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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

Beyond Byline: We all have to help where we can

WILKES-BARRE — At the recent Luzerne Foundation Non-Profit Forum, one thing became quite clear — everybody in the room had one thing in common. Each of the 33 organizations presenting was in need of funding to further their particular mission and each was worthy of consideration. The problem is, as generous as the Luzerne Foundation […]

Comments - 9:40 pm

Humble heroes: Northwest Area students help avert catastrophe on the highway

UNION TWP. — It was an ordinary Wednesday. Northwest Area School District students Sam Troy, Joe May and Ashton Strish were together in a school van, riding back to campus from morning classes at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center on April 11. That’s where Sam and Ashton are learning diesel repair and Joe […]

Comments - 9:23 pm

Panamanian students at Wilkes University teach Spanish to autistic kids

KINGSTON — They came all the way from Central America to teach two foreign words: “hola” and “adios.” But they found many of the children knew — or wanted to know — much more, including “bano” (bathroom), “por favor” (please) and “de nada” (thank you). They also learned something about teaching autistic children, something still […]

Comments - 9:05 pm - updated: 9:54 am.

Northwest school board hears from basketball player who wants coach back

UNION TWP. — Northwest basketball players let the school board know this week that they support their coach and want him back. Tyler Stevens, a junior and a varsity basketball player, read a letter from the players at a board meeting, praising coach Dustin Babcock as a “hard worker and a person who leads by […]

Comments - 8:19 pm

Bloomsburg’s mayor charged with patronizing prostitute

BLOOMSBURG (AP) — State police have arrested Bloomsburg’s mayor on charges of soliciting and patronizing a prostitute. Police allege that 36-year-old Eric Bower had sex with a confidential informant for money several times, most recently in early April. They allege the two agreed to meet at a Hampton Inn just outside town, and Bower showed […]

Comments - 8:06 pm - updated: 9:07 pm.

Public can drop off unused, expired medication at courthouse next Saturday

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University and the Luzerne County Medical Society, in partnership with the district attorney and sheriff’s offices, are hosting a local collection for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Residents are encouraged to safely dispose of unused or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Luzerne County […]

Comments - 7:42 pm

Court Briefs

Arson charge withdrawn against Newport Twp. man WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County prosecutors withdrew an arson charge against Corey Eckrote, 53, and instead filed a criminal mischief count against him Friday. Eckrote, who is on parole for his son’s accidental death, was initially charged by Newport Township police with arson, risking a catastrophe and possession of […]

Comments - 6:55 pm

Former King’s president returning for spring commencement

WILKES-BARRE — The Rev. Tom O’Hara isn’t quite sure he should have been chosen to give the commencement address at the college he both graduated from and served as president for 12 years. “I love King’s College, I’m happy to come back,” O’Hara said via phone from Chicago, where he was attending one of what […]

Comments - 6:42 pm

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