpe are, left to right, his father Mike; Father Francis Baransky, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church; his mother Monique; Troop 555 Scoutmaster Ray Attewell; and Steven's brother Daniel.

Steven Hutta, a member of Boy Scout Troop 555 in Jim Thorpe was honored recently with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting, and some older recipients even rank their Eagle Scout badge above their college degree.

Steven's Eagle Scout Project was to build a large structure called a "Flight Rehabilitation Pen" at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) located at Mauch Chunk Lake.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Work at Palmerton's new wastewater treatment plant continues to progress at an efficient rate.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson told borough council on Thursday that the treatment plant could be operational by spring.

"Start up could begin next April," Danielson said. "We're moving right along."

Earlier this month, council adopted an ordinance to authorize the issuance of bonds to finance the $10 million treatment plant and related costs. The borough will borrow $10 million through a 30-year loan to pay for the new plant.