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Ice jam damages River Common fishing pier in downtown Wilkes-Barre

A recent ice jam on the Susquehanna River damaged the River Common fishing pier and other park walls along the water’s edge near the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, officials said Tuesday. Although the River Common park is adjacent to the Wyoming Valley Levee, county government owns the recreational amenity and will be responsible for […]

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Nonprofit Earth Conservancy outlines progress amid county councilman’s criticism

Luzerne County Councilman Stephen A. Urban publicly criticized the nonprofit Earth Conservancy at two recent council meetings, estimating the tax-exempt organization is still “sitting on” approximately 14,000 acres of land. “A lot of it is not mine-scarred. A lot of it is not being used for anything,” Urban said, urging the county administration to seek […]

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Both Wyoming Area basketball teams will play at Pittston Area

Pittston Area and Wyoming Area teams will use each other’s gyms for three of their four quarterfinals when the District 2 basketball tournaments get started with Tuesday and Wednesday games. District 2 announced the pairings, schedule, sites and times for the tournaments on its website Sunday night. Both Wyoming Area teams will play their first […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

8 Comments - 11:21 am

Robin Wrobleski gets 7-4 win to lead Warriors to victory

YATESVILLE – Robin Wrobleski and C.J. DeMark know each other well as they are workout partners at Mat Assassins Wrestling Club in Avoca. Friday night, they took that familiarity to the mat under the spotlight of the late stages of a Wyoming Area/Pittston Area match. Wrobleski managed a 7-4 win at 138 pounds in the […]

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Ceremony at Pittston Library marks 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s freedom

PITTSTON — If home is where the heart is, these hearts pull double duty. Pittston Knights of Lithuania Council 143 met at Pittston Memorial Library on Friday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence. The ceremony began with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by a rendition of the Lithuanian national anthem, “Lietuvos […]

8 Comments - 8:28 pm

Greater Pittston residents in the news: Lucyann Skvarla, West Wyoming, honored by King’s College

Skvarla honored by King’s College WILKES-BARRE — Lucyann Skvarla, of West Wyoming, has served in various positions at King’s College since 1978 and was recently selected to receive the Spirit of Holy Cross Award. The award is an annual recognition by the United States Province of Priests and Brothers of the critical importance lay people […]

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Luzerne County support urged for mine reclamation funding boost

Local waterways still polluted by abandoned mine drainage should prompt Luzerne County to support proposed federal legislation providing more money to fix the problem, environmental advocate Robert E. Hughes told county council members this week. “We know that they run orange, and they smell like sulfur — they’re a rotten egg smell — as you […]

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