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Luzerne County Court employees receive raises

Ninety-four non-union Luzerne County court branch employees received 3 percent, across-the-board raises in Friday’s pay, according to county Court Administrator Michael Shucosky. The raises range from $800 to about $1,500 and will cost approximately $110,000, he said. Court raises weren’t expressly earmarked during county council’s 2018 budget discussions. Instead, Shucosky had said court officials would […]

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Luzerne County office shuffle proposed

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County is seeking bids to reconfigure the county courthouse’s west entrance to reduce congestion. The basement-level entrance is one of two for the public to access the building, with the other on the first-floor south side. The administration added the western entrance modification to the county’s capital plan in 2017, earmarking $50,000 […]

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Dallas Borough Council donates stipend to Mayor’s Club

DALLAS — Mayor Timothy Carroll and several council members are giving up their annual stipend to fund the Mayor’s Club which finances the maintenance of Rice Cemetery. The nearly two-acre burial ground off Huntsville Road in Dallas was neglected for several years until Carroll started a fund called the Mayor’s Club to finance grass cutting […]

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Dallas teachers postpone strike date as board rejects health proposal

DALLAS — Dallas teachers will not go on strike next week. They pushed back a potential strike date from Jan. 22 to March 5 even as a new union proposal was rejected by the school board Wednesday night. The union asked the district for a health plan that would include no premium share or personal […]

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Harveys Lake Borough resident make voices heard; council re-instates zoning officer

HARVEYS LAKE — Zoning Officer Maureen Oremus will be back on the job as council overturned a previous decision to replace her with Barry Isetts & Associates on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Harveys Lake Borough residents questioned council on its Jan. 2 decision, which gave the municipality’s zoning, third-party inspection and engineering responsibilities to Barry Isetts […]

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There are a lot of events happening in the Back Mountain

Lacrosse registration open DALLAS — Back Mountain Bandits Youth Lacrosse Association registration is open online at: BMYLAX.com for boys and girls age groups first through eighth grade. Open House and in-person registration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 at the JCC Camp. For more information, email bmtlax@gmail.com. Alzheimer’s Support Group […]

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Back Mountain residents in the news

Mirra named to President’s List MANSFIELD — Sara Mirra, of Dallas, has been named to the President’s List at Mansfield University for the fall 2017 semester. Locals named to Mansifield dean’s list MANSFIELD, — A total of 418 Mansfield University students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. To be […]

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Taxpayer seeks tactic for Dallas School Board to gain advantage on teachers

DALLAS TWP. — Clarke Bittner wanted to know why if the Dallas School District does not have a contract with its teachers is their health care paid when they go on strike. Bittner asked the question at Monday’s school board meeting. He was fishing for a way the district could gain some leverage on the […]

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Tax diversion program may be considered for project at former Valley Crest

For the first time since Luzerne County’s 2012 switch to a home rule government, a proposal to consider a tax diversion known as a TIF may come before county council, in this case to fund infrastructure improvements leading to the former Valley Crest Nursing Home site in Plains Township. Intense grilling is expected due to […]

8 Comments - 10:41 pm

Taxpayer seeks tactic for Dallas School Board to gain advantage on teachers

DALLAS TWP. — Clarke Bittner wanted to know why, if the Dallas School District does not have a contract with its teachers, is the teachers’ health care paid when they go on strike. Bittner asked the question at Monday’s school board meeting. He was fishing for a way the district could gain leverage on the […]

8 Comments - 10:14 am

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