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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Carbon County inmate population is continuing to rise.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, Warden Joseph Gross reported that a total of 219 inmates were currently being housed in the prison, located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

Of that total, 44 are female. The prison only has beds for 34, Gross said, adding that to accommodate the remaining 10, an overflow room and a medical area are now being used as cells.

"Every housing block is currently over capacity," he said. "Something is going to have to be done about this."

Thursday, August 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Matthew's UCC held its annual Best Pie contest at Saturday's church picnic. This year, the winners of the Best Apple Pie were, from left, Evelyn Bollinger, third; Connie Frantz,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rep. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe, has two legislative breakfasts scheduled for the 176th Legislative District. The remaining events, known as "Grounds for Discussion," will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Chestnuthill Township Building, Route 715, Brodheadsville, and Sept. 27 at the Tobyhanna Township Building, 105 Government Center Way (Route 940), Pocono Pines.

An event scheduled for Aug. 23 has been canceled.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Lehighton man was killed Wednesday at this site along Route 940 in Foster Township, Luzerne County.

A Carbon County man was killed when his vehicle crossed the center line of a Luzerne County road and crashed into a truck tractor.

State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred about 4:34 a.m. on Wednesday, along Route 940, just east of Veterans Road, in Foster Township.

Troopers said Jamin Zimmerman, 34, of Lehighton, was driving a 1999 Plymouth Breeze westbound when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Mack truck tractor operated by David Kleppinger, 60, of Palmerton.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sandy Dellecker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said there will be no meeting in August due to the group's participation in the Carbon County Fair and the Weissport Redneck Festival.

Dellecker said the Lehighton 9/12 Project is planning a candidates' debate on Oct. 13.

The group will meet again on Sept. 25.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The interborough bridge, linking the Mauch Chunks, long considered as one of the worst "death traps" in the Pennsylvania State Highway Department's system, will be rebuilt.

The Public Utility Commission today condemned the existing structure as "dangerous and grossly inadequate."

The announcement was received with enthusiasm here today, particularly among citizens who in years past and in more recent months have vigorously pursued a campaign to have the bridge condemned.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jacob Snyder of Nesquehoning, a member of Boy Scout Troop 744, has built a flag-burning pit and purchased a flagpole and two benches at the Nesquehoning VFW.

The project, which took about a month to complete, will allow Snyder to advance toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

The VFW Women's Auxiliary, Michael J. Bodnar and the Nesquehoning Sokol Club contributed toward the $800 project.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday a ceremony will be held to use the flag burning pit for the first time at the Nesquehoning VFW.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWs

Several mounds of trash have been dumped on property in Lehighton and surrounding areas. This particular heap was discovered this morning at Snyder Tire in Lehighton. Other trash is believed to have been dumped throughout portions of East Penn Township. Another load was dumped on Riverview Road in East Penn Township. Police are investigating.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System worker Sandra Dorward, center, presses the button on the Siemens "Stand Up To Cancer" baton after receiving it from Terry Stout, left. Gloria Santos prepares to receive it. The housekeeping department was the first department at the hospital to take part in the relay to help raise money for cancer research.

Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses made 609 passes to help raise $1 million for cancer research.

On Wednesday, the two hospitals participated in "The Baton Pass," a nationwide challenge started on Good Morning America in March by Siemens as a way to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer, a campaign created by Entertainment Industry Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports cancer research designed to get new therapies to patients quickly.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

One of the first things visitors see as they walk through the front door of Schuylkill County's nursing home, Rest Haven, is a sign that reads: "Residents don't live in our facility. We work in their home."

At first glance, the home, perched on a gentle, tree-shaded hill behind Penn State's Schuylkill Haven campus, looks like a hotel. Each room has a balcony. The front desk is next to a comfortable sitting area, where two parakeets chirp and preen in a fancy white cage.