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Bridge flood gates

to be tested

Repairs to the portable Market Street Bridge flood gates that leaked during record flooding in 2011 will be tested this weekend.

Flood gates behind the Luzerne County Courthouse also will be tested Sunday.

While some preliminary work on the Market Street Bridge gates will begin at 2 p.m. today, the bulk of the installation will occur on Saturday, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Traffic across the bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, and the public is encouraged to use alternate routes.

Water pressure blew out sections of the gates’ rubber gasket seals on both the Kingston and Wilkes-Barre sides when the Susquehanna River rose to a record height in September 2011. The Army Corps has purchased new gaskets and modified the gates to ensure they rest on the ground, which will put more pressure on the gaskets to better hold them in place.


State has online

license duplicates

Pennsylvania drivers can now order a duplicate non-commercial driver’s license or photo identification card online if theirs is lost or stolen.

No additional fees are charged for online transactions. Customers applying for a duplicate license or photo ID card online must provide their driver’s license or ID card number, the last four digits of their Social Security number and date of birth to complete the transaction. A $13.50 fee for the duplicate driver’s license or photo ID card will be charged to the customer’s credit card for the new product. The fee for a duplicate motorcycle driver’s license is $18.50.

A temporary copy of a duplicate license can be printed out to use until their new photo license arrives in the mail and is valid for 15 days.

To access all online driver and vehicle transactions, visit and click the button Online Driver and Vehicle Services.


King’s awarded an

$88K science grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded King’s College a grant of nearly $88,000 to purchase a differential scanning calorimeter that will be used for undergraduate chemistry classes and for cooperative faculty/student research in interdisciplinary subject areas.

The calorimeter will by used by faculty members in the chemistry department and will support collaborative research in polymer science, biochemistry, and catalyst science.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950.


Police warn of

vehicle break-ins

Borough police urge residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and lock the doors as a string of auto break-ins has afflicted the town.

Anyone with information about who is breaking into cars is asked to contact police by calling 911.


Intertribal Powwow

is this weekend

The public is invited to the ninth annual Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday on the Noxen Fire Co. grounds at 3493 Stull Road in Noxen, Wyoming County.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. both days. The event is a gathering of all Nations, with a Grand Entry of dignitaries and dancers in full regalia at noon. The event is open to the public with no admission fee.

The event will feature Native American dancing, drumming, story telling, children’s dances, Native American food and craft vendors. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and cleaned up after at all times. Bringing a lawn chair is encouraged. Drugs, alcohol, guns and politics are prohibited.

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