Beyond the Byline: Godspeed, Tony Mussari

WILKES-BARRE — Whether they are old school, like me, or tech-savvy to meet the demands of a “deadline now” world, every journalist has a file of contacts — people they can rely on to get the story of the day. I have such a resource — it’s a little black book, if you will, that […]

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Beyond the Byline: Field of my dreams

PLYMOUTH — Every time I get to the homeland, I can’t help but drive around the streets of my youth just to see how the old neighborhood has changed. And trust me, it has changed. Not long ago, I drove up Reynolds Street, past my old house, passing so many memories — the houses where […]

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Beyond the Byline: Congrats to ‘The Cube’

WILKES-BARRE — Back in the late sixties, a new college opened on River Street in Wilkes-Barre, across the street from the River Common and a short distance from the Susquehanna River. We called it “The Cube.” Luzerne County Community College — the three “Cs” being the inspiration for The Cube designation — opened its doors […]

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Beyond the Byline: What’s in Mt. Trashmore?

WILKES-BARRE — What began as a state-of-the-art fairy tale has now become a state-of-uncertainty potential nightmare. I’m talking about the West Side Landfill — really the former landfill that has been closed for years and now sits in neglected splendor between Keating Street in Larksville and my old neighborhood in Plymouth. Back in the mid-1980s, […]

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Beyond the Byline: Farewell, old friend

WILKES-BARRE — It doesn’t seem that long ago we were watching him on the mat, twisting, turning and usually pinning his opponent. On Friday, they buried Tommy Morris. Old Tom Morris wasn’t that old at all — in fact, he was my age. We went to high school together and then college. We laughed together […]

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Beyond the Byline: Dealing with ‘that dreadful night’

WILKES-BARRE — Tuesday was an emotion-filled day for me. I was assigned to cover the opening day of testimony in the retrial of Melissa Scholl, the woman charged with attempting to kill her two children in an apparent murder-suicide try. She was convicted by a jury Friday. I covered the incident on the night it […]

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Beyond the Byline: Cheer, cheer for the home team

WILKES-BARRE — It was a clear, brisk morning in September 1964 and kids my age were gathering in front of the Plymouth Junior High School building, waiting to enter for their first day in the ninth grade. Most of us were sort of used to the building, having spent seventh and eighth grade there. As […]

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Beyond the Byline: Tunkhannock couple changes direction for Harvey help

WILKES-BARRE — On Monday, Jim and Kate Crowley answered questions from the media about their decision to drive south to help in the flood relief effort from Hurricane Harvey. The Crowleys were polite, and you could tell they were sincere in what they were doing. The Tunkhannock couple is skipping their planned monthlong vacation to […]

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Beyond the Byline: Meeting Marie Osmond confirmed what I already knew

WILKES-BARRE — She was a little bit country, he was a little bit rock and roll, and everybody in the audience was 100 percent Osmond-awed. I know I sure was. OK, I’ll come clean — I have been a fan of Donny and Marie Osmond, well the entire Osmond family, since I first saw them […]

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Let’s hope it’s not the last for Plymouth High Class of ‘52

PLYMOUTH — The 19 classmates of Plymouth High School’s Class of 1952 hope this wasn’t the last time they will get together. On May 24, the group of 82- and 83-year-olds sat around tables at Konefal’s Restaurant in Edwardsville and talked about those good old days. They answered trivia questions, like who intercepted the pass […]

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Lady Eagles' Goins is Salem-bound

Grayce Goins probably had one of the most difficult tasks of any local volleyball player during the 2016 season. The Surry Central defensive specialist and libero was one of the focal points of the Lady Eagles' defense, during a season in which the team was rebuilding.

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Rising to the occasion

Kaylee Freed played an important role on North Surry volleyball teams that won 46 matches and two Western Piedmont Athletic Conference titles the past two seasons, but expected her sports career would end when she graduated.

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Hurley to coach at state games again

The Powerade State Games High School Soccer Showcase will take place June 24-25 at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium, and as usual, Mount Airy head soccer coach Will Hurley will be a part of it.

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Lady Cards move Into second-place tie

Mount Airy already knew it had its work cut out for it on Thursday evening, when East Surry came calling. It didn't help the Lady Bears' cause that they had to figure out a way to stop the likes of Greensboro College recruit Mary Jo Lowe.

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Bears batter Villains again

On Wednesday night, the Granite Bears of Mount Airy registered a 9-2 win over Bishop McGuinness, and as a result, tallied back-to-back wins over the Villains in the last two days.

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Cards sweep two from Camels

Conference co-leader East Surry had to be reminded of that on Tuesday evening, when the fourth-ranked Cardinals started slowly in game one of a doubleheader with Atkins at Barry Hall Field.

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Strong second half lifts Central

Surry Central's girls' soccer team earned its second Western Piedmont Athletic Conference win on Monday evening, earning a 3-0 victory over North Surry in Dobson.

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Lankford inks with Presbyterian

After a four-year career that included four All-Conference honors and two Northwest 1A Conference Player of the Year citations, the senior walked off the court at the Dean E. Smith Center on the afternoon of March 11 as a state champion.

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Cardinals just miss team victory

The East Surry tennis team has encountered rough sailing in the early part of its 2017 season, struggling against several of the area's top programs.

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