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Native featured

on ‘American Idol’

Will he get a gold ticket to Hollywood?

Hazleton native Keith London is competing for a spot on today’s premiere of “American Idol,” which airs 8 to 10 p.m. on Fox 56. London, 21, auditioned in Boston. He is a 2010 graduate of Hazleton Area High School.


Large pothole

fixed on I-81

Both northbound lanes on Interstate 81 were open early Tuesday as repairs were completed overnight on a large hole that opened in the deck of the much-traveled highway bridge.

According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials, the hole opened at mile marker 172 on the bridge that goes over Suscon Road in Plains Township.

Crews worked through the night and the lane was re-opened at 5:08 a.m.

Repair costs to fix the 4-foot-by-5-foot hole are estimated at $3,000.


Mass set today for

new Bishop-elect

On Dec. 12 Pope Francis appointed the Rev. Joseph R. Kopacz, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, to serve as the 11th Bishop of Jackson, Mississippi. Bishop-elect Kopacz’s episcopal ordination and installation will take place on Feb. 6, in Jackson.

A Mass of Thanksgiving and Sending Forth for Bishop-elect Kopacz will be celebrated today at 12:10 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera invites the faithful to participate and wish him well. CTV: Catholic Television will broadcast the Mass live.


King Jr. observance

slated for Friday

The Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the NAACP will host its annual observance program for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 6:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.

The theme will be “His Legacy is Our Reality.” The public is encouraged to attend.


Crime watch

to meet tonight

Hanover Township Neighborhood Crime Watch will meet at 7 tonight at the American Legion, Post 609, 320 Lee Park Ave.

All concerned residents are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.


Athletes to support

Alzheimer’s victims

Penn State Hazleton’s Student Government Association and Student Athlete Advisory Board will sponsor an event to show support for the Alzheimer’s Association at basketball games against Penn College on Thursday.

During the women’s and men’s games, which begin at 6 and 8 p.m. respectively, the teams will don purple gear in honor of and memory of family members and friends dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Penn State Hazleton seniors Diego Jimenez and Casey Petty have personal experiences with Alzheimer’s disease affecting their grandmothers. Jimenez’s grandmother, Trinidad Jimenez, passed away in December 2013, and Petty’s grandmother, Bernadine Petty, passed away in October 2012 from the disease.

The Lion Ambassadors will host a purple “H-Zone” for the games and the Student Athlete Advisory Board will sell purple Alzheimer’s ribbons. Proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Trinidad Jimenez and on behalf of both student groups.

For more information, call Penn State Hazleton’s Office of Student Affairs at 570-450-3160.

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