‘No Child Left Behind’ law failed Luzerne County schools, data show

Anyone remember that lofty goal of the “No Child Left Behind” law? Public schools across the state and nation scrambled to have 100 percent of students scoring “proficient” or better on standardized math and reading tests by 2014.Well, 2014 is here, the tests have been scored, and the number of local schools meeting that goal is: Zero.For the record, Wycallis Elementary in the Dallas School District came the closest in the math test with 92.5 perc...

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Shop localScranton Cultural Center’s 3rd annual ‘Buy Local Holiday Marketplace’ will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. The free event at 420 N. Washington Ave. Scranton, supports local businesses, artists and crafters by showcasing their wares at the event. More than 100 vendors will be spread throughout the five floors of the Masonic Temple.Shoppers can take a chance on some raffles and prize packages. Food and drink i...

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Sky Zone hosts Toys for Tots collection to bring cheer to Northeastern Pennsylvania children

PITTSTON TWP. — With turkey feasts digested, many families headed to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park to work off calories Friday and to help the Toys for Tots campaign.Participating in the Mericle Marine Corps Toys for Tots Challenge, Sky Zone customers received an extra half hour of jump time if they donated an unwrapped toy.Jeff and Christine Brunn of Dallas brought their three children — Carter, 7, Lucy, 4, and Lincoln, 2, to Sky Zone to enjoy a day of tra...

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Two Northeastern Pennsylvania women sentenced for insurance fraud scheme

WILKES-BARRE — Two friends were sentenced in Luzerne County Court this week for cheating an insurance company when they provided false information about a car crash on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.Judge Tina Polachek Gartley sentenced Jennifer C. Apollon, 31, of Beverly Drive, Edwardsville, and Lisa G. Moore, 49, of Birney Avenue, Scranton, to 18 months in the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Program, a special probation program for first-time...

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Pittston beer burglar sentenced to state prison

WILKES-BARRE — A second homeless man was sentenced to state prison this week for his role in burglarizing a beer distributor and smashing open a vehicle at a construction site in Pittston.Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Thomas Gale, 38, to two to four years in prison on three counts of criminal conspiracy and a single count of receiving stolen property.Pittston police said Gale and John Patte, 49, conspired with Cody Nelson, 22, of Exeter, to sm...

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Wyoming Valley retailers get their share of Black Thursday/Friday shoppers

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Standing in line outside of Best Buy in the Arena Hub for nearly 20 minutes on Black Friday paid off with a savings of close to $700 for Liz Hossage and her son, Andy.Hossage, of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, combined her free upgrade offer with Best Buy’s Black Friday deal on a LG G3 cell phone through Verizon for her son and paid just over $1.With Christmas less than a month away, many consumers took advantage of sales and ex...

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More than 1,400 Luzerne County workers not paid as required

Luzerne County's 1,400 workers were not paid today as required due to “human error” and miscommunication, officials said. County Budget/Finance Division Head Brian Swetz said the county must send an electronic fund transfer to PNC Bank authorizing release of the $2.8 million in payroll to the banks and accounts employees selected for direct deposit of their paychecks....

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Three men indicted for passing phony $100 bills at casinos

SCRANTON — A federal grand jury indicted three men from Tobyhanna for passing counterfeit $100 bills while gambling at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Casino in Plains Township and Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono.Michael Turner, 21, Andrew Turner, 27, and Jason Mitchell, 29, were indicted on charges of conspiracy and dealing in counterfeit cash.Federal prosecutors allege the three men passed about $8,700 in counterfeit $100 bills at the two casinos while playing ...

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World War II Honor Roll memorial to be kept in Plymouth neighborhood after its restored

PLYMOUTH — The names of the heroes are gone for now, but not forgotten.The placards that carried the 160 names of the men and women who bravely served during World War II have been removed from the 12th Ward Honor Roll memorial at the corner of Second and Reynolds Street. New placards are being made and will be placed on the newly renovated memorial sometime in the spring of 2015.Restoring the Honor Roll — actually improving it and making it more resilient to...

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LCCC shows Exhibit “Chicks with Balls” and Stands Behind Women’s Empowerment

Judy Takács shows the gray in their hair from years of worrying. She paints their bald heads wrapped in a scarf from their recent chemotherapy. “Chicks with Balls” gives a genuine depiction of the physical presence of each woman who posed for the series. They opened up about their lives and personal struggles and each painting is accompanied by an essay detailing experiences, losses and triumphs.

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