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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
 State gymnastic tournament qualifiers Tumble With Denise gymnastic team members who participated in the Level 4 State Gymnastics Championships on March 4 in Exton, Pa. were, from left, Morgan Hadesty, Abigail Buffington and Emily Butz. There were 424 girls in the meet. Hadesty captured a 6th place in the vault.

Five members of the Intermediate Prep Optional gymnastic team at Tumble With Denise competed in the Pennsylvania State Gymnastics Championships on March 17 in Washington, PA. The girls had a tremendous showing, bringing home 13 medals. They are, kneeling from left, Christiana Rizzo and Rui Na Gentile. Standing, Riley Schaeffer, Nadine Clemmer and Olivia Hine. Gentile finished 1st on vault, 2nd on balance beam, 3rd on uneven bars and 2nd all-around. Schaeffer was 1st on vault, 2nd on uneven bars, 5th on floor exercise and 3rd all-around.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nominations for the 49th Annual Tamaqua Citizen of the Year Award are still being accepted by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The award was renamed last year and is now known as the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lehighton Borough notes that the posting of yard sale signs or any other type of signs, posters or banners, etc. on utility poles, light posts, sign or sign posts owned by the borough or any other public utility or entity is illegal and subject to a fine per sign regardless of the method of attachment.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lehigh Valley Post Office will be open regular hours on Tax Day, April 17.

A previous news release incorrectly stated hours would be extended.

With the deadline for filing income tax returns rapidly approaching, the Lehigh Valley Post Office is getting ready for last minute filers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Joe Shisslak of 346 Held St., Union Hill, points out where two pellets struck the side window of his van. He also noted that the front driver's side window was shot out and the trim was dented and the lock broken.

Random acts of shooting vandalism in the Union Hill area of Franklin Township have residents upset and angry.

And the acts of vandalism aren't only occurring in front of homes. On Sunday night, Franklin Township Police Officer Jason Doll confirmed that there were at least two shootings at moving cars on Route 248 by unknown persons using a pellet gun from the vicinity of Union Hill.

John Hawk of Held Street has been the victim of these shootings at his property three times since the new year.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rescuers place the driver of the tractor trailer on a stretcher following Monday's accident in Barnesville.

A driver of a tractor trailer was taken to the hospital after overturning his truck and its load onto SR54 just before 11 a.m. yesterday in Barnesville, Rush Township.

The trailer, traveling east on Pine Creek Drive near the intersection of Fairview Street, spilled tons of raw coal all over the road and shoulder. A power and utility pole was also snapped.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Larry Neff/Special to the times news Smoke billows above the trees as firefighters apply their strategy in fighting Monday's fire in West Penn Township.

Fire companies from throughout Schuylkill and Carbon counties battled a fast-moving brush fire Monday in West Penn Township.

The fire appeared to have started along the south berm of the roadway at the intersection of Mantzville Road and SR443 at about 11 a.m. Fanned by high winds, it quickly raced up a steep, grassy field and into a heavily wooded area. The fire then traveled through the woods to a large field between SR443 and Spring Road.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

An Effort man, who police said consumed bath salts, began to hallucinate and entered a home in Monroe County on April 6.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said Bradley Jeremy Cole was taken into custody, processed for criminal charges and transported to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, to await arraignment.

Police said the incident happened at 147 Lakeside Drive in Chestnuthill Township when the man entered the residence at 11:50 p.m., believing people were attacking him and shooting a gun at him.