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Activist group holds Earth Day environmental rally on Public Square

WILKES-BARRE — If you heard music in the area near Public Square while driving with your windows down Sunday, there’s a good chance you were hearing songs in honor of Mother Earth. For Earth Day, a handful of environmentally-minded folks congregated on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre with the hopes of raising awareness of the future […]

Comments - 8:21 pm

Groups combine to cleanup Exeter for Earth Day

EXETER – Multiple community groups took the the streets of Exeter in celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, creating the inaugural Exeter Earth Day Cleanup weekend. Meeting outside of the Wyoming Area gymnasium, members of both Exeter Proud and the Wyoming Area Kiwanis joined with students, community members and more to further the work of […]

Comments - 7:51 pm

Luzerne County $5 vehicle fee ordinance up for introduction Tuesday

After two prior work session discussions, Luzerne County Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to introduce an ordinance implementing a controversial $5 vehicle fee to fund county-owned road and bridge repairs. Four of 11 council votes are required for an ordinance introduction. To take effect, the change would require a public hearing and […]

Comments - 7:14 pm

Luzerne County manager bemoans rise in employee pension fund subsidy

Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri appeared exasperated at last week’s retirement board meeting when fresh analysis determined the county’s employee pension fund contribution must increase. “We’re trying everything we possibly can here, and we’re still paying more,” Pedri complained. “I don’t understand what it’s going to take for us to finally put less into […]

Comments - 5:49 pm

Man fought gunman: He ‘was going to have to work to kill me’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man who wrestled the gun away from the Nashville Waffle House shooting suspect said Sunday if he were going to die, the gunman would “have to work to kill me.” Police are calling James Shaw Jr. a hero for saving lives in the crowded restaurant, but the 29-year-old Nashville resident […]

Comments - 4:56 pm

Luzerne County Restaurant Inspections: April 11 to 17

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time […]

Comments - 4:04 pm

Casey, Torsella celebrate one-year anniversary of PA ABLE Act

SCRANTON — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella jointly hosted — along other legislators and several advocates for people with disabilities — a resource fair to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PA ABLE). The PA ABLE Savings Program provides tax-exempt accounts for individuals with […]

Comments - 11:25 pm

Shapiro completes review of concealed carry reciprocity agreements

WILKES-BARRE — Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced his office has completed an exhaustive review of concealed carry reciprocity agreements with all 49 other states, as required under Pennsylvania law. The purpose of the review is to ensure consistency in how concealed carry licenses are enforced in Pennsylvania, and to aid law enforcement in […]

Comments - 11:11 pm

Wilkes-Barre residents hit streets (and parks) for Great American Cleanup

WILKES-BARRE — Seventeen groups of concerned residents made their way to the streets of their own neighborhoods Saturday with garbage bags, brooms and rakes in hand. It was all part of the Great American Cleanup, scheduled each year as part of Earth Day activities. Maria Dobish was part of a group in the Rolling Mill […]

Comments - 10:40 pm - updated: 11:52 pm.

Kirby Fest draws big crowd to support arts, education programs

WILKES-BARRE — Over 500 area residents gathered at the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday night for the second annual Kirby Fest offering “Pints, Pinots and Performing Arts.” The event was initially held in response to dwindling funding for the Kirby Center’s Young People’s Theater Series and as an opportunity to show off the venue and […]

Comments - 10:07 pm

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