151 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Sunday; 4,247 statewide

WILKES-BARRE — The latest Department of Health report on Sunday showed Luzerne County with 151 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths. The county’s death count is at 864.


Packers-Niners renew now familiar NFL rivalry on Sunday

If it seems as if the Packers have transferred to the NFC West or the 49ers moved to the NFC North, blame the schedule makers at league headquarters.

Jets’ Wilson next target for Denver’s defensive guru Fangio

DENVER — Justin Simmons’ favorite part of facing a rookie quarterback? That’s easy.

Giants and Falcons looking for 1st win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Take a look at NFL teams losing games, and the average fan probably can come up with a half dozen quick reasons for the losses.

Steelers, Bengals still searching for identities

PITTSBURGH — No matter when it comes, that first loss always stings.

Lions coach compares Ravens QB Lamar Jackson to Michael Vick

DETROIT — Lamar Jackson makes dynamic plays with his speedy legs and powerful right arm, lifting the Baltimore Ravens to impressive wins such as their latest one over Kansas City.

Americans take largest lead against Europe in Ryder Cup

Eds: UPDATES: With afternoon matches. Will be updated.

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    Casey bill would establish federal advisory group to prevent senior scams

    WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, this week held a hearing entitled, “Frauds, Scams and COVID-19: How Con Artists Have Targeted Older Americans During the Pandemic.”

    Around Town: A great night for an even better cause

    I always say the Wyoming Valley is filled with people who care.

    St. Nicholas Harvest Festival to feature Chili Cook-Off

    With games, music, theme baskets, a 50-50 raffle and the chance to feast on food ranging from bratwurst to empanadas, you might think you’re at a summer bazaar if you visit the grounds of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

    St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church taking orders for Oct. 2 food festival

    St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 South Main St. , Wilkes-Barre, is taking pre-orders for various Middle Eastern food items. Menu items such as kibbee and stuffed grape leaves can be found on the church website at stmaryorthodox.com . Orders can be placed by following the link on the website, or by calling 570-823-6692, or 570-829-7090. Various desserts will be available for purchase at the time of pick up. All orders must be picked up at the church hall on Oct. 2 between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m. All CDC rules will be followed. Shown are members of St Mary’s food festival committee:Norman Namey, Jenell Fort, John Moses, Alyssa Fort, Kate Namey and the Rev. George Alberts.

    Travel in Canada is a prize for the vaccinated and vigilant

    KAMOURASKA, Quebec — When the pandemic descended, the boundless vistas and insane sunsets of Kamouraska became a distant, unattainable dream for this bicyclist from Virginia. This is one of Quebec’s most beautiful places and, for me, a yearly touchstone I could no longer touch.

    Millennial Money: 5 steps to level up your side hustle

    The pandemic isn’t crushing the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s fueling it.

    Liz Weston: Don’t let Social Security steer you wrong

    Few retirement decisions are as critical, or as easy to get wrong, as when and how to take your Social Security benefits. The rules can be so convoluted that many people rely on what they’re told by Social Security employees, but that could prove to be an expensive mistake.

    ‘You took a great man from us’

    WILKES-BARRE — Tremaine Jamison apologized to the family of Devon Brown who died from a gunshot wound during a scuffle at a kindergarten graduation party in May 2017.

    Plymouth man arrested on plan to kill ex-girlfriend

    HANOVER TWP. — A Plymouth man was arrested on allegations he planned to kill his ex-girlfriend with a fatal dose of heroin to prevent her from testifying against him at a court proceeding Thursday.

    Man arrested on allegations he abused mother

    PITTSTON TWP. — Township police arrested a man they allege abused, neglected and assaulted his 73-year-old mother for more than two years.

    Dallas man illegally in U.S. indicted on firearm offenses

    SCRANTON — A man from Dallas was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on firearm offenses.

    Court Briefs

    Corruption charges withdrawn

    Life at Full Throttle: Enjoy your end of summer garden harvest

    Labor Day weekend is typically when I’m looking for ways to use up the last of my summer garden herbs and vegetables. I remember my mom blanching and freezing plum tomatoes and hanging fresh basil to dry in the basement this time of year. The tomatoes and basil were used in our Sunday sauce for months. Fresh herbs, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, and more are still plentiful in area gardens. I love fresh garden herbs and look for ways to use them up before the cooler Bear Creek nights affect them. Here are some tips on using your herbs and vegetables while they’re still fresh.