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February 21, 2016
Crews battled a brush fire Friday night near a Sunoco facility in Gloucester County, authorities said. The fire was reported around 8:50 p.m. near 1250 Crown Point Rd., West Deptford, the location of the Sunoco Logistics Eagle Point facility. No injuries were reported. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
March 24, 2012
A skydiver was uninjured after he got caught 35 feet up in a tree Friday afternoon in Gloucester County and had to be rescued, a dispatcher said. The mishap was reported at 4:10 p.m. near Cross Keys Airport in Williamstown, the dispatcher said. The skydiver came from Freefall Adventures, based at the airport. Rescue crews reported that the skydiver was out of the tree at 5:36 p.m. - Robert Moran
NEWS
October 23, 2012
Gloucester County police are looking for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing since leaving home in Clayton on Saturday afternoon on her bike. Autumn Pasquale of West High Street was last seen at 12:30 p.m. wearing navy blue sweatpants, a yellow "Clayton Soccer" T-shirt, bright blue high-top sneakers, and a silver backpack with "Reckless" written on it, authorities said. She was riding a white Odyssey BMX bike. Her parents reported her missing at 9:30 Saturday night. Pasquale attends Clayton Middle School and has no history of running away, said Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 565 municipalities in New Jersey - boroughs, villages, towns, cities, and townships - it's a generally accepted convention to drop the municipal identification without fear of confusion. Paulsboro Borough becomes Paulsboro. Cherry Hill Township goes by Cherry Hill. Woodbury City drops the City . But for years, now, one Gloucester County municipality has turned that notion on its head. Utter "Township" in South Jersey and the municipal descriptor, despite a glaring lack of specificity, will for many invoke a precise location: Washington Township.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some Gloucester County residents have been receiving election-mail blasts from the past. Days after polls closed for the state's primary election, some county residents only this week received sample ballots for the June 2 election. Officials say an apparent mailing problem is to blame. As of Thursday, some residents still had not received sample ballots - including county Election Superintendent Stephanie Salvatore. "As angry as these voters are, none of these voters are as angry as I am," said Salvatore, of Mantua.
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just months after the mountain bikers of Ceres Park in Mantua Township had appeared to gain the trust of state and Gloucester County officials, the county has again removed wooden bridges the bikers had built over streams, fallen trees, and swampland, and the biking community is "up in arms. " The bikers say the bridges - torn down Thursday - make riding easier and protect the park's environment. The demolition comes a couple of months after the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection granted wetlands and flood-hazard permits to build a separate bridge that bisects the preserve.
NEWS
June 7, 2011
Voters on Tuesday nominated candidates for county freeholder and municipal offices. Freeholders With 100% of the vote. REPUBLICANS Nominating three. Christopher Cugini. . . 1,861 Theresa Garvin-Keyser. . . 1,824 Andrew Walter. . . 1,865 Barbara Capelli. . . 2,784 Penni Heritage. . . 2,768 Mike Pantaleo. . . 2,742 Ronald Brittin. . . 467 DEMOCRATS Nominating three.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The white, office-style water dispenser in the corner of the kitchen says quite a bit about the unwanted lifestyle changes underway in the Minix household in West Deptford. Jeannie Minix, 55 and a vegetarian, will not be eating the tomatoes, eggplant, and other organic produce she nurtures in her backyard garden. Her daughters Chelsea, 24, and Haley, 21, keep reminding themselves not to use ice cubes from the freezer or to run their toothbrushes under the faucet. Otherwise unthinking actions are now tainted by fear of an emerging, unregulated contaminant found in the family's water this month.
NEWS
September 24, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
By 10 a.m. Saturday, at least 75 people had lined the sidewalk outside St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Glassboro. Some held infants, some waited in wheelchairs, and some helped the elderly carry canvas bags or push small carts. They had all come for food. Asked what was left in his kitchen at home, Tim, 13, giggled. "Carrots," the Elk Township teen said. Not a favorite. "Good morning, everyone," Vivian Hanson, the archdeacon's wife, shouted as she opened the door of the Gloucester County church.
SPORTS
May 31, 2013
GLOUCESTER COUNTY College beat Century (Minn.) College, 16-4, to win the national title in the NJCAA Division III Junior College World Series last night in Tyler, Texas. GCC, coached by Mike Dickson, was undefeated in the double-elimination tournament and finished the season with 49-3 record. Narciso Crook (Trenton High) hit a three-run homer and Eric Frain (Archbishop Ryan) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the winners.
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NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Lake Gilman glistens, Fred Spreng raises the colors, and Herb Shallcross sings "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Then comes the announcement many in the crowd have been waiting for: Candy scramble! Adults unleash showers of wrapped-up sweets, a dozen or more little kids swarm across the lawn, and the annual Lake Gilman Day celebration begins in what Denyse Spreng, who's been married to Fred for 41 years, calls "the best-kept secret in South Jersey. " Located on 100 wooded, gently sloping acres of Elk and Harrison Townships in rural Gloucester County, the community of 76 houses and perhaps 200 people surrounds a private, wishbone-shape body of water named for "Skipper" Miles Gilman, the Navy lieutenant commander and World War I veteran who dammed two spring-fed streams and created this lovely place nearly a century ago. Imagine Mayberry as rendered by Norman Rockwell.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
The Kingsway Regional School District in Gloucester County has jumped into the statewide debate over competing ideas to more equitably fund New Jersey's public schools. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) convened a forum Wednesday in Woolwich Township to push his plan to bring every school district to "adequacy" funding within five years by reallocating existing aid and adding up to $100 million a year. "We're not looking to defund anybody; we're looking to treat every child equally," Sweeney said, adding that he wants to have the money follow the children while recognizing each child's specific needs.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Peach ice cream - fresh-dipped and fabulous - will be featured at the 2016 Gloucester County 4-H Fair this year. But there won't be a Peach Bake-Off, or a Little Miss Peach competition. And a 2016 Peach Queen will not be crowned, either. The all-volunteer New Jersey Peach Festival, a popular component of the fair for decades, has called it quits in the wake of a spring freeze that appears to have destroyed 25 percent of the fruit. Growers and promoters of one of South Jersey's most beloved crops insist that a solid supply of luscious peaches is ripening as we speak.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie is considering withdrawing from an agreement that exempts residents who live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey from paying income taxes on their salaries and wages to the Garden State, and vice versa. This would effectively amount to a tax hike for many of those who commute across the Delaware River for work - and would be highly unpopular in South Jersey, where tens of thousands of people could be affected. The proposal was included in an executive order that Christie signed Thursday night, placing millions of dollars in reserve in what he said was a response to a reckless spending proposal submitted by the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
Eating out in South Jersey? If you're dining in Gloucester County, you can now check the latest health inspection reports for restaurants from Deptford to Franklin, from Swedesboro to Williamstown. The reports, which are updated daily, can be found online on Philly.com through the Inquirer's Clean Plates project, a searchable database that also contains inspection evaluations for restaurants in Philadelphia and Bucks County. More area counties are to be added as their databases become accessible.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Checkpoint Systems Inc., the Gloucester County company that supplies retail stores with electronic pricing and security tags and readers, has agreed to be acquired by Canada-based label and packaging maker CCL Industries Inc. for $443 million in cash, or $10.15 a share. Checkpoint CEO George Babich, who headed Pep Boys in the early 2000s, called the price "highly attractive. " However, the sale price is less than the company's value from 2013 until spring 2015. The proposed price is already being questioned by NorthStar Partners, a Westport, Conn., company that owns nearly 4 percent of Checkpoint.
NEWS
February 21, 2016
Crews battled a brush fire Friday night near a Sunoco facility in Gloucester County, authorities said. The fire was reported around 8:50 p.m. near 1250 Crown Point Rd., West Deptford, the location of the Sunoco Logistics Eagle Point facility. No injuries were reported. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The former site of South Jersey's Logan Township airport has been purchased by J.G. Petrucci Co. of Asbury, N.J., which plans to develop the 76-acre parcel for industrial use. J.G. Petrucci bought the Gloucester County site from an entity called Corporate Enterprises Inc., NAI Mertz, which represented the seller, said in a release late Monday. A purchase price was not disclosed. The land is near Logan Township's Pureland Industrial Complex, which is used by Amazon Inc., Home Depot Inc. and other national retailers, NAI Mertz said.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
The community colleges in Burlington and Gloucester Counties, having formed partnerships with nearby Rowan University, took a step Monday to further intertwine their schools. The presidents of Rowan College at Burlington County and Rowan College at Gloucester County said their schools would work with Rowan University to create bachelor's degree programs in which the first three years are offered by the community colleges. The program could begin as early as this fall. The cost of attending community college for three years is about equal to one year at Rowan University, the presidents said.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The Powerball jackpot rose to $500 million Wednesday with the drawing just hours away. The cash prize will be $306 million, before taxes. Separately, someone in South Jersey won more than $483,000 in a Jersey Cash 5 game this week. Powerball's jackpot is the biggest since three tickets split a $564.1 million prize on Feb. 11. If won, it would be Powerball's fourth-largest jackpot awarded. The game's jackpot has been on the rise since it was last hit in the Nov. 4 drawing.
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