News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Rain expected during Christmas week It looks like some precipitation is on its way to the Wyoming Valley, but forecasts indicated that we probably won't have snow on Christmas. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:38:06 EST State police investigating strong armed robbery in Bear Creek Township BEAR CREEK TWP. — State police are investigating a strong armed robbery that happened at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Exxon on Bear Creek Boulevard. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:04:06 EST Menorah lit on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre WILKES-BARRE — Rabbi Tzvi Perlman light a menorah on Public Square Saturday to mark the fifth day of Hanukkah.Following the lighting cermony, there was a celebration with dancing, music and food. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:48:09 EST Pittston Area school board denies LERTA tax break YATESVILLE — Interstate Distribution Center (IDC), the current owner of the former Techneglas plant in Jenkins Township, will not receive a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) 10-year tax exemption after the Pittston Area School Board voted on Tuesday. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:19:18 EST Free movie offers plenty of family fun WILKES-BARRE — The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts came alive on Saturday with the sights and sounds of a free holiday showing of “Frozen.” Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:54:09 EST Wyoming Free Library hosts holiday gift sale WYOMING — Trinkets, books and Christmas items filled the tables at the Wyoming Free Library for their first annual holiday gift sale, which ended Saturday. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:03:07 EST ‘Adopt Me Day’ aids pets, Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge DALLAS — Businesses in the Back Mountain made this year's holiday season special for the four-legged members of the community. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:41:09 EST Minor league park revives blighted area in Lancaster In Lancaster, construction of the home of the minor league Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team revived a blighted area and continued an uptrend for the city's downtown. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:58:13 EST Report: Obesity, diabetes are growing health problems Pennsylvania nudged up one place, to 28th in the nation, in United Health Foundation's annual “America's Health Rankings” report this year. The big problems both statewide and locally have become obesity and diabetes. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:50:09 EST Allentown’s downtown arena spurs growth WILKES-BARRE – The area around the Mohegan Sun Arena has prospered since the venue opened 15 years ago, as retail stores, restaurants and hotels have popped up like daisies in spring.But the city's downtown continues to struggle, with redevelopment spotty and business growth inconsistent. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:40:10 EST No tax increase in Laflin budget LAFLIN — The borough council members passed a final 2015 budget at a special meeting Saturday that will balance general fund revenues and expenses at $833,990.Councilmen Paul Benderavich, Patrick Gilhooley, Thomas Parry and Carl Yastremski voted in favor of the budget. Councilman Glen Gubitose was absent. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:08:08 EST Zeroing In: Do clothes make the man — or, in Luzerne County, the defendant? At long last, Hugo Selenski's trial will begin Jan. 5, maybe. There have been so many false starts since 2006 that it's hard to know for sure. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:35:12 EST Lake-Lehman School Board honors students LEHMAN TWP. — Six students were honored at the Dec. 15 Lake-Lehman School Board meeting for winning this year's sixth-grade holiday card contest. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:29:10 EST Meet the Warriors: Wyoming Area senior interviews Amber Kuharchik Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:21:09 EST Meet the Patriots: Pittston Area senior interviews Michelle Grossbauer Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:15:08 EST