Hazleton police announce Aug. 31 drug bust, arrests

HAZLE TWP. — Narcotics officers from Hazleton City arrested three individuals holed up in a motel room on a series of outstanding warrants and drug charges.


RailRiders’ late rally not enough to overcome Lehigh Valley

With the division title officially out of reach, the RailRiders fell behind by six runs early on Friday night and saw their rally come up short in a 10-8 loss at Lehigh Valley.

LOCAL ROUNDUPDallas boys soccer edges Crestwood in early battle of unbeatens

In a matchup of unbeaten teams atop Division 1, Dallas broke a scoreless tie in the second half as Sam Robson sent an 18-yard shot off the post and in for a 1-0 victory in WVC boys soccer play.

WVC football Week 4 preview: Wyoming Area gets another shot at Southern Columbia

The first-ever meeting between Wyoming Area and Southern Columbia in 2019 was quite a spectacle in two ways. One was at the stadium and the other was prior to the game.

Jalen Hurts, Eagles face tough challenge vs. 49ers

Jalen Hurts won over the city of Philadelphia with one outstanding performance.

Buffalo clinches Northeast Division title after RailRiders stumble late vs. IronPigs

Three times, the RailRiders erased a deficit, keeping their fleeting division title hopes alive.

Berwick rolls past Wyoming Area in girls volleyball

SALEM TWP. — A couple changes to their lineup did little to transform the mindset of the Berwick Bulldogs.

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    Stephen L. Carter: Pay Americans $1,000 each to get vaccinated

    I’m a strong supporter of getting a vaccination for COVID-19. (I’ve had two plus my booster.) And I agree that getting shots into the arms of most of the 70 to 75 million U.S. adults who remain unvaccinated is a matter of public urgency. But the libertarian in me believes that means are as important as ends. The sudden turn to punishment — loss of job if President Joe Biden has his way; for other advocates, potential restriction on health care — has me worried.

    Misericordia University Community Choir seeks new members for fall

    The Misericordia University Community Choir is seeking new members for its fall virtual program. The choir is open to Misericordia students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Prior choral experience is required.

    ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ opens at JJ Ferrara Center Sept. 24

    As the first act of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” draws to a close, a middle-aged and very drunk professor named George skips around in a circle, pulling a young woman named Honey with him as he sings the title of the play to the tune of “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf.”

    Diva Theatre will debut ‘It’s Not Easy Being’

    As three children play let’s-pretend, they argue over who gets to be the knight.

    Mattern’s renovation brings cafe to Kingston floral business

    KINGSTON — Four years after taking over the longtime local flower shop, Michelle Bedford is ready to take Mattern’s to the next level.

    4 ways to manage retirement health care costs

    Health care in retirement is a big-ticket item. Experts estimate that an average 65-year-old retired couple in 2021 would need about $300,000 in after-tax savings earmarked for health care costs in their post-work life, even with Medicare, according to Fidelity.

    Kimberly Palmer: Check finances now to avoid falling behind

    Fall is the perfect time to review your finances because there’s still time to make adjustments before the end of the year. The continuing pandemic and economic uncertainty are making it more complicated, but financial experts recommend taking a close look at your savings and planning for 2022 goals now.

    Closing arguments scheduled today in homicide trial

    WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County jury is expected to begin deliberations today in the homicide case of Dana Ganjeh, whose trial ended Thursday before Judge David W. Lupas.

    ‘She got injured, by me,’ Ganjeh says from witness stand

    WILKES-BARRE — Homicide suspect Dana Ganjeh testified in his own defense Thursday, telling a Luzerne County jury he intended to take his injured girlfriend, Linda Frick, to a hospital.

    Brother testifies against Ganjeh in homicide trial

    WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County prosecutors continue to rely heavily on a Wayne County domestic violence case on the third day of trial involving homicide suspect Dana Ganjeh.

    Police: Woman tossed cocaine bag, spat saliva at officer and hospital staff

    PLAINS TWP. — Township police say a disruptive 40-year-old woman threw syringes, a bag of cocaine and spat saliva that struck an officer and hospital staff at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Tuesday.

    Ganjeh renews request for another lawyer after pathologist testifies in homicide trial

    WILKES-BARRE — Homicide suspect Dana Ganjeh sat within touching distance of a large screen television displaying autopsy photographs of Linda Frick as forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross explained the number of injuries found on her body.