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Our Opinion: Explore Moon Lake Park transfer to state park system

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Ellen Ferretti, hear our plea.Find a way to safeguard Luzerne County’s Moon Lake Park.As secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, you have the power to mutually explore a state takeover of the county-owned facility in Plymouth Township. And, as a Back Mountain resident with considerable ties to this area, you’re certainly familiar with the park’s bedeviled history and, in more recent years, bedraggled condition.

 

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey pushes for funding for a West Pittston levee

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey started the the push today for funding that could aid a West Pittston levee project that has been discussed.In a letter to a key Senate committee with oversight over flood funding, Casey called on the Committee to support the current funding in the House proposal of $20 million. The Section 205 program is part of the Small Flood Risk Management Project (SFRMP). This will help provide federal funding to smaller flood control projects that don’t require exte...

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Evans not guilty of institutional sexual abuse

WILKES-BARRE — A suspended Hanover Area high school teacher has been found not guilty on two counts of institutional sexual abuse.Jurors in the case of Edward Evans, 34, was accused of taking an 18-year-old student home on March 10, 2013 for the purpose of having sex with the man.Deliberations took about two hours, following closing statements this morning in which attorneys attacked the credibility of the accuser and the accused.Evans, of Hanover Townsh...

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King’s College placed on “Forbes” list for educational excellence and high “return on investment”

WILKES-BARRE — King’s College has been placed on an exclusive list of “Best American Colleges” compiled for “Forbes” magazine by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity.The college made the list based on multiple factors related to success after graduation, affordability, student satisfaction, and student and faculty achievement. King’s placed 471st of 650 institutions in the annual rankings. Less than 15 percent of the nearly...

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West Pittston woman struck by vehicle in critical condition

SCRANTON — A West Pittston woman is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle on Tuesday night.Police say that Nicole Avvisato, 29, was struck by the vehicle at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Lackawanna and Wyoming Avenue. Police say the vehicle was being driven by Ralph Scarfo, 46, of Scranton.Avvisato was taken to to Geisinger Community Medical Center in critical condition. No charges have been filed, and the crash remains under invest...

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Superior Court denies relief in Edwardsville homicide conviction

Convicted murderer Gregory Orlando Fann is staying in prison.Fann, 27, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, was convicted in a Luzerne County non-jury trial on Feb. 16, 2010, in the killing of Aaron Witko, 19, in a wooded area near the Susquehanna River in Edwardsville on May 29, 2008.State police at Wyoming said Fann intended to purchase an assault rifle from Witko when he pulled out a .44 Magnum handgun and fired four shots at Witko.Fann sought relief claiming ineffect...

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Chance of rain, thunderstorms expected into the weekend

Sunny skies will stick around for the most of the week, but so will a chance for showers and thunderstorms.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 56 degrees as of 7:54 a.m. A mixture of clouds and sun greeting the morning commute, and the cooler-than-average temperatures made it feel like a fall morning.There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. today — otherwise, partly sunny skies are expected, with a high in the mid 70s. ...

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Wilkes-Barre Area School Board fires back at sports broadcaster

WILKES-BARRE — Several Wilkes-Barre Area School Board members had sharp words for a local sports broadcaster in their decision to reject a request by Service Electric Cable TV to broadcast district football games Tuesday.When Board Member Dino Galella made a motion to consider the request near the end of the meeting, Denise Thomas jumped in with unabashed disdain, noting one of their broadcasters had “chastised our own kids on the air. The last thing we need is a broadc...

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Average gas prices for July 30

The area’s average gas price dropped by a penny overnight, taking the area’s average almost a dime below the state’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 $3.55 today, down a penny overnight and down 4 cents in the last week. Diesel at $4.01 today, down a penny overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average at $3.64 toda...

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Work begins on new Bear Creek Community Charter School

BEAR CREEK TWP. — It seemed any of the students posing with a shovel for a photo op gave the same answer. Eager to get into the new school they were “breaking ground” for? You bet!“It’s cool,” Mary Beth Lewis said at the end of a short event to note the start of construction of the new Bear Creek Community Charter School, about two miles from the old facility used since the school opened in 2004.And while the 10-year-old may have being...

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Environmentalists seek AG probe into health department natural gas response

Two environmental groups are asking the state attorney general to look into whether the Pennsylvania Department of Health has swept inquiries referencing natural gas development under the rug.

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Lottery Numbers for Tuesday, July 29.

Midday Drawing:Daily Number: 1-4-0Big Four: 1-9-6-5Quinto: 7-0-2-4-5Treasure Hunt: 02-03-08-25-28Evening DrawingDaily Number: 7-4-3Big Four: 2-6-3-1Quinto: 2-8-5-4-2Cash 5: 20-21-25-26-36Mega Millions2 - 8 - 16 - 43 - 74Mega Ball1No player matched all five numbers in Tuesday’s “Cash 5” jackpot drawing. Wednesday’s jac...

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Travelocity call center to close

HANOVER TWP. — A total of 88 employees formally will lose their jobs when a Travelocity call center closes at the end of next month, although officials with that firm and corporate parent Orbitz Worldwide said an undisclosed number have been offered Orbitz jobs.Orbitz spokesman Tim Enstice said employees have 60 days to determine whether they want to stay. He did not have any indication as to how many employees would carry over, but said keeping the staff would create a ̶...

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Paving juggles bus parking

A construction crew works on paving a section of the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center on South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday afternoon. Officials with the Luzerne County Transportation Authority advised that the paving will continue today and, while LCTA buses will still use the facility for scheduled pick-ups and drop-offs, some buses may not be parked in their regularly assigned stalls and gates. Passengers should look for LCTA personnel for direction as to w...

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For the love of cheese

I am almost always laser focused day in and out, simply because I have to be with all the things life throws my way – but there is one thing that makes my eyes glaze over, that finds me lingering in one spot for far too long and not even realizing it, and forces a good head shake to snap out of it.That would be the cheese shop at Wegmans.Look, I am a huge fan of dairy and actually like to “splurge” on expensive cheeses. It (and a collection of Kate Spad...

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Shuttered Sacred Heart loses bell, other items

WILKES-BARRE — It happened very subtly, but piece by piece the Wilkes-Barre church that sparked a battle all the way to the Vatican is being dismantled.Noreen Foti, who with her husband has spearheaded a lengthy fight to reverse the closing of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, notified The Times Leader the bell at the church had been removed.Diocese of Scranton spokesman Bill Genello confirmed the bell, along with other items, has b...

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Wyoming Homes owner faces more fraud charges

PLAINS TWP. — About 16 alleged fraud victims of Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti hurled remarks at him in a district judge’s courtroom Tuesday, saying he should go to jail if they don’t get refunded their down payments.Outside, they chanted “Wyoming Homes makes owning a home a nightmare.”The crowd may become larger as two law enforcement sources said Tuesday that Valenti could possibly face more charges related to allegedly swindling would-...

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Area jobless rate lowest since October ‘08, but still highest in state

It’s been more than five years since the unemployment rate in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area was below 7 percent, but June’s figure dipped to just below that mark, to 6.9 percent. That was the lowest local jobless rate since October 2008, when it was 6.7 percent, according to a report by the state Department of Labor and Industry.Even though June marked a 12th consecutive monthly decline, the region continued to report the highest jobless rate among 14 large markets in ...

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