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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Two miners, a laborer and a motorman were injured about 9 a.m. today at the No. 9 mine of the Coaldale Mining Co.

They were on the third level when they were knocked down by a rush of air, a colliery source said.

Three of the men were admitted to the Coaldale State Hospital. They are: Edward Zarsky, 48, of 136 West Ridge St., Lansford; Alex Gardiner, 55, of 114 East Snyder Ave., Lansford; and James Evans, 37, of 9 West Moyer Ave., Coaldale.

The fourth man, James Partel, 705 East Ridge St., Lansford, was treated by Dr. Marvin Evans, company physician.

Monday, April 2, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Wayne County man is lucky to be alive after his 2008 Volkswagen Beetle catapulted off of an embankment near a bridge on Interstate 81, in Delano Township, Schuylkill County, and landed on a railroad bed below. State police at Frackville said the crash took place about 2:43 p.m. on Sunday in the northbound lanes. The driver was identified as Ross P. Gload, 60, of Honesdale. Rescue workers had to gain access to the scene by using Lofty Road and walking the railroad bed to the site.

Monday, April 2, 2012

An estimated $16,100 has been grossed as the result of an auction sale conducted Saturday at the Carbon County Home, Laurytown, where farm equipment and livestock were put up on the block.

Curtis Houser, New Ringgold, conducted the auction, which was regarded as a success, having been attended by a large number of interested spectators.

The commissioners are planning to seek bids for leasing of the farm now that all of the equipment and livestock has been disposed of.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes that April 19 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans.

These working capital loans are available in the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Northumberland as a result of excessive rain, flooding, high winds and tornadoes from March 15 through May 24, 2011.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Republican Party leads the voter registration in Schuylkill County according to official figures released by the county election bureau.

The registration period ended last Monday for the Primary Election to be held April 24. There are 84,819 registered voters in the county.

Only those registered Republican and Democrat are eligible to vote for the candidates who will be on the ballot in the primary election. However, there is an exception for the coming election for three townships and one borough located in the northeastern part of the county.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Lansford Parks and Recreation Board is looking for a few good people to help spiff up the pool.

The group is relying on volunteers to do their part to clean up and spruce up the pool and its buildings and grounds. Work sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on April 14, April 21 and April 24.

Anyone wanting to help is asked to call Marie Ondrus at (570) 645 -7766. Volunteers will need to bring rakes, brooms and buckets.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The trail is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail goes through many diverse habitats and meanders along the pristine Locust Creek. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the newly emerging spring wildflowers. Dogs are welcome, but must be leased and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the upper beach parking lot. Contact Robin at 570-467-2506 for more information. Shine only.

Monday, April 2, 2012
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

Nearly 100 children took part in the Franklin Township Lions Club egg hung held Sunday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park in Franklin Township. Among those taking part in the hunt was Shayla Cotterman, 7, of Franklin Township. The club prepared 1,000 eggs for the event and every child received a prize in the five age categories and a bag of candy.

Monday, April 2, 2012

With the deadline for filing income tax returns rapidly approaching, the Postal Service is getting ready for last minute filers.

The Lehigh Valley Post Office, 17 S. Commerce Way, Lehigh Valley will offer extended retail window hours until 8 p.m. on Tax Night, April 17. Customers who need retail window service are advised to get to this Post Office before 8 p.m. Additionally, last minute tax filers can deposit their tax return in the collection boxes in front of this location before 11:59 on April 17, this year's tax deadline, and still receive a postmark.