News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Wilkes-Barre Area feasibility study unveiled, cost estimates top $100 million WILKES-BARRE — The four-month study is done, the numbers are in, and no matter what option Wilkes-Barre Area School Board chooses in updating its high school system, the costs will be steep. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:09:05 EST Hazleton’s amended budget holds line on taxes HAZLETON — The city council approved a second reading of the proposed 2015 budget with amendments holding the real estate property tax at 3.12 mills.A mill is $1 in tax on every $1,000 in assessed value. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:45:10 EST City zoning board upholds citation against county facility WILKES-BARRE — The city Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday upheld the citation against the Luzerne County Minimum Offenders Facility, giving the county 30 days to appeal the decision or it will have to cease operations. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:12:10 EST Slow traffic expected on part of I-476 near Clark Summit The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists entering the Northeastern Extension (I-476) from Clarks Summit Exit 131 to be prepared for a new traffic pattern to begin Thursday in the work zone at milepost A129. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:33:05 EST Gov.-elect Wolf coming to Kingston to discuss state finances with media Governor-elect Tom Wolf will be making a stop today in Luzerne County.Wolf will be meeting with members of the media to discuss Pennsylvania's fiscal situation, Wolf's office announced on Wednesday.Wolf will make himself available to the media at 11 a.m. at the Hoyt Library on Wyoming Avenue. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:31:14 EST DA’s office investigating deaths of horses at boarding facility The Luzerne County District Attorney's office, Butler Township Police and the SPCA of Luzerne County are investigating the deaths of two horses at a boarding facility on Deep Hole Road in Drums. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:30:08 EST Victim of police shooting questions why he was shot WILKES-BARRE — Bong Bob Kim charged Wednesday he was “target practice” for an overzealous Wilkes-Barre police officer.Kim, 30, during a jailhouse interview at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, answered a question that authorities have avoided since the Nov. 19 shooting. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:12:14 EST Bethel AME Church in Wilkes-Barre targeted by thieves seeking copper WILKES-BARRE — Priscilla Rux sat in the cold Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday and wondered if the only church her family has ever known would survive. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:58:07 EST Those little Dickens at Wyoming Seminary Lower School in Forty Fort can really dance! FORTY FORT — The lacy dress was fine and the music and twirling prompted plenty of giggles, but Brenna Jordan had one problem with the Fezziwig Ball dance she and other sixth-grade students had just completed Wednesday. “We had to hold the boys' hands, so that was bad.” Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:41:10 EST Luzerne County Transportation Authority settled driver suit for $250,000 The Luzerne County Transportation Authority settled its harassment lawsuit with bus driver Patricia Colleen Horst for $250,000, according to the document released Wednesday by LCTA solicitor Joseph Blazosek at the Times Leader's request. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:13:11 EST Jenkins Township: County and township tax bills can be paid until Dec. 30 JENKINS TWP. — The Jenkins Township Tax Collector announces that county and township bills can be paid at the penalty amount until Dec. 30. Payment can be sent by mail with self-addressed envelope if a receipt is required. Postmark will be accepted. To make a special appointment or if a tax bill was not received or received in error call... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:11:10 EST New York will move to prohibit fracking ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:10:12 EST West Pittston soup kitchen open to public WEST PITTSTON — The Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, is serving a free hot meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday during the month of December.The kitchen is open to interested individuals and families in the community without cost. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:06:06 EST Dupont V.F.W. New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31 DUPONT — The Dupont V.F.W. Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual New Year's Eve Party from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the post home. Music by Hometown Boyz at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 per person. See Bob Lopata at the post home or call 570-654-9104. Deadline for tickets is Monday, Dec. 29. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:10:16 EST No Avoca Crime Watch meeting in December AVOCA — Avoca Crime Watch announces there will be no December meeting. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Avoca Borough Building, Main Street. More than 50 members attended the November meeting and pizza party. The group thanks member Denise Dommermuth for placing Christmas decorations on the borough... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:06:04 EST