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Accreditation renewed at Misericordia University

Jul 23

DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University has completed a nearly two-year review to successfully maintain accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, though the process did help the school identify 30 areas that need improvement, President Tom...

Strelish, Henderson still cashing LCTA paychecks

Jul 22

Two officials accused of criminal offenses will be paid for another 7 to 10 weeks
KINGSTON — Two Luzerne County Transportation Authority officials charged last month in connection with the Ghost Rider scandal will continue receiving paychecks for another seven to 10 weeks.

Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack

Jul 22

DANVILLE — Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — to keep her alive.

Trinity Episcopal Church presents awards

Jul 22

Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston celebrated Trinity Sunday on June 15 by honoring those who have worked over the years to establish and maintain an Episcopal presence in West Pittston. The church presented two special awards. Marie Hoover received the Trinity...

Wilkes-Barre swears in newest firefighter at City Hall ceremony

Jul 22

Travis Temarantz, 25, started firefighting at 14
WILKES-BARRE — Praise from the mayor and the fire chief highlighted Tuesday's swearing in of the city's newest firefighter/EMT, Travis Temarantz.

Wilkes-Barre police investigating alleged child rape

Jul 22

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating a reported sexual assault against a child Monday afternoon in the 100 block of South Sherman Street, according to a police report.

American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

Jul 22

ASHLEY — The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Sunshine today before rain, storms arrive for the midweek

Jul 22

Sunshine will dominate the skies today before thunderstorms impact the Wyming Valley into the midweek.

Average gas prices for July 22

Jul 22

The area's average gas price did not change overnight, but it is still down a nickel from last week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, the state and nationwide:

Report: Failure to raise levee in Wilkes-Barre, Plymouth could mean greater flood risk

Jul 22

Flood insurance rates also could rise without higher barrier
WILKES-BARRE — If the height of the levee in Wilkes-Barre and Plymouth isn't increased by about a foot, it's possible that flood plain residents in those communities could be at a greater flood risk and see flood insurance rates rise in a few...

Northwest Area OKs $2.69m tax-anticipation loan

Jul 22

UNION TWP. —The Northwest Area School Board voted in special session on Monday to enact a resolution approving a tax-anticipation loan of $2.69 million with the First Keystone Community Bank and retained the services of attorney John Audi as solicitor for the...

Dallas eyes more bus outsourcing

Jul 22

Dallas School District's Business Manager Grant Palfey addressed its Board of Directors on Monday night proposing transportation for district students be further outsourced. Five mini-buses, three 9 passenger vans, and two 6 passenger vans, now being staffed, run,...

Eight Wilkes-Barre cadets complete fire academy training

Jul 22

NANTICOKE — Eight cadet trainees graduated from the Public Safety Training Institute at Luzerne County Community College on Monday. John Shuey, of Wilkes-Barre, was one of those...

Arby's closings leave employees jobless

Jul 22

Ashley Douglas was depending on her next paycheck from her job at Arby's to catch up with her rent.

A new look, thanks to you

Jul 21

The Times Leader today is launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.

Yuknavich trial rescheduled pending grand jury findings

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — Despite a professed willingness by the prosecution to proceed, the trial of Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich on theft charges, scheduled for jury selection Monday, was postponed to August, pending the outcome of a federal grand jury...

Convicted killer pleads no contest to corruption of minors

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — Convicted killer Andre Vancliff pleaded no contest to charges of conspiracy to corrupt minors, stemming from visits to his cell of two young girls.

Turnpike changes affecting Northeast Extension

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — The 70 mph speed limit that will be put in place starting Wednesday on a 100-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the central part of the state is just the start of planned changes for the toll road, that will encompass our...

State Police in Hazleton investigating robbery at Verizon store

Jul 21

HAZLETON — State Police in Hazleton are investigating the robbery of the Verizon Wireless retail store on Airport Road on Sunday afternoon.

Dorrance animal feeding regulations on hold

Jul 21

DORRANCE TWP. — The township planning commission Monday night put on hold until its August meeting zoning regulations intended to control the siting of concentrated animal feeding operations.

PennDOT displays Lehman Township bridge plan

Jul 21

LEHMAN TWP. — The state Department of Transportation displayed its plan Monday night for the 2016 replacement of a bridge on State Route 118 that travels over a tributary of Harveys Creek.

Nanticoke discusses storm water grant

Jul 21

At the July 16 meeting of Nanticoke City Council, Robert Hughes, a representative from Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, discussed a grant application that the city has applied for.

Figueroa pleads guilty to simple assault in Nanticoke bar melee

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — Melanie Figueroa pleaded guilty to a single count of simple assault in a case spawned by a Jan. 1, 2012 Nanticoke bar melee that left a victim with permanent facial scars from multiple slash wounds. Figueroa faces a maximum sentence of two years in...

Realtor seeks ejectment of Wyoming Valley adult men's club from property

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — An attorney for Del Balso Brothers Realty filed paperwork with the Luzerne County prothonotary seeking more than $1 million from the parent company of Gentleman's Club 10 in Wilkes-Barre Township. The paperwork also seeks removal of the company...

Chance of rain, thunderstorms to linger for most of the week

Jul 21

The chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms will linger in the Wyoming Valley for most of the week.

Another veteran Luzerne County manager leaving

Jul 21

Luzerne County Treasurer's Office Deputy Dominick DePolo said he will retire Sept. 5 after 15 years of county employment.

King's College among three interested in buying former Springbrook Water Co. building

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — King's College has submitted a proposal to purchase the former four-story Springbrook Water Co. property in Wilkes-Barre from Luzerne County.

KISS Theatre plans Facebook fundraiser to support 'no frills' East End Centre venue

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — The show must go on, even without a permanent home.

Skye McCole Bartusiak, “Patriot” actress with local ties, died Saturday

Jul 21

Film and TV star, 21, had family in West Wyoming and Shavertown
Skye McCole Bartusiak, a young actress with Wyoming Valley ties best known for her role in the film “The Patriot,” has died unexpectedly at her Texas home. She was 21.

Wilkes-Barre police warn of fake utility workers

Jul 21

Man allegedly claimed to be water worker, asked to change $100 bill
WILKES-BARRE — Residents are warned to be vigilant after an incident in which a man impersonating a utility worker visited a Wilkes-Barre residence last week.

Disgraced 'Kids for Cash' attorney Robert Powell facing civil suit in federal court

Jul 21

Former colleagues of the disgraced attorney Robert J. Powell are suing him for allegedly swindling them out of millions of dollars and trashing their reputations.

Wilkes-Barre man threatened with a knife and a gun after offering aid

Jul 21

WILKES-BARRE — A Good Samaritan found himself fearing for his life when two men he was attempting to help chased him back with weapons, according to a city police release.

State police seeking men who robbed Hazle Township Verizon store

Jul 21

HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton reported they are looking for two men who robbed the Verizon Wireless store at 837 Airport Road just before 1 p.m. Sunday.

Victim of fatal Newport cycle crash identified

Jul 21

NEWPORT TWP. — Anthony Chopyak, 46, of Wapwallopen was the man killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night.The crash occurred on Alden Mountain Road. Additional information on the accident was unavailable on Sunday night.

King's College reaches out to Turkish students

Jul 21

School has view toward greater links in Asia, Middle East

Veteran actor James Garner dead at 86

Jul 20

Star of film, TV had hits with 'Maverick' and 'The Rockford Files'
NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.
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