Christmas Eve car crash kills Hunlock Creek man

HUNLOCK TWP. — A fatal car crash in Hunlock Township on Wednesday claimed the life of a Hunlock Creek man.Police say that John Higgs, 52, was traveling north on Old Tavern Road at approximately 9 p.m. when his vehicle hit a guard rail on the east berm. Higgs’ vehicle then rolled into a field.The police report for the crash did not indicate a cause or give any additional information.

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Wilkes-Barre man faces child pornography charges

WILKES-BARRE — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of five Pennsylvania men on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing and distribution of child pornography.One of those men is from Luzerne County.John James Owen, 46, of Wilkes-Barre was arrested on December 16 and charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography and five counts of possession of child pornography.The charges state that age...

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Clear weather expected until the end of the weekend

Skies should clear today for families to enjoy some Christmas sunshine after some rain and wind overnight.That clear weather should stick around until the end of the weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 44 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Skies are beginning to clear this morning, with some lingering clouds making their way out of the Wyoming Valley.Partly cloudy skies are predicted for today, wi...

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Volunteers wrap gifts for those who otherwise would be forgotten

“We all think about children at Christmas,” Janessa Edwards said. “People forget about seniors.”But Edwards, of Hunlock Creek, and several other volunteers were determined that elderly area residents who are financially needy and socially isolated would know that someone cares this year.That’s why they answered a call from Alyssa Maria of Home Instead Senior Care to help wrap holiday presents last week at the Luzerne County Area Agency on Ag...

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Innocent young voices are raised in song during Trinity Lutheran Christmas Pageant

Fifty pairs of little feet marched in place on the risers in the sanctuary, showing how the three kings’ caravan set out for Bethlehem.Fifty little fingers pointed up, up, up at the Gigantic Star on the wall, the one that lit the way for shepherds as well as learned kings.And 50 pairs of hands stretched out, indicating one special couple’s search for a place to stay.“The inn is full. What shall we do?” the children of Hazleton Trinity N...

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Traffic report for Christmas Day

Holiday travel this morning should be quick and easy for commuters.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 115, 315 and the North Cross Valley Expressway are also free of traffic congestion this morning.Wilkes-Barre and Kingston are both virtually traffic-free this morning.For up-to-date traffic information, including traffic cams, visit Times Leader’s traffic page at www.timesleader.com/section/traffic.

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Behind every great Santa is a Mrs. Claus

Dear Santa:I hate to start this letter on a negative note, but, I’ve been thinking, and I’ve decided that mothers get the crappy end of the candy cane every Christmas, hands down.Ask Mrs. Claus. I bet she’s sick to death of running the show and getting none of the credit. Because we both know, Santa, that since you’re an m-a-n, there’s no way in the North Pole that you’re able to organize the whole Christmas enchilada on your own. It&#...

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Our Opinion: Don’t be so quick to pack away ‘holiday spirit’

The question shouldn’t be whether you’re “in” the holiday spirit, or whether you managed before Christmas Day to “find” it – as if it were tucked away in the attic since last year, buried below boxes of plastic garland.Rather, the question for people who consider Dec. 25 sacred should be this: Have you embraced the holiday spirit?

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Letter to the Editor: Salvation Army bell ringer finds experience spirit-raising

On Dec. 16, it was cold and damp. Still, it was a chance to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. This was not on my “bucket list,” but it should have been.The first thing I noticed was the bell was smaller than I expected. It was easy to ring, and I did so during my entire short one-hour shift. As I settled into ringing the bell, the generosity of the patrons of Gould’s Supermarket was astounding. Some gave change, most gave dollar bills, and an occasional fiv...

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Nanticoke family helped Canadian boy’s Christmas dreams come true 75 years ago

WILKES-BARRE — Some 75 years later, Mackie Scott’s letter to Santa Claus is still a part of Christmas.During the Christmas season of 1939, Mackie, then an 11-year-old sixth grader in New Brunswick, Canada, was worried that Santa may forget to visit his house.So the kid penned a letter to Santa, telling the jolly old elf of his situation. Scott was living with his grandmother and they were poor. They needed stuff, and Santa was his best chance of getting some ...

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