The Citizens' Voice

Local fire community mourns death of veteran firefighter
Members of the fire service in Luzerne County are grieving the unexpected death of a beloved veteran fireman and community advocate who died on duty Saturday in Newport Twp. Firefighters throughout the area are mourning the loss of Joe Nealon, who died following a medical issue while working with the Newport Twp.

County adds 14 coronavirus cases, two deaths
Luzerne County had 14 new positive COVID-19 cases and two new deaths as of Sunday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported. The numbers bring the total cases in the county to 2,736 and the death toll to 149.

Protesters hold peaceful ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally in Wilkes-Barre
For the third straight day, protesters rallied in Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square to demand justice for George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minnesota last week, and an end to police violence against people of color. The protest was passionate but peaceful.

Nine weeks into the state’s stay-at-home order and Luzerne County residents and businesses observed a Memorial Day like no other in recent history, with many parades and observances canceled or scaled back because of the pandemic.

Podskoch receives Juris Doctor
Michael A. Podskoch Jr. recently received his Juris Doctor from Widener University Commonwealth Law School with specialization certifications in Environmental Law and Constitutional Law. Michael is the son of Mike and Lynette Podskoch, of Dallas, and the brother of Alyssa Podskoch.

Cheers and Jeers
CHEERS to all the businesses opening up in the coming week as Luzerne County enters the yelllow phase of pandemic restrictions. It’s been a long and trying nine weeks, but hopefully, the worst is behind us. Stay safe and follow the rules.

Difficult task looms to reopen courts
The Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas is gearing up to reopen, but it will be anything but business as usual when defendants step before the judges for the first time in two months on June 8. “Closing down was hard.

W-B demonstration turns heated as dozens protest Minnesota man’s death
WILKES-BARRE — Dozens of demonstrators gathered on Public Square on Saturday in what started off as a peaceful protest against racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Wyoming Valley The Wyoming Valley Civil War Roundtable has canceled the remainder of its meetings scheduled for 2020. The roundtable is anticipating resuming meetings in March 2021.

Today’s Hot Shot
Peter Uritz of Pittston submitted this lovely photo of a tulip, and wrote, “I received some tulip bulbs in the fall from a friend that traveled to the Netherlands last year and this beautiful flower recently emerged from my garden!”

Peaceful ‘Black Lives Matter March’ held in Wilkes-Barre
Dozens of citizens came out to Kirby Park to peacefully protest injustice on Sunday.

Man found dead in Nay Aug Gorge
The Lackawanna County Coroner has released the name of the 23-year-old man who died at Nay Aug Park Gorge.

Space-X Dragon crew docks at space station
Two NASA astronauts and their Space-X capsule made history Sunday morning when they docked at the International Space Station.

Paige Cognetti declares June 1st day of mourning and lament for COVID-19 victims
Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti has declared June 1st a national day of mourning and lament in Scranton.

Your Local Election HQ:9th Congressional District
Newsmakers from Your Local Election Headquarters hosted by Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick featured the 9th Congressional District. The district is comprised of all of Carbon County, Columbia County, Lebanon County, Montour County, and Schuylkill County, as well as parts of Berks County, Luzerne County, and Northumberland County. Republican Congressman Dan Meuser represents the …

Popular bazaar canceled
Though restrictions are easing, a popular summer bazaar in our area has been canceled as a precaution for coronavirus.

Scranton Times

Crews recover body of man, 24, at Nay Aug Gorge
SCRANTON — A recovery team pulled the body of a 24-year-old man from Nay Aug Gorge after an operation that lasted over an hour and a half, according to Scranton Assistant Fire Chief Jeff White. Friends of the victim wept near the stairs overlooking the gorge when White delivered the news.

Many northeast counties added no new COVID-19 cases or deaths Sunday
Northeast Pennsylvania added 19 reported coronavirus cases today, an increase of a fraction of 1%, which brings the total to 6,340 cases for the seven-county region.

Peaceful protest in Scranton marks call for justice
Activists gathered Saturday at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton to protest recent high-profile deaths of black people across the U.S. The peaceful protest, titled “Justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade,” was hosted by NEPA for Change and Put People First — PA.

NEPA school districts considering virtual learning, hybrid models for school in fall
When summer vacation ends in three months, students could return to classrooms, resume online learning from home or learn in a hybrid model that includes attending school on alternating days.

University of Scranton awards master's, doctoral degrees in virtual ceremony
The University of Scranton conferred more than 600 master’s and doctoral degrees at a virtual ceremony Saturday. Degrees were conferred to graduates in a group who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2019, as well as January and May of 2020.

More people die from COVID-19 in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties
The state Department of Health reported Saturday 73 new deaths from COVID-19, including eight from Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties. The new deaths bring the total number of virus-related fatalities statewide to 5,537.

8th District Republican candidates face change
The six candidates for the Republican nomination for the 8th District U.S. Congressional seat said they are not fazed by changes to election laws and procedures for Tuesday’s primary.

Carbondale school board hires superintendent during contentious meeting; one member resigns
A split Carbondale Area School Board hired a new district superintendent Saturday during a contentious meeting that also resulted in one member resigning because of infighting and stress from the position.

Local History: Midvalley landmark tucked into residential neighborhood
Editor’s note: Religion is part of the fabric of Northeast Pennsylvania. In addition to deepening our faith, our cathedrals, temples and other houses of worship strengthen the bonds of our communities.

50 Years Ago - State highway secretary to resign post due 'political interruptions'
May 31, 1970 Bartlett quits as highway secretary Robert Bartlett, state Highway Secretary, announced that he would resign his post as secretary July 1. Bartlett said that he was leaving the post because he was “fed up with political interruptions that became part of the job.”

Namedropper 5/31/2020
Program available to watch on WVIA The Wright Center for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education fourth annual Caring Hearts panel discussion on congenital heart disease is being aired on WVIA-TV.

Times Leader

Goodell: ‘Tragic events’ call for ‘urgent need for action’

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says “there remains an urgent need for action” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests around the country that have followed.


Virus created the country’s shortest commercial jet flight
By JASON BLEVINS GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) — The rental cars are stacked bumper-to-bumper. Hundreds of them wedged into two parking lots. The rest of the airport lots are deserted. Fewer than two dozen cars are [...]

Coronavirus spurs increased interest in moving to Montana
By ROB ROGERS BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Melisia Muscat had been thinking of moving to Billings for about a year, but COVID-19 sealed the deal. It helped that in February she got a good offer [...]

Maskless Bolsonaro joins protesters against Congress, top court
By Tatiana Freitas Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joined supporters protesting against Congress and the Supreme Court in Brasilia on Sunday, stoking concerns of an institutional crisis in the nation that now has the world’s second [...]

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in showing leadership
By ALEXANDRA JAFFE WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent much of Sunday using Twitter as a bullhorn to urge “law and order” and tougher action by police against protestors around the country. Joe Biden [...]

Teargas used on Philadelphia crowds as destruction continues
By RON TODT PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials in Philadelphia closed off much of the center of the city Sunday after peaceful protests over George Floyd’s death turned into a with store windows smashed near City [...]

Protests, looting continue, lead to more California curfews
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and BRIAN MELLEY and DAISY NGUYEN LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vandals looted shops and a restaurant burned Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica as armed National Guard soldiers patrolled Los Angeles streets and [...]

AP Interview: Floyd’s death opens old wounds for Sefolosha

Thabo Sefolosha knows what it’s like to be a black man, on the ground, surrounded by police officers.


Another win falls into Keselowski’s lap in final moments

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Brad Keselowski has a new crew and is fighting for a new contract at Team Penske. His confidence is still intact and he’s convinced he can compete for a championship this year.


NHL plans to test players for COVID-19 daily if games resume

Nick Foligno watches Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefings and appreciates the value of the information.


Fair and 55 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are North at 6.9 MPH (6 KT). The pressure is 1021.6 mb and the humidity is 44%. The wind chill is 53. Last Updated on May 31 2020, 8:54 pm EDT.