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Beyond the Byline: Judy Wienckoski always has graduates’ backs

Beyond the Byline: Judy Wienckoski always has graduates’ backs

WILKES-BARRE — It’s that time of year — graduation time. Colleges and universities are holding their commencements and for the most part, they are held without incident and usually without much notice from the non-graduating families of the area. But to those families with graduates, these are the times of pride. So when your son, […]

New state employment website offers help for job seekers

New state employment website offers help for job seekers

WILKES-BARRE — An overhaul of the state’s job website and improvements to the application process are helping to make commonwealth employment more attractive to job seekers, according to the governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency — GO-TIME. “For many years, outdated hiring processes have made it difficult for state agencies to compete with […]

105-year-old Pennsylvania woman receives honorary high school diploma

105-year-old Pennsylvania woman receives honorary high school diploma

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who said her only regret in life was not finishing high school has received an honorary diploma — at age 105. Theresia Brandl donned a cap and gown Wednesday at her Oakdale nursing home to celebrate, surrounded by four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Brandl attended Stowe […]

Sunny and hot today, but showers on the way

Sunny and hot today, but showers on the way

WILKES-BARRE — It will be mostly sunny today for the start of the 62nd Fine Arts Fiesta, with a high near 90, says the National Weather Service in Binghamton, New York. A chance of showers tonight and thunderstorms before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 2 a.m. Some of the storms could […]

Preparations finalized for 62nd Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre

Preparations finalized for 62nd Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Brian Benedetti was sitting in a tent Wednesday going through his papers and notes as he answered a reporter’s questions, when a gust of wind came up and knocked over one side of the tent. Benedetti never hesitated. He’s used to weather issues when it comes to the annual Fine Arts Fiesta — […]

Winning Cash 5 ticket sold in Luzerne County worth $225,000 nears expiration

Winning Cash 5 ticket sold in Luzerne County worth $225,000 nears expiration

MIDDLETOWN — Players, check your tickets: a winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $225,000 that was sold in Luzerne County for the May 31, 2016, drawing will soon expire. The unclaimed ticket was sold by Nelly Travel Plaza, 3765 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. It correctly matched all five white balls drawn, 05-06-32-39-42, to win a […]

LCTA to service WB/Scranton International Airport

LCTA to service WB/Scranton International Airport

KINGSTON — Luzerne County Transportation Authority has announced that it will offer regular bus service to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport beginning Monday. The airport stop will be included in the LCTA #17 Highway 315 Connector Route. This route, which also services the Mohegan Sun Casino, Downtown Scranton, Dupont, Avoca and Moosic, will service the Airport […]

State officials discuss bicycle safety to mark ‘Bike to Work Week’

State officials discuss bicycle safety to mark ‘Bike to Work Week’

WILKES-BARRE — PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said Monday the state wants to help planning partners in developing bicycle and pedestrian enhancements on our roads. So with the start of “Bike to Work Week,” Richards’ boss, Gov. Tom Wolf, announced a series of improvements for bicyclists during an event featuring an executive bike ride around […]

State officials discuss bicycle safety to mark ‘Bike to Work Week’

State officials discuss bicycle safety to mark ‘Bike to Work Week’

WILKES-BARRE — PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said Monday the state wants to help planning partners in developing bicycle and pedestrian plans. So with the start of “Bike to Work Week,” Richards’ boss, Gov. Tom Wolf, announced a series of improvements for bicyclists during an event featuring an executive bike ride around Harrisburg by several […]

Low turnout expected for Tuesday’s primary

Low turnout expected for Tuesday’s primary

WILKES-BARRE — Don’t expect a large turnout for Tuesday’s primary election — history shows that people just don’t turn out to vote in non-presidential years. Local political experts say that needs to change, since most of the offices being contested are those that affect voters the most. It will be interesting to see what percentage […]

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