A new Steak ‘n Shake had a soft opening on leased Keystone College space in January.

New chief

As of Jan. 1, Eric Kukuchka became chief of Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock, succeeding Randy White.

Drug dealing

Jeffrey Owen, 39, of Nicholson, could face at least 36 years in prison after entering guilty pleas for drug dealing in 2018 and 2019.

Halftime star

Elk Lake band director Kathleen Amabile joined West Chester alumni for a halftime performance Jan. 5 at the Philadelphia-Seattle NFL game.

County officers

Republican Rick Wilbur and Democrat Ernie King are sworn in as new county commissioners Jan. 6, and join Cindy Zika Newhart as prothonotary and Bob Roberts as sheriff as new row officers for Wyoming County.

New councilmen

Charles Truitt is sworn in as Factoryville Borough councilman Jan. 6, succeeding his son David who chose not to run for reelection. In Tunkhannock, Ron Coolbaugh was sworn in, succeeding Marshall Davis.

Workforce challenge

Wilkes University professor Teri Ooms warns Wyoming County Chamber luncheon attendees Jan. 8 they will face “workforce challenges unlike anything we’ve faced before.”

Opioid challenge

The Hope Coalition meets Jan. 9 with renewed focus to help 2020 be the end of the opioid epidemic.

School auction

The former Evans Falls and Mill City elementary schools are sold by auction on Jan. 11 to highest bidder, Dobrinski Brothers of Falls.

Cyber solution?

At Lackawanna Trail school board Jan. 13, board members create a ‘unified front’ on challenging cyber charter reimbursements they believe outrageous.

Counter offer

Commissioners counteroffered on Jan. 14 modest bids for elementary buildings in Tunkhannock Area but are removed Jan. 15 by Tunkhannock School Board from process because they did not participate in auction.

Bus driver charged

Brandon Harvey, 26, of Sugar Run, was charged Jan. 15 for 13 counts of endangering the welfare of children while driving a school bus under the influence on Dec. 13, 2019, in Windham Twp.

Lottery probation

John James Smith, 30, of Factoryville, got four years probation during Wyoming County sentencing Jan. 15 for stealing $20,0000 in lottery tickets and winnings from Wyoming Beverage in 2019.

Full-time cop

Tunkhannock Borough Council voted Jan. 15 to promote part-time patrolman Rick Stevens as a full-time police officer.

Drug Court grads

Jennifer Hollister, Nicholas Johnson, Jamie Morrison, John Miller, Jason Rought and Bradley Webb graduated from a rigorous 30-month Drug Treatment Court program on Jan. 16.

Water Co. takeover

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission filed an emergency order appointing Pennsylvania American Water as receiver to take care of 10 yearround and 25 part-time customers in the Lake Winola area.

TASB lunch police

Tunkhannock school board discussed Jan. 23 how it might recover around $40,000 owed for delinquent school lunches and breakfasts

Superior wait

Phillip Walters, the Mill City man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend in 2018 and then disposing her body in the Susquehanna River, has had his case appealed to the state superior court with public defender Timothy Daniels where it is awaiting a response that is expected to delay the trail from its present possibility of March 16.

Greenways plan

Area residents got an early look Jan. 29 at a Wyoming County Greenways, Trails and Open Space Plan that is entering its final phase.

Keller visits CDL

Congressman Fred Killer, R-Middleburg, was on the Susquehanna County Career and Technology campus Jan. 31, to get a first hand look at a commercial drivers license program that is looking to launch in the near future.

Foiled contraband

Bradley W. Askew, 20, of Meshoppen, and Mariah Henderson, 22, of Mehoopany participated in a scheme to get drugs into the Wyoming County Jail foiled.

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