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Casey asks Trump for Solomon Creek wall funding

WILKES-BARRE — Acting on a promise to work with President Donald Trump to rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey asked for help with the Solomon Creek Wall reconstruction project. Casey on Tuesday hand-delivered a letter to the administration when he met with the president at the White House on trade […]

Comments - 5:37 pm - updated: 10:02 pm.

Wilkes-Barre General debuts $40 million expansion

WILKES-BARRE — Before cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s expanded heart and vascular unit Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer Cor Catena talked about commitment to community. “Just 18 months ago, we all gathered for the groundbreaking for this project,” Catena said. “And now here we are. This project is testament to […]

Comments - 1:55 pm - updated: 10:32 pm.

Wilkes-Barre shooting turns fatal

WILKES-BARRE — A man shot in the head during a home invasion on Hutson Street last week has died. Trevor Oliver, 41, also known as “Tray Pound,” died at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Monday. Oliver’s mother, Darnella Randolph, announced her son’s death on social media. Efforts to reach her for comment later Tuesday were unsuccessful. […]

Comments - 1:15 pm - updated: 10:08 pm.

Wolf rejects GOP redistricting map

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is rejecting a Republican-drawn map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to replace the GOP-drawn map struck down in a gerrymandering case, leaving him to make a different recommendation to the state’s high court. Wolf’s move Tuesday comes six days before the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court says it’ll impose new […]

Comments - 12:01 pm

Pączki, fastnacht fill local bellies on Fat Tuesday

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Bakery Delite was a bustle of activity Tuesday morning as customers came in to buy traditional doughnuts and other pre-lent staples for Fat Tuesday. On offer were pączki, a traditional Polish version, which the Plains bakery has been serving up for 38 years. They also offer fastnacht, a diamond-shaped German version of […]

Comments - 11:43 am

Plymouth man charged with kidnapping woman is lifetime Megan’s Law registrant

A Plymouth man charged last week with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he bound with duct tape is a lifetime registrant under Megan’s Law due to a rape conviction nearly 20 years ago. Charles David Kocher, 45, of Franklin Street, is mandated to register his address, employment and vehicles he owns with the State […]

Comments - 9:18 am - updated: 9:31 pm.

Dallas School Board advances $18.5M elementary plan

DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas School Board on Monday approved plans to move forward with the construction process of a new elementary school building. The approved resolution, known as Plancon Part F, allows Alloy 5, a Lehigh Valley-based architecture firm which is handling the project, to submit construction drawings to the state Department of Education […]

Comments - 10:50 pm - updated: 12:29 am.

Dallas Township won’t buy Hildebrandt building

DALLAS TWP. — The township’s municipal offices will not be moving into the former Hildebrandt Learning Center in Dallas Borough. Last year, the supervisors pursued a sales agreement to purchase the former childcare headquarters for $1.3 million. At a meeting Monday night, they killed the deal. The township supervisors voted 2-0 to rescind their decision […]

Comments - 10:41 pm

Wyoming Borough votes against manager’s suspension

WYOMING — Tamra Smith’s position as borough manager is safe for the time being, despite cries for her ouster Monday night. Smith is currently under investigation for financial misconduct while serving as treasurer for the Wyoming Free Library and the Wyoming Hose Co. #1. Her home and office were raided by state police last month. […]

Comments - 10:25 pm - updated: 10:26 pm.

Amid more segregation debate, W-B Area moves toward high school choice

Speaking from the vantage of being the first and still only minority member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board, board Vice President Shawn Walker took offense with recent criticism of “segregation” in the high school consolidation plan, but also proposed a solution Monday that the board accepted: Giving students in grades 9 through 12 a […]

Comments - 9:45 pm

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