Tax diversion program may be considered for project at former Valley Crest

For the first time since Luzerne County’s 2012 switch to a home rule government, a proposal to consider a tax diversion known as a TIF may come before county council, in this case to fund infrastructure improvements leading to the former Valley Crest Nursing Home site in Plains Township. Intense grilling is expected due to […]

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Luzerne County controller audit detects health insurance billing errors

Luzerne County government charged some employees too much for health insurance coverage and others too little in 2017, resulting in a net shortchanging to the county of $2,751.37, a new county controller’s office audit shows. The county is owed $6,769.75 from those undercharged, while the county owes $4,018.38 to those overcharged, according to the audit […]

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Former Pittston mayor Joseph Keating dies

PITTSTON — Mayor Mike Lombardo credited one of his predecessor’s with getting a great deal done for the city during his term. Lombardo pointed to the work Joseph Keating did on the city’s infrastructure and his ability to keep the city on sound financial footing as two examples of the former mayor’s accomplishments. “He deserves […]

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Luzerne County adding 911 emergency tower sites

Luzerne County’s 911 department plans to construct emergency communication towers at two new sites and build a taller one at a third existing location, officials said. The towers hold antennas and microwave satellite dishes that allow radio communication in the county’s largely forested and mountainous terrain, said county 911 Executive Director Fred Rosencrans. The county […]

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Union contract for Wyoming Valley Levee workers slated for approval Tuesday

A new union contract with seven unionized Wyoming Valley Levee maintenance technicians is scheduled for adoption at Tuesday’s Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority meeting, according to authority Executive Director Christopher Belleman. This is the first union contract negotiated by the authority because the employees previously worked under a county collective bargaining agreement. Instead of reimbursing […]

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New group forms in response to Luzerne County female inmate deaths

Former Luzerne County prison inmates and other advocates have created a social media group in response to the fourth death of a female inmate at the Wilkes-Barre lockup in less than a year. Called “Luzerne County inmates helping inmates,” the Facebook group will conduct research, hold public awareness events and coordinate efforts to provide inspirational […]

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Pediatric Associates of Kingston opens second location in Pittston

PITTSTON — Pediatric Associates of Kingston (PAK) recently opened the doors on its new second office at 1081 Oak St., next to Casey Dental. “We are excited to open our new location in Pittston to offer convenient pediatric care to families of the area,” said Dr. Jeffery R. Kile, MD, MHA, owner of PAK. The […]

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Greater Pittston residents in the news: Greater Pittston residents welcome grandchild

Greater Pittston grandparents welcome grandchild HUMMELSTOWN — Anthony and Danielle Faust wish to announce the birth of their son, Jaxson Mario Faust. Paternal grandparents are Chuck and Gywn Faust, of Hummelstown, and maternal grandparents are Carmen and Nancy Saporito, of Pittston. Graduate students present research projects DALLAS TWP. — Greater Pittston residents Heather Marcinko, Duryea; […]

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UPDATE: Details emerge on prison victim

WILKES-BARRE — The death of a 21-year-old Luzerne County prison inmate was ruled a suicide caused by asphyxia due to hanging, the county coroner’s office said Thursday. Hailey Povisil, of Wilkes-Barre, was found unresponsive in her cell around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and was pronounced dead at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital at 10:07 p.m., according to a […]

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Peeking into the Past: Search for missing girl leads to Pittston area

1948 – 70 YEARS AGO According to the Pittston city health officer Mrs. Thomas Newcomb, the health of the city’s residents was good for 1947. There were seven cases of chicken pox, one case of scarlet fever, one case of spinal meningitis, five cases of tuberculosis and two cases of social disease. Residents were warned […]

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