Fire department corruption nothing new to Wyoming Valley

Once again, a local fire company official is under investigation over missing funds.This week, the story is about Exeter Hose Company No. 1 and its former treasurer, Stephanie McNeil — who’s married to the nephew of chief Richard McNeil and his brother, police chief John McNeil.Readers might be forgiven for thinking, “we’ve heard this all before,” because we have.The names change, the details vary, but the pattern is all too famil...

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Former Exeter fire treasurer predicts vindication

EXETER — Painkiller addiction. A bounced check. Missing money. A stolen piggy bank. Information contained in search warrants sheds light on allegations surrounding Stephanie McNeil, a relative of Exeter Hose Company No. 1's fire chief, whose name appears in search warrants issued over alleged misappropriation of fire department funds. ...

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Fairview Township passes burning ban

FAIRVIEW TWP. — The Board of Supervisors adopted a community-wide burn ban at Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting.The ban, which was unanimously agreed upon, is effective immediately and is being placed to lessen the possibility of severe property damage due to brush fires.The ban will remain in effect until further notice from the Mountaintop Post Fire Company.In other business, supervisors swore in Jim Banos as a part-time police officer and ...

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Bryan Mitchell leads RailRiders over Gwinnett

MOOSIC — Bryan Mitchell has ran into some tough luck this season for the RailRiders.The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starting pitcher entered Wednesday’s start for the School Day Special with two no-decisions and a loss in a seven-inning, complete game.On Wednesday at PNC Field, the 24-year-old did all he could to assure himself of a victory going six strong innings. And despite some shaky bullpen pitching, the RailRiders held off a late rally by Gwinnett to hang on...

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Study ranks NEPA region as 3rd worst in nation for small business employees

Planning on working for a small business?Get out of town, or more exactly, get out of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area, rated the third worst place to work for the proverbial mom and pop company among the nation’s 100 largest MSAs.At least, that’s what WalletHub.com, the self-proclaimed “social network for your wallet,” decided after looking at data that included the number of businesses with fewer than 250 employee...

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Wilkes grad, now Miss Nepal, works through quake devastation

After Evana Manandhar earned her marketing degree from Wilkes University in the a year ago, she toured America, headed home to Kathmandu, Nepal, then entered — and won — the Miss Nepal World pageant.She donned the tiara April 17. A week later, many buildings in and near her city shook literally to the ground by a earthquake hitting 7.8 on the Richter scale. For days those at Wilkes who had taught, mentored and befriended Evana had no idea if she lived.Then th...

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Is Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget tax relief or a tax shift?

WILKES-BARRE – As Pennsylvania’s budget season heats up, a new report casts doubt on tax relief claims in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 tax and spending plan.The Independent Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan agency that provides revenue projections for use in the budget process, said that nearly all Pennsylvanians would be paying at least the same amount in taxes after three years of the new approach offered by Wolf, while the administration says lower and middle-income taxp...

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Fiscal watchdog tells Wilkes-Barre audience state budget challenges will be norm

Pennsylvania’s economy is showing signs of an upswing, but tax revenues are likely to lag in future years, keeping pressure on the state budget, Mark Ryan, deputy director of the state Independent Fiscal Office, said Wednesday at an information session sponsored by the Pennsylvania Economy League.The nonpartisan office was created in 2010 to analyze economic and budgetary issues for the Legislature and to provide revenue projections for use in the budget process.St...

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Plymouth Twp. plans sewer repairs

PLYMOUTH TWP. — Joseph Yudichak, of the township Road Department, told the Board of Supervisors Monday night that within the last two weeks a problem with the sewer system in the vicinity of Banko’s Seafood Restaurant and Allen Street has developed.The sewer line’s main breakage has faltered, Yudichak said. The township will pay for the repairs from H2O Emergency Grant Funding within the next six weeks.Yudichak also announced that the Road Department wi...

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Eight Wilkes-Barre police officers promoted Wednesday during ceremony

WILKES-BARRE — City Mayor Tom Leighton promoted eight members of the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department at a promotions ceremony in City Hall on Wednesday. • Sgt. Joseph Novak, a 21-year veteran, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. • Detective Christopher Roberts, a 14-year veteran, was promoted to the rank of lieut...

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