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Dallas duo dominates girls race

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DIMOCK – A total of 238 girls in three different classifications completed the 3.1-mile Elk Lake course at Wednesday’s District 2 Cross Country Championships.Nobody did it faster than Ally Rome and Lindsey Oremus.Few even came close.The Dallas teammates finished 1-2 in the Class 2A race and led the defending state team champions to a second-place finish that secured one of the district’s two berths at the PIAA Championships in Hershey November 1.


Suspended Wilkes-Barre Area teacher submits alibi defense

WILKES-BARRE — A suspended high school administrator and longtime wrestling coach says he was at a funeral home at the time a former student claims they had a sexual encounter, and he has witnesses to prove it.According to papers filed Wednesday in Luzerne County Court, Stephen Stahl will present evidence he was attending a viewing at Clarke Piatt Funeral Home in Hunlock Creek on March 19, 2004. The document names four witnesses who will give testimony confirming Stahl’...

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Fire escape heats up dispute between neighbors at WB zoning hearing

WILKES-BARRE — Even with a change of plans, a dispute sparked by a fire escape built on West River Street house still smoldered between neighbors.At the prodding of the city’s Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday, former deputy Wilkes-Barre fire chief Donald Fiorucci agreed to redirect the landing at the bottom of the escape so it would comply with the city’s zoning and negate the need for a variance.“I’ll try it,” he said, adding that he sp...

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Wyoming Valley activist’s campaign means 250 new flags to fly along Veterans Day parade route

KINGSTON — There will be 250 American flags flying along the Veterans Day Parade route this year, thanks to Jim Walsh and his friends and associates.Walsh, a veteran of World War II, has been on a mission of patriotism for years, and he remains determined to ensure that honoring America’s veterans continues for generations. He unveiled the fruits of his labor Wednesday.Walsh, with help from the U.S. Flag Committee and NBT Bank in Kingston, secured the flags t...

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Jenkins Twp. officials want input on land use after flood buyouts

JENKINS TWP. — Jenkins Township supervisors held a special meeting on Wednesday night to receive public input on possible uses for land along River, Miller, Jennings, and Tennant streets purchased through the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyout program after the September 2011 flood.Township officials also are forming a committee of residents and business leaders to come up with ideas and explore their feasibility with the help of professional consultants....

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Medical marijuana debate making its way to King’s College, Wilkes-Barre

If medical marijuana eases suffering, then patients deserve access to it, First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said Wednesday.“To that extent, I don’t care what the substance. I’m 100 percent behind whatever helps them,” he said.The Luzerne County prosecutor will be among the presenters this evening during a seminar titled, “What You Need to Know about Medical Marijuana.” The seminar begins at 6:30 p.m. in King’s Col...

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Greater Nanticoke Area elementary school receives state grant

NANTICOKE — Christine Mash played the guitar and students in the K.M. Elementary School’s early education program sang their favorite Halloween songs.It was sort of a celebration of the school being one of 12 statewide selected to receive an Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone grant that will be used to connect early childhood providers, families and schools.The Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone Grants, awarded by the state t...

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Youth rules for Cougars, Mountaineers

DIMOCK – The lineups have changed – and taken on a distinctly younger look – but the results are something the Hazleton Area and Dallas boys teams have seen before.The two youngest lineups at Wednesday’s District 2 Cross Country Championships are also the only two Wyoming Valley Conference boys teams that will still be running as a group Nov. 1 in Hershey in the PIAA Championships.The district’s most established individual runner – ret...

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Letter to the Editor: If Republicans prevail at polls next month, working class will take a hit

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, are trying to buy our country.Google their names, or read the article in Rolling Stone magazine, and you will find out why we go downhill as a working class if the Republicans win in 2014.The Koches started the tea party and reportedly are spending $350 million in this campaign, spreading lies. Koch brothers don’t spend money like that unless they get a lot more back.Like Dick Kern said in his letter to the editor, t...

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Letter to the Editor: Luzerne County Councilwoman Kathy Dobash opposes any property tax hike in 2015

The Lawton administration has suggested a 4 percent tax hike for 2015.I will not support any 2015 budget that includes a tax increase on the property owners of Luzerne County.Every tax increase passed by the majority of Luzerne County Council has failed the property owners. The burden is too high, especially on the elderly residents.These tax hikes equal overspending by the executive branch.I ask the Luzerne County Council’s members to not sup...

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Coughlin, Valley West to meet in D2 final

KINGSTON — The scenario was eerily familiar to Wyoming Valley West head coach Linda Fithian.Her squad heading into an overtime match with a District 2 Class 3A Field Hockey Tournament final appearance on the line.For the past two years, the Spartans have come up short and as Hazleton Area charged out of the gates in overtime and threw everything it had at the Spartans defense, even coach Fithian wondered if the streak would extend to three years.But two ...

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Crusaders roll in D2 girls soccer opener

PLAINS TWP. — Emma Sukowaski drilled the ball off a direct kick and watched it sail toward the net.The Coughlin junior saw it whack off the cross bar and right back in the hands of Tunkhannock keeper Brittney Sickler.A bad break? Perhaps. A few inches lower and the ball sneaks in.Little did she know at the time, though, it was a sign of things to come.Sukowaski opened the scoring with one minute left in the first half, and Coughlin found the b...

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Comets grab first D2 win in 6 years

WRIGHT TWP. – Maybe it was the unending downpour, or simply the uneventful finish, that dampened Crestwood’s jubilation. But Comets coach Russ Kile had to prong his team to run out to the field, to show some excitement at the final whistle.“Join your teammates. We won a district game. Let’s show some enthusiasm.”Eight-seeded Crestwood handcuffed the No. 9 Lake-Lehman offense in a 3-1 victory in the District 2 Class 2A girls soccer first roun...

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Abington Heights shuts out Wyoming Area in District 2 Class AA girls soccer opener

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Wyoming Area goaltender Caitlin Butchko did her best to keep thirteen-seeded Wyoming Area in the game against third-seeded Abington Heights, but the Comets offensive attack proved to be too strong.Despite controlling the ball for much of the first 4o minutes, Abington Heights was held scoreless, due to solid defensive play and several excellent saves by Butchko, until Michaelina Holmes chipped a cross from Ally Christman into the back of the net with 18:...

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MIKE DROZDAFB — GARWith leading rusher Anthony Maurent out with an injury, GAR needed someone to pick up the slack against Holy Redeemer. Fullback Mike Drozda was the guy.Drozda rushed 18 times for a career-high 146 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Grenadiers rallied for a 28-24 victory. What made Drozda’s performance even more impressive is his third ca...

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Health can be as important as talent

The best team usually wins. Unless the best team isn’t the healthiest on the field.When injuries pile up, a promising season could sink quickly. Meyers started the season 3-0, but has lost five in a row. Northwest lost its first two and has now ripped off six consecutive wins.Northwest was considered a better team than Meyers entering the Wyoming Valley Conference football season. But it’s doubtful anyone thought the Rangers were 49 points better than Meyers ...

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Hackenberg, OSU’s Barrett coping with rapidly shifting expectations

Two second-year quarterbacks will face off on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is facing skyrocketing expectations. True sophomore Christian Hackenberg has had to recalibrate his.Statistically, the two signal-callers have gone in opposite directions in the past month.Barrett and Ohio State have put up record numbers on offense after a disheartening loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2. Hackenberg, meanwhile, hasn’t been able to duplic...

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Spooky bowling fundraiser will benefit Salvation Army

WILKES-BARRE — Zebra Communications, the student run public relations agency at Wilkes University, will host a bowling event with a Halloween theme to benefit the Salvation Army.“Chacko’s Spooky Charity Challenge” will include two hours of bowling, one pizza pie, one soda and shoe rental. The fee will be $15 for adults and $8 for participants 12 and under. Children who come with a costume and supervisor are free. There will be 50/50 tickets for sale and a Fa...

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