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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

Public gets tour, health tips during WB General open house

WILKES-BARRE — Hospital visits can be unpleasant, but one thing patients admitted into Wilkes-Barre General’s brand new intensive care unit will not have to worry about is privacy. The $40 million addition is two stories and contains 34 beds and each room is meant for only one patient instead of two. The unit also features […]

Comments - 10:54 pm

Pa. Bar Association offers free estate planning to first responders

NANTICOKE — Lawyers working for free? It doesn’t happen too often. But it did Saturday, and it was to reward some of our community’s bravest servants. The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division set up shop at Luzerne County Community College to help first responders write wills and other estate plans. The lawyers volunteered their […]

Comments - 10:26 pm - updated: 10:28 pm.

Crestwood OKs tentative budget, but director says changes to come

WRIGHT TWP. — The 2018-19 preliminary budget for the Crestwood School District contains a few million more in expenses than this year, but school director Randy Swank says at this point the spending plan is far from “a done deal.” Swank, chairman of the school board’s finance committee, said Friday that in spite of a […]

Comments - 9:38 pm

Hazleton raid nets two arrests plus heroin, crack and crystal meth

HAZLETON — Two Hazleton men were arrested in a drug raid Friday that turned up 120 bags of heroin and fentanyl, plus crack cocaine and crystal meth, according to police. Chief Jerry Speziale said officers seized the drugs from an apartment at 60 E. Sixth St., Apt. 4. Rahmir Tyree Brayboy, 23, was charged with […]

Comments - 8:28 pm

Hazleton chief: Nephew robbed, uncle shot outside club early Saturday

HAZLETON — A man was shot outside a city nightclub early Saturday when he confronted two men who stole a $550 diamond necklace and gold chain from his nephew, police say. According to a news release from Chief Jerry Speziale and court documents: The incident began at the Mambo Cafe at 501 S. Church St. […]

Comments - 7:53 pm

Mom-to-be doesn’t let due date keep her from Spin 4 Life

WILKES-BARRE — Ellen Meehan spent part of her Saturday morning atop an exercise bike at Odyssey Fitness raising money for Candy’s Place at the 17th annual Spin 4 Life. Like many participants, Meehan, of Kingston, is a physical fitness enthusiast who enjoys both working out and spending time with friends. Unlike any of the other […]

Comments - 2:47 pm - updated: 9:14 pm.

Beyond the Byline: Movin’ on up

“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” — Rodney Dangerfield WILKES-BARRE — The first time I ever moved from one home to another, it was the worst of times. It was 1969, about one year after my mom had died. My dad and I were still calling […]

Comments - 2:05 pm - updated: 5:28 pm.

Gov. Wolf signs stronger lobbying restrictions into law

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed legislation into law that strengthens restrictions for lobbyists and special interests and improves efficiency by requiring lobbying disclosure reports to be filed electronically with the Department of State. “I am proud to sign this bill, which is long overdue,” Wolf said in a news release. “By cracking […]

Comments - 10:23 am - updated: 9:33 pm.

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