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McGloin to play for XFL's New York franchise
Matt McGloin knew for weeks what became official Tuesday: His career in professional football is not over; that the chance he convinced himself would eventually come, has finally found him. The only issue turned out to be keeping that news secret until the XFL could announce it.


County's preliminary 2020 budget includes 5% property tax hike
Luzerne County’s preliminary 2020 budget proposal calls for a 5% property tax increase. Increased costs for health care and pension obligations forced the proposed tax hike, county Manager David Pedri said during his budget presentation to county council and the public Tuesday evening.


Booyah Burgers to open in Dallas on Oct. 22
Booyah Burgers and Bites soon will reopen in Dallas in a new location. The restaurant announced on Facebook that it will open 11 a.m. Oct. 22 inside “Beavers Express,” a food court that Harveys Lake resident Robert Greco operates at 2925 Memorial Highway.



Retired cop appointed Luzerne County coroner
Luzerne County has a new coroner. Frank Hacken, who had worked as a captain at Luzerne County Correctional Facility, will fill the vacancy created when Dan Hughes resigned as county coroner last month.


Peachfest at Montage set for holiday weekend
Peachfest, the annual gathering of jam bands at Montage Mountain, announced Tuesday the festival will be held over the Fourth of July weekend. In its ninth year, the weekend of music is scheduled for July 2–5. Early bird tickets go on sale noon Thursday.


McGloin assigned to XFL's New York franchise
Matt McGloin’s playing career isn’t over just yet. The former West Scranton and Penn State star — and current sideline reporter for the Penn State radio network — was named as one of the eight quarterbacks assigned to XFL teams ahead of the league’s first draft today.



No tax hike planned for Wilkes-Barre in 2020
WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tony George on Tuesday unveiled a $52.6 million proposed budget for 2020 that does not include a tax increase. The budget, which includes a roughly 4.5% increase in spending over 2019, is sustained by one-time revenues expected to pad city coffers from various capital projects next year, George said.



WVC FIELD HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Lewis wins 100th game at Northwest
Northwest began its stretch of four games in four days with a milestone victory at home Monday, beating Tunkhannock, 10-0, in WVC field hockey. It was the 100th career win for head coach Ashley Lawson, a former Northwest player who’s led the Rangers since 2010.


Sparring continues over voting machine selection
County officials continue to wrangle over the upcoming purchase of a new paper-trail voting system, to comply with a state directive that counties have secure voting equipment in place for the April 2020 primary.



Research: Depression leads reasons for mental health hospitalizations
Pennsylvanians checked into hospitals for mental disorders at a rate of 312 a day last year, according to a research brief published last week.


WNEP


Moooving the Menu Around: It’s Farm to School Month & More!
In school cafeterias around the country and in our area, a little change is on the menu this week. October is National Farm to School Month. The goal behind it is to “celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients.” It’s also National School Lunch Week. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey showed how both campaigns are playing out in the Abington Heights School District this week. The district in Lackawanna County also chose Wednesday, October 16, …


Keystone College Cutting Tuition by Nearly Half
LA PLUME TOWNSHIP, Pa. — One college in our area is cutting the cost of tuition almost in half. Keystone College calls it a tuition reset and hopes the move will attract even more students to apply. Students we spoke to are thrilled to save money. “It’s better for me because it’s cheaper for me,” freshman Marquise Williams said. Williams is just one Keystone College student who will be saving thousands of dollars from the new tuition cut. Currently, the …


Wyoming Area vs Wyoming Seminary Field Hockey
Wyoming Area scored first but Wyoming Seminary won 3-1 in a battle of undefeated teams in girls Field Hockey action.


No Tax Increase in Proposed Lackawanna County Budget
SCRANTON, Pa. — Property owners in Lackawanna County will not see a tax hike next year under the current proposal. On Tuesday, county commissioners laid out their tentative spending plan for 2020 that does not include a tax increase. A final budget will be approved later this year.


Luzerne County Could See 5% Tax Hike
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Property owners in the largest county in northeastern and central Pennsylvania could be facing a tax increase. Luzerne County Manager David Pedri proposed a budget Tuesday night that calls for a 5% hike in property taxes. It’s not a done deal. Luzerne County Council will host budget hearings for the rest of the year before adopting a final plan.


Arrest in Brutal Berwick Beating
BERWICK, Pa. — Police in Berwick arrested the man they believe tied up and brutally beat a woman inside her home. Michael Porth, 30, of Berwick, is locked up for the attack last week on East 13th Street. He was picked up Tuesday morning at a home in Salem Township. Police say Geraldine Carson’s hands and feet were bound when officers found her in her trailer. Court papers say she remains in critical condition and has yet to regain consciousness. …


Scranton Times


Seven injured in I-84 crash Monday
BLOOMING GROVE TWP. State police continue to investigate a wreck on Interstate 84 East that injured seven people and brought traffic to a standstill for several hours Monday afternoon.


Defense attorney requests change of venue in Wyoming County murder case
TUNKHANNOCK The attorney for the man charged in the homicide of Haley Lorenzen asked the upcoming trial be moved out of Wyoming County.


State police investigating arsons in Pinchot State Forest
SPRING BROOK TWP. A state police fire marshal believes the fires that burned two pieces of heavy timbering equipment in Spring Brook Twp. during the last several days were set on purpose.


Lakeland School District van driver taken into custody for suspected DUI
Scott Twp. police took a subcontractor for the Lakeland School District into custody Tuesday morning and accused him of driving two students to school while under the influence, officials said.



Friends of the Poor announce 43rd annual Thanksgiving Community Program
SCRANTON — After four decades, the community still has the capacity to impress, said organizers of several holiday events to help the needy. The Friends of the Poor announced Tuesday the kick-off of its 43rd annual Thanksgiving Community Program.


Keystone College "resets" tuition price to better reflect cost of education
In an effort to simplify how it relays the actual cost of education to current and potential students, Keystone College is following a national movement with a “tuition price reset.”



Dunmore mayor vetoes controversial landfill ordinance
DUNMORE — The fight isn’t over for the Keystone Sanitary Landfill. Mayor Timothy Burke announced Monday night he is vetoing a controversial zoning amendment that ruled the landfill is not a structure and not required to adhere to the borough’s height restriction of 50 feet in the landfill’s zoning district.



Weeks later, family and police still searching for missing Pike County man
BLOOMING GROVE — An 84-year-old man with dementia missing from his home in Shohola Twp. for the past two weeks still has not been found, state police said Monday. Fayez M. Dahan, who lived in Scranton in the 1970s, was last seen in his Pike County home about 10 p.m.



Abington Heights teacher to compete on 'Jeopardy!'
SCRANTON — Abington Heights teacher Jackie Schulte will compete on "Jeopardy!" beginning Wednesday. Schulte, a German teacher from Scranton, will be featured alongside host Alex Trebek on WBRE-TV. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.



Funeral procession brings big rigs for longtime trucker, firefighter
An Archbald firetruck sits in front of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Archbald on Monday, part of a funeral procession for longtime firefighter and truck driver Richie Clarkson. The procession also included a tow truck and Road Scholar Transport truck.


Mid Valley School District receives bond upgrade
THROOP — The Mid Valley School District’s bond rating has increased and the district’s outlook is stable. The district’s long-term rating and underlying rating increased to A- from BBB+ on its previously issued general obligation bonds, according to S&P Global Ratings.


Times Leader


Proposed Luzerne County budget includes 5% tax hike
Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri has proposed a 5 percent county tax hike in 2020, which would equate to about $30 more in real estate taxes annually on a property assessed at $100,000. The [...]


Retired PSP captain Hacken is new Luzerne County Coroner
Luzerne County has a new coroner — retired Pennsylvania State Police captain Frank Hacken, county Manager C. David Pedri announced Tuesday. Pedri said Hacken has “dedicated his life to law enforcement and public service.” Hacken [...]


$52.6M WB budget plan anticipates $1.7M in fees
WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tony George expects to hit pay dirt next year in the empty lots where three major construction projects are planned and balance his $52.6 million budget with building permit fees. The more [...]


Watchilla breaks tie as Wyoming Sem field hockey team wins league title
KINGSTON — An unexpected bounce, an alert move and an unobstructed angle from which to shoot. In an instant, everything broke right for Emma Watchilla. Just like it did for Wyoming Seminary all season. Watchilla [...]


Photographer shares White House insights at Wilkes lecture
WILKES-BARRE — While Pete Souza’s exhibit and opening lecture is billed “Two Presidents, One Photographer,” it really includes a third president that the former White House photographer never mentioned by name. Souza shared his images [...]


Senators call for probe of DHS decision to close 2 state centers
WILKES-BARRE — Four state senators — three Republicans and one Democrat — Tuesday announced that they have called on state Inspector General Bruce Beemer to investigate the process that led to the Department of Human [...]


Protect democracy against social media manipulation
The United States may not be the only target of Vladimir Putin’s social media warfare, but many Americans do seem particularly vulnerable to Russian agents’ tricks. Consider Russian operatives’ malicious use of social media platforms [...]


Music Box Playhousepresents ‘Sweeney Todd’
Can you imagine sticking your neck out for a barbers’ competition? One in which speed and straight-edge razors are factors? Two characters in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” stepped forward Monday night [...]


Life Deconstructed: Nonie’s big advice for new mommies
Big news, people! I‘m going to be a grammy! Mimi. Gigi. MeeMaw. Nana. Nanny. Nonie. Whatever happened to just plain Grandma? At any rate, prepare for unparalleled excitement and monumental emotion. It’s a whole new [...]


Their view: Your tax dollars are subsidizing white supremacy
What’s the difference between UCLA and the KKK? Or a neo-Nazi and a Girl Scout? These are not setups for jokes. They are questions the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee recently spent more than [...]


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