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  • Hopewell City Marina wraps up first summer of operations following $1.5M renovation HOPEWELL - With a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May to welcome guests to the newly renovated marina, the first summer of operations with the improvements has just wrapped up for the city. The renovations, which totaled $1.5 million, included a resurfaced | 9/18/2014
  • It's the great pumpkin debate Fall is in the air. Well, at least when you walk through the stale air of the big box retailer near you. | 9/18/2014
  • Ready to dance the night away Mel Talmadge waltzed gracefully across the floor holding Amanda Demming’s hand. It was a far cry from his first practice for Dancing Like the Stars, a fundraiser for the Patient Kidney Association that runs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Woodlands Inn & Resort. | 9/18/2014
  • Nightlife Nightlife Thursday BAR LOUIE, Plains Township: Sin Night BREAKERS, Plains Township: Breakers Karaoke BYPASS LOUNGE, Pittston: Wing Night EVOLUTION NIGHTCLUB, Plains: DJ Glitch RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Plains Township: Music for Models STREAMSIDE/EXECUTIV | 9/18/2014
  • Philharmonic opens new season at Kirby Center If you think the orchestra is stuffy and boring, you haven’t seen the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The group is about to kick off a new season that combines musical talents of the past and gives musical pieces new luster. The opener begins at 8 | 9/18/2014
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy comes to Mohegan on Friday Trumpet player Glen “The Kid” Marhevka said the guys in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy like to see how new songs evolve before pinning them down to an album. “We find that the more we play it, the band sort of changes the arrangements and it evolves as we’re going, | 9/18/2014
  • Dietrich Theater’s annual Fall Film Festival kicks off this weekend in Tunkhannock Comedies, dramas, musicals, documentaries, historical period pieces and an unprecedented movie 12 years in the making: the 12th Annual Fall Film Festival at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock has it all. | 9/18/2014
  • Weekend: Places to go and things to do CLUBS AMERICAN LEGION POST 665, Dickson City: Friday, Country and Western Night with Marilyn Kennedy. ARLO'S TAVERN, Uniondale: Saturday, Zack Savage; Sunday, Mike MiZ Band. BAR LOUIE, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Plains Twp.: today, SIN Night; Friday, Lo | 9/18/2014
  • Datebook 9/18/2014 Today PA Association of Retired State Employees: annual installation and food drive luncheon, 11:30 a.m., St. Mary’s Center, Mifflin Avenue. Red Cross Blood Drives: today, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1109 Church St., Moscow; Tuesday, 10 a.m. | 9/18/2014
  • Movie Times 9/18/2014 Cinemark 20, Moosic: Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead 2 (PG-13): 7:30;The Maze Runner (PG-13): 10; in XD: 10;This Is Where I Leave You (R): 10; Tusk (R): 8,10:35;A Walk Among the Tombstones (R): 8, 10:45;As Above, So Below (R): noon, 2:25, 5, 7:30;Boyhood (R): | 9/18/2014
  • Proper sleep position is important First of three parts. Recently, I was able to catch up with an expert in physical therapy and dance, Colorado-based Mieke Scripps. She studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin while performing in the modern dance troupe Li Chiao-Ping D | 9/18/2014
  • Best Bets 9/18/2014 TODAY Turn the page: Friends of the Scranton Public Library Book Sale, today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Library Express, Mall at Steamtown. FRIDAY The right note: Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, All-Tchaikovsky Concert,8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center for the P | 9/18/2014
  • Hot Spot! Were you spotted at the Lebanese Heritage Festival at St. Ann Maronite Church, 1320 Price St.? Were you spotted at the Lebanese Heritage Festival at St. Ann Maronite Church, 1320 Price St.? JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER | 9/18/2014
  • Lackawanna County Court Notes 9/18/2014 MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ David Stark, Easton, and Myranda Lynne Myers, Nicholson. ■ Shannon David Soady, Bur­lington, Ontario, Canada, and Theresa Ann Battenberg, Scranton. ■ John Joseph Lance and Bonnie Lynne Lance, both of Scranton. ■ Alyssa Hall and Molly E | 9/18/2014
  • Dunmore School Board gives superintendent a raise DUNMORE — The school board on Wednesday gave Superintendent Richard McDonald a raise of more than $2,300, increasing his salary from $116,958 to $119,297. | 9/18/2014
  • Lakeland approves teacher contract SCOTT TWP. — A new teacher contract and, for the first time ever, an anti-nepotism policy was unanimously passed by Lakeland School District Board members at Wednesday’s meeting. | 9/18/2014
  • DPW name change gets final approval HARRISBURG — A bill to rename the state Department of Public Welfare as the Department of Human Services won final approval Wednesday on a vote by House lawmakers. | 9/18/2014
  • Old Forge teachers, district, negotiating OLD FORGE — The Old Forge School District and education association have returned to the table to negotiate a teacher’s contract. | 9/18/2014
  • University of Scranton mascot in contest SCRANTON — The University of Scranton’s mascot, Iggy the Wolf, is in the running to win a bracket-style Catholic university mascot contest. | 9/18/2014
  • Ammunition plant plans exercise SCRANTON — The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant will conduct its annual anti-terrorism/Force Protection exercise next week. | 9/18/2014
  • Regional Briefs 9/18/2014 Larksville passes new burial ban LARKSVILLE — Two weeks after the Luzerne County Zoning Board approved a decision allowing a Muslim cemetery in Larksville, the borough council passed a resolution to stop burials at new cemeteries. The resolution has nothi | 9/18/2014
  • Locals on alert as search for suspected gunman continues Judy Sullivan handed her clients a sheet of paper after their appointments at her Hawley salon — a wanted poster for Eric Frein, suspected gunman. | 9/18/2014
  • County to honor heroes Saturday Lackawanna County’s Heroes Day will have a deeper significance this year. | 9/18/2014
  • Trooper Miller's widow: 'You are changed forever' Angela Miller knows the pain the family of slain state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II is experiencing, and it breaks her heart. | 9/18/2014
  • Emergency officials: Pike County 911 is working fine The 911 call Seconds after discovering Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II laying in the Blooming Grove barracks parking lot, shot by a gunman who laid in wait across the street, Police Communications Officer Nicole Palmer rushed inside to summon help. | 9/18/2014
  • Road closures, traffic expected before and after slain trooper's funeral Motorists should be prepared today for traffic congestion and intermittent road closures before and after the funeral of slain Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II. | 9/18/2014
  • Former players react to Strong's decision Mike Strong’s eye for basketball talent is widely known. His ability to find women who fit his ideology of what his basketball players should be served the University of Scranton, and those who wore the uniform for him, well. | 9/18/2014
  • Lady Royals' Strong announces retirement Mike Strong says it’s time. The longtime University of Scranton women’s basketball coach announced his retirement Wednesday, citing health concerns he fears would hold him back in the upcoming season. | 9/18/2014
  • Mike Strong built success through family atmosphere Whenever someone would say that the University of Scranton women’s basketball team has been to eight Final Fours, Mike Strong would politely correct them and say the number actually is nine. | 9/18/2014
  • HS FOOTBALL: Scranton takes on Prep in rare Thursday tilt It doesn’t happen often, so it may as well be a big game. No. 3 Scranton will take on No. 1 Scranton Prep tonight at Scranton Memorial Stadium in a rare Thursday matchup for the Lackawanna Football Conference. | 9/18/2014
  • Enowbi’s 3 goals power Keystone Eddy Enowbi had three goals and an assist as Keystone College rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Cazenovia College, 4-2, in a men’s soccer game Wednesday. | 9/18/2014
  • Rutgers apologizes for offensive pics It may not have won its first Big Ten game, but Rutgers is already 1 for 1 as a member of the conference in postgame apologies. | 9/18/2014
  • HS Soccer: Coar’s overtime goal lifts Dunmore Gillian Coar scored two goals, including the game-winner early in overtime to lift Dunmore to a 3-2 win over Holy Cross in a Lackawanna League Division III girls soccer game Wednesday. | 9/18/2014
  • Volleyball: Dunmore topples Lackawanna Trail Jill Korgeski recorded 17 kills, 21 points and 12 aces to power Dunmore to a convincing 3-0 victory Wednesday over host Lackawanna Trail to remain unbeaten in Lackawanna League girls volleyball action Wednesday. Abby Bessoir added 10 kills for the Lady Bu | 9/18/2014
  • HS GOLF: Dzwonczyk, Keegan pace D-2 golf qualifier THORNHURST TWP. — They’re both juniors, each playing for one of the elite golf programs in their division. But when it comes to name recognition in the Lackawanna League, Holy Cross’ Tom Dzwonczyk has a clear edge on Scranton Prep’s Tom Keegan. | 9/18/2014
  • School district, food bank help supply Scranton families with produce Students at McNichols Plaza Elementary received lessons in math and reading Wednesday. They also received bags of apples, potatoes and dried cranberries. | 9/18/2014
  • I-81 South ramp to expressway closed for three weeks Motorists on Interstate 81 South wanting to get on the McDade Expressway face an inconvenience as the Exit 191B ramp closes for the next three weeks. | 9/18/2014
  • Lackawanna County deputy arrested on vandalism counts A Lackawanna County deputy faces charges after investigators say he twice tried to break into a prescription drug drop box in the courthouse lobby and damaged two desks in the sheriff’s office in an apparent search for keys. | 9/18/2014
  • Abington Heights School Board approves mediator's proposal; await union's vote CLARKS SUMMIT — After about four years of fruitless negotiations, the contract dispute between the Abington Heights School District and teachers union could end today. | 9/18/2014
  • Hearing in lawsuit against Scranton's commuter tax is postponed A court hearing in a lawsuit against Scranton’s new commuter tax that was supposed to be held today was postponed until Sept. 26. | 9/18/2014
  • Marino press aide pleads guilty to gun charge The press secretary to U.S. Rep. Tom Marino pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to bring his gun into a House office building in Washington, D.C. | 9/18/2014
  • Cpl. Dickson remembered Darla Dickson can’t help but laugh as she tells the story. Her family had only recently moved to Northeast Pennsylvania when she answered an afternoon knock at the front door. | 9/18/2014
  • Game Commission tracking team hunting for Frein Dense forest surrounds the state police barracks at Blooming Grove in Pike County. Somewhere among the thick oaks, sugar maples and white pines, police believe Eric Frein could be hiding. | 9/18/2014
  • Hundreds pay respects to slain trooper DUNMORE — Under a gigantic American flag, four Pennsylvania state troopers mounted on horseback stood silently while hundreds paid their respects to Cpl. Bryon Dickson II at Marywood University. | 9/18/2014
  • Manhunt intestifies; Frein now considered a federal fugitive BLOOMING GROVE TWP. — Eric Matthew Frein is now a federal fugitive. U.S. Magisterial Judge Thomas M. Blewitt issued the warrant Tuesday for the 31-year-old Canadensis man, wanted by state police for murdering a state trooper, on the charge of flight to avoid prosecution. | 9/18/2014
  • Area schools, hospital take precautions as search for police shooter continues Some area schools were closed Wednesday as the search for the sharpshooter wanted for killing one trooper and wounding another continued. | 9/18/2014
  • Alleged killer told investigators he fought with victim before Accused killer James Roche told state police he “would go ballistic” when he saw the phone number of his alleged victim appear on his girlfriend’s caller ID, according to a new search warrant filed by state police. Roche, 32, told investigators he would g | 9/18/2014
  • Corrections and clarifications 9/18/14 A headline accompanying a photograph on the Askam United Methodist Church’s 225th anniversary commemoration service published Friday incorrectly listed the community where the church is located. The church is in Hanover Township. | 9/18/2014
  • Court Notes 9/18/14 Andrea Kopack (executrix) and Helen Pozda (estate) to David A. Remetz and Matthew J. Kennedy for $90,000; Wilkes-Barre. Glenn E. Wright to Brandon D. Shoemaker for $80,000; Nescopeck. Luzerne County sheriff and Virgina M. Raklewicz (per sheriff) to 615 Wy | 9/18/2014
  • Unconscious man rescued from fire at W-B restaurant WILKES-BARRE — City fire crews rescued an unconscious man and two cats from apartments above a Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant on Wednesday afternoon, then worked well into the evening to totally extinguish the stubborn blaze. The man, who was not official | 9/18/2014
  • Larksville council bans burials at new cemeteries Two weeks after the Luzerne County Zoning Board approved a decision allowing a Muslim cemetery in Larksville, the borough council passed a resolution to stop burials at new cemeteries. The resolution has nothing to do with the zoning case or religion and | 9/18/2014
  • County council to revisit agreement with radio control aircraft organization The Wyoming Valley RC Flyers’ use of Moon Lake Park is once more taking flak, with some Luzerne County Council members saying it is time to revisit a 34-year-old agreement allowing them use of the Plymouth Township park. The group’s use of the park came u | 9/18/2014
  • Game Commission team hunting for suspect Dense forest surrounds the state police barracks at Blooming Grove in Pike County. Somewhere among the thick oaks, sugar maples and white pines, police believe Eric Frein could be hiding. To find him, they’ve enlisted the help of wildlife conservation off | 9/18/2014
  • County council to revisit agreement with radio control aircraft organization In response to Luzerne County’s infamous “kids for cash” scandal, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey will introduce legislation today that would prohibit juveniles from being sent to detention centers for minor offense like skipping school and breaking curfew. Those so- | 9/18/2014
  • Family remembers humor, dedication of fallen trooper Darla Dickson can’t help but laugh as she tells the story. Her family had only recently moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania when she answered an afternoon knock at the front door. A police officer stood there with her oldest son, Bryon. “Oh, Bryon,” she sa | 9/18/2014
  • Hundreds pay respects to slain trooper DUNMORE — Under a gigantic American flag, four Pennsylvania state troopers on horseback watched silently while hundreds paid their respects to Cpl. Bryon Dickson II at Marywood University. An army of officers, clustered together in matching uniforms of bl | 9/18/2014
  • Hunt intensifies for accused killer BLOOMING GROVE TWP. — Eric Matthew Frein is now a federal fugitive. U.S. Magisterial Judge Thomas M. Blewitt issued the warrant Tuesday for the 31-year-old Canadensis, Monroe County, man, wanted by state police for murdering a state trooper, into custody | 9/18/2014
  • Services A Funeral Mass for Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Burial with full honors will be in the Dunmore Cemetery. Road closures The 100 to 1100 blocks of Wyoming Avenue and the 300 and 400 b | 9/18/2014
  • Sallie Mae spinoff sets job fair for Saturday Navient, the loan services company that split from Sallie Mae in April, will hold a job fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at its Hanover Township facility for applicants interested in 100 full-time jobs. The company plans to hire more than 100 full-time e | 9/17/2014
  • Bill would take doe license processing from counties State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-119, on Wednesday introduced a bill that would transfer the responsibility of issuing antlerless deer hunting licenses from county treasurers to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “Pennsylvanians can buy a hunting or fishing li | 9/18/2014
  • Slain trooper remembered Darla Dickson can’t help but laugh as she tells the story. Her family had only recently moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania when she answered an afternoon knock at the front door. A police officer stood there with her oldest son, Bryon. “Oh, Bryon,” she sa | 9/18/2014
  • Coaching position open at Tamaqua Area BASKETBALL COACHING VACANCIES - Tamaqua Area is seeking a coach for its 7th and 9th grade boys basketball teams for the coming season. Anyone interested can contact head coach Cazy Kosciolek at 570-657-1742 or by e-mail at: ckosciolek@ptd.net | 9/18/2014
  • H.S. Soccer Matriccino hits game-winner Francesca Matriccino scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Hazleton Area girls soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Wyoming Area in action Tuesday. Josie Zapotosky assisted on the play, which occurred 7:33 in the fi | 9/18/2014
  • United Way kicks off fundraising campaign with new partner The 2014-15 United Way Campaign is underway starting with a new agency from Pottsville to replace United Rehabilitation Services (URS), which closed in June. United Way President and CEO Pat Ward announced that Avenues of Pottsville has become the 26th ag | 9/18/2014
  • YOUR OPINION Scary sneak peekat Scranton futureEditor: It’s the fourth year of Mayor Bill Courtright’s administration, and he again finds himself in court:Visiting Judge: “Mr. Mayor, I have bad news for you.” The police union has sued, requiring you to move police hea | 3/21/2014
  • Sabaluski, Lehman stay unbeaten LEHMAN TWP. — Lake-Lehman’s Sarah Sabaluski was impactful on both sides of the ball on Wednesday afternoon. | 9/18/2014
  • High School Soccer Roundup WILLIAMSTOWN — Emily Wessner scored two goals, including the game-winner in 74th minute, as Williams Valley edged Schuylkill Haven 4-3 in a Division II contest. Kyrsten Miller scored twice and added an assist for the Vikings, who handed the Hurricanes the | 9/18/2014
  • H.S. GIRLS' SOCCER: Cardinals down Eagles in OT ORWIGSBURG — Pine Grove coach Jason Brown was looking for more offense this season. He certainly has found it from freshmen Rachel Edge and Mariah Lesh. The two were the difference makers Wednesday in one of the biggest wins in the history of the Cardinal | 9/18/2014
  • High School Cross Country Roundup LEHIGHTON — Caroline Rickard’s victory Wednesday lifted Blue Mountain over Lehighton 19-40 and Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech 15-50 in a Schuylkill League Division I tri-meet. Rickard finished in 21:14, as Blue Mountain (6-0, 2-0 D-I) dominated with seven runne | 9/18/2014
  • CROSS COUNTRY: Jim Thorpe boys, Tamaqua girls sweep Meet summary At Fountain Springs BOYS Jim Thorpe 23, North Schuylkill 32 North Schuylkill 21, Tamaqua 36 Jim Thorpe 19, Tamaqua 38 1. Condly (JT) 17:10, 2. J. Saxon (JT) 17:52, 3. C. McCormick (NS) 18:04, 4. B. Saxon (JT) 18:10, 5. Anthony (NS) 18:12, 6. | 9/18/2014
  • Schuylkill League girls' cross country Schuylkill League Girls’ Cross Country | 9/18/2014
  • Boys cross country standings Schuylkill League Boys’ Cross Country | 9/18/2014
  • Informational meeting set for downtown planting project SCRANTON — Scranton Tomorrow and Penn State Extension master gardeners will host an informational meeting about planting mums in the city. The Downtown Scranton Adopt-a-Planter volunteer meeting will be Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Posh at the Scranton Cl | 9/18/2014
  • Run Around Scranton postponed SCRANTON — The Run Around Scranton that was scheduled for 5 p.m. today has been postponed because of its overlap with state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson II’s funeral, in which the city police department plans to participate. “On behalf of the Run Around Scra | 9/18/2014
  • Lackawanna County Housing Authority to tackle inspection backlog DUNMORE — Lackawanna County Housing Authority members agreed at Wednesday’s work session to seek a contractor to help get the organization caught up on a backlog of inspections. The lack of proper inspections was an issue the HUD inspector general’s offic | 9/18/2014
  • TCU coach unimpressed with Big Ten Week three proved to be another rough one for the Big Ten, which went 3-6 in nonconference play. | 9/18/2014
  • Hockenbury sets course record At Lake-Lehman, the Black Knights’ Dominic Hockenbury won the boys race in a course-record 15 minutes, 41 seconds, 35 seconds ahead of runner-up Jack Tidball of Tunkhannock on Wednesday. | 9/18/2014
  • WVC Golf Roundup Coughlin 165 Wyoming Area 182 At W-B Municipal (par 36), Collin Krokos shot a 39 to earn medalist honors and lead Coughlin to the win. Madeline Wharton, Ryan Wrubel and Gavin Kross each had a 45 for the Warriors. COUGHLIN: Collin Krokos 39, Ryan Keyes 40, | 9/18/2014
  • Hundreds pay respects to slain trooper DUNMORE — Under a gigantic American flag, four Pennsylvania state troopers on horseback watched silently while hundreds paid their respects to Cpl. Bryon Dickson II at Marywood University. An army of officers, clustered together in matching uniforms of bl | 9/18/2014
  • Trooper killer now a federal fugitive BLOOMING GROVE TWP. — Eric Matthew Frein is now a federal fugitive. U.S. Magisterial Judge Thomas M. Blewitt issued the warrant Tuesday for the 31-year-old Canadensis man, wanted by state police for murdering a state trooper, to be taken into custody on t | 9/18/2014
  • Pottsville Area finds it has overpaid Schuylkill Technology Center for 3 years Earlier this year, Pottsville Area School District questioned how many of its students have attended the Schuylkill Technology Center and how much that’s cost the district, curious if it’s been overcharged. Recently, Pottsville Area Superintendent Jeffrey | 9/18/2014
  • Game Commission to assist in tracking down shooter Dense forest surrounds the state police barracks at Blooming Grove in Pike County. Somewhere among the thick oaks, sugar maples and white pines, police believe Eric Frein could be hiding. To find him, they’ve enlisted the help of wildlife conservation off | 9/18/2014
  • Briefly Support groups to start HOPEWELL - The James House is offering two support groups; one for women affected by domestic violence and another for children ages 4-12 who have witnessed violence in their homes. Both of these cost-free, confidential groups wi | 9/18/2014
  • Library hosting early literacy programs HOPEWELL - Appomattox Regional Library System invites parents and caregivers to join Rhonda Lee, an early literacy specialist, following select Story Time sessions at the Hopewell and Prince George libraries to learn ways to encourage early literacy skil | 9/18/2014
  • Cameron Foundation hosts regional health forum PETERSBURG - In a move to advance health care throughout Southside Virginia, the Cameron Foundation hosted a summit of health and human service organizations, local government, faith leaders and other stakeholders on Wednesday. The Healthy Communities Re | 9/18/2014
  • Hopewell girl to hold art auction to raise funds for children's cancer research HOPEWELL - When 12-year-old Brianna Kerr's parents told her she should be involved and give back to the community, she said they thought she'd end up helping the elderly or picking up trash. They had no idea their daughter would take on such a big task | 9/18/2014
  • DPW name change wins final approval HARRISBURG — A bill to rename the state Department of Public Welfare as the Department of Human Services won final approval Wednesday on a vote by House lawmakers. The 155-35 vote sends the measure, which has been gathering momentum in recent years, to Go | 9/18/2014
  • Wellsboro volleyball tops Canton Wellsboro picked up a 3-0 volleyball victory over Canton on Wednesday, winning 25-14, 25-13, 25-22. Wellsboro got five kills from Kirsten Florio and Peyton Wilson and Morgan Florio each had seven assists. Darci Warriner had 14 digs and Morgan Flroio had | 9/18/2014
  • Respiratory virus confirmed in Pa. A fast-moving respiratory virus has been confirmed in Pennsylvania by the state Department of Health. A hospital in Philadelphia sent samples from three confirmed cases of enterovirus D68, the health department announced Tuesday. Local physicians say it’s | 9/18/2014
  • Crowded mayoral race set for 2015 Hazleton’s mayoral race could feature a crowded ballot in 2015. The campaign got off to an usually early start, with Councilman Jeff Cusat confirming his candidacy for mayor in a fundraising mailer that arrived in mailboxes about a week ago. Cusat, a Repu | 9/18/2014
  • Diamond Fire marks 125th anniversary Hazleton’s Diamond Fire Company No. 2 is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend with dinner at Best Western Genetti Inn and Suites in Hazle Township. The fire company formed in 1889 as the northwest section of the Borough of Hazleton known as the | 9/18/2014
  • Manhunt intestifies; Frein now considered a federal fugitive BLOOMING GROVE TWP. — Eric Matthew Frein is now a federal fugitive. U.S. Magisterial Judge Thomas M. Blewitt issued the warrant Tuesday for the 31-year-old Canadensis man, wanted by state police for murdering a state trooper, into custody on the charge of | 9/18/2014
  • Schuylkill County seeks proposals for Rest Haven The Schuylkill County commissioners issued a request Monday for companies to submit qualifications and proposals to buy Rest Haven nursing home. The request for qualifications and proposals provides potential buyers with enough information for them to pre | 9/18/2014
  • Luzerne considers spending funds on Sterling property WILKES-BARRE — The only way Luzerne County has a chance at getting back some of the $6 million it loaned CityVest to revitalize the former Hotel Sterling is to put another half-million dollars into the property and wager someone is willing to pay more, th | 9/18/2014
  • Jr. High Basketball Schuylkill League Eighth Grade ❏ Weatherly 55, Panther Valley 4 - Megan Peifer sank 19 points and Lindsey Hoffman 14 to pace the Lady Wreckers’ victory. ❏ Tamaqua 32, Nativity 28 - Amanda Chincher tossed in eight points and Emily Titus six to lead the Lad | 9/18/2014
  • Jr. High Cross Country Nick Berger finished second overall in 9:54 to lead Weatherly in its tri-meet with Minersville and Nativity. Anthony Maguschak (10:07) was fourth and Derek Houser (10:14) came in fifth. Mason Gerhart (10:29) finished eighth and Jason Lash (11:08) rounded | 9/18/2014
  • H.S. Volleyball Non-league ❏ Tamaqua 3, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg 2 - The Lady Raiders rallied around the doubles matches by winning both contests, while No. 3 singles player Allison Pedersen defeated Jolelle Buenventura 6-4, 6-2. Tamaqua’s No. 1 doubles team of Beth K | 9/18/2014
  • HS.S. Golf Schuylkill League ❏ Marian 376, Lourdes Regional 424 - Marian’s Mike Latoff and Jarod Paisley both shot rounds of 86 at Indian Hills, Shamokin and helped the Colts to improve at 8-2 in Division I play. Ty Wackley and Tom Dando both scored rounds of 102 fo | 9/18/2014
  • Golf Tournaments CHHIPS What: Committee to Help Handicapped Infants and Parents SucceedWhen: Sunday, Sept. 21. Where: Mountain Valley Golf Course. Details: Lunch servedat 11:30 a.m., provide hot dogs and beverages at the turn and host an Italian buffet dinner for each of | 9/18/2014
  • H.S. Cross Country Girls ❏ Pottsville 25, Marian 32; Marian 19, Pine Grove 38 - Marian freshman Tina Capparell continued her assault on the Schuylkill County Cross Country scene as she blazed home in a time of 20:17, three minutes and one second faster than second-place fin | 9/18/2014