125 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday

WILKES-BARRE — The latest Department of Health report on Sunday showed Luzerne County with 125 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths. The county’s death count is at 979.

Penn State falters down the stretch, closes regular season with 30-27 loss at Michigan State

In a span of just a few minutes, it all fell apart for Penn State.

PA Fish and Boat Commission breaks ground on project in Wayne County

DALLAS — On Tuesday, Nov. 23, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director Tim Schaeffer was joined by PFBC District 7 Commissioner William Gibney, Sen. Lisa Baker, Rep. Jonathan Fritz, and others to mark the beginning of construction on the long-awaited dam rehabilitation project at Lower Woods Pond located in Lebanon Township, Wayne County.

Into the woods: Area hunters go in search of big bucks

PITTSTON TWP. – Hunters geared up before daybreak on Saturday, making their way into the woods for the first day of regular firearms deer season, a day that has historically brought out the most hunters for the entire season.

Thanksgiving week: A good time to look at NFL unfortunates

And the meek shall inherit the first draft pick.

Fresh snow beckons Italian skiers returning after 20 months

SAN VIGILIO DI MAREBBE, Italy — After nearly two years of being restricted to watching snow accumulate on distant mountains, Italian skiers are finally returning to the slopes that have been off-limits since the first pandemic lockdown in March 2020.

Mets agree to deal with All-Star 3B Eduardo Escobar

NEW YORK — The New York Mets and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar have agreed to a free agent contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

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    Make this the season of giving

    For many Christians, today marks the start of Advent, a period of four Sundays before Christmas. It’s typically considered a time of preparation, with different customs among families, often involving fasting, atonement, charitable giving or actions, music, candles and such.

    Entrepreneur with local ties encourages us to Feel the Brrrn

    Jimmy T. Martin is a businessman who always lives life at full throttle. I love hearing the success stories of young entrepreneurs. I ran into my friend Jim Martin at a recent business event, and he told me a little about his son Jimmy’s new business venture. It really piqued my interest, and I decided to give Jimmy a call to learn more.

    What’s the expiration date on saving and storing items for a friend?

    This question regarding an offer to hold baby items for someone’s “future” family can be applied to many loaned/borrowed/stored circumstances that have nothing to do with infant needs:

    S.P. Music Ministry plans series of Christmas concerts

    S. P. Music Ministry and national Christian singer/songwriter Stephen Perillo have planned several concerts featuring Christmas selections. The first concert will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountaintop, featuring old and new Christmas songs. The following week, the concert will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Russell Hill United Methodist Church, 39 Prevost Road, Tunkhannock. After that, the third concert will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at New Life Community Church, 570 S. Main St., Mountain Top. For each concert, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is one non-perishable food item to benefit a local food pantry. All are welcome. For more information

    Down Pour thriving with help of DCP

    WILKES-BARRE — It takes pressure to form a diamond, and perhaps no one is more aware of that than Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s business owners.

    Downtown College Ambassadors Program returns

    WILKES-BARRE - The Diamond City Partnership is looking to revitalize local businesses, while connecting local colleges and providing students with networking opportunities, on-the-job training and credit for classes.

    As tourism brightens, Times Square hopes to regain luster

    NEW YORK — David Cohen has been yearning for a return to the days when business boomed at his family’s souvenir shop in Times Square.

    Wyoming County man pleads guilty to sexual assault

    WILKES-BARRE — A Wyoming County man admitted Wednesday he sexually assaulted a girl as they drove away in a vehicle from Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre more than five years ago.

    Council challenges judge’s denials to withdraw homicide plea

    A Philadelphia man recently sentenced to life in prison after admitting to fatally shooting a 26-year-old woman in Wilkes-Barre has appealed denials by a Luzerne County judge to withdraw the plea agreement.

    Son who killed father in Larksville found dead in prison cell

    A former Larksville resident who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting his father was found dead inside his cell at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill last weekend.

    Suspect in road rage shooting sentenced to state prison

    WILKES-BARRE — A man from Rhode Island charged with discharging a firearm during a road rage incident in Kingston was sentenced to state prison Tuesday.

    Guilty plea hearing scheduled in deadly Pittston shooting

    WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County prosecutors and attorneys for homicide suspect Joey Bernard Graves Jr. may have reached a plea agreement temporarily postponing a jury trial set to take place next month.

    If you like olives and pork, you’ll love this

    With only a handful of ingredients, this is a dish dominated by the title items of pork and olives, so be forewarned, if you don’t like either, don’t bother with it. Distasteful of olives as a kid, I’ve developed a real appreciation, and this recipe from Sara Moulton packs a lot of flavor into a fairly simple effort.