Horton St. work
will cause delays
Wilkes-Barre city crews at 7 a.m. today are to begin a permanent street restoration on Horton Street. The project will be ongoing through Thursday.
Horton Street will remain open to traffic; however, it is expected to be slow moving. Motorists should expect delays in this area and choose alternate routes if possible.
at Toohil’s expo
Vouchers from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture worth $20 at participating farmers markets and roadside stands will be available to eligible seniors at state Rep. Tarah Toohil’s annual Senior Citizens Expo from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Laurel Mall.
The voucher program, known as the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, was established to promote the consumption of fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables among older Pennsylvanians.
Vouchers will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the Luzerne Wyoming Link to Aging and Disability Resources table in the Kmart wing of the mall. Only those who missed the voucher handouts at area senior centers are eligible to receive them.
To qualify, seniors must be 60 or older by Dec. 31 and have a total household income, before taxes, of less than $21,257 for a single person and $28,694 for a couple. Proof of age, income and county residence are required.
The Senior Expo will feature more than 70 exhibitors. A number of health screenings will be also available, courtesy of area health-care providers, including glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and colon cancer. Blood work and glucose tests will be performed 8-10 a.m.; participants must refrain from eating after midnight.
Trial still on in
The Dec. 9 homicide trial for William Allabaugh, 25, is still on schedule, a Luzerne County judge said Tuesday.
Allabaugh, of Plymouth, is charged in the September 2012 shooting death of 39-year-old Scott Luzetsky, and wounding of Stephen Hollman, then 29, at Bonnie’s Bar in Plymouth.
In July, the trial was put on hold due to a letter written by Allabaugh’s mother regarding the representation of his previous attorneys.
Allabaugh had since been assigned new attorneys, Robert Buttner and John Hakim. Although on Tuesday Hakim said he had to withdraw his appearance because he had personal and professional relationships with Luzetsky’s sisters.
Another pre-trial hearing will be on Oct. 10, Judge Lesa Gelb said.
Magazine gives area
colleges high marks
U.S. News & World Report gave high marks in the northern states regional universities category to area colleges that offer master’s degrees in the magazine’s “2014 Best Colleges” edition published on Tuesday.
University of Scranton tied for 8th place with Ithaca College in New York ranked among 139 schools of higher learning in the northern states. King’s College tied with five other schools for the 37th spot. Misericordia University ranks 43rd and Wilkes University tied with seven other schools ranking 74th.
Misericordia’s 43rd ranking is up 24 places from 2007.
U.S. News used a rubric of factors such as tuition costs, retention rates and class sizes to determine the overall affordability and attractiveness of its ranked schools. The publication also looked at total enrollment, average standardized test scores for incoming students and six-year graduation rates.