News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Vietnam veterans honored at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center PLAINS TWP. — J.R. Richards remembers coming back from Vietnam not to a warm welcome and shows of appreciation, but to anti-war protesters, who believed the war there was wrong.Richards, wounded in the conflict, was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his military service. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:45:19 EST Veteran designation on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses loosely audited PITTSBURGH — The telephone operator told Ben Keen he would not need his military discharge papers to obtain the new veteran's designation on his driver's license.To be cautious, Keen brought them Downtown to the driver's services center. The proof was still deemed unnecessary. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:05:13 EST Keystone State Games leader, longtime Wilkes-Barre Area school board member Owen Costello dies at 69 Owen James Costello, longtime community leader and former Wilkes-Barre Area school director who served as president and CEO of Keystone State Games for more than three decades, died Saturday.He was 69. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:40:11 EST In Focus: We still have much to learn from Judge Max Rosenn WILKES-BARRE — Every chance I get I still watch reruns of “Leave It To Beaver.” There's nothing like those life lessons learned from the Cleaver family of Mayfield. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:30:11 EST West Hazleton’s Brandi Naprava bound for D.C. after Scripps Regional Spelling Bee victory PLAINS TOWNSHIP — West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School sixth-grader Brandi Naprava won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday, sponsored by Times Leader. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:15:13 EST Hazleton police searching for missing juvenile HAZLETON — Police are looking for a girl who was reported missing early Sunday morning.Police say that Ashley Baiza, 15, was reported missing shortly before 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. Baize is described as a Hispanic female standing at 5'3 tall, weighs 99 pounds and has long black hair and brown eyes. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:50:11 EST Warmer temperatures, mixed preciptiation expected this week Temperatures are expected to warm this week, but rain and snow will also have a presence in the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 19 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly clear skies kicked off the morning for any Sunday-morning early birds. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:20:11 EST Traffic report for March 29 Whether it's a ride into church or maybe an early trek out to breakfast, traffic should not interfere with plans this morning.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380. Routes 315 and 115 are also reporting no traffic congestion. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:55:11 EST Corner Table: Scranton’s VaudeVille Inn takes its time serving perfectly cooked meals The newest member of Northeastern Pennsylvania's increasingly eclectic restaurant scene is The VaudeVille Inn, a 20's-style restaurant and bar styled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:10:19 EST King’s students hold mini-THON WILKES-BARRE — For the second consecutive year, students from King's College held a mini-THON dance marathon to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.According to event organizers, the dance marathon raised $22,408 for the fight against pediatric cancer. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:20:15 EST Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bridge supporters pack Stanton Lanes for charity bowl-a-thon WILKES-BARRE — For at least one day, it was okay to be a pin head. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:00:12 EST Easter Bunny greets children at Firwood Park in Wilkes-Barre WILKES-BARRE — Children were bundled up in their warmest winter attire Saturday while standing in line for a chance to meet the Easter Bunny at Firwood Park.Easter Bunny decorations lined the platform, and a pine tree was decorated in paper egg ornaments by the art classes at Kistler Elementary School. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:25:11 EST High school students raise money for Wounded Warrior Project YATESVILLE — Ten local high school students organized a fundraising event on Saturday that raised more than $900 to help local veterans. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:10:12 EST Zeroing In: No reason for board to drag feet on nepotism policy It was exactly what taxpayers in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District needed to hear with an exorbitantly costly high school project on the horizon.“It's going to take time to do it right,” school director John Quinn said. Thank goodness. A voice of reason. Who could deny the importance... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:25:11 EST Women in orange now common sight in Luzerne County prison WILKES-BARRE — Tucked in the five-story Luzerne County prison is a floor just for women, and it's busier than ever with a hornet's nest of challenges. On a recent day, four inmates were pregnant, which has become the norm. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:20:13 EST