Times Leader P.M. Update, 6/24/21

Patrick Kernan is here with your P.M. Update: The Farmers Market is back on Public Square, the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of a new Director of Workforce Development, and NEPA sings crowns its winners tonight.


IronPigs snap RailRiders’ eight-game winning streak in 12th inning

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s win streak is over. But it took an opponent 12 innings to finally hand the RailRiders their first loss since June 11.

Local roundup: Mountain Post picks up win over Wilkes-Barre in Legion baseball

Jakson Amend doubled and drove in three runs while Collin Williams knocked in two more for Mountain Post on Wednesday in a 6-2 win over Wilkes-Barre in a Senior Legion game.

Coming to grips: Sticky stuff ban provokes managers, players

NEW YORK — Kansas City manager Mike Matheny warned opponents that if they act like Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi and ask umpires to check Royals pitchers for sticky substances, it would provoke his team.

RailRiders pound out 14 runs on 17 hits, beat IronPigs for eighth straight win

Hoy Park has done it all this season for the RailRiders, climbing to the top of several league in multiple offensive categories.

Penn State’s Barron, College Football Playoff presidents OK expansion evaluation

DALLAS — The 11 university presidents and chancellors who oversee the College Football Playoff on Tuesday authorized a continued evaluation of a proposed 12-team playoff that, if adopted, could still be another five years away.

Supreme Court win for college athletes in compensation case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday the NCAA can’t limit education-related benefits — like computers and paid internships — that colleges can offer their sports stars, a victory for athletes that could help open the door to further easing in the decades-old fight over paying student-athletes.

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    Our View: Farmers Market is back, enjoy the bounty

    In the age of giant supermarkets and — more recently — online food shopping with to-your-door delivery, it’s easy to think all this produce and food comes from some magic, distant place, to feel a great disconnect between the food you eat and the farmers who actually provide it.

    Henry Citizens Club Ladies Auxiliary raises funds for Wilkes-Barre Special Needs Playground Project

    WILKES-BARRE — Donations continue to come in for the Wilkes-Barre Special Needs Playground Project. On June 10 the Henry Citizens Club Ladies Auxiliary donated $1,500. The playground to be built in Kirby Park has an estimated cost of $400,000. Donations to the Wilkes-Barre Special Needs Playground Project can be made by credit card online at https://www.luzfdn.org/cause-posts/wilkes-barre-special-needs-playground-fund/ or by mailed by check made payable to “The Luzerne Foundation” and noting “WB Playground Fund” in the memo to the Luzerne Foundation, 34 South River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. The donation is tax deductible and The Luzerne Foundation will provide a receipt for tax purposes.

    Getting fit with ‘Miss Feesenschneezen’

    “Miss Feesenschneezen is Fit.”

    EMT students graduate from Luzerne County Community College

    Students in the Luzerne County Community College Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program from the Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently completed their coursework.

    ‘We just try to go above and beyond’

    KINGSTON — After 21 years in business together, and a whole slew of awards on his wall, Dr. Aaron Haydu had a pretty simple theory as to how he and his partner, Dr. Richard Cohen, have maintained a level of success and support from their patients.

    Rethinking tequila

    LONDON — Love it or hate it, tequila conjures up strong feelings in many drinkers.

    Liz Weston: Should you save less for retirement?

    Gwen Merz was fresh out of college in 2014, working an information technology job she hated, when she decided early retirement was the answer. She socked away every dollar she could, saving as much as 70% of her income so that she could quit when she was 35.

    Wilkes-Barre police seek assistance to identify alleged dog thief

    WILKES-BARRE — City police posted a picture on their Facebook page seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man they say walked away with a dog.

    Woman charged with fleeing police in stolen vehicle

    SUGAR NOTCH — A Ross Township woman accused by Wilkes-Barre police with stealing a 2014 Toyota Rav4 by force was charged by Sugar Notch police with initiating a pursuit in the stolen SUV.

    Police: Man who threatened store employees shouted ‘I can’t breathe’ when arrested

    WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A man from New Jersey threatened employees inside Walmart Supercenter and later yelled he couldn’t breathe when arrested by township police after a foot chase Tuesday night.

    Edwardsville police searching for Wilkes-Barre man on firearm offenses

    EDWARDSVILLE — Borough police say they are searching for Alkarem Muhammad Ezell, 29, on firearm offenses stemming from a reported domestic disturbance earlier this month.

    Police: Kingston man runs over girlfriend

    PLAINS TWP. — A Kingston man is facing charges after township police say he ran over his girlfriend with his Ford F250 pickup truck Monday.