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Event raises thousands for fight against cancer

Local News WB - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — They bowled strikes and spares to strike out cancer and spare lives. The fifth annual Bowl for a Cause on Sunday raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society, according to organizer Ronald Davis, of the R.J. Financial Service

County council to tour area of planned courthouse work

Local News WB - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 22:00
Luzerne County Council members will get a first-hand look at planned improvements to the basement entrance of the county courthouse on Tuesday. That could help them decide whether to approve a six-figure budget transfer to fund the project, which is on ho

Legislator to introduce bill to replace school property tax system

Local News WB - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 22:00
Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania will require raising more than $14.4 billion from other taxes, but huge numbers have never discouraged the idea’s supporters. If anything, they think they’re closer than ever to accomplishing what seemed i

Restored mine cars should be ready for miners’ park this year

Local News WB - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 22:00
This could be the Year of the Mine Cars at the Anthracite Miners’ Memorial Park in Ashley. Two mine cars once used to transport anthracite at local collieries are being restored and the plan is to get both on site in 2018. Don Kane, of Ashley, is working

Record number participate in cardboard derby at Montage

Local News WB - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 22:00
SCRANTON — The force was just strong enough to get the starfighters across the finish line. Jake Barninger, 11, his brother Ben, 9, and Owen Lucas, 11, of Lake Twp. in Wayne County barely made it over the line in their X-Wing and TIE fighter sleds, which

Dreaming of a real estate career

Local News WB - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 22:00
Dear J.T. & Dale: I want to become a real estate agent. However, I’m the main breadwinner in our house, and we don’t have enough savings to live on while I get going. It would take me another five years to save that much. I don’t want to wait. Suggestions

POLICE BLOTTER

Local News WB - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE Police reported the following incidents: n A gold Ford 500, with PA registration KNX8149, was reported stolen from Bradford Street on Sunday morning. n Someone threw a brick through a window of an East Northampton Street home on Sunday. n Dev

Police seek theft, forgery suspect

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Police are looking for a 19-year-old woman they charged with forgery and theft Feb. 23. Shaniya Rebecca Holmes’ last known address was in the 100 block of Chestnut Street in Wilkes-Barre. She is 5 feet, six inches tall and weighs 135 p

Mullery accepting applications for new youth council

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Applications for the 119th Legislative District’s inaugural Youth Advisory Council will be accepted through March 31, state Rep. Gerald Mullery has announced. “I always enjoy meeting and speaking with the young people in my district who are committed to s

Winter's not done yet

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
A snowstorm caused power outages, closed roads and canceled flights Friday in Northeast Pennsylvania. About 2,000 PPL customers in Luzerne County and 2,200 UGI customers lost power after strong winds and snow damaged the electricity grid. By Friday aftern

Former W-B official hired for new role

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — A former city administrator with a suspended law license has been hired to work in a newly created position in the city health department. Jim Hayward, who served as administrator during former mayor Tom McGroarty’s administration, has been

School funding fight will be heard in court next week

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court will hear oral arguments this Wednesday in the ongoing lawsuit claiming public school funding across the state is inequitable and violates the state Constitution. Attorneys from the Education Law Center and the Public I

Meyers on list of state’s ‘at risk’ historic resources

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Meyers High School is now on a list of the most endangered historic resources in the state. The statewide nonprofit Preservation Pennsylvania has added the South Wilkes-Barre high school to its “Pennsylvania At Risk” list. The Wilkes-Barre Area School Dis

Legislation will aim to help grandparents raising grandchildren

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee unanimously approved legislation that would create a federal task force to support grandparents raising grandchildren as the opioid epidemic increases their numbers. U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-

Woman pleads guilty to hitting bicyclist, fleeing

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
A 33-year-old Maryland woman whose vehicle struck and injured a bicyclist last April in Tunkhannock could face as much as 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to the hit and run. Kecia S. Magdin, formerly of Mehoopany, but now residing in North East,

Magician Criss Angel brings 'RAW' show to Kirby Center

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Illusionist Criss Angel brings his critically acclaimed “Raw — The MindFreak Unplugged” to Wilkes-Barre this May. Angel plans to wow audiences at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. The magician dominates the wo

Ali Baba nightclub allowed to reopen

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — A downtown nightclub that city officials shuttered two weeks ago for a fire code violation has been allowed to reopen. Building Code Officer Dan Kratz said Friday that officers inspected the Ali Baba Liquor Lounge on South Main Street on Th

Community service award nominations being accepted

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Nominations are now being accepted for the “Rose Brader Community Service Award,” which will be presented by the United Way of Wyoming Valley at its 26th Annual Day of Caring Breakfast and Awards Event on May 17. This award is designed to recognize an adu

Want free ice cream for life?

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Turkey Hill Dairy’s Ultimate Flavor Tournament promotion will award someone a lifetime supply of ice cream or iced tea. The promotion pits 32 of Turkey Hill’s best ice cream and iced tea options against each other to determine the best flavor in the Turke

Opioid education event scheduled

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
Geisinger Health Plan and DJ Choices will present a free opioid awareness and education event so the public can learn how they can help students make positive choices and connect with those providing addiction support and treatment options. The event will
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