Pedri describes Luzerne County’s fast-rising coronavirus deaths as ‘astonishing’

Luzerne County has tracked 53 additional coronavirus deaths in a week, according to a new report from county Manager C. David Pedri.

Dupree’s ACL injury is latest hurdle for undefeated Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Bud Dupree slammed the turf in anger, well aware of what the pain in his right knee meant.

Unbeaten but far from perfect: Sloppy Steelers 11-0 after edging shorthanded Ravens

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t one for excuses. Even as COVID-19 wreaked havoc with his team’s schedule, pushing their matchup with Baltimore from Thanksgiving night to middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week in the middle of a pandemic, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach refused to reach for one.

Penn State still staying clear of virus despite outbreak this week at Michigan

For the second time this season, Penn State’s most recent opponent is dealing with a serious COVID-19 outbreak. But as of Wednesday evening, the Nittany Lions have managed to stay clear of a similar crisis.

MAC announces winter sports plan: Basketball could start in February

King’s, Wilkes and Misericordia still have a chance to play winter sports this school year.

Ohio State still 4th in CFP rankings after cancellation; Notre Dame stays No. 2

Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week.

High School Sports Notebook: Lackawanna League swimming plans progressing

Athletic directors and head coaches of the 10 Lackawanna League schools that sponsor the sport were planning to meet virtually Tuesday night to continue discussions for the upcoming season.

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    Your view: Thanks from the Plymouth Twp. supervisors

    With this beautiful holiday season upon us, it seems only fitting that we, the three supervisors, give thanks to all you in Plymouth Township for the past year of allowing us to serve you.

    Rooting for change: Turnips instead of potatoes

    If you are a meat and potatoes kind of person, give some consideration to the humble turnip. I found this recipe years ago after one of the hard-working local growers at the Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market touted his pile of the cruciferous root vegetable, convincing me and MT to buy some. But what, exactly, do you do with a turnip?

    Quiet Valley plans a quieter Christmas this year

    Christmas at Quiet Valley will be quieter than usual this holiday season.

    ‘They fight for what they love’

    Earlier this semester, members of the Patriotic Club at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre looked for a way to show area veterans they’re thankful for the sacrifices the military men and women made, and the risks they’ve taken.

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    When to donate rewards to charity and when to give cash

    If you’re looking to give to charity this holiday season but don’t want to dip into your bank account, donating unused credit card rewards, hotel points and airline miles can be a helpful alternative. In some cases the charity can use the rewards for travel needs, and in other cases, the issuer can convert them to cash for the charity.

    Liz Weston: How small businesses can help workers save

    Donna Skemp of Bend, Oregon, struggled to save before she signed up for an automatic savings plan offered by her employer’s payroll services company. Now, some of her pay goes into a federally insured, interest-paying savings account that she can access any time with a debit card.

    ‘More people may die’: Biden urges Trump to aid transition

    WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden warned of dire consequences if President Donald Trump and his administration continue to refuse to coordinate with his transition team on the coronavirus pandemic and block briefings on national security, policy issues and vaccine plans.

    Police: Ashley man arrested after disputes with brother

    ASHLEY — A man was arrested on Friday night after police say he got into two separate physical confrontations and threatened his brother with a knife outside a Donato Drive residence.

    Man robbed by another man during initial sex meet

    WRIGHT TWP. — Township police arrested a man they say robbed another man during what was described as a meeting for sex on Thursday.

    Wilkes-Barre homicide suspect captured in March remains jailed in New York City

    Homicide suspect Jeremy Gittens, accused of fatally shooting a man and injuring a woman in Wilkes-Barre more than nine months ago, remains jailed at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City.

    Police: One injured in Wilkes-Barre shooting; suspects sought

    WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured on Thanksgiving morning.

    Nanticoke police arrest man on burglary, drug possession charges

    NANTICOKE — City police arrested Jason Joseph Wojciechowski, 21, on charges he burglarized and ransacked a business and trespassed at another business on Tuesday.