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Police investigate report of white panel van circling elementary school

WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a report of a white panel van circling an elementary school.Saint Nicholas/Saint Mary’s Elementary School Principal Chris Tigue reported to police at about 7:30 a.m. Friday that two white panel vans were in the area of the school yard, parked under the South Street bridge.One van had rear door windows, the other had none. The van with the rear windows was observed circling the school, police said.A teacher ha...

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New poetry by area poets to be featured on LCTA buses

WILKES-BARRE — Next time you ride a local bus in Luzerne County, look up toward the ceiling. You might find inspiration.New works of poetry and accompanying photography, displayed on placards normally used for advertising, are once again being placed inside Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses for the 2014-2015 edition of the Poetry in Transit initiative.Eleven new placards showcasing the original work of 11 area poets were unveiled Friday at Barnes & Nobl...

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Ogurkis KO’s top seed

WILKES-BARRE — He may be just a freshman, but Jerry Ogurkis is not intimidated by his opponents, even if they are a returning state placewinner.Going against the fourth-place medalist in the state of Massachusetts from a year ago and the top seed in the 220-pound bracket, Ogurkis pulled off the biggest upset of Day 1 of the iWrestling.com X-calibur Tournament on Friday at Wilkes University’s Marts Center.Ogurkis was trailing Springfield Central’s Ryan P...

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Cole, Wood named to All-American second team

Casey Cole of the PIAA Field Hockey Championship runners-up, Crestwood, and Brigid Wood of Coughlin were selected to the 2014 Harrow Sports/National Filed Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Region Field Hockey second team.They were among 48 girls selected from around the country and were two of nine Pennsylvania players selected.The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the ga...

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DUI Victims’ Moving Memorial stops on Public Square

WILKES-BARRE — Twelve days of Christmas. Eight days of Hanukkah. Seven days of Kwanzaa. The countdown to midnight.The last weeks of December and earliest part of January are marked by many significant numbers.On Friday, several local groups came together to draw attention to some numbers they say are important.• 1,968: The number of Pennsylvania accidents involving drivers under the influence in the 2013-14 holiday season between Thanksgiving and N...

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iWrestle.com Xcalibur Tournament Results

iWrestle.com Xcalibur TournamentTeam Key: Benton (Ben); Bound Brook (BB); Dallas (Dal) DeMatha Catholic (DC); Deposit Hancock (Dep); Nanticoke (Nan); Hayfield (Hay); The Hill School (HS); Lake-Lehman (LL); Line Mountain (LM); The Phelps School (PS); Pittston Area (PA); Scranton (Scr); Shenendehowa (Shen); Springfield Central (Spring); St. Anthony’s (SA); St. Francis (SF); St. Vincent Pallotti (SV); Unatego (Una); Wyoming Seminary (WS); Wyomin...

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Group petitions Wilkes-Bare City Council to stop housing project at shuttered hospital site

WILKES-BARRE — A petition with 295 signatures was presented to City Council Thursday, opposing the construction of a housing project at Dana and Grove streets.Shawn Kennedy of Moyallen Street presented the petition asking council to change the city’s zoning rules to not allow the complex to be built.City Attorney Tim Henry said the zoning hearing board has already approved the project and it has been appealed to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. Counc...

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U.S. Sen. Robert Casey helps Arc of Luzerne County clients become ABLE

WILKES-BARRE – People with disabilities and their families can look forward to a brighter financial future now that the ABLE Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, has become law.The act, included in a package of tax credits passed by the Senate Tuesday night, makes it possible to set up a tax-deferred savings account of up to $100,000 for the benefit of a disabled person without affecting their eligibility for benefits. Previously, the asset ceiling was $2,000, a figur...

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Great Dane Indigo helps boost spirits of residents at Kingston rehabilitation center

KINGSTON — An 8-month-old Great Dane named Indigo has helped patients undergoing therapy at River Run Rehab and Nursing Center improve their attitude and outlook on life.To show their appreciation, residents of the facility conducted their annual Christmas drive and gathered donated food, dog toys and cash to be given to Blue Chip Farms, a no-kill shelter for animals.Millie Ives, the resident who chairs the committee, was on hand to present the donations to Blue Ch...

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Leaf and Ladle restaurant in Mountain Top promoting a healthy menu

MOUNTAIN TOP — Leaf and Ladle, a new restaurant is making a home and name for itself built around healthy foods in Mountain Top.The name alone brings images of green leafy salads and hot steamy soups to mind. But the food alone is not the driving force behind the increasing popularity of the five-month-old eatery.Owner Bob Orloski describes the establishment’s atmosphere as a cross between Starbucks and Panera, a healthy menu, plus his helpful staff are the r...

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