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Lowery’s big second half leads Chiefs past Trojans

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NANTICOKE – Mike Lowery only touched the football two times in the first half for a mere seven yards.What the Lakeland sophomore running back didn’t know was that he was going to throw the team on his back in the final 24 minutes.Lowery ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and grounded up 179 yards in the second half as Lakeland wore down Greater Nanticoke Area, 21-6, Friday night in Nanticoke.The victory improves Lakeland to 2-2, while Nanticoke’s two-game win streak was snapped.


Close apparently counts in Nanticoke

NANTICOKE — Since the days of the Great Depression, quoits has been the name of the game for one Nanticoke club.Originally, the game was played with two five-pound metal rings. The object was to toss the rings around a peg planted in a box of soft clay. Today, the metal rings have been played with horseshoes, giving the game its current name.Either way, the Nanticoke Quoit Club is for those who enjoy tossing a few shoes.Members play every Wednesday eveni...

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UPDATE: CNN reports police closing in on Frein in state trooper shooting manhunt

CNN is reporting that police are apparently closing in on state trooper shooting suspect Eric Frein in Monroe County.Police have surrounded a home where they believe Eric Matthew Frein is believed to be hiding, a local government official told CNN.CNN reports that home, which was broken into, is not far from Frein’s family home in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, in the Po...

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Wyoming Valley native remembered for University of Texas service

Back in Hanover High School, the late Charles Sorber above all wanted to play football and study engineering in college. He fulfilled only one of those dreams, but ended up being most remember for neither.The Hanover native’s life may have begun as a trumpeter in the band and a standout on the gridiron, but after graduation it took a turn into academia, rising to president of the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. To honor his distinguished service, the school posthumo...

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Mixed verdict in trial of Missouri man charged in death of his friend

WILKES-BARRE —A Luzerne County jury this afternoon acquitted Patrick Ramirez of homicide by DUI, but found him guilty of the lesser charge of DUI.Ramirez, 26, of Missouri, was charged in the Sept. 9, 2013 death of his friend and co-worker Shane Stewart.The jury also found Ramirez guilty of accidents involving death and personal injury leaving the scene and two summary counts of careless driving and failure to render aid. The jury also acquitted him of accidents inv...

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Larksville shuts down Muslim cemetery with resolution

As far as Dr. Ibrahim Almeky knows, the Islamic Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania can move forward with plans to construct a Muslim cemetery on Larksville Mountain.But a resolution, one about which the association president has yet to receive official word, passed by Larksville Borough Council this week, says the association can buy the land and call it a cemetery, but no one may be buried there.Almeky said if council does not notify the association of its resolut...

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Autopsy shows Tyzheke Seward died from multiple gunshot wounds

WILKES-BARRE — An autopsy on the body of Tyzheke Seward showed he died from multiple gunshot wounds, the city’s second or possibly the third intentional homicide this year.Seward, 23, of Wilkes-Barre, was found dead on a hilly field in the Interfaith Apartment complex near Coal Street Thursday morning.Forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross conducted the autopsy at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Friday, ruling Seward died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner...

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Bart & Urby’s owner says parking vital to Wilkes-Barre business

WILKES-BARRE — Brian Urbanas, who operates Bart & Urby’s pub on South Main Street, said Friday his future depends on parking.Urbanas, 34, has owned and operated the bar/restaurant for eight years. He said recent concerns about free parking being allowed in the vacant lot adjacent to his business has him concerned.“If they turn it over to a private individual, we would probably lose it for parking for our customers,” Urbanas said. “If that ha...

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Outgoing city administrator retires, says Wilkes-Barre’s made ‘tremendous progress’

WILKES-BARRE — The latest member of Mayor Tom Leighton’s senior staff left Friday when city administrator Marie McCormick retired after 28 years.She gave plenty of advance notice, Leighton said at Thursday’s city council meeting as he thanked her for service.“Marie, I knew two years ago, it was actually two years, eight months and 19 days, that this day would come. But, honestly, it came like a blur,” he said. “Marie has been a tremend...

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Our Opinion: Diamonds & Coal

Diamonds to state police troopers, other law enforcement officers and civilians who on Thursday honored the life of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson. Thousands of police, from multiple states and Canada, attended the funeral in Scranton of Dickson, the Pennsylvania State Police employee who was shot and killed Sept. 12 outside a barracks in Pike County. The outpouring of devotion and concern, beyond supplying comfort to the 38-year-old Dunmore man’s family, serves as a reminder of...

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Auditor general report finds problems in W-B fuel account

WILKES-BARRE — A new report by the Pennsylvania Auditor General reviewing Wilkes-Barre’s spending of state money from fuel taxes notes the office is “concerned in light of the city’s failure to correct a previously reported finding of non-permissible expenditures.”The report also notes the city used some money improperly for retroactive expenditures and in one case failed to obtain state approval of a paving project paid for with state money....

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Family ramps up search for missing Phylicia Thomas of Lake Twp., Luzerne County

NANTICOKE — The search for a young woman who disappeared nearly 11 years ago is getting statewide attention.Family members and friends are seeking new information that will lead to the remains of Phylicia Thomas, who is presumed dead and last was seen at her Lake Township home one cold night in February 2003. She was 22 years old.Ever since her mother, Pauline Bailey, 57, of Nanticoke, as well as Thomas’ siblings and friends have been asking questions and fol...

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Parish council members installed

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church recently installed the 2014 parish council members at a special Mass held on Sunday, Sept. 7. Council members, from left, first row, are Gene Bartosiewicz, Sharon Bartosiewicz, Martina Kaminski, Nicole Kozak and Dawn Chilek. Second row: Debra Boedeker, Kathryn Ross and Patrick Dougherty. Third row: the Rev. Joseph Verespy, James Renfer and Bernadine Radici.

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Pilgrimage to national shrine planned

PITTSTON: A bus pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, will be celebrating the Feast Day of St. Faustina observed on Saturday, Oct. 4.The bus will leave at 7 a.m. from the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, 1880 Highway 315, Pittston. Estimated arrival at the shrine is 11 a.m. All events will be at Mother of Mercy outdoor shrine.The itinerary includes Eucharistic adoration and confessions, rosary for life, holy Mass, ...

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In Brief

KINGSTON: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 813 Wyoming Ave., is holding a special prayer service in support of the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. The goals of the march include raising awareness of climate change and encouraging political leaders gathering for the United Nations Climate Summit to take effective action.At 1 p.m., as the march in New York begins, the church bells will sound for 350 seconds, reflecting the amount of carbon that the atm...

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Little Sisters announce raffle winner

The Little Sisters of the Poor and residents of Holy Family Residence recently announced the winner of the Weekend in New England: Fall Foliage, Football and Fun raffle. Sister Dolores Banick won two lower-level tickets to the New England Patriots versus the Oakland Raiders NFL game on Sunday, Sept. 21, a $100 Visa gift card, lodging and breakfast at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood Hotel and a $100 gift card to Patriot Place shopping, dining and entertainment center. All of the raffle pro...

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Hudson church hosts Christian performer

The Wyoming Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hudson, recently sponsored an evening with Scott Michael Bennett. More than 100 people attended and all received a free gift. Refreshments and snacks were also served after the concert. Bennett is a national Christian recording artist and songwriter featured on such Christian channels as 3ABN and HopeTV. He has performed in various venues across the country and the Pentagon. Bennett will perform again at the Hudson church next spring. For more ...

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Women’s ministry donates prayer shawls

The women of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Dallas, have made and donated several hundred prayer shawls to those in need of care and comfort during a time of illness or bereavement. Since May, they have made 75 lap robes and 12 more prayer shawls to be given to various groups. They took 30 lap robes to the Interfaith Tea for distribution, 25 to the Meadows Nursing Home and 15 to the Mercy Center Nursing Home. They have also delivered 12 prayer shawls to Candy’...

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