Northwest Area seeks to fill vacant school board seat

SHICKSHINNY — Due to a vacancy, the Northwest Area School District is seeking interested members of the community to apply for the position of school director.Interested members of the community should submit an application and resume by Sept. 2 to: Mrs. Audrey Ziegler, Secretary to the Board, Northwest Area School District, 243 Thorne Hill Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.Public Interviews will be conducted on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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Local Roundup: Big-time matches setup packed Friday

While high school football gets the most notoriety for today’s high school sports schedule, teams taking to the gridiron isn’t the only game in town.In fact, the amount of other events going on more than double the number of football games being played on the high school level today.

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Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich to take federal plea

John Yuknavich won’t be fire chief much longer, as he prepares to add a few new titles before his name.Among them? Thief. Felon. And quite possibly, federal inmate.The controversial head of the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors admitting to stealing department funds, under which he must make $45,000 in restitution and resign his position within 10 days.Yuknavich, 51, also faces u...

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Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerard Dessoye won’t talk about possible departure

WILKES-BARRE — City Police Chief Gerard Dessoye declined comment Thursday about a published report that he will be leaving the department to take over as director of security at King’s College.Dessoye’s no comment was issued in the afternoon through city spokeswoman Liza Prokop who was asked to reach out to him earlier in the day.Dessoye, 57, a graduate of King’s College, has been chief since 2004 and with the department for approximately 35 years...

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Police: Woman selling marijuana to pay for new roof, pay bills

BUTLER TWP. — A woman allegedly caught with $5,000 worth of marijuana said she was selling the pot because she needed cash to pay bills and a new roof on her home, according to charges filed.State police at Hazleton said they stopped Jessica Marie Lenning, 27, of Altoona, driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, for speeding while traveling west on Interstate 80 just before 2 a.m. Thursday.Troopers handcuffed the passenger, Kai Lamar Carter, 28, after a records check show...

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PA Liquor Control Board opens refurbished store in Pittston

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board opened its new, re-branded Fine Wine & Good Spirits store Thursday at the Pittston Crossings Shopping Center on Route 315.Board member Tim Holden welcomed local elected officials, vendors and the public to the grand opening.The new store replaces the original store located at the Pittston Laurel Plaza that closed its doors on Wednesday.“We have been on a plan for two years of re-branding our stores, basically to prov...

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Love of Italian heritage and cuisine brings crowd to Scranton festival

La Festa Italiana, now in its 38th year, is so popular among vendors and patrons that it could easily grow out of its Courthouse Lawn boundaries and spread throughout more blocks of Scranton.But with a hypothetical expansion, event organizers said they are fearful that the traditional Labor Day weekend festival that celebrates Italian culture and cuisine would lose its flavor.La Festa Italiana will be held Saturday, Aug. 30; Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1 at its usu...

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Wilkes-Barre police awarded $30,000 grant to reduce crime

WILKES-BARRE — The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Wilkes-Barre Police Department an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant worth $30,275. The award will be distributed via the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, has announced.The Wilkes-Barre Police Department will utilize the federal funds to increase police presence in areas with high rates of crime and areas frequented by children, such as parks. Additionally, the ...

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Bishop, a Dunmore native, to concelebrate Mass in Italian

SCRANTON — A native son and bishop will return to his hometown for the annual Mass in Italian to be offered this Sunday in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Scranton. The Mass begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend.The liturgy is celebrated in conjunction with this weekend’s La Festa Italiana, which occurs Saturday through Monday on Courthouse Square, one block from the cathedral.This year’s principal celebrant and guest homilist is the Most Rev. Rober...

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Blood donors can win tickets to Wyoming County Fair concert

MESHOPPEN — Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgoers who donate blood at the Geisinger Blood Center booth this Sunday are in for a treat: hourly drawings for free tickets to The Swon Brothers’ 7 p.m. performance at the fair.Brothers Zach and Colton Swon became popular after performing on Season 4 of the hit NBC show “The Voice.” Known for their sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities, their hits include “Later On.” They will be joined onstage by p...

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