DePasquale: Surveys show schools, local governments fear cyber-attacks

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week said recent surveys conducted by his office show a majority of school districts and local government officials are concerned about cyber-security and expect the risks will increase. “While a lot of attention, rightly so, is being put on the data breach at Equifax, we cannot ignore the […]

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State highlights cybersecurity initiatives to protect Pennsylvanians

WILKES-BARRE — In the wake of high-profile cyber attacks targeting businesses, governments and other organizations, the Wolf administration this week reminded Pennsylvanians to take appropriate steps to protect their personal and financial data. “We depend on technology and the Internet in so many ways, which is why all of us must do our part to […]

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Capitol Roundup: Shapiro demands DeVos stop curtailing student-loan protections

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week led a coalition of Attorneys General to send a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, demanding the Department of Education stop its systematic rolling back of critical protections for student loan borrowers. “With a rising number of students burdened by college loan debt […]

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State banking secretary advises businesses to take steps against hackers

WILKES-BARRE — Following the recent announcement that hackers had gained access to consumer data from Equifax, one of the three major credit-reporting agencies, Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann this week advised Pennsylvania businesses to take additional measures to protect their customers’ personal and financial data. The department regularly shares cyber-security information and […]

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State focused on finding jobs for disabled

WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania departments of Labor & Industry, Human Services, and Education this week kicked off “Experience the Employment Connection 2017” — an initiative focused on helping individuals with disabilities find meaningful, competitive, integrated employment. “When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the […]

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Pashinski: Robbing agriculture funds no way to balance budget

WILKES-BARRE — Following the release of the House Republicans’ plan to fill a $2.2 billion budget gap with fund transfers, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski said Friday that taking millions of dollars from agriculture and other programs is not the solution. Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre and Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said […]

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Private coverage urged in Pennsylvania in flood insurance reauthorization

WILKES-BARRE — Jessica Altman, the state’s acting insurance commissioner, last week urged Congress to include provisions specifically supporting private market residential flood insurance as it works on the re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), set to expire on Sept. 30. “The Wolf administration has been educating homeowners, renters and condo owners concerning private […]

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AG announces $6.7M in debt relief for students at for-profit colleges

WILKES-BARRE — Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced a proposed settlement with Aequitas Capital Management, a defunct investment firm, that provides $6.7 million in debt relief for 1,200 Pennsylvanians who attended for-profit colleges. The proposed settlement, which is subject to approval by an Oregon federal court overseeing Aequitas’ receivership, is part of a broader […]

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Auditor General: Pa. retirement system needs to cut investment fees

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week said his performance audit of the State Employees’ Retirement System found more room to cut fees to Wall Street investors while working on legislative reform and operational improvements needed to help ensure that the system can meet its obligations to retirees and protect Pennsylvania taxpayer interests. The […]

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AG concerned about impact of unbalanced, unfinished state budget

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week again raised his concerns about the unbalanced, unfinished state budget after signing a $750 million line of credit to mitigate cash-flow problems. DePasquale said he added his signature to the $750 million line of credit that Treasurer Joe Torsella authorized from Treasury’s Short Term Investment Pool to […]

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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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