Wyoming Valley could get some rain heading into Christmas

It looks like it’s going to be a rainy week in the Wyoming Valley, but it should clear by Christmas.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 31 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly cloudy skies kicked off the beginning of the short school week.Cloudy skies will linger around today, with a chance of light rain after 4 p.m. Today’s high will be in the upper 30s.Light rain will become likely afte...

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Average gas prices for December 22

Average gas prices saw large drops over the last week, with the local average nearing the $2.50-mark.The national average, however, could break the $2-mark soon if averages keep dropping.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.62 today, down 4 cents over the weekend and down 12 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.45 today, down 3 ...

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Traffic report for December 22

It should be an easy ride into work and school on what is probably the beginning of a short week for most.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 115 and 315 are also free of traffic congestion, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway.In Wilkes-Barre, some minor traffic is reported on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard and North and South Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. Some minor congestion is also reported on North and South River...

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Bear Creek Community Charter construction on time, under budget

BEAR CREEK TWP. – Construction of the new Bear Creek Community Charter School continues to run on time and under budget as the project reaches one-third of the allotted schedule.“We’ve had overages but they’ve been covered by savings in other areas,” said Jim Smith, chief executive officer of the school that has operated in the former Oliver Elementary School since 2004.Smith said contractors have told him many unknowns are in the past since...

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Hometown chef made good will bring culinary expertise to Bear Creek Community Charter School

When Bear Creek Community Charter School students report for class next fall, their school won’t be the only thing that will be new. Lunchtime will be a whole new experience for the kids, too. Their cafeteria will be outfitted with enough equipment for a small restaurant—and their very own executive chef.A native of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, Chef Jerry Weihbrecht will bring culinary skills honed in Hawaii, Colorado, New York, and Virginia back to the area to...

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Nanticoke gets festive with parade

NANTICOKE — “Christmas in the Park” was the theme as a holiday tradition wound through the streets on Sunday, with the season’s parade ending in festive spirit at Patriot Square Park.This was the first year that Glen Lyon residents Kristina Mitchell and her daughter, Victoria, 7, attended the parade. Victoria’s 10 year old sister, Brianna, was a participant in the parade with the Greater Nanticoke Area cheerleaders.The Mitchells were accompa...

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Talbot, Rangers edge Hurricanes for 6th win in row

NEW YORK — Ryan McDonagh’s first-period goal held up and Cam Talbot made 18 saves as the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to six with a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.The Rangers completed a sweep of the home-and-home weekend series against the Eastern Conference-worst Hurricanes, who lost for the eighth time in nine games.Talbot is 3-3-1 this season backing up Henrik Lundqvist, with all three of his victories being shu...

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Patriots slip past Jets, clinch playoff bye

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after the Patriots intercepted Geno Smith, and New England clinched a first-round playoff bye with a 17-16 win over the New York Jets.Tom Brady threw a 3-yard TD pass to Rob Gronkowski for the Patriots (12-3), who could earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if Denver loses at Cincinnati on Monday night.With the Jets (3-12) leading 13-10 late ...

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Layman leads No. 17 Maryland past Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. — Maryland passed another big test as it prepares for its first season in the rugged Big Ten.Jake Layman had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the No. 17 Terrapins beat Oklahoma State 73-64 on Sunday to improve to 11-1. They handed the Cowboys their fifth loss in 198 nonconference home games dating to 1987.“It’s big for the team to get that first real road win in a tough environment, especially the younger guys because this is what we̵...

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Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell.“He went into the hospital this morning,” Gunnell said in a phone interview. ...

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