Luzerne County Convention Center Authority rejects all expansion bids

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — By unanimous vote, the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority Monday rejected all bids for the proposed expansion of the Mohegan Sun Arena.Three bids came in last week for the general construction contract and all were significantly higher than the budgeted $3.8 million for the project.The authority had budgeted $3.8 million to add space to house two bar/lounges to the concourse and suite levels of the arena. The authority board has asked it...

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Haystacks rolls into Hanover Township with second area restaurant

HANOVER TWP. — Restaurateur David Joseph received a warm reception when he opened his second Haystacks location recently.And then some.“I had no idea we were being watched throughout the renovation process,” he said. “The area (public) made us feel so wanted and appreciated.”Three weeks ago Joseph opened Haystacks in the former Ma’s Family Restaurant location on the Sans Souci Parkway, across from the Hanover Mall....

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Once-dry Northeastern Pennsylvania now finds itself soggy

WILKES-BARRE — Last month’s dry spell that worried gardeners and stunted lawns is history, thanks to drenching weekend rain that made it feel like a “monsoon season” in Northeastern Pennsylvania, WNEP-TV meteorologist Noreen Clark said Monday.“It has been excessive,” Clark said of the wet weather that hindered or postponed outdoor festivities throughout the region Saturday and Sunday.The National Weather Service’s drought indicat...

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Kingston police investigating robbery at Turkey Hill

KINGSTON — Police said a suspect got away with cigarettes during a robbery at the Turkey Hill store at Rutter Avenue and East Bennett Street early Monday morning.The robbery was recorded by the store’s surveillance cameras.Police said the suspect, believed to be a white man, entered the store at about 12:09 a.m. and walked behind the counter where he struggled with a clerk. The suspect got away with cigarettes, police said.Police described the susp...

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Lynn brings 5 years of music to the Kirby Center, performs with her children

Country music royalty descended upon Wilkes-Barre on Friday as the legendary Loretta Lynn held court at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.Lynn, now 83 and into the 55th year of her celebrated career, took the stage to a standing ovation in one of her trademark floor-length, sparkly gowns. She sounded just as stunning as she looked on opening number “They Don’t Make ‘em Like My Daddy,” a No. 4 hit from 1974.Backed by a seven-piece band ...

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Infant injured, man stabbed during Hazleton fight

HAZLETON — A 3-month old girl was injured during a fight among adults on North Bennett Court Sunday night.Police investigating the fight, which involved a man sustaining a stab wound at about 9:35 p.m., learned the infant allegedly had been struck in the head by Maria Vasquez, 39, of Carson Street, according to the criminal complaint.Police allege Vasquez intended to strike another person but struck the infant, who was being held by a juvenile, the complaint says....

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Man charged with assaulting pregnant girlfriend in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A city man was arraigned Monday on charges he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend.Police allege Kareem Benbow West, 26, of Airy Street, punched Dominique Ford twice in the face while she was fixing a toilet in a bathroom inside his residence at about 7 p.m. Sunday.Police said Ford is four months pregnant. Police found Ford holding a bloody towel to her face inside the bathroom, according to the criminal complaint.West was arraigned by Distri...

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Kid Rock, Foreigner power on through downpours and cold weather

Perhaps even Kid Rock was surprised the nasty weather didn’t keep his fans away on Saturday night.“I thought you all would be like, ‘Tickets were only 20 dollars, we’ll see him another time,’” he said. “But since you’re here, and I’m here, I’m gonna turn it up a little tonight!”Despite the torrential downpours and unseasonably cool temperatures, a massive crowd turned up at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain...

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Police: Suspect wore wig during one of two Wilkes-Barre robberies

WILKES-BARRE — City police said Timothy Burns wore a long-haired wig when he twice robbed the Turkey Hill store on North Pennsylvania Avenue, two of at least five robberies he allegedly committed on June 15, according to charges filed Monday.Police recovered a black wig, a hat and a knife in the area of North and Wyoming streets, a short distance from the store after the robbery.Burns was arraigned Monday for the allegedly robbery at Turkey Hill by District Judge J...

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Amish Cook: Gloria serves up Amish wedding gravy, hold the cherry pie!

Greetings to all on this cool, rainy day.Various food combinations are something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit these last days. I’d love hearing from you about what unusual types and styles of food combinations you’ve learned to appreciate and enjoy.To me, pineapple is one of the most amazingly versatile fruits. It can be used in countless ways. I remember the first time I heard of pineapple chicken pizza when I was a little girl. I had never tho...

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