Northwest Area Board OKs budget with maximum tax hike

UNION TWP. — Northwest Area School Board passed a final 2020-21 budget Wednesday with a 4% property tax increase, the maximum allowed under the state law known as Act 1.


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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    Your view: Expand the sale of ready-to-drink cocktails

    Expanding the sale of ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails to additional retail outlets that already sell beverage alcohol is a commonsense way to increase consumer convenience and generate millions of dollars for the commonwealth.

    Getting fit with ‘Miss Feesenschneezen’

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    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.

    A “dangerous desert”? Mom didn’t think so

    It’s cool, creamy, sinfully sweet, and for me the key ingredient is sentimentality. I haven’t made mom’s peanut butter/marshmallow (and chocolate) fudge for many years, yet it forever remains the reason I started cooking.

    ‘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.

    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.

    Police: Three men stole $4,200 worth of electrical wire from Lowe’s

    WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police say three “hard working men” stole $4,200 worth of electrical wire from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Arena Hub Plaza.

    Cirko pleads guilty to bomb threat charge in supermarket spitting incident

    WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township woman accused of spitting and coughing on food items inside Gerrity’s Supermarket during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony bomb threat charge.