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Three under 30 running for county council
The average age of Luzerne County council members might be much younger by next year. Three people in their 20s announced recently they plan to run for a four-year council seat in this year’s election. By contrast, only one sitting council member, Matthew

Hemp project validates changes in policies
Making productive use of land ravaged by the coal industry is one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s longest-standing challenges. Now an unfolding project demonstrates how smart public policy, entrepreneurship and technical prowess can combine to drive not only

Now is your chance to change your Medicare Advantage plan
Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage this year. The government added another enrollment window that started Jan. 1 and lasts until March 31. It gives people with privately run versions of the federal Medi

Repairs to Route 92 in Exeter will take weeks
A portion of state Route 92 in Exeter will be closed for weeks as crews work to repair damage caused when a water main broke and the roadway buckled Saturday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. An inspection on Sunday revealed the

First business trip blunders
Dear J.T. & Dale: My company is paying for me to go to a conference. I’ve never traveled before on business. Is there anything I should keep in mind? — CLAY DALE: Ah, you bring back old memories. I’m certain you’re more sophisticated than this young rube

Court fight continues over eminent domain issue in Nanticoke
NANTICOKE — An eminent domain dispute in Nanticoke is still working through county court. The General Municipal Authority of the City of Nanticoke filed a declaration of taking for properties along the 100 block of East Main Street on Aug. 28, 2018. On Ja

First all-girl Boy Scouts troop forms in Chester County
Since the Boy Scouts began accepting girls into their ranks this month, thousands of girls across the country have rushed to claim the title of scout. Among them are 17 girls who have formed the first all-female troop in Chester County. They join more tha

Harveys Lake Legion donates to ambulance association
The Harveys Lake American Legion recently presented a donation to the Harveys Lake Ambulance Association. From left, are April Higgins, ambulance captain, and Bernie Castillo, finance officer.

Penguins get crucial overtime victory vs. Hartford
A three-goal spurt by the Hartford Wolf Pack turned a comfortable lead into yet another overtime period for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.


Five Bystanders Shot During Police Shootout in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Five people waiting at a bus stop in New Orleans were shot during a police shootout with a robbery suspect Sunday, police said. The suspect was fatally shot by a Louisiana State Police Officer at the end of foot chase with gunfire throughout, Chief Shaun Ferguson said. Ferguson said detectives had been investigating two armed robberies in the city’s 6th district when they identified a person of interest near a bus stop at the intersection of

NYPD Reviews Alleged Threat by Police Commander Against Rapper 50 Cent
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department is investigating allegations that a precinct commander threatened rapper and actor 50 Cent, NYPD Sgt. Jessica McRorie told CNN Sunday. The New York Daily News reported Sunday that Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, who is commander of the city’s 72nd precinct in Brooklyn, allegedly told officers to shoot 50 Cent “on sight” during a roll call in the station house. New York police did not confirm the date the alleged comment was made. The

Using Art to Help Homeless Veterans in Monroe County
TOBYHANNA, Pa. — A group in Monroe County is using art to help homeless veterans in our area. A VFW post in Tobyhanna is auctioning off signed prints by artist Peter Maier. They are all “one of a kind.” Maier is a former car designer known for works with an industrial look. The money will go to the Monroe County post’s “Homeless Veterans Initiative.” “If we generate a great deal of money, that’s great. If we generate a little bit

Golf Expo in Luzerne County
PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Golfers itching for warmer weather headed to an expo in Luzerne County to hold them over as they wait for spring. Newswatch 16 stopped by the 2019 NEPA Golf and Leisure Expo held at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday. The two-day event featured dozens of vendors from up and down the East coast. Hundreds of people from all over stopped by the casino in Plains Township to check out what the experts had to offer and

Flames Destroy Columbia County Home
GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Investigators know why a house went up in flames Sunday night in Columbia County. According to the Greenwood Township fire chief, it started as a kitchen fire and it took off from there. Viewer video shows the flames shooting from the home along Rohrsburg Road just outside of Millville. Firefighters were called there around 8:30 Sunday night. The Greenwood Township fire chief says the home was filled with smoke and flames when they arrived. A second-alarm

Light Snow Spreads Across the Area, More Expected Later in the Week
LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Snow moved into our area Sunday evening and started sticking to untreated roads. The main roads were just wet, with not a lot of accumulation out on the roads by Sunday night. The flakes were falling fast, but nothing really sticking on the pavement. There was some snow on the shoulders, but traffic was moving pretty well. PennDOT crews were out spreading salt on the roads. Some side roads saw a little accumulation. Despite how short

Scranton Times

In tax appeal on Electric City garage, school district wants to do own appraisal
SCRANTON — In opposing a tax appeal on the Electric City Parking Garage downtown, the Scranton School District wants to do its own appraisal of the structure.

Births 2/18/2019
MOSES TAYLOR BAKER: A daughter, Feb. 10, to Jasmine Baker, Scranton. CHMIL: A son, Feb. 9, to Benjamin and Kaitlin Moran Chmil, Scranton. COLON: A daughter, Feb. 12, to Gilbert Colon and Ashley Smith, Lake Ariel. COSMARK: A daughter, Feb. 10, to Robert an

Scranton Chinese School rings in Year of the Pig
SCRANTON — For poking fun at a traditional Chinese children’s song, they had to sing it in front of about 100 people during the annual Chinese New Year festival Sunday at the University of Scranton.

New manager of Lackawanna State Park Complex: 'Like being mayor of a small town'
Growing up, Robert Barrese frequented local state parks. The first state park he ever visited was the Archbald Pothole State Park.

Forest City Spaghetti dinner: All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner, March 2, Christ Episcopal Church, Dundaff and Delaware streets; takeouts, 3:30-4:30 p.m., dine-in, 5-7; $10, advance purchase recommended; 570-785-3425 (voicemail). Jessup Fourth

Founding father marks Presidents Day at Tripp House
SCRANTON — The third president of the United States appeared stunned when, after asking how many in his audience were farmers, only one woman raised her hand.

Police probing downed sculptures at Ice Fest
CLARKS SUMMIT Was the Dark Side at work, or were clumsy selfie-takers to blame for a few destroyed ice sculptures?

Government offices, postal service closed for Presidents Day
SCRANTON Today is Presidents Day, and most government offices are closed. Scranton City Hall, Lackawanna County government offices and the county courthouse are closed.

School Notes
Abington Heights Brady Karehais helping repopulate American eels in the Susquehanna River. “It’s really exciting to be involved in something that helps a species ... make a comeback,” he said. “This process has been quite fun and it’s not even over yet.”

MONDAY UPDATE: Efforts underway to save Wayne County dam
Wayne County officials hoping to save a 19th-century dam in Mount Pleasant Twp. from demolition are hard at work to try to make it happen.

50 Years Ago - Anti-War Demonstrators attend hearing to support an alleged draft evader
A group of anti-war demonstrators was in attendance for the draft evasion trial of a former Lehigh University student at the federal building in Scranton on Feb. 17.

Times Leader

Previewing all six brackets of the District 2 boys basketball playoffs
When Wyoming Seminary takes the court on Tuesday, it will be the Blue Knights’ third game in five days. Success does have its price. Seminary played Friday and Saturday in the new Wyoming Valley Conference [...]

Our view: Go slow on decision on Sunday hunting
The Pennsylvania General Assembly appears set to give the Pennsylvania Game Commission the right to allow Sunday hunting as it sees fit. As detailed in staff writer Tom Venesky’s story in Sunday’s Times Leader, Senate [...]

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump
WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to [...]

Denny Hamlin survives crash-filled finish to win Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR’s biggest [...]

WH: Trump to veto disapproval of emergency
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top [...]

Two Luzerne County Walmart stores receive assessment reductions
The Walmart stores in Pittston and Hazle townships have both obtained assessment reductions, a new Luzerne County refund report shows. In Pittston Township, the Walmart along Route 315 includes two parcels that had been assessed [...]

Best-selling author with Plymouth roots tells lost WWII story
WILKES-BARRE — It’s been said of any Veterans Administration Hospital, heroes walk the halls. And those heroes live in our neighborhoods — often in obscurity and seldom recognized for their heroic service to their country. [...]

Luzerne County Councilman Urban unclear on re-election plans
Luzerne County Councilman Stephen A. Urban said he won’t make a final decision on whether he is seeking another term until around the time nomination petitions must be filed to appear on the May 21 [...]

Designer purse bingo draws crowd, raises funds for McGlynn Center
WILKES-BARRE – Attendees formed a long line inside the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center as they eagerly waited to check into a sold-out event that benefited a local after school program. The McGlynn Learning Center [...]

Luzerne County Restaurant Inspections
The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to the agency: “Any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted [...]

Fog/Mist and 32 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are Southwest at 4.6 MPH (4 KT). The pressure is 1008.4 mb and the humidity is 100%. The wind chill is 27. Last Updated on Feb 18 2019, 7:54 am EST.