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$3.5M in grant funding to be available to county hospitality businesses

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri on Thursday said until the pandemic subsides, helping to stabilize local businesses is a top priority.

H.S. Girls Basketball: Crestwood holds off Wyoming Valley West in D2-5A quarterfinals

PLYMOUTH — Crestwood was in the same situation last season as on Thursday night. This time, though, the Comets didn’t falter.

H.S. Basketball: Justice Shoats scores 1,000th point in Holy Redeemer victory

Holy Redeemer junior Justice Shoats scored 25 points in the first half and then hit 1,000 career points with his first bucket after the break to lead the Royals to a 73-54 win over Montrose on Thursday in the District 2 Class 3A quarterfinals.

Northwest girls basketball falls in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals

CLINTON TWP. — Northwest had no trouble getting shots in Thursday night’s District 2 Class 2A girls basketball quarterfinal at Lackawanna Trail.

Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to new contract for quarterback to return for 2021 season

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it.

Eight WVC wrestlers ready for East Super Regionals this weekend

The PIAA wrestling Super Regionals will be held Saturday as eight Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers continue their climb towards the state championships.

Breaking down the District 2 girls basketball playoffs

Here’s a look at the District 2 girls basketball playoffs, which started Tuesday with a Class 4A qualifying game between Wyoming Area and Tunkhannock.

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    Our View: Urban should take his argument to court or shut up

    Like so many blowhard politicians before him (and sadly, sure to come after him), Luzerne County Councilman Stephen J. Urban has been wasting the time of his fellow council members and anyone either sitting in on their meetings or spending time dutifully covering council developments.

    Students named to honor roll at Holy Redeemer High School

    Mrs. Doreen Dougherty, Principal of Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre, is proud to announce that the following students have attained High Honors and/or Honors for the Second Quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.

    ‘Nomadland,’ Borat,’ ‘The Crown’ win at bicoastal Globes

    NEW YORK — With homebound nominees appearing by remote video and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on different sides of the country, a very socially distanced 78th Golden Globe Awards trudged on in the midst of the pandemic and amid a storm of criticism for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with top awards going to “Nomadland,” “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “The Crown” and “Schitt’s Creek.”

    Life at Full Throttle: Life’s too short for grudges

    We’ve all held a grudge at one point or another in our lives, I know I have. My biggest grudge has been against my ex-husband and I’ve been holding it for 25-plus years.

    Never too late: Pandemic propels older shoppers online

    NEW YORK — In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn’t left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online.

    MILLENNIAL MONEY5 tips to negotiate pay in a tough economy

    The pandemic-related recession has altered many job descriptions. For Haley Jones, a 24-year-old resident of Michigan, the coronavirus changed the needs of her company, and as she adapted to meet them, her responsibilities were no longer confined to her marketing specialist role.

    Pandemic art sales

    NEW YORK — If you’ve been watching experts and commentators appearing on television from their homes, their increased attention to decor might look familiar: In the early days of lockdown, they, like many of us, sat in front of blank white walls, while now their homes frequently display prominent artwork.

    Police: Plains Township man sent pictures of genitals to teen

    FAIRVIEW TWP. — A Plains Township man was charged with corrupting the morals of a teenage girl by sending her pictures of his genitals and taking the teen to his apartment without her parents permission.

    Kingston police arrest man accused of driving stolen vehicle

    KINGSTON — Police recovered a vehicle reported stolen earlier this year and arrested a man they say was the driver.

    Hanover Township police searching for man, charged with child sex offenses

    HANOVER TWP. — Township police said they are searching for Mark Mitchell-Switzer, 30, on charges he sexually assaulted a girl.

    Ratowski charged third time with child sex offense

    NANTICOKE — Luzerne County detectives charged an Edwardsville man for the third time on child sex offenses since late January with the latest criminal filing alleging he rubbed the buttocks of a girl.

    Hazleton man sentenced to federal prison on drug trafficking charges

    SCRANTON — A man from Hazleton was recently sentenced to more than four years in federal prison on charges he peddled heroin and fentanyl for nearly a year.

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