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W-B Area teacher suspended with pay pending investigation

PLAINS TWP. — A teacher was suspended with pay at the Solomon/Plains education complex pending results of an investigation, Wilkes-Barre Area School Board Solicitor Ray Wendolowski confirmed Monday. Noting it is a personnel issue, Wendolowski declined to give additional information, but sources confirmed the incident was an allegation of interaction of the teacher with a […]

Comments - 1:54 pm - updated: 2:18 pm.

‘Pizza for Paws’ draws hundreds

WILKES-BARRE — Lake-Lehman High School seniors Lacey Carey and Jade Fry were hard to miss as they greeted the long line of guests at Rodano’s on Public Square on Sunday. Both girls wore t-shirts that they designed themselves with a picture of a cat along with the words “Prevent a litter. Fix your critter.” They […]

Comments - 9:59 pm

Adam Rippon turns down NBC correspondent gig

Well, at least NBC will still be able to interview Adam Rippon, right? In a reversal of news she had broken earlier on Sunday, USA Today’s Christine Brennan reported that the figure skater will not, after all, take a job with the network as a correspondent for the rest of the Winter Olympics. Rippon “decided […]

Comments - 8:40 pm - updated: 9:29 pm.

Rally against gun violence held on Public Square

WILKES-BARRE — Martha Hart remembers being awakened in the middle of the night with a gun to her head by a husband who was convinced she was cheating on him — a husband who owned the gun legally. Hart said, although the incident happened in the late 1970s, she was willing to share it with […]

Comments - 8:27 pm - updated: 9:16 pm.

Penn State students raise more than $10M in dance marathon

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon. The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. Money […]

Comments - 5:00 pm

Luzerne County notebook: 9 county collective bargaining agreements up in 2018

It’s a big year for Luzerne County government union negotiations. Nine of the county’s 10 collective bargaining agreements have expired or will lapse on Dec. 31. A negotiating session will be held next week on two of the expired contracts with the AFSCME residual and court-related unions, said county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik. […]

Comments - 3:37 pm

Another Luzerne County commercial assessment reduction granted

Another big-ticket assessment reduction has been granted to a Luzerne County industrial property, this time for the Insteel Wire Products plant in Hazle Township. County officials have been pushing for resolution of outstanding assessment challenges, particularly with larger commercial sites, to minimize the hit to government finances. Refunds date to the year challenges were filed, […]

Comments - 2:17 pm

Luzerne County awards contract for new signs

Luzerne County is spending $112,800 on signs designed to make it easier for the public to identify and navigate buildings, records show. County Manager C. David Pedri initiated the project last year, telling county council help is warranted for people visiting county offices. Pedri said he often heard visitors confused about office locations when he […]

Comments - 11:21 am

Casey continues push to end pay disparity for Tobyhanna employees

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey this week re-introduced legislation that would help put an end to the persistent wage disparity at Tobyhanna Army Depot. As it stands now, Casey said white collar employees, served by the General Schedule, are included in a more generous locality pay system than that of their blue collar counterparts, […]

Comments - 8:00 am

Luzerne County restaurant inspections: Feb. 6 to 14

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 - 12:30 am

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