Lion field house

Preliminary plans for a new field house at Lackawanna Trail High School were in the discussion phase at a school board meeting March 2.

Streetscape delay

Nicholson Borough Council learned March 2 it has another step to go before PennDOT could begin its bidding process for its streetscape project meant to improve borough sidewalks.

Fifth DUI

Chad J. Kitchnefsky, 26, of Tunkhannock is staring at up to seven years in state prison for his fifth DUI, but after entering a guilty plea March 6 would be allowed to enter Drug Treatment Court for the next 30 months.

Recusal

President Judge Russell Shurtleff decided March 6 to recuse himself from the murder case brought against Phillip Walters.

Fatality

Michelle Hawley, 42, of Montrose, March 7 in an accident when a National harvester Truck crossed into the path of her vehicle.

Shop opens

A coin shop, Pennsylvania Coins, opened March 7, by Owen Seymour, across from the Tunkhannock post office.

Precautions

Lackawanna Trail School Board addressed the coronavirus on March 9 and precautions that were being taken to keep people safe. The biggest thing Supt. Matt Rakauskus said is informing the public without creating panic.

Rest area shut down

Commissioners announced March 10 they planned as a stop gap measure to shut down the Roadside Rest in Eaton Township, until its future can be decided.

EMERGENCY!

Wyoming County declared a state of emergency March 16 as the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania continues to rise. “We don’t have any diagnosed cases in the county, thank God, but we made a decision to get out ahead of the coronavirus when it come,” Tom Henry said.

P&G tissue

Procter & Gamble-Mehoopany spokesman Jose delosRios confirmed that the distribution center was seeing a 20 percent increase in demand for toilet paper.

Top physician

Dr. Edward Zurad of Tunkhannock has won the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians 2020 Physician of the Year Award.

Bond issue

Tunkhannock Area School Board unanimously voted March 12 to approve a bond issue for up to $5 million for capital projects only.

School closed

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Mar. 13 that K-12 schools would be closed for 10 business days, Mar. 16-30 because of COVID-19.

EL uncertainty

Elk Lake Superintendent Ken Cuomo noted at a March 12 school board meeting, that in the face of a fluid pandemic, the district would follow CDC and PDE recommendations.

Shuttering

Commissioners voted March 19 to close county activity in the courthouse, Robinson building, and Hollowcrest through April 3. 911 Center and jail would remain open through April 3.

No food site

A food distribution center set up at Lackawanna Trail shut down March 20 because someone a few times removed may have been exposed to the virus.

Online finish

Keystone College announced March 18 all classes would be completed online starting March 23.

More closing

The State Department of education announced March 23 that schools would remain closed until April 6.

Stuck in Peru

Elk Lake grad Corey Podminick got home March 24, but 10 days earlier in Peru, he was living a nightmare as fear of the virus truncated international flights.

No healing wall

‘The Wall that Heals,’ a traveling replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans memorial slated to come to Tunkhannock April 30-May 3, has been postponed, sponsor Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home announced.

Indefinitely

Public schools will remain closed for students until the end of the school year, the governor announced March 30.

Gas station

D&C Fuel Sales had a soft opening March 31 of its new service station across from Shadowbrook Resort.

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