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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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dear Editor,

On Sundays I look forward to Christian fellowship. There are various facets to this special fellowship. We learn about God and his love in Sunday school and via a sermon. We thank him and praise him in prayers. We confess our sinful ways. We praise him in prayers, songs and our offerings. We enjoy coffee, juice, cookies and snacks while we get to know the members in our church family. It freshens my heart, mind and soul to feel the friendships, the love of God, the gratitude for all he makes available, and learning of the opportunities for serving him.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Joe Pilla found the property on East Catawissa Street in Nesquehoning to be the perfect location for ETA Benefits Group's new office.

ETA Benefits Group, an employee benefits and advisory firm, dedicated its recently renovated Nesquehoning office on June 25, while also celebrating 15 years of business.

Joe Pilla of Nesquehoning started the business in 1999 as the only operator working from home, then gradually expanded to meet the needs of the community.

In 2001, he opened his first office in a Keystone Opportunity Zone-designated property in downtown Tamaqua and soon hired a team of advisers to join him.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County Friday afternoon.

The park was closed earlier this week because of bacteria detected in water samples.

It was the fourth time this season that the beach was closed.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Jim Thorpe borough might have a water leak and is paying $4,000 to find it.

Kim Mazur, borough engineer, said that 45 percent of the water in the borough was unaccounted for.

He said water use is measured by subtracting the data on residential meters from the amount of water that comes through source meters.

Also, water from system flushes, testing and fire hydrants is accounted for.

The 45 percent that is not accounted for may be due to a leak.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Carbon County officials will have to continue looking for places to expand office space.

This week, Commissioner William O'Gurek said plans to purchase the Hooven building and the former Gulf gas station in Jim Thorpe have fallen through.

"Right after we approved a proposal for an appraisal of the buildings (in March), we were informed that the owner was selling it to someone else," O'Gurek said. "Our hope to make it a government center went by the wayside when the owner decided to accept the offer from a different party."

Saturday, July 12, 2014

At Thursday night's meeting, Mayor Michael Sofranko proposed various changes for the town.

He said it was brought to his attention a few months ago that parking on Fern Street was becoming an issue.

The street is very narrow, and parking is currently allowed on both sides.

People have been having problems getting in and out of their driveways.

Sofranko said, "We actually looked at it during the fireworks with parking on both sides. You can't get an emergency vehicle between there."