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Local companies

get tax credits

Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday announced the award of more than $15 million in tax credits to 202 state start-up companies including 15 in Luzerne County.

The credits that will support new growth, investment and job creation were approved by the Department of Community and Economic Development through the Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit program for the companies located within one of the state’s 28 Keystone Innovation Zones.

Receiving the credits were:

• Cornerstone Counseling and Consulting Specialists LLC, Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas, $47,150: Medetz Surgical Instruments, Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas, $100,000; Refer Local, LLC, South Main Street, Wilkes Barre, $100,000; 4 Appek LLC, Shoemaker Avenue, West Wyoming, $73,426; KBJ Capital LP, East Northampton Street, Wilkes Barre, $100,000; Blue Dimond Management Group Inc. , South Main Street, Wilkes Barre, $100,000; Public Charters Inc., Hangar Road, Avoca, $100,000; WSPC Communications Inc., Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, $33,750; Northport USA LLC, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, $100,000; Tabacalera Republica Inc., West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, $99,095; Revere LLC, West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, $100,000; Abelian Technology LLC, Public Square, Wilkes Barre, $29,586; Chatka Interactive LLC, West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, $100,000; Live Mercury Inc., Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas, $10,054; USA Business Products LLC, South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, $100,000.


House Scholarships

applications available

High school seniors can now apply for a state House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education, state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, announced.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships. The program is privately funded.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in high school to be eligible. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

To apply, visit and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1.


Yuengling Ice Cream

starts production

After a 28-year absence, quarts of Yuengling Ice Cream began rolling off the production line Thursday at Leiby’s Dairy in Tamaqua.

The ice cream is expected to be available in grocery stores by mid-February. It initially will be sold at Acme, Weis and select independent stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.

The initial run will consist of 100,000 quarts in 10 flavors. Yuengling’s Ice Cream is not affiliated with the Yuengling brewery based in Pottsville, Pa.


CAN DO leader to get

Scout ‘Citizen’ award

The Anthracite District of Boy Scouts of America announced CAN DO President W. Kevin O’Donnell has been chosen as the group’s 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

O’Donnell will be honored at the annual Hazleton Area Friends of Scouting Dinner on May 8.

He is post leader for the newly established Boy Scouts Explorer Post 924, which formed at CAN DO to assist area youth explore job opportunities in the Hazleton area. He also served as treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 63 in St. Johns. As a youth, O’Donnell was a member of Cub Scout Pack 63, Boy Scout Troop 63 and the Hazleton Civil Air Patrol.

O’Donnell has also been active in many other community organizations as a volunteer.

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