Commuters battle snowy roadways to visit their families

WILKES-BARRE — For most out-of-state holiday commuters, traveling to Northeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday meant a change of scenery.It was easy to spot out-of-state commuters, who would frantically snap photos of the heavy snow with their cell phones. With Thanksgiving only a day away, it looked more like Christmas.It also meant treacherous travel conditions as a winter storm wreaked havoc with heavy snowfall.Christopher Schiebel and Joe Zullo each sto...

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Letter to the Editor: Sign up for Salvation Army duty this holiday: Ring a bell

Only a few times in my life have I been asked to stand in one place for hours on end. First, the Air Force ordered me to. Another time my brother put me on a deer stand and told me if I moved, he’d shoot me. And the one that stands out the most is ringing the bell for the Salvation Army kettle drive.My granddaughter wanted to do something for the holidays. That in itself was great to hear, knowing that she wanted to give rather than receive.

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2013 beating death of Nanticoke woman, 97, remains unsolved

NANTICOKE — Police Chief William Shultz stood on the sidewalk in front of the tiny home on East Grand Street, telling a reporter a body had been found and the investigation was going to be “a major case.”That was one year ago this week on a blustery cold morning, and the brutal beating death of 97-year-old Gertrude Price remains unsolved.“The year has been a very difficult one,” Price’s daughter, Carol Belmont, said during an interview...

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Police: TSO concerts will add to Black Friday traffic woes

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Black Friday shopping and Trans-Syberian Orchestra concerts will be teaming up to make for one perfect storm of traffic congestion this Friday, police warn.The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department has issued a Traffic Advisory for Friday, noting that two Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts are scheduled at the Mohegan Sun Arena, which is surrounded by popular shopping destinations.The first show is at 3 p.m. and the second is at 8 p.m.

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Some leftovers from the football season

The final serving of Wyoming Valley Conference football takes place Saturday with the UNICO All-Star Football Classic. Game time is 1 p.m. at Lake-Lehman High School, with all proceeds going to local charities.Until then, here are some leftovers to chew on before some of the WVC top seniors take the field for a final time.UNICO GAMEPrior to kickoff, a 5K run will be held at noon on the campus of Lake-Lehman High School. Fee is $10 and gets you...

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WVC football coaches select all-stars

Crestwood running back Frank Aigeldinger was named the Wyoming Valley Conference Big School Player of the Year and GAR running back Anthony Maurent gained the same honor on the Small School team as the WVC football coaches selected their all-star teams.Aigeldinger led the entire WVC in rushing yards with 1,678, yards-per-carry with a 12.6 average and rushing touchdowns with 20. The senior helped Crestwood to the WVC Division 3A and District 2 Class 3A championships.Maure...

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NFC East Thanksgiving Showdown

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo still talks about wishing he had been on the field instead of at home following back surgery when the Cowboys lost a playoffs-or-bust finale to Philadelphia last season.Eleven months and yet another back injury later, the Dallas quarterback will be out there Thursday against Mark Sanchez when these NFC East rivals play on Thanksgiving for the first time in 25 years with the division lead on the line.No postseason fates will be sealed th...

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Snow delays Pa., NJ rivals’ Thanksgiving game

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. — A snowstorm is disrupting one of high school football’s great Thanksgiving traditions.The annual Turkey day rivalry game between neighboring Easton, Pennsylvania and Phillipsburg, New Jersey is being postponed until Saturday.Officials at host Phillipsburg said Wednesday they’re making the change to ensure fans and players are safe.Forecasters are expecting 5 to 10 inches to fall on the region by Wednesday night....

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Scott, McIlroy inspire each other to better golf

SYDNEY — On the eve of the Australian Open — and their first tournament together since September — Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott were doing their best Wednesday to sound like a mutual admiration society.Shortly after they played off the same tee in a pro-am at The Australian Golf Club, McIlroy credited Scott with giving him the confidence to have the 2014 that he’s had — two majors and winner of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. And those are just...

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Redeemer grad to represent USA in softball

WILKES-BARRE — Abby Staskiel’s reaction was justified.A former standout at Holy Redeemer and now junior at Penn State-Berks, Staskiel was just like any college student, preparing to log-in to her email.In a day and age where most people receive more spam than actual readable information from family, friends and professional associates, one message caught her in a double-take.An email from USA Athletes International. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...

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