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  • Pair found dead in Hazleton home A man and a woman were found dead in their Hazleton home Sunday night, according to city police who continue to investigate the circumstances. Officers responded to 805 N. James St. after a call to 911 about two people found inside unresponsive and covered in blood. The pair, victims of apparent gunshot wounds, | 9/1/2014
  • Clarks Summit prepares to unveil new pocket park CLARKS SUMMIT — On an overcast August afternoon, it’s just an empty lawn set between railroad tracks and downtown businesses. But Ned Connell wants you to visualize what it will be. Over there, in the right corner of the triangular lawn, is a wood gazebo, | 9/1/2014
  • Dickson City I-81 bridge project behind schedule Complications with the ongoing bridge and rock-cutting project along Interstate 81 in Dickson City are projected to drive the price tag about $5 million beyond its original budget, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said. HRI Inc. crews starte | 9/1/2014
  • Rail fans ride the rails, visit exhibits at Steamtown As trains carting Railfest 2014 enthusiasts puffed and chugged through the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton on Sunday, Ken and Ann Miller and Howard Brown reminisced about their days working on the railroad and their first rides. “I got hooked | 9/1/2014
  • La Festa is worth the trip to Scranton for many Matt and Michele Pasquale used folding chairs to claim their spots at La Festa Italiana on Sunday afternoon. The Binghamton, New York, couple came with family and friends in tow to enjoy the second day of the 39th annual festival on Lackawanna County Cour | 9/1/2014
  • Megacommuters on road, rail and wing to work For Jamie Stuenzi, getting to work is a job in itself. The Lackawanna County resident commutes far afield to jobs in the field of information technology. And not just a county or two away, but a state or two — or more — away. Ed Urbanski of Luzerne County | 9/1/2014
  • Child killed in Old Forge crash 7th fatality of holiday weekend OLD FORGE — A 12-year-old boy, described by his pastor as “a very dependable fellow,” died after a crash early Sunday morning. Leonard Zupon Jr. of Old Forge is the seventh person, and fourth juvenile, killed this weekend on area roads. Leonard, a seventh | 9/1/2014
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  • YOUR OPINION Scary sneak peekat Scranton futureEditor: It’s the fourth year of Mayor Bill Courtright’s administration, and he again finds himself in court:Visiting Judge: “Mr. Mayor, I have bad news for you.” The police union has sued, requiring you to move police hea | 3/21/2014
  • ’Riders of the storm MOOSIC — It was all going so smoothly for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. The RailRiders’ pitching staff breezed through the first seven innings, allowing just four hits in the process. But one bad pitch followed by a downpour that was so hard the ground | 9/1/2014
  • PSU column DUBLIN Logistically, the Croke Park Classic could very well go down as a nightmare. Understand that? A nightmare. Nothing about moving an entire football team — and really, an entire football operation — from State College to Dublin proved to be smooth. G | 9/1/2014
  • Hazleton Area picks new softball coach Former Hazleton Area second basemen Adrienne Rebarchak was appointed as the Lady Cougars head softball coach on Thursday, a little more than one month after the school board opened the position. Rebarchak, a Hazleton resident and 2005 Hazleton Area gradua | 8/31/2014
  • City mayor vetoes three ordinances A councilman in Hazleton said he’s not surprised with the mayor’s decision on Friday to veto three ordinances, saying the mayor has exercised those powers when rejecting five of 12 ordinances that have been introduced by council since the year began. Mayo | 8/31/2014
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  • Panel to seek new federal magistrate U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Blewitt will retire as of Jan. 1, and a merit selection panel will interview and recommend candidates to replace him. The panel is accepting applications for the post until Oct. 3 and is under orders to recommend candidates | 9/1/2014
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  • Longtime broadcast journalist Kevin Jordan dies EXETER — Kevin J. Jordan of Exeter, a longtime broadcast journalist in Northeast Pennsylvania who also served as voter services director in Luzerne County, died Sunday. He was 57. Friends posted their condolences on Mr. Jordan’s Facebook page moments afte | 9/1/2014
  • Marywood to dedicate veterans center SCRANTON — Marywood University will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Veterans Resource Center on campus. The free event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, at noon at 2236 N. Washington Ave. The Marywood Veterans Alliance will lead tours of the cente | 9/1/2014
  • One dead, three injured after ATV crash in Susquehanna County AUBURN TWP. — Jeremy Mowry, 38, of Meshoppen, was killed when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding crashed Friday night. The ATV, driven by Cody Mosher, 23, of Laceyville, traveled off Place Road in Auburn Twp. and struck a rock wall around 8 p.m., accor | 9/1/2014
  • Neighborhood watch meeting planned SCRANTON — South Scranton Neighborhood Watch will hold its next public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Scranton Senior Center, 425 Alder St. The group will discuss the latest observation walk and plan for the upcoming Children’s Hal | 9/1/2014
  • Blood donation center open for holiday SCRANTON — The local American Red Cross will accept blood and platelet donations today. The Red Cross Donor Center on Olive Street in Scranton will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Labor Day, all presenting donors will receive a Red Cross Mason jar tumble | 9/1/2014
  • Victims of Paupack Twp. crash identified PAUPACK TWP. — Three juveniles killed in a weekend crash in Wayne County have been identified. Ryan Lesher, 15, of Churchville, and Shamus Digney, 15, of Holland, Bucks County, died at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton after they were involve | 9/1/2014
  • Linebacker's change of heart fuels King's resurgence King’s senior inside linebacker Nick Kaijala is a team captain, one of the linchpins of a defense that returns seven starters from a 6-4 season, the program’s first winning record since 2006. He’s all smiles now. He talks about how team chemistry has neve | 9/1/2014
  • New effort to decriminalize liquor buys HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania resident is less likely to be nabbed these days for making out-of-state liquor purchases by an undercover border patrol, but a key state lawmaker is introducing legislation anyway to abolish fines for an offense still on the bo | 9/1/2014
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  • $entry.name “I like the porketta a lot,” Luciano said. On Sunday, La Festa Italiana — which continues today — began with an Italian Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and ended with a fireworks display, more music and more food. The fireworks were delayed about 45 minutes | 9/1/2014
  • Fallout The skies were gray, but the mood was ebullient Sunday night at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Fall Out Boy and Paramore were in town with their Monumentour, bringing the summer concert season at Montage to a close with a spirited dose of youthful pop- | 9/1/2014
  • Community Event Listing, Sept. 1, 2014 Dunmore Civic presentation: Dunmore Senior Center, education and awareness presentation on understanding pulmonary fibrosis lung disease, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m., reservations not needed. Eynon/Archbald Lions meet: Eynon Archbald Lions Club meeting, Tuesday, | 9/1/2014
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  • Projects complete in Frailey Township DONALDSON — Two projects that have appeared on the Frailey Township supervisors’ agenda for months are finally complete. Board Chairman Donald Allar said Aug. 5 that the demolition of the old factory building and the playground were finished. Affordable D | 9/1/2014
  • Pine Grove Township Authority reaches out to potential customers OAK GROVE — The Pine Grove Township Authority is looking for new customers, and letters inviting commercial businesses located on the east side of Interstate 81 will be sent out. Since the authority cannot force a connection, the members agreed Aug. 19 th | 9/1/2014
  • Hegins-Hubley Water Authority receives proposal for project VALLEY VIEW — The Hegins-Hubley Water Authority board received a proposal from Alfred Benesch & Co. regarding the design phase of the sewer project Aug. 18 during a quarterly meeting. Dave Miller presented a copy of the proposal to each member of the boar | 9/1/2014
  • Around the Region, Sept. 1, 2014 n Elizabethville: The Elizabethville Bicentennial Committee Inc. has announced that the second annual Trick or Trot, a 5K run/walk, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Upper Dauphin Area High School. Attendance, according to a committee releas | 9/1/2014
  • Gilberton appoints new code enforcement officer MAHANOY PLANE — Gilberton has a new code enforcement officer, who will take over duties that have been carried out temporarily by the mayor. The borough council hired John Boxer, Shenandoah, at Thursday’s meeting a vote of 4-0 with one abstention. Voting | 9/1/2014
  • Musician reaches dream of recording in Nashville AUBURN — A local Schuylkill County man’s passion took him to Nashville to record two of the five albums he currently has out. Chad Reinert, 30, of Auburn, was offered to record two albums in Nashville in March 2013 and 2014. He said he wanted to go to Nas | 9/1/2014
  • Deeds, Sept. 1, 2014 Deeds Blythe Township — Tax Claim Bureau of Schuylkill County, to Sharon Brish; property at Maple and Market streets, Cumbola; $100. Branch Township — Joseph G. Groody, sheriff of Schuylkill County, to First National bank of Minersville; 1421 Bunting St.; | 9/1/2014
  • Court fee hike supports legal services HARRISBURG — A $1 increase in court surcharges that took effect Aug. 8 is generating more revenue to fund legal services for low-income Pennsylvanians, a step in a broader effort to expand access to justice. The additional surcharge on court costs and fil | 9/1/2014
  • Farmers’ Almanac predicting a ‘shivery and shovelry’ cold winter After one of the most bitter winters in recent history, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting another nasty and frigid winter in the Northeast. “Unfortunately, there will be more shivery and shovelry,” said Sandi Duncan, managing editor of the Farmers’ Alman | 9/1/2014
  • Images of 1914 blaze in Pottsville startle even a century later The images of the ruins are still startling even a century after they were taken. Giant clouds of smoke rising from the winter-chilled remains of fire-ravaged buildings in the city’s downtown, a block of them, a million dollars worth of property in 1914. | 9/1/2014
  • Sixth annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival draws thousands HEGINS — The sixth annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival held Sunday had people enjoying themselves with locally produced wine and remembering the event’s co-chairman, Bob Tobash, who recently passed away. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Hegi | 9/1/2014
  • For PSU, Ireland brings more than expected DUBLIN — Logistically, the Croke Park Classic could very well go down as a nightmare. | 9/1/2014
  • 1st week brings mixed results for WVC The first week of the season is officially in the books. | 9/1/2014
  • Linebacker’s change of heart helps fuel Monarchs’ resurgence King’s senior inside linebacker Nick Kaijala is a team captain, one of the linchpins of a defense that returns seven starters from a 6-4 season, the program’s first winning record since 2006. | 9/1/2014
  • RailRiders suspended by rain MOOSIC — It was all going so smoothly for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. | 9/1/2014
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  • O'Brien, Snukis earn Sol Lipton titles, close in on Triple Crown Race organizers had two main goals when creating the Schuylkill County Triple Crown 5K Series: • Encourage more runners to participate in the Chris and Kevin Truskey 5K & 10K Memorial Run, the 34th annual Sol Lipton Run Fest and the 5th annual Rhoades Rac | 9/1/2014
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  • Misstishin captures county medal-play golf title FRIEDENSBURG — Sean Misstishin completed his swing, took a quick look down the fairway and starting yelling “Go! Go!” With the pressure on and a gallery of fans watching, the Ashland golfer delivered his biggest shot of the day. Misstishin boomed his driv | 9/1/2014
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  • Local sports briefs Nanticoke nips Blue Raiders in girls’ soccer TAMAQUA — Riley Klepedio and Courtney Day each scored two goals as Nanticoke overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat Tamaqua 5-4 in a girls’ soccer match Saturday. Morgan Boyle scored twice while Emma Pester and | 9/1/2014
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  • Big Diamond postpones Coal Cracker to Friday Big Diamond reschedules race to Friday night FORESTVILLE — Big Diamond Speedway officials postponed Sunday’s scheduled Jack Rich Memorial Coal Cracker 72 racing program because of the forecast of rain and have rescheduled the event to 8:15 p.m. Friday. Bi | 9/1/2014
  • Panel to seek new federal magistrate to replace retiring justice U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Blewitt will retire as of Jan. 1, and a merit selection panel will interview and recommend candidates to replace him. The panel is accepting applications for the post until Oct. 3 and is under orders to recommend candidates | 9/1/2014
  • Laurel Run man faces losing home over unpaid $3.67 bill Several weeks ago, a constable knocked on the door to Edward Knox’s trailer in Laurel Run, telling him he had to pay $444.89 to the Luzerne County Tax Claim Office or his trailer would be sold at an auction. “For what? I got the homestead,” Knox said, rec | 9/1/2014
  • Longtime Luzerne County journalist passes away Kevin J. Jordan, of Exeter, a longtime broadcast journalist in Northeastern Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday at the age of 57. Friends posted their condolences on Jordan’s Facebook page moments after his sister, Kathleen Jordan, of Kingston, announced his | 9/1/2014
  • New efforts in Harrisburg to decriminalize liquor buys HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania resident is less likely to be nabbed these days for making out-of-state liquor purchases by an undercover border patrol, but a key state lawmaker is introducing legislation anyway to abolish fines for an offense still on the bo | 9/1/2014
  • Political Scene 9/1/14 Friends of Eileen Cipriani, the Democratic nominee for state representative in the 120th District, will host a pig roast from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Swoyersville American Legion’s Andrew Lawrence Post 644, 259 Shoemaker St. Featured guests | 9/1/2014
  • This week’s meetings 9/1/14 TODAY No meetings due to the Labor Day holiday. TUESDAY Ashley council work session, 6:30 p.m., Fireman’s Hall, 160 Ashley St. Dallas Township supervisors work session, 7 p.m., municipal building, 2919 state Route 309. Exeter council regular meeting, 7 p. | 9/1/2014
  • Megacommuters on road, rail and wing to work For Jamie Stuenzi, getting to work is a job in itself. The Lackawanna County resident commutes far afield to jobs in the field of information technology. And not just a county or two away, but a state or two — or more — away. Ed Urbanski of Luzerne County | 9/1/2014
  • Almanac predicts another bitter winter for region After one of the most bitter winters in recent history, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting another nasty and frigid winter in the Northeast. “Unfortunately, there will be more shivery and shovelry,” said Sandi Duncan, managing editor of the Farmers’ Alman | 9/1/2014
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  • Alberta Urban August 31, 2014 Alberta Urban, Ringtown, passed away early Sunday while a guest of Shenandoah Senior Living Community. Funeral service information will be announced by Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown. More information can be found at www.ringtownf | 9/1/2014
  • Henry J. Paisley August 30, 2014 Henry J. Paisley, 80, of West Penn Pike, West Penn Township, died Saturday in Allentown. He was born in Middleport, July 3, 1934, a son of the late Raymond and Alma Wendell Paisley. He attended Tamaqua High School. He was a Navy veteran of | 9/1/2014
  • John ‘Pete’ McFarland August 30,2014 John “Pete” McFarland, 84, of Mahanoy City, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon at Ridge View Manor, Shenandoah. He was a lifelong resident of Mahanoy City, where he was appointed mayor from 1994 to 1998. He also worked as a police of | 9/1/2014
  • Anthony N. Hoffman August 30, 2014 Anthony N. “Tony” Hoffman, 83, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday at home.Hamilton Funeral Home Inc., Orwigsburg, is honored to be entrusted with arrangements that will be announced in a later edition. Sign the guest book atrepublic | 9/1/2014
  • Eleanor J. Greene August 13, 2014 Eleanor J. Greene, 83, of High Rise Apartments, Mahanoy City, passed away peacefully Aug. 13 at Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville. Born in Mahanoy City, July 18, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Carl Greene S | 9/1/2014
  • Gertrude S. Charles August 31, 2014 Gertrude S. Charles, 77, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday at home. Born in Montour Falls, New York, May 25, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Mabel Strubel Clark. She was a graduate of Ovid Central High School, Ovid, Ne | 9/1/2014
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  • Driver hospitalized after Shavertown crash One driver was hospitalized following a vehicle rollover in Shavertown on Sunday. Back Mountain Fire Department and EMS responded to a vehicle rollover with entrapment on state Route 309 near McDonald’s around 2:54 p.m. Sunday. Medical personnel said the | 9/1/2014
  • Second suspect arrested in West Pittston arson Police arrested a second arson suspect in West Pittston on Saturday, according to the county correctional facility warden. West Pittston police arrested Jason Lakey, 28, of West Pittston, on Saturday morning on charges of arson, Luzerne County Correctiona | 9/1/2014
  • YOUTH SPORTS YOUTH SPORTS SENIOR TEENER/BIG LEAGUE FALL BALL West Scranton 7 Carbino Club 5 WP: Dom Passariello. 2B: Dylan Svetovich (W), Tony Alongi (W), Jack Beckwith (W), Jacob Thomas (W). 3B: Svetovich. Notes: Svetovich, Passariello, Beckwith, Thomas 2 hits each. | 9/1/2014
  • PSU NOTEBOOK: Ficken's road has been long and checkered DUBLIN — Two years ago, some Penn State fans urged Sam Fickento give up football after he missed four field goals, including one at the final gun, in a loss to Virginia. If he were any closer to State College on Saturday, those same fans may have carried | 9/1/2014
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