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Friday, May 27, 2011

The last of four volunteer firefighters who pleaded guilty to starting fires in vacant buildings and barns on farms in eastern part of the county was sentenced by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in the Schuylkill County Court.

Shawn Matthew Hoy, 22, Long Run Road, Pine Grove, pleaded guilty to 92 charges and received a sentence 13 to 26 years in a state correctional institution and ordered to make restitution to a number of victims which totaled $725,982.42. He was sentenced on 10 counts of arson.

The restitution he was ordered to pay were to victims as follows:

Friday, May 27, 2011
This was the scene at 6th and Lafayette Avenue early this morning as this work crew attempts to clean up the remnants of last evening's ferocious storm.

Last night's ferocious storm that downed trees left portions of the municipalities within the Palmerton Area School District without power into early this morning.

Palmerton borough manager Rodger Danielson told the TIMES NEWS this morning that portions of the borough were without power from 9:30 p.m. last evening until 1 a.m. today.

While he wasn't certain of the actual cause, Danielson said very high winds contributed to the power outage.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday night's record-size hail, which spread through multiple counties, is expected to result in millions of dollars in hail damage as tens of thousands of area drivers take their vehicles to local auto body and glass shops to repair dents and replace windows.

"Hail damage repairs easily range from around $300 to a couple thousand dollars," said Matt Hope, owner of Hope's Collision and Towing in Tamaqua.

Hope and many other auto body shops throughout our area are overwhelmed with phone calls as people push to get their vehicles repaired.

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS All grades, kindergarten through eighth, performed in the first annual Spring Theatre Program called "Touch of Broadway."

Hundreds of parents, teachers, and guests overflowed the gymnasium of the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua Wednesday night to watch the school's first annual Spring Theatre Program called "Touch of Broadway."

All grades, K-8, participated in the program.

Friday, May 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A trio of cars in the parking lot of St. Catherine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, have back windows missing as a result of the hail storm last evening. Hail the size of oranges smashed windows on about a dozen cars of people attending the graduation of preschoolers of Our Lady of the Angels Academy. Throughout the Panther Valley and Tamaqua area, literally hundreds of cars were damaged.

Balls of hail larger than anyone can remember ever falling on the region caused widespread damages last night, especially in the Tamaqua and Panther Valley areas where literally hundreds of cars were damaged. Many of those cars had windows knocked out.

The National Weather Service confirmed the hail that fell in Lansford and Summit Hill was three inches in diameter, about the size of an orange.

The hail was part of a series of storms which swept through the region, packing winds that felled power lines and trees. There were widespread power outages throughout the region.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Palmerton has hired a Lehigh County architectural firm to design the borough's new fire station.

Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to hire S.J. Elton Architect, of Bethlehem, to develop the blueprint.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the work will cost about $40,000, which the borough will take out of a $906,000 grant it received last fall.

Danielson said construction of the fire station - which will be built in the borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue - is expected to get under way this fall.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Graduation ceremonies were held last week for children participating in the Tamaqua Public Library's Pre-School Reading Program. The program offers sessions twice a week. Monday participants, who will be moving on to kindergarten in the fall, include: Stephen Behun, Jathan Krall, Anthony Odorizzi and Tyler Black. Library aides who assisted with the program are Penny Gursky and Linda Smarr.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hail that was as big as a baseball pounded the Panther Valley-East Schuylkill region late Thursday afternoon, causing severe damages to vehicles, homes and properties. The above photo shows varying sizes of the ice, compared to a baseball.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Johnny Woods, human fly, climbed the Central Hotel building in Mauch Chunk this evening and presented a program of daredevil stunts, assisted by his wife, the former Evelyn Peschel, of East Mauch Chunk. The Woods arrived in town recently in their trailer from a tour that included California, Texas, and Mexico. Among the stunts Woods did was carry his wife on his shoulders along the edge of the building, while he was blindfolded. Woods also balanced himself on his head while standing on the building's ledge.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Springtime's endless rain is providing perfect river levels for kayaking around Tamaqua, where the Little Schuylkill River is typically more popular for wading and fishing. On Sunday, visitors spent the day touring the town and shooting the rapids from their starting point at Taggartsville.