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Northwest Area seeks to fill vacant school board seat

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SHICKSHINNY — Due to a vacancy, the Northwest Area School District is seeking interested members of the community to apply for the position of school director.Interested members of the community should submit an application and resume by Sept. 2 to: Mrs. Audrey Ziegler, Secretary to the Board, Northwest Area School District, 243 Thorne Hill Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.Public Interviews will be conducted on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.


Local Roundup: Big-time matches setup packed Friday

While high school football gets the most notoriety for today’s high school sports schedule, teams taking to the gridiron isn’t the only game in town.In fact, the amount of other events going on more than double the number of football games being played on the high school level today.

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Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich to take federal plea

John Yuknavich won’t be fire chief much longer, as he prepares to add a few new titles before his name.Among them? Thief. Felon. And quite possibly, federal inmate.The controversial head of the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors admitting to stealing department funds, under which he must make $45,000 in restitution and resign his position within 10 days.Yuknavich, 51, also faces u...

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Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerard Dessoye won’t talk about possible departure

WILKES-BARRE — City Police Chief Gerard Dessoye declined comment Thursday about a published report that he will be leaving the department to take over as director of security at King’s College.Dessoye’s no comment was issued in the afternoon through city spokeswoman Liza Prokop who was asked to reach out to him earlier in the day.Dessoye, 57, a graduate of King’s College, has been chief since 2004 and with the department for approximately 35 years...

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Police: Woman selling marijuana to pay for new roof, pay bills

BUTLER TWP. — A woman allegedly caught with $5,000 worth of marijuana said she was selling the pot because she needed cash to pay bills and a new roof on her home, according to charges filed.State police at Hazleton said they stopped Jessica Marie Lenning, 27, of Altoona, driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, for speeding while traveling west on Interstate 80 just before 2 a.m. Thursday.Troopers handcuffed the passenger, Kai Lamar Carter, 28, after a records check show...

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PA Liquor Control Board opens refurbished store in Pittston

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board opened its new, re-branded Fine Wine & Good Spirits store Thursday at the Pittston Crossings Shopping Center on Route 315.Board member Tim Holden welcomed local elected officials, vendors and the public to the grand opening.The new store replaces the original store located at the Pittston Laurel Plaza that closed its doors on Wednesday.“We have been on a plan for two years of re-branding our stores, basically to prov...

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Love of Italian heritage and cuisine brings crowd to Scranton festival

La Festa Italiana, now in its 38th year, is so popular among vendors and patrons that it could easily grow out of its Courthouse Lawn boundaries and spread throughout more blocks of Scranton.But with a hypothetical expansion, event organizers said they are fearful that the traditional Labor Day weekend festival that celebrates Italian culture and cuisine would lose its flavor.La Festa Italiana will be held Saturday, Aug. 30; Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1 at its usu...

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Wilkes-Barre police awarded $30,000 grant to reduce crime

WILKES-BARRE — The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Wilkes-Barre Police Department an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant worth $30,275. The award will be distributed via the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, has announced.The Wilkes-Barre Police Department will utilize the federal funds to increase police presence in areas with high rates of crime and areas frequented by children, such as parks. Additionally, the ...

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Bishop, a Dunmore native, to concelebrate Mass in Italian

SCRANTON — A native son and bishop will return to his hometown for the annual Mass in Italian to be offered this Sunday in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Scranton. The Mass begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend.The liturgy is celebrated in conjunction with this weekend’s La Festa Italiana, which occurs Saturday through Monday on Courthouse Square, one block from the cathedral.This year’s principal celebrant and guest homilist is the Most Rev. Rober...

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Blood donors can win tickets to Wyoming County Fair concert

MESHOPPEN — Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgoers who donate blood at the Geisinger Blood Center booth this Sunday are in for a treat: hourly drawings for free tickets to The Swon Brothers’ 7 p.m. performance at the fair.Brothers Zach and Colton Swon became popular after performing on Season 4 of the hit NBC show “The Voice.” Known for their sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities, their hits include “Later On.” They will be joined onstage by p...

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DEP opens third round of CNG vehicle grants

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday will begin accepting applications for a third round of grants to pay for fleet conversions from diesel and gasoline to natural gas.About $6 million is to be split among qualified applicants.Those eligible to apply include nonprofit organizations, local transportation organizations, state owned or state related universities, commonwealth or municipal authorities, for-profit companies an...

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Volunteers needed for 2014 Gravestone Manor

PLAINS TWP. — The 16th annual Gravestone Manor Theatrical Haunted House is currently in preparation, and is in need of volunteer actors, ushers and ticket takers, ages 15 to adult.Sign-ups and actor’s auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside Gravestone Manor, which is located in the Trion Warehouse next door to The Woodlands Inn & Resort. The address is 1095 Highway 315, Plains Township. For more information, visit ...

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Governor opposes eliminating Army National Guard Brigade

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday released a copy of his letter to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh opposing elimination of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team headquartered in Scranton.“The recently announced plan by the U.S Department of the Army to reduce the Pennsylvania Army National Guard by more than 10 percent of its force structure by eliminating the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, i...

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Fire company receives $226,800 FEMA grant

KUNKLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency, under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded $226,800 in grants to the Kunkle Fire Co. for operations and safety, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced Monday.“Pennsylvania’s firefighters endure risk and sacrifice every day to keep their community safe,” said Casey. “This money will help provide Luzerne County’s firefighters with the resources they need to ensure their safety and the safety of t...

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Lottery Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 28.

Midday Drawing:Daily Number: 3-5-4Big Four: 5-8-5-6Quinto: 5-2-7-9-4Treasure Hunt: 02-14-16-18-25Evening DrawingDaily Number: 8-2-6Big Four: 9-1-9-9Quinto: 3-4-5-2-2Cash 5: 14-23-28-29-31Match 6: 10-22-42-43-45-48No player matched all five numbers in Thursday’s “Cash 5” jackpot drawing. Friday’s jackpot will be worth $325,000.Lottery offic...

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ON THE RADIOFRIDAY7 p.m. WHLM 103.5 FM — Berwick at CrestwoodSATURDAY1 p.m. FOX Sports THE GAME 1340 AM, 100.7 FM — Pittston Area at Abington HeightsON TVFRIDAY7 p.m. WQMY — Berwick at Crestwood7 p.m. Service Electric — Wyoming Ar...

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Shavertown’s McGrath makes Pittsburgh’s rookie tournament roster

Not long after Shavertown’s Patrick McGrath signed a one-year contract with the Wheeling Nailers in July, he set his sights on another goal.McGrath, who spent his mornings this summer working out with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s strength and conditioning coach Joe Lorincz at the Toyota Sportsplex, hoped for the chance to show his stuff at the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie tournament held each September in Canada.

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Berwick, Crestwood showdown highlights WVC football openers

Painful. Heartbreaking. Devastating. All of the aforementioned. That summed up the last time Crestwood played Berwick.Rewind to last year’s District 2 Class 3A semifinal game played at Berwick’s historic Crispin Field, a stadium where six state champions were bred.Crestwood dominated that day, outgaining Berwick 302-157. Running back Frank Aigeldinger smashed through the vaunted Dawgs defense for 176 yards. Berwick could managed only 23 of its own on the grou...

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