Program guarantees 100 new houses in Pittston City

PITTSTON — Former Pittston City mayor Mike Lombardo announced a new housing initiative to build 100 new homes in Pittston, creating a housing boom that hasn’t been seen since the 1960s. Lombardo, who sits on the city Redevelopment Authority Board, made the announcement of the 100 Houses Initiative at a ribbon cutting ceremony of Stauffer […]

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Thomas Botzman, Misericordia president: 10 things you might not know about me

Botzman, 58, a Ph.D., has been the university’s president since July 1, 2013. 1. I am one of 13 children, was born on the 13th, and serve as the 13th president of Misericordia University. All nine brothers are Eagle Scouts, and all four sisters are Gold Award Girl Scouts. 2. I share a birthday, Aug. […]

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Pro-Trump states most affected by his health care decision

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Nearly 70 percent of those benefiting from the so-called cost-sharing subsidies live in states […]

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Online shopping just one challenge faced by malls these days

PLAINS TWP. — People love to blame online shopping for the decline of malls across America, but the seeds for this shakeout were planted long before Amazon became better known as a shopping website than as a river. “We overbuilt retail tremendously in the United States in the last couple of decades,” said Larry Newman, […]

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Bucking the trend: Wyoming Valley Mall remains viable as others shut down

PLAINS TWP. — It used to be that Bobby Marhon just had to go around the corner to buy what he wanted for Halloween. Nowadays, Marhon needs to travel 50 miles from his home in Frackville, Schuylkill County, to buy “horror shirts” for his favorite holiday. He does his shopping at the FYE store in […]

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Shavertown firefighters honored with Medal of Valor for saving woman

LEHMAN TWP. — Ilalou Warmouth’s severely burned arm is still covered by bandages more than three months after she was saved from a fire. “Every day is a little easier,” Warmouth, 59, said softly. “It’s gonna be a long process for the healing to be finished.” Things could have been a lot worse for Warmouth […]

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Canines help fight cancer at Bark for Life fundraiser

WILKES-BARRE — Kirby Park was filled with dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds Saturday as pet owners and their pooches gathered for the annual Bark for Life walk. The event is an extension of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and was first held in Pennsylvania, according to event chair Sara Klinges. Since […]

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Beyond the Byline: Field of my dreams

PLYMOUTH — Every time I get to the homeland, I can’t help but drive around the streets of my youth just to see how the old neighborhood has changed. And trust me, it has changed. Not long ago, I drove up Reynolds Street, past my old house, passing so many memories — the houses where […]

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Times Leader honored for Best Use of Photography

The Times Leader was recently honored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association for how it uses photography on its pages. The newspaper won first-place honors in Division III of the Newspaper of the Year contest for Best Use of Photography. The contest required the Times Leader to submit two complete issues — one from March 2017 […]

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‘Chalk’ing up good times at the River Common

WILKES-BARRE — The Riverfront Parks Committee hosted its annual ChalkFest on Saturday, an afternoon of free family-oriented activities and entertainment at the River Common. Guests were given a bucket of sidewalk chalk and cordoned off their own sections of the park to create colorful chalk illustrations. There were also a variety of educational exhibits with […]

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