Geisinger CEO urges vaccination amid ‘somewhat concerning’ trends

Three numbers regarding COVID-19 vaccinations came up repeatedly during a Geisinger media update on the pandemic Friday: Vaccinated people are five times less likely to get infected, 10 times less likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times less likely to die.


H.S. Football: Hazleton Area uses second-half surge to beat Wilkes-Barre Area on senior night

HAZLETON — Down two points and struggling to move the football against the Wilkes-Barre Area defense, Hazleton Area quarterback Tyler Wolfe did what has worked so often for him and the Cougars this year.

H.S. Football: Berwick shows versatility in victory over Pittston Area

BERWICK — Berwick didn’t have its leading rusher available Friday night but had plenty of talent to make up for the absence.

H.S. Football: Dallas uses ground game to run past Crestwood

Crestwood’s Noah Schultz ran for 153 yards, trying to keep pace with Parker Bolesta’s 198-yard night for Dallas.

H.S Football: North Pocono continues to roll, routs Lake-Lehman

LEHMAN TWP. — North Pocono extended its win streak to six games with a 38-7 victory over Lake-Lehman at Edward H. Edwards Stadium on Friday night.

H.S. Football: Williamsport uses big first quarter to roll past Valley West

Jamaire Harden was back on the field Friday night for Williamsport. It didn’t take him long to make an impact.

Local roundup: Crestwood, Hazleton Area earn narrow wins in boys soccer

Darren Zimmerman scored off an assist from Hunter Rolles in the first half as Crestwood topped Pittston Area 1-0 in a Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer game Friday.

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    University of Scranton to host Fall Lecture in the Humanities

    Father Columba Stewart, O.S.B., executive director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University, will deliver The University of Scranton’s Fall Lecture in the Humanities on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. He will present “Recovering the voices of our ancestors: preserving the world’s endangered manuscript heritage.”

    Wilkes University recognizes faculty, staff with 2021 President’s Awards for Excellence

    Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2021 President’s Awards for Excellence. The awards, presented by Wilkes President Greg Cant on Aug. 25, recognize individuals who reflect excellence in their work based on the University’s core values. This is the sixth year for the awards program.

    Transfiguration of Our Lord Church to hold rummage sale Oct. 15, 16 and 17

    The Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church is holding a rummage sale Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15, 16 and 17.

    Liz Weston: How gratitude can help your financial life

    Gratitude makes us more aware of the sources of joy, wonder and hope in our lives. Being grateful also can improve health, strengthen relationships and help us manage our money.

    Anti-vaccine chiropractors rising force of misinformation

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The flashy postcard, covered with images of syringes, beckoned people to attend Vax-Con ’21 to learn “the uncensored truth” about COVID-19 vaccines.

    Millennial Money: The case for being boring with your money

    The idea of gaining wealth in flashy ways isn’t new. After all, Charles Ponzi, for whom Ponzi schemes were named, defrauded investors more than 100 years ago with a get-rich-quick scheme built on a foundation of lies. Today, speculative investments, multilevel marketing companies and other risky efforts to turn a profit still lay seductive traps.

    Ex-inmate: Stabbing victim was ‘purple like a smurf’

    WILKES-BARRE — A dispute about telephone privileges inside G-Block at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas was behind an inmate-on-inmate fight that led to a fatal stabbing earlier this year.

    Kingston Township police charge familiar man with ransacking house

    KINGSTON TWP. — Township police obtained an arrest warrant for Scott Alan Bolton, 57, charging him with stealing items from a residence on Mount Olivet Road earlier this month.

    Plymouth man charged with child pornography

    PLYMOUTH — A man from Plymouth was arrested Thursday on allegations he downloaded images and videos of children engaged in sex acts on his cell phone.

    Former C&Y director pleads guilty to child endangerment, obstruction

    HARRISBURG — Former Luzerne County Children & Youth director Joanne Van Saun pleaded guilty to child endangerment and obstruction offenses related to failing to investigate hundreds of reports of child abuse and neglect cases and covering up the cases with false reports.

    Dallas man sentenced on child pornography charges

    WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas ignored a request by a defense attorney for a sentence of 43 days of time already served for a Dallas man who admitted to viewing and sharing child pornography.