More Luzerne County communities look at forming inter-municipal councils, also called COGs

NANTICOKE — City Manager Andy Gegaris looks forward to the establishment of a Lower South Valley Council of Governments as a means of maximizing resources, increasing efficiency and enhancing communication among participating municipalities.Gegaris said the proposed council would include Nanticoke, Newport Township, Hanover Township, Plymouth Township, Sugar Notch, Ashley and possibly Warrior Run.“Although originally I thought establishing the council by autu...

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Mining for tourists? A dubious economic savior in Appalachia

SECO, Ky. — Mines built this company town. Jack and Sandra Looney hope vines — the wine grapes growing on a former strip mine in the hills above — will help to draw visitors here.Their Highland Winery — housed in the lovingly restored “company store” — pays tribute to coal-mining’s history here, as do their signature wines: Blood, Sweat and Tears.“The Coal Miner’s Blood sells more than any of them,” Jack L...

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Cor Catena and Mark Schor: Doctors deserve thanks for what they do at work and in communities

The field of health care is constantly undergoing change, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform.Many of the roles within the profession have changed as well.But there is one constant: Physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic.That’s a heavy responsibility to shoulder. There is no ...

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Quality of life’ ordinance makes Scranton appear money-hungry and hypocritical

This is about Scranton’s “quality of life” ordinance. The city should practice what it preaches.Doesn’t the city own property? Doesn’t it own the roads? When was the last time a code officer issued the city a citation for violations? The roads are a blight, filled with potholes. Sidewalks adjacent to city buildings are a mess.Who are they kidding? Like many municipal governments, in financial distress and hungry for money, they want exclusiv...

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April’s focus is on Autism awareness

WILKES-BARRE — An increasing number of families face the challenges of raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a general term for a group of complex brain development disorders. According to the National Autism Association’s website, ASD now affects 1 in 68 children and that number is growing.April is Autism Awareness Month, and several local organizations are sponsoring events geared at raising both money and awareness of a condition that sometimes seems ...

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Final Four Table is set

If you liked the look of last year’s Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition.One game — Kentucky vs. Wisconsin — is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it’s a replay of last year’s semifinal won by Kentucky, 74-73.Seventh-seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four-time national champion led by coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is in his 12th Final Four, tying the legendary John Wooden.It is the fifth time at least three No. 1 see...

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Pirates top Braves, 4-2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Shelby Miller is settling in quite nicely with his new team.Miller had his best outing of spring training in the Atlanta Braves’ 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.Miller, who was acquired in the November trade that sent veteran outfielder Jason Heyward to St. Louis, allowed one run and one hit in six innings. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked one.“He was tough as nails,” Braves manager ...

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Gibbs on son: most courageous person I’ve been around

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Joe Gibbs says his son, J.D., is his hero and the most courageous person he’s been around.Joe Gibbs Racing announced this week the younger Gibbs, who is the team president, is undergoing treatment for “symptoms impacting areas of brain function.” Joe Gibbs says the family has known of the diagnosis for about six months and “medically, there are very few answers.”He says 46-year-old J.D. is pursuing treatment and may...

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Spartans advance in OT thriller

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win.Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday.The Spartans (28-11), who were nearly counted out of the tournament conversation in February, won for the 12th time in 15 game...

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Denny Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, 5th at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.Now, with his spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make it better.Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go Sunday and ended Toyota’s 32-race winless streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. It was his fifth victory on NASCAR’s oldest, smallest ...

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