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Wilkes-Barre issues travel advisory for road paving project

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WILKES-BARRE — The city has issued a travel advisory for several city streets during a road paving project scheduled to begin on Thursday.On Thursday, Pennsy Supply will begin to mobilize the following streets for milling and paving:Heights Section• Grove Lane• Oakwood Lane• Cross Lane• Opal Lane• Worth LaneSouth Wilkes-Barre• Waller Street (begins October 6th)• Brook Street (begins October 6th)


Average gas prices for October 1

Average gas prices didn’t budge overnight.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $3.37 today, unchanged overnight and up a penny in the last week. Diesel at $3.88 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average at $3.42 today, unchanged overnight and unchanged in the last week. Diesel at $3.88 today, down a penny overnight....

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Traffic report for October 1

Commuters can kick off the midweek with ideal traffic conditions this morning.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380. There is some traffic congestion reported at the intersection of Route 11 and South Township Boulevard near Pittston.Some varying degrees of traffic are also reported on Route 315 in the area of the Seven Tubs Nature Area. Free-flowing traffic is reported for the North Cross Valley Expressway.There are areas of congesti...

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Letter to the Editor: Trooper tragedy being ‘exploited for a certain effect,’ writer says

Eric Frein, the alleged shooter of two state troopers, has truly endangered the gun rights of all law-biding Americans.Supposedly he had planned this attack on the police for months but left his parent’s vehicle in a pond along with his driver’s license and Social Security card. The media claims that the alleged shooter was telling people that he wanted to kill police and do mass shootings.In this day and age, you would wonder why the police were not warned a...

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Letter to the Editor: Family of Melissa and Dr. Joseph Zarlengo extend gratitude for condolences and support

The family of Melissa Zarlengo and Dr. Joseph Zarlengo thank everyone for the love and support shown to us during the loss of our loved ones.We appreciate all the flowers, Mass cards, cards, food and donations sent to us.Melissa and Joe will be missed by all who loved them, but they will live in our hearts forever.Love never dies.Diane MettlerDallas

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Charles Albano, Ray Savokinas appointed to West Pittston council

WEST PITTSTON — Charles Albano and Ray Savokinas were appointed to fill two seats on the borough council during a special meeting Tuesday night.The two fill positions that were left vacant by the Sept. 2 resignations of Barry Hosier and Barry Stankus.Albano, of 123 Linden Street, will fill Hosier’s seat, and Savokinas, of 28 Miller Street, will fill Stankus’ seat. Both new members are Republicans, in accordance with the rule stating that replacement cou...

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Two WVC grads helping Orange field hockey

Veteran Syracuse University field hockey coach Ange Bradley felt a little deja vu when she was talking about current players Kati Nearhouse and Serra Degnan.Nearhouse (Nanticoke) is playing forward with the 7-3 Orange this season as a grad student after a standout three seasons at Old Dominion where she was a two-time second team All-American. Sophomore Degnan (Lake-Lehman) is in her second season starting for the team on defense.“...

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D2 tennis pairings announced

Wyoming Seminary and Scranton Prep always seem to meet in the finals of the District 2 Class 2A tennis tournaments whether it’s singles, doubles or team.If things play out the way of the seedings, the teams will be represented once again in the singles finals later this week at Kirby Park.On Monday night, the draw was held for the singles events with the Classics’ Emily Jonsson grabbing the No. 1 seed and the Blue Knights’ Madison Nardone getting the No...

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Nittany Lions licking their wounds during bye week

The icepacks, the braces, the protective sleeves. They’re all evidence of why James Franklin is happy to see his team hit a bye week.But the Penn State coach is being realistic here. As much as it might help to have the weekend off, he knows it’s not going to be a panacea for the Nittany Lions. Not with some of the issues still facing the team.“Here’s a pretty good example of one of the things we’re working with here,” Franklin said Tu...

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Dea ready to learn

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach John Hynes uses a lot of words to describe rookie forward Jean-Sebastien Dea.Goal scorer.Playmaker.Good skater.But one word in particular is mentioned numerous times when Hynes talks about the scoring sensation fresh out of juniors.Smart.“He understands the game with and without the puck,” Hynes said. “He’s got a real high hockey IQ.”

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Nargoski’s late goal leads Mohawks to victory

WILKES-BARRE — David Nargoski netted the game-winner in the 53rd minute leading Meyers to a 3-2 victory over MMI Prep on Tuesday in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division III boys soccer match. Gino Setta scored two goals for the Mohawks, while keeper, Adam Casey, made seven saves during the win.Andreas Boosalis and Joey Synoski struck the net for the Preppers.GIRLS SOCCERWyoming Va...

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Crestwood wins battle of top WVC teams

WRIGHT TWP. – She laughed about it.It’s a question Julie Murphy probably doesn’t get asked often. Maybe questions about her defensive play, hustle and digs. But what about that set-winning kill?“It doesn’t happen often. I was so proud of that shot,” she grinned. “I give credit to my team because they had confidence in me.”She only had two kills on the night, but no two swings were bigger.Murphy’s...

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Cougars come through in shootout

ANNVILLE — The Misericordia University field hockey team knocked off 16th-ranked Lebanon Valley, 3-2 in a penalty shootout Tuesday night.Hannah Harvey and Suzhaunna Lerch had goals in the first half for the Cougars while Lindsay Hischak and Melanie Fry converted their attempts in the shootout with Fry accounting for the game-winner.Angela Pasquini made 11 saves in goal and stopped four of five attempts in the shootout....

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UPDATE: Wilkes-Barre Township council votes to withhold funding from fire department

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — With no representatives of the township fire department attending a special meeting Tuesday night with council and the mayor, council voted to cut all funding to the department until further notice.The township advertised the special meeting to discuss the future of the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department in the wake of its fire chief, John Yuknavich, pleading guilty to federal theft charges last Thursday and agreeing to make restitution of $45...

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Pennsylvania trooper fatally shot during gun training

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — A Pennsylvania state trooper had died after being accidentally shot during gun training.State Police Cpl. Gerry McShea says the shooting occurred Tuesday at the Montgomery County Fire Academy. He says the trooper was taking part in yearly gun qualifications when he was shot.“It’s with an extremely heavy heart and deep sorrow that I announce the tragic death of Trooper David Kedra of Troop K, Skippack station,” State Police Comm...

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Gas export terminal approved by federal agency

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on has green-lighted the first export terminal that will send natural gas extracted from Pennsylvania to customers overseas.Plans already are underway to ship gas from wells in Susquehanna County via proposed pipelines through Luzerne County to the Calvert County, Maryland, terminal where it is to be prepared for customers in Japan and India.After a two-year review process, the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas terminal was granted...

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Police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods

BLOOMING GROVE — State police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage.The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and had both trip wires and fuses, Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a news conference.The weapons were among several items that suspect Eric Frein “clearly hastily discarded” at a Pocono...

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Philadelphia judge shoots down Scranton’s commuter tax

One day before it was to go into effect, Scranton’s commuter tax was struck down by Philadelphia Judge John L. Braxton.On Tuesday, Braxton filed his opinion and order in the controversial case that had commuters opposing city officials’ plan to prop up the city’s struggling municipal pension funds.Enacted on Aug. 1, Scranton city officials wanted to impose a 0.75 percent wage tax on those who work in the city, but live elsewhere.Planners esti...

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