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Fly fishing books on display at Back Mountain Memorial Library

DALLAS — Gary Smith, of Plains, will showcase his fly fishing book collection at the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, throughout the month of March. Smith has been collecting books on fly fishing for about 50 years. He bought his first Henry van Dyke authored book for $5 at a secondhand shop and […]

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James Reino named Volunteer of the Year by Back Mountain Chamber

DALLAS — The Back Mountain Chamber recently held its fourth annual Mardi Gras Awards Dinner at Apple Tree Terrace in Dallas. The event was attended by over 100 members and guests. Jim Reino of UGI Energy Services received the Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication and service in helping to fulfill the community […]

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Dallas basketball teams in same Tuesday doubleheader

The Dallas basketball teams get to open the District 2 tournament together in a doubleheader Tuesday night at Pittston Area. District 2 announced the pairings, schedule, sites and times for its boys and girls basketball tournaments on its website Sunday night. The announcement revealed that Dallas will play Wyoming Area in Class 4A girls at […]

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Luzerne County notebook: 9 county collective bargaining agreements up in 2018

It’s a big year for Luzerne County government union negotiations. Nine of the county’s 10 collective bargaining agreements have expired or will lapse on Dec. 31. A negotiating session will be held next week on two of the expired contracts with the AFSCME residual and court-related unions, said county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik. […]

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Another Luzerne County commercial assessment reduction granted

Another big-ticket assessment reduction has been granted to a Luzerne County industrial property, this time for the Insteel Wire Products plant in Hazle Township. County officials have been pushing for resolution of outstanding assessment challenges, particularly with larger commercial sites, to minimize the hit to government finances. Refunds date to the year challenges were filed, […]

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Luzerne County awards contract for new signs

Luzerne County is spending $112,800 on signs designed to make it easier for the public to identify and navigate buildings, records show. County Manager C. David Pedri initiated the project last year, telling county council help is warranted for people visiting county offices. Pedri said he often heard visitors confused about office locations when he […]

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Dick Vermeil named speaker for Friendly Sons banquet

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St, Patrick announce their guest speaker will be Dick Vermiel former NFL head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. The annual dinner will be held Friday, March 16 at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. Cocktail hour is […]

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Luzerne County support urged for mine reclamation funding boost

Local waterways still polluted by abandoned mine drainage should prompt Luzerne County to support proposed federal legislation providing more money to fix the problem, environmental advocate Robert E. Hughes told county council members this week. “We know that they run orange, and they smell like sulfur — they’re a rotten egg smell — as you […]

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Ross Elementary students have an electrifying presentation with Benjamin Franklin

ROSS TWP. — Many books state Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity; however, according to Brian Patrick Mulligan, a reenactor of the historical figure, that’s false. Mulligan, with Mobile Ed Productions, has portrayed Franklin for 28 years and, through his research, learned that Franklin did not discover electricity — the ancient Greeks found rubbing fur on amber […]

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Luzerne County sees elderly pill-sellers fueling opioid trade

A new category of opioid drug dealers has emerged in Luzerne County: the elderly. County Drug and Alcohol Director Steve Ross revealed the development during a presentation for county council about the opioid epidemic this week, saying later he was alerted by several people in the recovery field. “Our seniors are in a very volatile […]

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