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Primary election voters received incorrect ballots

In this year’s Luzerne County May 16 municipal primary election, voters in 60 percent of the 180 precincts received the incorrect electronic voting machine ballot for their political party, the county’s election head recently informed council members. That means registered Democrats chose Republican nominees or Republicans selected Democratic contenders in 108 precincts. The total impact […]

Comments - 4:28 pm - updated: 11:01 pm.

Nick Appolo, Wilkes-Barre tattoo artist: 10 things you might not know about me

Appolo, 24, is a tattoo artist at 5-7-0 Tattooing Co. on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. 1. I am obsessed with my dog Crixus. He definitely is my best friend. 2. I can do a Rubix cube in under one minute. I figured out it was multiple algorithms when I was about 10. 3. I […]

Comments - 2:52 pm - updated: 2:54 pm.

Luzerne County hometowns: In Pittston, tomatoes, parades and family legacies

PITTSTON — When Sarah Donahue was growing up here during the 1990s, high school kids used to drive their cars around a loop that included South Main Street and Kennedy Boulevard. “We called it the Pittston 500,” Donahue said with a laugh. “There was nothing else to do.” The days of nothing to do in […]

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Wilkes-Barre Township police arrest four in drug raid

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Four people were taken into custody after authorities conducted a drug raid at 1031 Spruce St. recently. The township’s Special Investigations Unit and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant after a “several month investigation,” according to a report. “Evidence of crack, marijuana and prescription abuse was located” during […]

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WBA Kistler’s school gets ‘face-lift’ thanks to Wells Fargo

WILKES-BARRE — Kistler Elementary School was full of energetic and excited volunteers Saturday who were working on projects to give the city school a much-needed makeover. Oh, and a $70,000 donation didn’t hurt either. “We needed a face-lift,” said Melissa Bilbow, who has been a reading specialist at the school for six years. She brought […]

Comments - 9:57 pm

Rain can’t dampen spirit at Wilkes-Barre’s Christmas Parade

WILKES-BARRE — Mother Nature rained on the city’s annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting Saturday, but it couldn’t dampen the holiday spirit. “It has not rained for this parade, that anyone can remember,” said Wilkes-Barre Special Events Coordinator Patty Hughes. She said a lot of participants canceled prior to the parade due to the weather, […]

Comments - 9:24 pm - updated: 9:42 am.

Beyond the Byline: Keep holiday traditions alive

WILKES-BARRE — OK boys and girls, that big holiday is almost here, so get yourself all spiffed up and dressed to the nines, because it’s time. Yes children, young and old alike, Black Friday is, well, this Friday. And you thought I was talking about Thanksgiving, or Christmas maybe? Au contraire mon ami, this is […]

Comments - 8:57 pm

Our View: We’ll be here to serve you for years to come

For Civitas Media, the Times Leader Media Group is the only game in town. And that’s a very good thing. You see, Civitas Media owns the Times Leader Media Group, which comprises the Times Leader, Sunday Dispatch of Pittston, Dallas Post, Abington Journal and Weekender. Civitas, a portfolio company of Philadelphia-based private equity investment firm […]

Comments - 8:21 pm

Shapiro, Casey laud FCC for heeding call to block illegal robocalls

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, this week applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to finalize new rules to protect Americans from illegal robocalls. The new rules allow phone companies to block certain phone numbers that do not or cannot make outgoing calls. According to the FCC: • […]

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Plains Twp. man gets his wish: He’s buried with cheesesteaks

PLAINS TWP. — A Wyoming Valley man who always joked that he didn’t want to venture into the afterlife hungry got his wish when he was buried with two cheesesteaks from his favorite sandwich shop — Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia. According to his grandson, Dominic Lussi, when asked what he wanted to take […]

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