Luzerne County screening attorneys for court challenge over DA race timing

In the still-unresolved question of whether a Luzerne County district attorney race will be on the ballot this November, a county council committee is set to meet Thursday to interview prospective attorneys.


GAME 4: Bucks 107, Nets 96Bucks tie series as Nets lose Irving

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton finally are getting a little more help, while Kevin Durant keeps seeing his superstar cohorts get hurt.

RailRiders use 6-run fourth to get past Bisons

A six-run eruption in the top of the fourth inning and a combined shutout by five pitchers led the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to an 8-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday at Trenton Thunder Ballpark.

French Open defends ‘pragmatic’ stance in Osaka dealings

PARIS — French Open organizers defended their “pragmatic” approach in their dealings with four-time major champion Naomi Osaka during the tournament, saying Sunday they tried to engage with her several times before she decided to withdraw because she needed a mental health break.

Three Wyoming Valley Conference teams seek spots in PIAA championship games

Tunkhannock softball and Lake-Lehman and Wyoming Area baseball play in the PIAA semifinals on Monday. That in itself is an accomplishment considering all spring sports were canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

RailRiders offense comes too late in second straight loss to Buffalo

Trey Amburgey’s streak continued. On Friday night, it wasn’t enough for the RailRiders.

PIAA sets semifinal details for Lake-Lehman, Wyoming Area baseball; Tunkhannock softball

Only a few times in history has the Wyoming Valley Conference had multiple baseball teams reach the state semifinals.

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    Around Town: Family, friends and a birthday. What a week.

    Last week I celebrated something that everyone else does too.

    Macaluso’s Restaurant in Nesquehoning welcoming diners for 50 years

    I spent the first seven years of my life in Nesquehoning, a small town just west of Jim Thorpe. I go back several times throughout the year to visit my mom’s grave and see a few relatives who still live in town. One stop I always make when I’m in the area is a restaurant called Macaluso’s. In fact, I plan my visits when I know they are open. It’s one of my favorite restaurants and a real diamond in the rough in the midst of the coal region. Officially known as Macaluso’s Lantern Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, the family-owned restaurant and lodge is celebrating its 50th year in business this month.

    Back Mountain Library Auction ‘more than a fund-raiser’

    If you want proof of how much people love the Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction, and the library it benefits, just consider the story of the Ithaca Calendar Clock.

    Hazleton LaunchBox, Invent Penn State resources help local seed startup grow

    HAZLETON — Through her experiences with the Hazleton and Happy Valley LaunchBoxes and other Invent Penn State resources, startup founder Krista Schneider received the guidance to grow a gardening hobby into a start-up business.

    Liz Weston: What to do if you save too much for retirement

    Many Americans don’t save enough for retirement, but it’s entirely possible to save too much — at least according to the IRS.

    Zavada & Associates provides valuable personal service for clients

    FORTY FORT — Ray Zavada, president of Zavada & Associates in Forty Fort, said the tax preparation/accounting firm provides a valuable personal service in a timely and courteous manner to all of their clients.

    Luzerne woman charged with choking dog, trespassing at cookout

    LUZERNE — Borough police charged a woman on allegations she attended a cookout uninvited and choked a dog earlier this month.

    Court Briefs

    Most charges dismissed against woman in straw purchases of firearms

    Man facing two homicide charges in county court

    WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man who city police allege was recorded by a surveillance camera randomly shooting into a crowd killing two men and injuring a third will face criminal homicide charges in Luzerne County Court.

    Plea deal offered in child’s death

    WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County prosecutors have offered a plea deal for a man they allege caused the death of his son eight years after being violently shaken inside a Wilkes-Barre residence in 2011.

    Police: Mattress set ablaze during domestic dispute

    WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they allege ignited a mattress on fire during an argument with his girlfriend early Thursday morning.

    Porcupine meatballs: No, you don’t need to hunt yerself a varmint

    Years ago WVIA Radio had a running gag during their (many) fund drives about “Pennsylvania Roadkill Scrapple.” I’ll leave the ingredients to your imagination, but as an adult the name of one of my favorite recipes from mom’s cooking compendium invariably invokes the joke.