Luzerne County seeking prison medical, mental health provider

WILKES-BARRE — Still reeling from the deaths of four female inmates since June, Luzerne County government is shopping around for a prison medical and mental health services provider. County council had approved a three-year contract with Kansas-based Correct Care Solutions (CCS) in March 2015 as part of a prior administration’s recommendation to partially outsource the […]

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Tour will show PSU’s Hayfield House from servants’ perspective

LEHMAN TWP. — It began life as a coal baron’s mansion and became part of a college campus, but there’s another side of Hayfield House’s history that most visitors don’t hear about. An upcoming tour aims to change that. “Imagine being a servant in the 1930s and shown the ballroom in Hayfield House,” said Megan […]

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Ryan DeCosmo resigns as Hazle Township’s new tax collector

Luzerne County Democratic Committee Chairman Michael DeCosmo was appointed Hazle Township tax collector Friday evening after his son, Ryan, resigned from the elected post so taxpayers wouldn’t be saddled with higher bonding costs, officials said. Ryan DeCosmo’s bond would have cost the township, Luzerne County and the Hazleton Area School District a combined $81,722 in […]

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New Luzerne County election board member deemed eligible to serve

Fairview Township resident Keith Gould is permitted to serve as both a Luzerne County election board member and Republican county committee member for his township, county Chief Solicitor Romilda Crocamo said in a written opinion Thursday. Former county controller Walter Griffith had questioned Gould’s eligibility during Wednesday’s election board meeting, pointing to a county home […]

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Lake Twp. supervisors, residents voice concerns about pipeline project

LAKE TWP. — Clumps of mud and rocks turned Loyalville Road into a minefield and fueled a meeting with Williams Energy Atlantic Sunrise pipeline management team, township supervisors and the public Wednesday. The $3 billion pipeline project is crossing through Lake Township to transport a projected 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas from Susquehanna […]

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Eligibility of new Luzerne County election board member under review

Former Luzerne County controller Walter Griffith questioned the eligibility of newly appointed county election board member Keith Gould during Wednesday’s board meeting. Council had appointed Gould on Tuesday to an unpaid board seat that must be filled by a Republican citizen. Griffith pointed to a section of the county’s home rule charter that says no […]

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Back Mountain Civic Briefs: All-you-can-eat breakfast at Kunkle Social Hall

World Down Syndrome Day fundraiser planned DALLAS — Quinn Crispell will hold a World Down Syndrome Day fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at Wendy’s. An eighth-grade student at Wyoming Valley West Middle School, Crispell will also participate in the National Down Syndrome Society’s 3.21 Run on World Down Syndrome Day, Wednesday, […]

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Dallas High School students participate in National School Walkout day

DALLAS TWP. — To lose 17 lives seems insurmountable. Never again, Dallas High School senior Madalyn Arthur told classmates Wednesday during National School Walkout Day. Arthur’s voice was shaky with emotion as she referenced the 17 students killed in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a month ago. “I have […]

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Resolution proposed for $2.9M disbursement from Luzerne County tax diversion program

A multiyear effort to recoup $2.9 million left from a Luzerne County tax diversion program may come to a head next week. On one side, the county, Wilkes-Barre Area School District and Wilkes-Barre Township are hammering out a joint proposal to split the remainder based on the percentage of real estate tax revenue each had […]

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Dallas Middle School takes third place in Northeast Regional Science Olympiad

LEHMAN TWP. — Jacob Speicher and Shelby Pocono dug right into the forensic evidence of a mock crime to find the thief’s identity at the 2018 Northeast Regional Science Olympiad at Penn State Wilkes-Barre March 9. Speicher and Pocono, both Dallas School District students, were part of an Olympiad team which competed against nearly 40 […]

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