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GOP carries Wyoming County

Republican candidates did well locally in last Tuesday’s (Nov. 6) general election, however statewide, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and U.S. Senator Bob Casey successfully defended their offices. The final tally with absentee ballots factored in after Fri (read more)

Trail refunding tax money

The Lackawanna Trail School Board took a hit Monday night when it voted to accept a settlement with Norfolk Southern Railway over tax revenues received three years ago. The school district had received $165,000 in real estate transfer tax when NSR acquire (read more)

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Grad lifts up service VETERANS DAY

Retired Army Sgt. First Class Jeff Swire told a Tunkhannock Area High School audience, he never dreamed the school he graduated from in 1988 would have him back 30 years later to talk about his time in the service. “I’m very honored to be here with you to (read more)

County oks deputy promotion

The Wyoming County Commissioners had a slim agenda Tuesday morning, affirming a change in the sheriff’s office for Patrick Butkiewicz from part-time deputy to full-time deputy.There was considerable discussion about a presentation made at the annual meeti (read more)

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Escape leads to at least 18 months prison

A 33-year-old Montrose man, who was charged for helping a woman escape from her Wyoming County probation officer’s custody in the spring of 2017, was sentenced to 18-84 months in state in prison. Shane P. Macnamee pleaded no contest on Oct. 5 to a lone fe (read more)

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STEM Academy stopping the bleed

With wide eyes and an eagerness to learn, the seventh graders at the Tunkhannock Area STEM Academy entered the gym on Friday morning with a purpose.Gail Malloy, RN, LNC from Wilkes-Barre General and Ted Kross, Director of Emergency Services at Tyler Memor (read more)

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Rededication service at Dymond Hollow

The newly established non-denominational Dymond Hollow Community Church held a rededication service for the historic church and sanctuary on Sunday, Nov. 11.“We’re a little short of hymnals today,” lay person Daniel Shission announced as he began Sunday’s (read more)

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For pastor, military chaplaincy rewarding

Rev. Murray Thompson, chaplain of the Dennis Strong American Legion Post in Tunkhannock spoke Saturday morning about the long, cherished history of being a chaplain dating back to the Great War or what is often referred to as World War I today. Thomson, wh (read more)

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Barletta reflects on his political career

While conceding the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Bob Casey on Tuesday night, Republican Lou Barletta reflected on his career. Where else but in America, he said to supporters who joined him at the Pines Eatery in Hazleton, could his story have unfolded? H (read more)

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Baker cruises to victory over Sweeney

Republican state Sen. Lisa Baker cruised to victory over Green Party challenger John Sweeney in Tuesday’s general election, according to unofficial vote totals. The win earns Baker a fourth term serving constituents in Pennsylvania’s 20th Senatorial Distr (read more)

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Boback retains seat by defeating Jasikoff

State Rep. Karen Boback retained her seat in the 117th Legislative District on Tuesday, easily defeating Libertarian challenger Lou Jasikoff, according to unofficial election results.Boback, a Republican from Harveys Lake serving her sixth term, swept up (read more)

Ex-shelter bookkeeper charged

Authorities have accused a former Griffin Pond Animal Shelter bookkeeper of stealing more than $12,000 from the organization in 2016 and 2017. The Lackawanna County district attorney’s office charged Kolina M. Pagano, 34, 1619 Route 11, Nicholson, with a (read more)

From our early files

20 Years Ago (1998) Official vote totals across the 10th Congressional District show that Don Sherwood’s final margin of victory over Pat Casey was 515 votes. With $2,395,858 spent, it was the most expensive 10th District race ever and fifth most costly H (read more)

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MU penny racebenefits refugees

Misericordia University students active in Catholic Relief Services recently made a donation to Campus Ministry to assist Syrian refugees in the Middle East after holding a fundraiser to benefit poor and vulnerable populations overseas. The students, unde (read more)

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TA’s ‘12 Angry Men’ pushes buttons

If you ever had a hankering to serve on a jury, this may be your lucky moment. The Tunkhannock Area High School drama department is performing ‘Twelve Angry Men,’ and one of the first things you notice is that the 12 people sitting around the table are no (read more)

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Trail overpowers Bristol

Jordan Edwards had been begging coach Steve Jervis to call the trick play they inserted and practiced the first week of summer camp, but had yet to use in a game. After recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff, but going backward on two of its first thr (read more)


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Local physician marks diamond anniversary

Dr. John F. McIntyre, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, has been practicing medicine in Wyoming County for more than 40 years. (read more)