News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Small Business Saturday highlights Wyoming Valley businesses WILKES-BARRE — In the rush of holiday buying, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association invites shoppers to slow down and shop local on Small Business Saturday. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:01:14 EST Coughlin calculus teacher hired as national consultant WILKES-BARRE — Coughlin High School calculus teacher Gerald Gillis already nabbed a bit of fame thanks to a string of years in which all his students aced their Advanced Placement tests — including last year's group, making it four years running. Now he's been tabbed by The College Board, the organization behind AP... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:36:10 EST Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend in Hanover Township HANOVER TWP. — A woman was arraigned Wednesday on charges she stabbed her boyfriend during a drunken fight inside their Lee Park Avenue apartment. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:27:12 EST Jenkins Twp. Christmas Party is Dec. 20 The Jenkins Township Recreation Board will hold a Christmas Party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Jenkins Township Fire Hall located on Second Street, Port Griffith, Jenkins Township. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck and all children from Jenkins Township are invited to attend and speak with Santa Claus. Parents are urged to... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:14:07 EST PennDOT reduces speed limits on several area roadways Dunmore – Due to the severity of the winter storm, PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit on several roadways in the region and urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. Those who must go out will see speeds reduced to 45 miles per hour on the following highways:Interstate 80 in Luzerne CountyInterstates... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:43:18 EST Hazleton man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill police officers WILKES-BARRE — A man from Hazleton was sentenced in Luzerne County Court for threatening to kill police officers who arrested him for a drunken fight at a bar. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:09:08 EST Wilkes-Barre man sentenced for firing rifle round at officers WILKES-BARRE — A man from Wilkes-Barre was sentenced in Luzerne County Court for firing a rifle in the direction of police officers in December.Judge David Lupas sentenced Nasim Hickson, 20, of Park Avenue, to 18 months to 3 years in state prison on an aggravated assault charge.According to court records: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:56:06 EST School closures for November 26 The follow school closures have been reported for Luzerne County this morning:• Bear Creek School: Closed; Full make up day Monday, Dec. 1• Berwick Area: Closed• Crestwood: Closed• Dallas: Closed• Greater Nanticoke Area: Closed Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:09:07 EST Heroin found during traffic stop in Hanover Township HANOVER TWP. — A man from Wilkes-Barre was jailed after township police allegedly found heroin and cash inside his vehicle during a traffic stop on Fellows Avenue late Tuesday night. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33:05 EST Northeastern Pennsylvania under a winter storm warning It's shaping up to be a snowy day in the Wyoming Valley. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:26:06 EST Traffic report for November 26 Ahead of a winter storm that it set to impact Northeastern Pennsylvania, traffic is at a minimum in the Wyoming Valley this morning.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 315 and 115 are also free of traffic congestion, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:25:07 EST LCTA approves settlement with bus driver who claims retaliation KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority board of directors today approved a settlement agreement with a bus driver who claimed she suffered retaliation after reporting sexual harassment, but the terms, for now, are secret. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:43:07 EST Winter storm in NEPA could hamper holiday travel plans WILKES-BARRE — From short sleeves to snowshoes in a matter of days.One might think it impossible that after enjoying 70 degree weather on Monday, we can expect to be trudging through 5 to 10 inches of snow on Wednesday. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:42:17 EST Community Bank makes gift to Wyoming Seminary Community Bank, N.A. made a $12,500 donation to Wyoming Seminary in support of its scholarship funds, through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. The bank also made a $10,000 gift to the school in support of the Pennsylvania Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:01:12 EST Abington Lions Club inducts new members CLARKS SUMMIT — At a recent meeting of the Abington Lions Club at the Ramada Inn, two new members were sworn into the organization by club President Ed Borek. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:46:11 EST