Wilkes-Barre Area feasibility study unveiled, cost estimates top $100 million

WILKES-BARRE — The four-month study is done, the numbers are in, and no matter what option Wilkes-Barre Area School Board chooses in updating its high school system, the costs will be steep.The choices presented at a public informational meeting Wednesday by representatives from four firms teamed to conduct the feasibility study:• Renovate Meyers High School and bring it up to modern code for $113.2 million; renovate Coughlin for $83.2 million, and renovate G...

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Hazleton’s amended budget holds line on taxes

HAZLETON — The city council approved a second reading of the proposed 2015 budget with amendments holding the real estate property tax at 3.12 mills.A mill is $1 in tax on every $1,000 in assessed value.The budget, with revenue and expenditures of $9.3 million, would also provide for an increase in police protection. The police department budget has an $123,839 available compared to this year.Council members said they hoped this increase would be directe...

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Penn State, Stanford meet again in volleyball semis

OKLAHOMA CITY — Penn State’s bid for a second consecutive national championship runs through top-seeded Stanford.It’s a true matchup of blue bloods —— both schools have won six national titles and are tied for the most NCAA tournament appearances all time with 34.The programs have met several times in big matches, and it has created a friendly rivalry between Penn State coach Russ Rose and Stanford coach John Dunning. Rose defeated Dunning i...

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Mark Elliot: Holiday shoppers, beware fake goods sold online

This holiday season, for the first time ever, shoppers are buying more of their gifts online than in brick-and-mortar stores. Forty-seven percent of Americans are doing their shopping on the Internet, compared to 37 percent who say they still prefer conventional retailers.As consumers move online, the manufacturers and distributors of counterfeit goods follow them. But selling low-quality knock-offs isn’t just a way to make a harmless buck – it actually endangers consum...

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Tigers drop Bulldogs in D-I wrestling opener

BERWICK — Participating in its first Wyoming Valley Conference Division I wrestling dual in three seasons, Tunkhannock had a grand debut defeating Berwick 45-22 on Wednesday night.Jake Richards (126), Dakota Quick (132), Bill Manley (145), Mike Manley (160), Dalton Ray (182) and Sam Rice (220) all won via fall to lead the Tigers to the win.For Berwick, Travis Dent (106) picked up a pin, while Stone Force earned bonus points with a major decision at 285....

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Steelers run defense to face test from Chiefs

PITTSBURGH — The numbers, at least by James Harrison’s impeccably high standards, aren’t good enough. Not by a long shot.Try to offer the occasionally snarly Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker an olive branch about the improvement in the team’s run defense over the last two months and he swats it away.“By no means is it where we would like it to be,” Harrison said.Maybe, but the Steelers (9-5) are closer to respectable than they...

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Student-athletes earn national scholar honors

Misericordia University men’s soccer player Kevin Matlon has been named to the All-ECAC South Region team.A junior back, Matlon was a first-team selection after earning first-team All-Freedom honors for the second consecutive season. He started 22 games while anchoring a defense that posted nine shutouts while allowing less than a goal per game.Matlon added one goal and one assist. The Cougars finished 15-6-2 and won the ECAC South championship.M...

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Warriors net first win in boys hoops

EXETER — Led by a huge performance from Jeremy Zezza, Wyoming Area picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday night with a 65-60 win over Mountain View in a non-conference boys basketball game.Zezza scored 28 points, making 11 shots from the field, while Evan Musto added 15 points for Wyoming Area.Hanover Area 60, North Pocono 47Jake Barber’s 21 points led all s...

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Tunsley’s 28 powers Old Forge victory

Tori Tunsley scored a game-high 28 points to lead Old Forge to a 59-57 win over GAR in a girls basketball game on Wednesday night.Teammate Gabby Verespay scored 16 points in the victory.Brea Seabrook led the Grenadiers with 26 points. Seabrook was honored during the game for topping 1,000 career points, which she did with a layup in the first quarter on Dec. 12 at Pittston Area.Lindsey Quinn finished with 13 points for the Grenadiers....

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3 Pens tested for mumps, Crosby returns

While Children’s Hospital sought to tamp down any potential impact of Penguins forward Beau Bennett’s presence there, the Penguins ramped up how they’re dealing with the recent mumps outbreak.Chief Operating Officer Travis Williams told Trib Total Media the Penguins have hired Wexford-based Pelican Solutions to better clean and sanitize several areas around Consol Energy Center.They also have consulted with AEG Facilities, which manages Consol Energy Ce...

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