How to study abroad (the right way)
In the words of Saint Augustine, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Whether taking a weeklong excursion to Africa or spending a semester in Europe, studying abroad is at the top of many college bucket lists. So read away, m
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,
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
Everhart to host ‘Shark Tank’ event
Everhart to host ‘Shark Tank’ event To go along with its current Sharks! exhibit, the Everhart Museum will host the “NEPA Shark Tank” benefit Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The benefit is based on the ABC program “Shark Tank.”
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.
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.
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.
LOCAL COLLEGES: Ehrhart, Cruz key Giants victory
Cassie Ehrhart scored two goals and assisted on another, Rashelly Cruz netted a pair of scores and Jem Crockford set up a pair of scores as Keystone College posted a 6-2 victory over Wells College in the Giants’ women’s soccer home opener Sunday on their new turf field.
Athlete of the Week: Valley View's Scot Wasilchak
The Valley View junior running back scored three touchdowns and rushed for a career-best 264 yards in Friday’s 27-12 win over Mid Valley. Age: 17 Members of your family: Father, Scot; mother, Marcy; sister, Maddie.
YOUTH SPORTS 9/1/2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
V.I. schools ready for students and teachers to return
Last week teachers and staff returned to school for training and to prepare their classrooms and campuses for the start of the year on Tuesday.
Maintenance crews cut grass, did touch-up painting and made last-minute repairs. Teachers hung up new posters
New SUP wrinkle bolsters annual Love City Triathlon
The Love City Triathlon added some versatility over the weekend.
The 15th annual event on Sunday added a Stand-Up Paddle competition, branching out officially to the Love City Triathlon, Aquathon and SUP-athon.
For the Supathon, a SUP race substituted fo
V.I. in need of about 130 more teachers
The V.I. Education Department is facing a severe teacher shortage this fall, but Education officials say there will be a teacher in every classroom.
Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory said the shortage last week was around 147 vacancies, but she
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
Central High School ready for students to return
ST. CROIX - When classes at the territory's public schools resume for the new school year Tuesday, students at St. Croix Central High school will return to the home of the Caribs for the first time since being displaced in March.
Government officials sa
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
Hovensa adds cent to price of gas and diesel
ST. CROIX - The wholesale price of gasoline in the territory inched upward today as HOVENSA adjusted its rack rates.
The change will raise the rack rates - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - for gas
Army Corps hosts meeting Wednesday
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host a Regulatory Division Open House at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Turnbull Regional Library in Tutu.
The theme for the 2014 open house series is "Strategies for Success," focusing on the latest
Area soldiers deploy for Afghanistan
ST. THOMAS - Nearly a dozen Virgin Islanders left the territory this weekend to be deployed to Afghanistan as part of a U.S. Army Reserve unit for more than a year.
The team consists of 17 members, of which about a half-dozen are from Puerto Rico. The t
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
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
Local father-daughter team to compete at Monroeton Rodeo
For Tiffany Putnam and Randy Morgan, participating in the upcoming Monroeton Rodeo is definitely a family affair.
Daughter Tiffany and father Randy will be competing together in the team roping category when the rodeo returns for its second year to the M
Benditt-Parkes mourned in vigil
WYALUSING - The people gathered in front of Wyalusing High School Sunday night drew closer into a circle, as a singer let out her grief.
"Have your fears and your pain gone away?" she sang. "Because here on earth, it feels like everything good is missing
The V.I. Police Department has made a copy of its "Firearms Rules and Regulations" manual available on its website for download.
Firearm license holders and others considering obtaining a license can access the website at www.vipd.gov.vi and make themsel
Airport team tops Education to win co-ed basketball league
Airport won the Governmental & Industrial Co-Ed Basketball League for the third straight year, winning the championship series 3-1 on Friday night against Education.
The team won the series with an 83-77 win on Friday at Eudora Kean High School. Phillip
Police, Sept. 1
Hazleton man jailed, faces charges Juan Daniel Tinoco, 22, of Hazleton was committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on aggravated assault and other charges after he assaulted a person with a metal folding chair, smashed out a window on his ve
Regional Business Update
Chamber details several sessions The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Networking Before 9 breakfast meeting is set for 7:45 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Friedensburg Country Restaurant, 1305 Long Run Road, Schuylkill Haven. According to a chamber flier, the topic w
Upcoming Century Club: club closed, through Monday; Toastmasters speech contest, Sept. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; luncheon/mystery scarf project, Sept. 12, noon; cards at New Seasons, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.; Strong Women: Sister Cor Immaculata, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.;
Weekend Entertainment Guide 8/31/2014
CLUBS ARLO'S TAVERN, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: today, Clarence Spady Band. BAR LOUIE, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Plains Twp.: today, Just Press Play. BAR ON OAK, 900 Oak St., Pittston: Tuesday, line dancing with Danny Star; Wednesday, line dancing wi
September activities calendar
Ongoing For What It's Worth: paintings by Sam Barrese, on display Sept. 5-27, Marquis Art Scranton, 515 Center St.; artist reception, Sept. 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 Labor Day La Festa Italiana, Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, downtown Scranton. Visi
COLLEGE ROUNDUP 8/31/2014
Kelsey O’Kane missed all of last season for the University of Scranton women’s soccer team due to an injury. The senior certainly punctuated her return to the lineup in Saturday’s season opener with a bang. O’Kane scored two goals in the first 20 minutes
TCMC awards doctoral degrees
Sean Joseph Wallace, M.D. Sean Joseph Wallace of Scranton graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Commonwealth Medical College.
HS FOOTBALL: Week 1 LFC Standings
HS FOOTBALL LACKAWANNA FOOTBALL CONFERENCEDivision I Div Overall Points W L W L PF PA Abington Heights 0 0 1 0 31 14 North Pocono 0 0 1 0 22 14 Scranton Prep 0 0 1 0 26 0 Valley View 0 0 1 0 27 12 Wallenpaupack 0 0 1 0 26 20 West Scranton 0 0 1 0 21 7 Scr
Pike and Wayne County Sentencings 8/31/2014
The following were sentenced by Pike County President Judge Joseph F. Kameen: n Ashely Hazel Torres, 27, Matamoras, 3-23½ months’ county jail, 12 months’ probation, $300 fine, six-month driver’s license suspension for endangering welfare of children and p
Food, Fun, blue ribbons at GDS Fair
With tractor pulls, fair food, rides, blue ribbons and animal exhibits, the Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair delivered the makings of great country fair, as far as Nancy Matticks of Taylor is concerned.
Catholic author visits U of S
SCRANTON — Leading Catholic author Jay Sullivan will speak at the University of Scranton about his award-winning book “Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge.”
HS TENNIS: North Pocono sisters leading the way
It took only one trip to tennis practice to hook Julia and Sarah Tofilska. Now they are teammates and using their strong family bond and passion for the game to lead the North Pocono girls tennis team.
Lehman’s Hockenbury cruises
DALLAS — There were two cross country races occurring simultaneously. First, it was Lake-Lehman junior Dominic Hockenbury against the clock. Then, it was the rest of the 261-person field going for second.
IronPigs rally to top ’Riders
Cam Perkins’ two-out single in the bottom of the 11th scored Tyler Henson as Lehigh Valley rallied to defeat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 3-2, in front of a capacity crowd of 10,100 at Coca-Cola Park.
SWB RAILRIDERS GAME REPORT 8/30/2014
RailRiders Lehigh Valley ab r h bi ab r h bi Richardsn cf 4 0 1 0 Gwynn 4 0 0 0 Young lf 4 1 1 1 Hernandz ss 4 0 1 0 Refsnyder 2b 5 0 1 0 Franco 3b 5 0 0 0 Roller 1b 4 0 0 0 Mayberry lf 3 1 0 0 Almonte rf 4 0 1 0 Murphy 1b 1 0 0 0 Garcia dh 5 1 1 0 Canzle
HS ROUNDUP 8/31/2014
Kevin Ra and Nick Vinansky each had a goal and an assist to lead Holy Cross to a 2-1 victory over Riverside in the boys bracket of the Jamie Kotula Kickoff Classic at Marywood University. Holy Cross will play North Pocono in a semfinal match today at 10:4
Local History: Toll bridges a thing of the past
Around the same time as the region’s toll roads were being bought up with local governments and made free, state legislators were waging battle on toll bridges. In 1943, there were 12 toll bridges in Pennsylvania.
Around the Towns 8/31/2014
Blakely A semiformal dance is this year’s theme to help out a 12-year-old Blakely girl who suffered traumatic injuries. All proceeds from the third annual Teresa’s Angels Ball will go to defer medical expenses for Lexi Matone. Lexi was hit by a car on Dec
Evitts ties county mark in Hurricanes' win
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Rileigh Evitts tied the Schuylkill League all-time scoring record with a hat trick in Schuylkill Haven’s 6-0 win over Jim Thorpe in a non-league game Saturday. Evitts hit the 116-goal mark with an unassisted goal in the 77th minute. The
Golden lifts Tide to Cardinal Classic title
PINE GROVE — Shea Golden struck in the 41st minute to give Pottsville the only goal it needed to get past host Pine Grove and win the Cardinal Classic championship game 1-0. Tyler Wright recorded a hat trick for the Crimson Tide in their 6-0 win over Wils
RailRiders lose in 11
Cam Perkins’ two-out single in the bottom of the 11th scored Tyler Henson as Lehigh Valley rallied to defeat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 3-2, in front of a capacity crowd of 10,100 at Coca-Cola Park.
HS TENNIS: Standings
GIRLS TENNIS LACKAWANNA LEAGUE CLASS AAA W L Abington Heights 4 0 Scranton 3 1 Wallenpaupack 2 1 Delaware Valley 2 2 CLASS AA W L North Pocono 4 0 Scranton Prep 4 0 Valley View 4 0 Honesdale 2 2 Montrose 1 2 Western Wayne 1 2 Dunmore 1 3 Elk Lake 1 3 Holy
FOOTBALL CONCLUDES PRESEASON CAMP
ETTRICK - The Virginia State University Athletics Department held its' annual "Meet the Trojans Day (Back to School Edition) at Roger Stadium Saturday afternoon.
"This was a good day for Virginia State University football," said Athletic Director Peggy D
Around the Region, Aug. 31, 2014
n Heckscherville: The annual outdoor Labor Day Mass at Castle Green Grotto will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. The grotto is located at 950 Valley Road, Minersville/Heckscherville Highway. The Mass is dedicated to “all who came” to the chapel that was located
Man accused of fleeing from DUI checkpoint
A Hunlock Creek man drove through a DUI checkpoint on Friday and led police on a high-speed chase through Plymouth Borough, according to police. Larksville police arrested Christopher Garrison, 25, on Friday after they say he nearly struck an officer inst
Police: Man fires shot to break up fight
A West Pittston man tried breaking up a fight on Monday by firing his gun in the air, according to police. Travis Lakey, 25, of 2 Clyde St., was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Carmody on Friday after West Pittston police said he fired
Two killed in West Wyoming crash
A one-car crash killed two men early Saturday morning, the county coroner said. According to Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman, driver Frank Rutledge, 40, of Exeter, and his passenger, John Soska, 36, of Wyoming, were killed in a single-car crash on the
Police, Aug. 31
Hazleton incidents Hazleton police issued press releases on the following incidents, and ask that anyone with information contact them at 570-459-4940 or 911: ■ A male with a thin build and long black hair struck and robbed a person near Second and Alter
Revvin’ for Heaven to feature large Ice Bucket Challenge
A giant Ice Bucket Challenge, complete with a delivery from an ice plant and water from a fire truck pumper, has been added to the lineup for Monday’s Revvin’ for Heaven II. Organizer Jim Waschko is billing the celebration, which begins at 10 a.m. at the
Petersburg continues to borrow due to lack of cash reserves
PETERSBURG - By continuing to borrow short-term loans to meet expenses, the city is going against the advice of financial consultants hired in 2012 to assess its monetary standing. The loans are referred to as Revenue Anticipation Notes, a form of short-
Mount Carmel woman charged with assaulting policeman
MOUNT CARMEL - A 19-year-old borough woman has been charged with assaulting a policeman, breaking his glasses and smashing a chair in a holding cell early Wednesday involving incidents that began after she was found allegedly under the influence of alcoh
Crowd of 1,200 enjoys Sunbury's first Renaissance festival
SUNBURY - Saturday was a faire day in Sunbury.
Reenactors from the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and volunteers from Sunbury Revitalization Inc. (SRI) joined at the riverfront amphitheater to take spectators back to the middle ages for the Lake
33-year career ending for Knoebels PR man
ELYSBURG - Joe Muscato told his bosses at Knoebels Amusement Resort a year ago that this Labor Day would be his final day in a 33-year career as the park's director of marketing and public relations.
He wanted the Knoebels family to have plenty of time t
Shamokin Area board to vote on random drug test policy
COAL TOWNSHIP - A new policy mandating random drug testing will be put to a vote by the Shamokin Area School Board during a special meeting Wednesday.
The proposed policy applies to any student from seventh through 12th grade involved in extracurricular
'Pints for Pups' event benefits Bradford County Humane Society
WYALUSING - It was a beautiful Friday evening at the Grovedale Winery and River Barge Brewery in Wyalusing for the Bradford County Humane Society benefit "Pints for Pups." The event was held to raise money for the many homeless pets that receive temporar
Body of Benditt-Parkes likely found
WILMOT TOWNSHIP - A body which may be missing Wyalusing High School teenager Zamien Benditt-Parks was found on Saturday in Wilmot Township.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, a neighbor of Zamien Benditt-Parkes, 17, noticed what they believ