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Talks advance for state to take over two Luzerne County parks

The state is interested in taking over Moon Lake Park in Plymouth Township and other Luzerne County-owned recreational holdings, county Manager Robert Lawton told council this week.Lawton also presented some of the conditions the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has tentatively agreed to accept if the county transfers ownership. Council may vote on these conditions Dec. 9 so the administration could advance negotiations.In addition to Moon La...

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City to recycle telephone books

WILKES-BARRE — Beginning Dec. 2nd, the City of Wilkes-Barre will participate in the telephone book recycling campaign sponsored by Luzerne County.Collection containers will be available at the following locations through Jan. 21:• DPW Garage, 3 Conyngham Ave.• South Fire Station, 313 High St.• Hollenback Fire Station, 1020 North Washington St.

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Luzerne County attorney fails to appear for DUI hearing, a court document says

WILKES-BARRE — An arrest warrant issued for a Wilkes-Barre-based attorney will be lifted, according to a judge’s office spokeswoman.Elizabeth J. Bartolai, 48, of Bear Creek, was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana in early April, and did not appear for a Tuesday hearing in the matter, court papers say.Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy issued a failure to appear warrant, which would have been effective 9 a.m. Dec. 3, according to court documents. How...

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Food drive sets inauspicious record

WILKES-BARRE — More families in need than ever before have been served by this year’s food distribution at the Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Weinberg Food Bank.The inauspicious record of the agency’s 35th annual Thanksgiving Project set a new record for food distributed in the Wyoming Valley in advance of the holiday by the largest and longest running holiday food drive in the region.

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Average gas prices for November 26

Commuters hitting the road today for holiday travels will be greeted by low gas prices, as Wilkes-Barre’s average continues to trickle below the $3-mark.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.95 today, down a penny overnight and down 3 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.65 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania ga...

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Our Opinion: Donating to charity? Do so wisely and with results in mind

Give from your heart, but run every charitable impulse past your brain before writing that check or dropping dollars into a donation box.Too many of us who make holiday and end-of-year donations between Thanksgiving and Christmas – considered prime charitable-giving season – do so based on spur-of-the-moment decisions rather than on a well-conceived plan. That’s too bad, because it sometimes means our money gets squandered by legitimate groups or, in other instanc...

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Small Business Saturday highlights Wyoming Valley businesses

WILKES-BARRE — In the rush of holiday buying, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association invites shoppers to slow down and shop local on Small Business Saturday.Developed in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday traditionally follows Black Friday to benefit locally owned and operated retail stores who contribute to the local economy.According to Bloomberg Business Week, in 2013 consumers spent nearly $5.7 billion in locally owned businesses, nationw...

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Coughlin calculus teacher hired as national consultant

WILKES-BARRE — Coughlin High School calculus teacher Gerald Gillis already nabbed a bit of fame thanks to a string of years in which all his students aced their Advanced Placement tests — including last year’s group, making it four years running. Now he’s been tabbed by The College Board, the organization behind AP classes, as a calculus consultant.“Only four teachers nationwide were chosen this year,” Gillis said during a short brake from his AP...

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Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — A woman was arraigned Wednesday on charges she stabbed her boyfriend during a drunken fight inside their Lee Park Avenue apartment.Melissa Ann Jaslar, 38, was charged by township police with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. She was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.Police said they found Bryan Reed with a stab wo...

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Hazleton man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill police officers

WILKES-BARRE — A man from Hazleton was sentenced in Luzerne County Court for threatening to kill police officers who arrested him for a drunken fight at a bar.Judge Fred Pierantoni III sentenced William Matthews, 52, of South Vine Street, to 18 months probation on three counts of terroristic threats and a single count of institutional vandalism. He was sentenced to two-days to six-months in jail for a drunken driving offense.Hazleton police arrested Matthews after ...

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