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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province in Afghanistan successfully targeted an American Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile. The American pilot was able to nurse the crippled craft to the ground in a hard landing.

The next day, an explosive ordnance disposal team found one fragment that contained an entire serial number and the Stinger tracked back to a lot that had been recently signed out by the CIA.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the nation's worst drivers are in the south.

Six of the top 10 worst driving states are in the Deep South with Louisiana leading the pack, having a top five ranking in three different categories – Failure to obey traffic signs, ticketing rate, and careless driving. It was followed by South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama.

Being ranked at or near the bottom affects insurance rates. Louisiana drivers pay the highest premiums in America, according to the independent industry site

Monday, July 21, 2014

In 1998, a retired scientist from Brooklyn visited Schuylkill County and fell in love.

Valerie Macdonald had no local ties or connections; she'd come to the area to visit a friend's parents.

Macdonald saw Shenandoah and Schuylkill County in a different light from many local folks. She adored the strong, ethnic coal region fabric and decided to stay and demonstrate her admiration.

What did she do?

First, she became part of the community by opening a small shop, Caledonia Antiques.

Friday, July 18, 2014

We have no idea what it's like to live in a country surrounded by enemies and under the constant cloud of war.

With about 170,000 rockets and missiles now pointed at their tiny nation from enemies on all sides, Israel has been under the threat of attack since becoming a nation in 1948. Thanks to an Iron Dome missile defense system, most of the rockets currently being fired into Israel are being intercepted.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The amount of recent media coverage about illegal immigrants flooding through our southern border has deflected attention from the reported problems at our veterans' facilities.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With all we hear of the wasteful spending in Washington and how big government continues to throw money at problems, it's good to know that there are some officials on the state level who are thinking outside the box.

Last week, we learned that goats were hired through Eco-Goats, a Maryland firm, to clear weeds and invasive vines from a Pittsburgh park as the first stage in a restoration project. The nonprofit group Tree Pittsburgh is spearheading the effort to improve and plant more trees in the city's Polish Hill neighborhood.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Schuylkill County government, it seems, has been besieged with more turmoil in the first seven months of 2014 than in any other time in its 203-year history.

In March, it was learned that the FBI, state auditor, and state police launched an investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds in the office of Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. That office is where criminal court documents are processed.

Lukach, who'd held the job for 27 years, retired a month later.

According to Controller Christy D. Joy, irregularities surfaced during a 2012 audit.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rapper-singer Nicki Minaj, English singer Ed Sheeran and comedian Marlon Wayans should be thankful for being able to perform in a country allowing free speech.

After their recent July Fourth performance in Philadelphia, many feel they totally abused that right.

During a pre-fireworks concert last Friday, they used the kind of obcenity-laced jokes and song lyrics that certainly shamed the family-friendly celebration. There were many children among the thousands gathered at the Art Museum for the concert.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday marks 60 days since a tragic crash occurred on Route 209 between Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning. A police cruiser collided with a passenger car, resulting in a woman's death.

Nesquehoning police officer Steven Homanko was traveling from Nesquehoning toward Jim Thorpe when the incident occurred.

His police car collided with a car driven by Michael Sauers, 64, of Hazleton. Sauers was hospitalized. His wife, Carola, 69, was killed.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

These optimistic words at the Statue of Liberty welcomed many of our ancestors to Ellis Island, the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station for millions of immigrants entering the United States from 1892 until 1954.