Our Opinion: ‘Habitual truancy’ hurts Luzerne County students and broader society

If certain students at Wyoming Valley West School District parrot their peers elsewhere, the laundry list of excuses they’re likely to give for skipping school looks like this:Too tired.Stomachache.Had to babysit my younger sibling.Boring teachers.Mean classmates.Ultimately, no matter how serious or silly the reason, a high number of student absences signals trouble not only for the missing students, but for others in the...

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Our Opinion: Create aviation museum, or science center, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

Would it be a good idea to …… build a museum at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport dedicated to aviation – or something even broader?Lackawanna County Commission Corey O’Brien pitched the notion of a flight museum at a recent meeting of the bi-county airport board, one of several suggestions he made for boosting the facility’s foot traffic and, in turn, its public profile. “It would be a way to attract people more routinel...

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Fork lift taken for joy ride

WILKES-BARRE — City police said a fork lift was recovered after it was driven from Nardone’s Bakery on Hazle Street late Thursday night.Police investigated a report that a fork lift was making too much noise at the bakery at about 11:30 p.m. A check of the area turned up nothing.Nardone’s employees reviewed surveillance video that recorded an unknown person driving the fork lift off the property.Police said the fork lift was recovered a short...

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Appeals court upholds DUI assault sentence; two women hurt in 2011 crash

HARRISBURG — A state appellate court upheld the lengthy state prison sentence for a Wilkes-Barre man who admitted he was drunk when he struck two people in the parking lot of the Woodlands Inn and Resort in March 2011.Jose Oquendo Jr., 32, last known address as South Sheridan Street, challenged his sentence of two to four years claiming it should have been imposed to run the same time with a state parole violation.Plains Township police said Oquendo had a blood alc...

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Average gas prices for August 29

The local and state average gas prices both didn’t change overnight, but are still down a couple of cents from last week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average is at $3.40 today, unchanged overnight and down 2 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.94 today, down a penny overnight• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.45 today, unchange...

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TRAFFIC: Quiet morning for commuters

Traffic is free flowing throughout most parts of the Wyoming Valley this morning.Interstates 81 and 476 both show free flowing traffic. Slight congestion was reported on Route 11 south and north.For up to date traffic reports, including traffic cameras, visit The Times Leader’s traffic page at www.timesleader.com/section/traffic.

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Chance of rain, thunderstorm to linger into holiday weekend

Rain will move into the Wyoming Valley this weekend and into Labor Day.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 50 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. Sunshine managed to break through fair skies this morning to guide students and commuters to school and work.Sunny skies will be the trend for today, with a high in the mid 70s. Clouds will begin to move into the area tonight, with a low in the mid 50s.Partly sunny skies will stick around for Saturday, with a high...

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Northwest Area seeks to fill vacant school board seat

SHICKSHINNY — Due to a vacancy, the Northwest Area School District is seeking interested members of the community to apply for the position of school director.Interested members of the community should submit an application and resume by Sept. 2 to: Mrs. Audrey Ziegler, Secretary to the Board, Northwest Area School District, 243 Thorne Hill Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.Public Interviews will be conducted on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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Joshua K. Gustinucci

Joshua Kolanich Gustinucci, son of Alan Dean Gustinucci and Kim Kolanich Gustinucci, Pittston, celebrated his 11th birthday Aug. 23. Joshua is a grandson of Margie and Jake Kolanich and Mickie and Alan Joseph Gustinucci, all of Plains Township. He is a great-grandson of the late Joseph and Mary Gustinucci, Jenkins Township; the late Lucille Budziak, Parsons; and the late John Kolanich, Stanton, California. Joshua has a brother, Troy, 5.

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Michela B. Welby

Michela B. Welby, daughter of Jamie and Angela Welby, Swoyersville, is celebrating her third birthday today, Aug. 29. Michela is a granddaughter of Michael and Alberta Hetro and John Endrusick, all of Wyoming, and Jim and Ginny Welby, Lehman Township. She is a great-granddaughter of Irene Hetro, Exeter. Michela has a sister, Gianna, 6.

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