Prison remains top expense in proposed Luzerne County budget

Luzerne County’s prison system remains the largest single department expense, eating up $28.5 million, or 20 percent of next year’s proposed $141.1 million general fund operating budget, a review shows. Revenue from the prison is budgeted at $954,489 next year, an increase of approximately $376,000. Spending on the Water Street prison and a minimum offenders […]

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Buildings demolished at once popular flood-prone Plymouth Township recreation complex

The loss of 100 flood-prone Plymouth Township structures over the last decade was sad, but Monday’s demolition of the township recreation complex was particularly stinging for Gale Conrad. “All we can do now is drive by and have good, fond memories of what it was for generation after generation,” said Conrad, a township supervisor. “It’s […]

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After strike, classes resume Tuesday in Dallas School District

DALLAS TWP. — Big yellow school buses lined up in front of Dallas Elementary School for the first time in almost two weeks Tuesday. At 8:50 a.m., bus doors opened, releasing hundreds of students to classrooms and teachers they had not seen since last month. It was the first day back to school following a […]

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Classes to resume Tuesday in Dallas School District

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District students and teachers will head back to class Tuesday, according to an automated call from Superintendent Thomas Duffy. The news comes after union leaders submitted a revised health care proposal, signed an agreement to return to class and filed a new intent to strike notice on Nov. 22 with […]

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Dallas School District parents and taxpayers ‘strike’

DALLAS TWP. — Lisa Ayers wants both the Dallas School Board and the teachers union to realize how bad the now-weeklong strike has hurt families. “I lost two months of income last year when the teachers went on strike, and here we are again,” Ayers, a mother of two, said at a taxpayers rally Friday. […]

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Now it’s their turn: Dallas School District parents will picket Friday

DALLAS TWP. — As Dallas teachers remain out on strike, school district parents plan to stage a peaceful protest from 10 a.m. to noon today in front of the Dallas administration building. “I do not intend to bash either side,” said Joanna Cunningham, demonstration organizer. “There will be strict guidelines on what our posters can […]

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Proposed funding plan unveiled for River Common park in Wilkes-Barre

The River Common recreation area in downtown Wilkes-Barre deserves more attention and appreciation, several officials said during a Monday announcement of proposed new funding. “Look at this beautiful park,” said Larry Newman, head of the Diamond City Partnership downtown revitalization alliance. “It is high time that we as a community took full advantage of this […]

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Dallas School District teachers required to return to class Oct. 19

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District teachers are required to return to their classrooms on Thursday, Oct. 19, according to the state Department of Education. District Superintendent Thomas Duffy announced the date on Monday. The district was required to file paperwork with the state Department of Education on the first day of the teachers’ strike, […]

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Pa. Auditor General: Child-welfare system ‘broken’

Last year, 46 children died and 79 nearly died from abuse/neglect in Pennsylvania, and nearly half of their families were already in the child-welfare system, according to a new state Auditor General’s Office report. This “State of the Child” report, posted at, heavily blames the continued death of children on difficulties recruiting qualified professionals, […]

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Dallas teachers hit picket line on first day of second strike

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas Education Association members are “not happy” but “standing strong together,” the union president said Friday — the first day of a teachers strike. Nearly 98 percent of the union’s members participated in a demonstration near the district’s campus, said Michael Cherinka, DEA president. John Holland, of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, […]

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