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Diamonds to Dottie Henry. One of the Wyoming Valley’s most well-known residents died Tuesday at age 82. Henry’s family owns Martz Trailways, and Henry had been involved with numerous community groups. For her lifelong dedication to our community – through volunteerism, community service and philanthropy – we salute Henry. We hope her family can find solace in the fact that Henry touched so many lives. Our sincerest condolences.


KISS co-founder Paul Stanley shares his formula for success

For Paul Stanley, 2014 has been a very good year. So far, in just the past seven months, he has seen:•His band, KISS, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.•His band, KISS, hit the road with fellow hard-rock legends Def Leppard, where they’ve been packing them in every night.•His band, KISS, note its 40th anniversary.•His autobiography, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed,” become a New York Times best-se...

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Average gas prices for August 1

The area’s average gas price dropped a penny overnight, down a nickel from last week’s average.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $3.54 today, down a penny overnight and down 5 cents in the last week. Diesel at $4.01 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average at $3.63 today, unchanged overnight and down 4 cents...

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Rain, thunderstorms possible this weekend

The chance for rain is going to stick around for the entire weekend in the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 63 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. Skies were mostly cloudy for the last morning commute of the week, with little sunshine to be found.There will be a chance of showers today, with thunderstorms also possible after 111 a.m. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected, but more could fall in thunderstorms. Today’s high will be in ...

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Looking Back (Aug. 1, 2014)

10 years ago• Fire Chief David Hickox dedicated the new South Jacksonville firehouse.• The Gamblers 3 on 3 basketball team captured first place during a tournament in Franklin.25 years ago• Jason Heaton of the Jacksonville Future Farmers of America chapter showed a grand champion at the Greene County Fair in Carrollton.• Midland Repertory Players presented “Opera in the Barn&...

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Church to pray for nation, military in outdoor event

DALLAS — Dallas Baptist Church will host a non-denominational community hour of prayer for the nation and those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces at 6 p.m. Saturday under a tent at the Dallas Baptist Church at the Briarcrest and Route 415 intersection in Dallas. Guests are encouraged to bring names, photos and memorabilia of those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.An offering will be collected to benefit “Operation Heal Our Patriots.” A free ice cream social will fo...

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County assessment appeal deadline is today

Today is the deadline to file Luzerne County assessment appeals.Assessment reductions granted will take effect in 2015 municipal, county and school tax bills. The Assessor’s office will accept applications postmarked today. Appeals filed after today will apply to 2016 tax bills, Assessment Director Anthony Alu said.Appeal forms are available in the Assessor’s Office in the county annex, across from the courthouse on River Street in Wilkes-Barre; or on the cou...

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Arguments scheduled in PUC public record case

HARRISBURG — Commonwealth Court scheduled arguments in a case in which The Times Leader and The Morning Call, Allentown, are arguing against the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s and PPL Electric Utilities’ attempts to keep private an anonymous letter regarding wrongdoing by PPL, when it dispatched crews to restore electrical service in the wake of a severe store on Oct. 29, 2011.

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Medical assistant charged with fraud

SCRANTON— A woman from Avoca was charged Tuesday in federal court with unlawfully billing Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania for bogus prescriptions.Sandra Jalowiec, 43, a medical assistant at a physician’s office in Old Forge, was charged with health care fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith.According to information filed in federal court, Jalowiec defrauded Blue Cross by forging prescriptions in the name of a licensed medical doctor for pai...

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Man sentenced for taking gun into federal building

SCRANTON — A Pittston man pleaded guilty to taking a loaded handgun into the William J. Nealon Federal Building last month.Jerome Vantaggi, 58, was immediately sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick on Tuesday to two months in prison for unlawfully possessing and causing to be present a loaded firearm in a federal building.Vantaggi was credited for 55 days time served in jail.Federal prosecutors said Vantaggi took the loaded firearm into ...

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Suspect in killing of Hazleton man wants statement tossed

WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton man awaiting trial in a fatal shooting last year wants to prevent prosecutors from using a statement he made during an interview with police.Adamis Arias, 22, faces a charge of criminal homicide in the death of 19-year-old Angel Villalobos of Hazleton on Feb. 23, 2013.At a pre-trial hearing Thursday before Judge David Lupas, attorney Allison Kacmarski sought to suppress a statement Arias made while in custody on an unrelated probation viol...

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In Brief

WILKES-BARRE: Dunkin’ Donuts of Northeastern Pennsylvania is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at its Wilkes-Barre location, 1020 Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard.All donors at the Wilkes-Barre blood drive will receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee through the “Give a Pint, Give a Pound” program. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.redcrossblood.org....

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Monday PLAINS TWP.: The Plains Parks and Recreation Board, 6:30 p.m., at the Birchwood Hills Park Office, Birchwood Hills section.

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Amber L. Wehrenberg

Amber Lynn Wehrenberg, daughter of Eric and Seena Wehrenberg, Wapwallopen, is celebrating her 12th birthday today, Aug. 1. Amber Lynn is a granddaughter of Mary Wehrenberg and the late Harry Wehrenberg, Hackettstown, New Jersey, and the late Robert and Marie Zofcin, Shickshinny. She has a sister, Brenna Morgan, 9, and a brother, Colin James, 7.

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Alaina L. Morrissey

Alaina Lynne Morrissey, daughter of Tim and Amy Morrissey, Northampton, is celebrating her third birthday today, Aug. 1. Alaina is a granddaughter of Eileen Morrissey and the late Thomas Morrissey and Karen Fritz and the late Daniel Fritz, all of Wilkes-Barre.

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Bryce M. Graham

Bryce Michael Graham, son of Brian and Karissa Graham, Mountain Top, is celebrating his second birthday today, Aug. 1. Bryce is a grandson of Michael and Lorraine Conklin, Hanover Township; Dave and Roxanne Wech, Jenkins Township; and Michael Graham, Pittston. He is a great-grandson of Frances Conklin and Mary Bernoski, both of Hanover Township, and John and Carol Farrell, Yatesville.

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Owen W. Davies

Owen William Davies, son of Richard and Michelle Davies, Sweet Valley, is celebrating his eighth birthday today, Aug. 1. Owen is a grandson of Richard and Sumnar Davies, Hanover Township, and Russell and Karen Hryvnak, Blakeslee. He is a great-grandson of Vincent and Eleanor Miskewicz, Wilkes-Barre. Owen has a sister, Gabrielle Paige Davies, 9.

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Catherine M. Elgonitis

Catherine (Cassie) Marie Elgonitis, daughter of Michael and Erica Elgonitis, Dallas, is celebrating her ninth birthday today, Aug. 1. Cassie is a granddaughter of the late Paula Oscielowski, Kingston, and Len and Marlene Elgonitis, Miners Mills. Cassie has a brother, Michael, 6.

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