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Our Opinion: Mountain Top can deter crime with adequate amounts of these two things: vigilance and good neighbors

A recent bank robbery and some home break-ins in Mountain Top catapulted crime to a prime topic among its residents, some of whom are wondering if they should take action.The answer is yes. As in any community confronted by similar troubles, take sensible steps to secure your property and strengthen neighborhood bonds.However, there’s no need for anyone to pull up stakes or otherwise overreact.Police chiefs serving four municipalities in Luzerne County&#...

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Kathleen Casey and Cliff Benson: Penn State works to improve access, affordability of higher education

As two recent appointees to the Penn State Board of Trustees, we support the efforts of University President Eric Barron to make the access and affordability of a Penn State education one of his top priorities. It’s an effort that deserves the focus and support of the entire Penn State community and beyond.When it was recently announced that “U.S. News & World Report” ranked Penn State’s World Campus the best online bachelor’s program in the nation, it...

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Letter to the Editor: Sen. Pat Toomey called ‘war hawk’ regarding letter to Iranian leaders

When it comes to international diplomacy, the U.S. president is charged with the responsibility to negotiate peaceful outcomes whenever possible. The Senate’s responsibility is to advise and consent.Forty-seven U.S. senators signed a letter to the leaders of Iran that basically said “do not trust the American president.” In other words, we don’t want a peaceful outcome in the nuclear talks with Iran. The alternative to peaceful outcomes is what exactly? What...

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WVC Track and Field Capsules

BOYSHazleton AreaCoach: Lou Gunderman2014 finish: 7-0, 1st place WVC Division I; 9th place District 2 Class 3AState classification: Class 3AKey players lost: Hamlet Ventura, Andrew Myers, Edgar Caban, Jared Esposito

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Registration open for Penn State Coaches Caravan event in Wilkes-Barre

James Franklin played his college ball an hour away from Wilkes-Barre but didn’t have much occasion to head up into the Wyoming Valley.Since graduating from East Stroudsburg and becoming a football coach, Franklin is changing that.As the Nittany Lions’ recruiting presence in the area increases, so does the program’s visibility. To that end, Franklin will be visiting Wilkes-Barre for the second straight year as part of Penn State’s Coaches Caravan....

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Dallas looks to make run at Division I

The neat thing about track and field is there isn’t much standing around.So the Dallas Mountaineers aren’t about to sit still and lament their losses.No matter how talented they happened to be.“You can’t live in the past,” Dallas coach Matt Samuel said, “as much as some of us would like to. As much as I would like to.”That doesn’t mean they can’t think about the good old days.

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Kenny Rexer serves Holy Redeemer past Comets in battle of unbeatens

WILKES-BARRE — Kenny Rexer understands how important he is.The Holy Redeemer senior is always the first Royal to serve. Some may view it as pressure. Rexer, on the other hand, sees it as the ultimate honor.“I take that lead-off spot as pride,” Rexer said. “I have pride in my serves. I have confidence in my serve, and in my teammates in the front and back row.”

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Wyoming Seminary earns tennis sweep

Wyoming Seminary won all five matches in straight sets to sweep Pittston Area 5-0 in Wyoming Valley Conference boys tennis action on Monday.Andrew Schukraft and Adrian Sung each only dropped one game apiece in singles while the doubles team of Richard Hughes and Duncan Lumia won 6-0, 6-0.Berwick 3, Dallas 2The Bulldogs swept singles competition to edge the Mountaineers. Luke Whitenight, Blake Whitmire a...

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Wyoming Seminary wrestlers lead local All-Americans

In one of the toughest high school tournaments in the country, five wrestlers from Luzerne County walked away as All-Americans over the weekend at the NHSCA National High School Wrestling Tournament held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.Wyoming Seminary had the best showing of the local teams crowing a pair of third-place medalists in freshman Jack Davis at 120 pounds and sophomore Zane Black at 220.Cody Cordes, a senior from Wyoming Valley West who was state runn...

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Andy Ashby joining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton RailRiders booth

Andy Ashby’s stellar baseball career got a strong start as a member of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders announced on Monday that Ashby will return to the organization in some capacity to help lead broadcaster John Sadak broadcast 20 televised games on WQMY this season.Ashby, 47, a Jenkins Township resident, pitched for the Barons, while it was affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1991 and 1992. A starting pitcher for...

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