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Couple displaced by Jenkins Township trailer fire

JENKINS TOWNSHIP — A man and woman were displaced after their mobile home caught fire late this afternoon at the Heather Highlands Mobile Home Park.As of 6:20 p.m., firefighters were still extinguishing hot spots.Family members on scene said the couple who lived there were at church, and that the couple’s three cats perished in the fire.Fire officials are still working the scene and unavailable for comment.Family members declined to name...

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Five folks answer: What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Question and Photos by Mary Therese BiebelThe Times Leader attended a performance of the Mohegan Sun Holiday Choir and asked:“What is your favorite holiday song?”***“Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”Michael Bean, president and CEO, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs***“Silver Bells”Suzanne Youngblood, choir member, Wilkes-Barre Township***“Si...

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University of Scranton partners with Hildebrandt Learning Centers in building reuse

SCRANTON — The University of Scranton teamed with two Luzerne County businesses to devise a project converting a vacant junior high school into a combination of student housing and early learning center.At a media conference Thursday the partners unveiled plans for the 43,000 square-foot building at 528 Quincy Avenue. Built in the early 1900s, the structure is on the national register of historic places.West Pittston-based Greenspace Properties acquired the propert...

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Woman charged with assaulting officer waives hearing

WILKES-BARRE — A woman accused of assaulting a city police officer with a syringe waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Martin Kane on Thursday.Kristen N. Dudzik, 32, of North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, waived charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness to Luzerne County Court.Dudzik remains jai...

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Harveys Lake councilman waives DUI hearing

KINGSTON TWP. — A Harveys Lake councilman charged with drunken driving waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Tupper.The hearing for Thomas Kehler, 62, was scheduled for Thursday.Kehler, through his attorney Frank Nocito, waived the proceeding to county court on Wednesday.According to the criminal complaint:Harveys Lake police officer Brian Gasper spotted a vehicle heading north on Memorial Highway “serving...

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Nanticoke will make accommodations for people displaced by projects

NANTICOKE — The city council adopted a resolution at Wednesday night’s meeting that ensures the city will make accommodations for people displaced due to Community Development Block Grant projects.The council also voted to authorize city Manager Andrew Gegaris to execute any documents associated with the 2014 Local Share Account Grant application. The $2.5 million grant application will be used for acquisition and demolition in conjunction with the upcoming Streetscape ...

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What The Fork to open restaurant in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Mario Bevilacqua, owner and chef of the What The Fork food truck, confirmed he is in the process of meeting with architects to design the interior of his first What The Fork restaurant in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.The distinctive green What The Fork truck has been seen throughout the Wilkes-Barre area and now will have a permanent spot at 41 South Main St., Midtown Village, Wilkes-Barre. Bevilacqua said the new venue will open the end of February.Bevilac...

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What The Fork to open restaurant in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Mario Bevilacqua, owner and chef of the What The Fork food truck, confirmed he is in the process of meeting with architects to design the interior of his first What The Fork restaurant in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.The distinctive green What The Fork truck has been seen throughout the Wilkes-Barre area and now will have a permanent spot at 41 South Main St., Midtown Village, Wilkes-Barre. Bevilacqua said the new venue will open the end of February.Bevilac...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International transitioning to new executive director

PITTSTON TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport’s bi-county board said goodbye Thursday to outgoing Airport Director Barry Centini with thanks, praise and a standing ovation. The board later said hello to his successor, Carl Beardsley Jr., with a welcoming luncheon in the airport conference room.Centini’s last day is Jan. 9, but he attended his last board meeting on Thursday. The 65-year-old Plains Township resident started at the airport in Decemb...

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Volunteers replace stolen pipes, secure Bethel AME Church in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Sometimes Santa Claus comes in different forms. On Thursday, he arrived at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the form of four plumbers, several U.S. veterans, an attorney, a sister church and an anonymous donor. Together, this group managed to get the church's pipes reconnected, its food pantry replenis...

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