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Dunmore native, priest Sica dies
Beloved local priest the Rev. Joseph F. Sica died today, the Diocese of Scranton confirmed.
Remembered for his uplifting sermons and kindness toward others, Sica, 64, was the senior priest at Immaculate Conception Parish in Scranton.
US death toll from the virus eclipses China's official count
NEW YORK — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,500 Tuesday, eclipsing China's official count, as the deepening crisis in New York hit close to home for the governor when he disclosed, teary-eyed, that his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has become infected.
Bishop: Area Catholics can eat meat this Friday
Bishop Joseph Bambera has granted a special dispensation to Catholics in the 11 counties covered by the Diocese of Scranton, allowing them to eat meat this Friday, a docesean spokesman said.
Walmart and Sam's Club will start taking employees' temperatures
Walmart and Sam’s Club announced Tuesday they have taken additional measures to protect the health and safety of their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
These measures will include taking employees’ temperatures as they report for work and asking them some basic health screening questions.
Gas pumps reopen at Kingston Twp. Sheetz but store remains closed
The gas pumps reopened Tuesday at Sheetz on Memorial Highway in Kingston Twp. but the convenience store remains closed temporarily after an employee there tested positive for coronavirus.
Virus surge continues as Luzerne County logs 4th death
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Tuesday that the number of novel coronaviruses in Luzerne County jumped to 212 cases on Tuesday, as the county logged its fourth death.
Projection: More than 1,000 to die in Pennsylvania
Experts are predicting more than 1,000 people could die across Pennsylvania as the coronavirus outbreak continues spreading — resulting in 62 new cases and one additional death in Luzerne County as of Tuesday, according to health authorities.
How you can watch or participate in today’s county council meeting
The public will have several options to watch or participate in today’s meeting of Luzerne County Council, which will be held via video and teleconference to comply with social distancing guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Newport Twp. police chase suspect charged in 2018 carjacking
The man accused of leading police on a wild pursuit through a Newport Twp. cemetery, toppling tombstones and plowing through a fence, has a history of erratic behavior and once was arrested for a carjacking outside the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre.