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Luzerne County releases list of 2,400 properties eligible for September back-tax auction

The four-story Sterling Annex building on River Street in Wilkes-Barre is back on Luzerne County’s delinquent real estate tax auction list, according to county records. It is among many commercial properties on the list of 2,400 eligible for the main annual first-stage sale on Sept. 28. The annex was once linked to the adjacent landmark […]

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The Pittston Tomato Festival and Parade kicks off Thursday.

Video courtesy WOLF Fox 56 The Pittston Tomato Festival and Parade kicks off Thursday. The Pittston Tomato Festival and Parade kicks off Thursday.The Pittston Tomato Festival and Parade kicks off Thursday. The Pittston Tomato Festival and Parade kicks off Thursday.The Pittston Tomato Festival and Parade kicks off Thursday.The Pittston Tomato Festival and Parade kicks off […]

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Luzerne County preparing for free-and-clear tax auction in August (with listings)

A former manufacturing building on Oregon Street in Wilkes-Barre is headed for Luzerne County’s primary free-and-clear auction in August after more than a decade of tax delinquency, county records show. Owned by Bernard Rockman, the 56,600-square-foot building has racked up $271,428 in unpaid real estate taxes dating to 2005. The county can list properties for […]

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County council field on Dem side narrowed to Saidman, McClosky Houck, Cominsky, Vough, Gadomski

The lineup of Luzerne County Council contenders was cemented Tuesday when Democrats picked five of nine candidates as their nominees. The Democratic winners and their vote counts, according to unofficial results: Sheila Saidman, 9,331; Linda McClosky Houck, 9,317; Wendy Cominsky, 8,470; Matthew Vough, 8,143; and John Gadomski, 7,704. There was no primary contest on the […]

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Haggerty earns both nominations in district judge race

KINGSTON — Outgoing Mayor James Haggerty won both party nominations for Kingston district judge in Tuesday’s primary and will be unopposed on November’s general ballot, unofficial results show. Haggerty easily outdistanced Mamie Phillips on the Republican side and narrowly defeated her on the Democratic ticket, according to unofficial tallies. They showed Haggerty beat Phillips on […]

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Other key races

Five of the nine Democratic candidates in the County Council primary will advance to the general election in November. Here are results of Tuesday’s other key primary races in Luzerne County: DISTRICT JUDGE, KINGSTON AND EDWARDSVILLE DEMOCRAT Haggerty 675 (56%) Phillips 527 (44%) REPUBLICAN Haggerty 704 (74%) Phillips 239 (25%) DISTRICT JUDGE, SHICKSHINNY DEMOCRAT (1 […]

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Outgoing mayor, county prosecutor vie for Edwardsville/Kingston district judge

KINGSTON — A new district judge will don the robe in the district encompassing Kingston and Edwardsville for the first time in nearly 30 years. Kingston Mayor Jim Haggerty and Luzerne County prosecutor Mamie Phillips, both registered Republicans, have cross-filed for the post held for 29 years by Paul J. Roberts Jr., who retired in […]

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Six candidates running for DJ seat in Shickshinny

Candidates with varied experience are in the race for the seat held by outgoing District Judge John E. Hasay in District 11-3-01 in Shickshinny. The six people running in the May 16 primary range from a former district attorney to a bank branch manager. Five of them have cross-filed for the office Hasay was elected […]

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Six Luzerne County school boards feature contested races in primary

Of Luzerne County’s 11 school districts, only six have more candidates running for school board than seats available. Crestwood One two-year seat and one candidate; Four four-year seats, six candidates. All are cross-filed Crestwood has three newcomers and three incumbents vying for four seats. Those seeking re-election are Albert Miller, Randy Swank and Maureen McGovern. […]

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Six candidates making a bid to replace retired District Judge Ronald Swank

WRIGHT TWP. — Several candidates for District Judge Ronald Swank’s seat in Mountain Top got a head start to election season. Four of the six cross-filed candidates announced in November their intention to run in the primary election May 16. Swank, who retired from his position in January 2016, has been sharing his duties with […]

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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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