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2008-06-28 09:00:56

By Sherry Long, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 28--As physicians continue to tout the many health benefits of a balanced diet and exercise, more senior citizens are taking their message to heart to improve their quality of life. Today's senior citizens are staying more active and leading healthier lifestyles to better enjoy their years following retirement. They are traveling, spending more quality time with family, and even working longer in an effort to remain physically fit,...

2008-06-27 12:02:29

By Bob Kalinowski, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 27--Alleged serial robber and burglar James Franco will likely stay in jail much longer this time. After his fifth arrest for a serious crime in eight months, prosecutors on Thursday called Franco "a clear and present danger to the residents of Luzerne County" and asked a judge to revoke his bail. The 30-year-old was free on bail in connection with four separate criminal cases when police say he held up a Posten Taxi cab...

2008-06-26 18:02:27

By Edward Lewis, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 26--WILKES-BARRE -- Luzerne County Deputy District Attorney Tim Doherty called James Franco a "clear and present danger to the residents of Luzerne County" during a bail revocation hearing this morning. Franco, 30, has been arrested twice since he was released from the county correctional facility on June 2 when his girlfriend, Christina Graziano, posted $5,000 bail, according to arrest and court records. His latest arrest came...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By Rory Sweeney, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 25--WILKES-BARRE -- The 14th floor of the Citizens Bank building on West Market Street was little more than bland office space with a great view before new owner Mendy Gold asked some local business leaders what he should do with the building. Larry Newman and other members of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry suggested that Gold completely open up one floor of the newly christened Citi Tower to show what...

2008-06-25 12:03:12

By Denise Allabaugh, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 25--WILKES-BARRE -- Ted Kross, former operations manager in the emergency department at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, has been hired as the director of the city's health department. The position pays an annual salary of $66,036, according to the 2008 city budget. Kross, 47, replaces longtime director Henry Radulski, who retired after working for the city for 28 years. Radulski worked as a...

2008-06-20 12:00:29

By Michael P. Buffer, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 20--PITTSTON TWP. -- Luzerne and Lackawanna county commissioners on Thursday approved bills that total almost $2 million for a new aircraft-overrun system expected to cost more than $5.8 million. The commissioners also accepted a federal grant of almost $2.3 million for the overrun safety project at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. After Thursday's bi-county meeting, airport officials showed off a new aircraft...

2008-06-20 09:00:31

By Ron Bartizek, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 20--PITTSTON TWP. -- Passenger traffic at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport fell in May by the largest percentage this year, airport officials reported Thursday. Airport Director Barry Centini speculated the 6.4 percent decline compared to May 2007 was due to a combination of higher ticket prices and pinched pocketbooks. "You've got to look at the economy," he said after the airport board's monthly meeting. Ticket...

2008-06-19 12:00:34

By Tom Venesky, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 19--A Kingston man has been chosen by Gov. Edward Rendell to serve as the commissioner for the Northeast Region on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board. Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo said the governor sent Norm Gavlick's name to the state Senate for confirmation on Tuesday. Gavlick's name was recommended to Rendell by the Governor's Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. A majority vote is needed to...

2007-02-09 09:00:53

By Kris Wernowsky, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Times Leader Feb. 9--HANOVER TWP. -- Parents of special needs students peppered the Hanover Area School District board with questions over a recent large settlement to a family of another special needs student. Parents Lynette Thiemann, Donna Brennen and Dawn Mendygral were either previously involved with or are currently involved in litigation with the district over the quality of special education instruction their students receive. "When are you...

2007-01-28 15:00:18

By Tom Venesky, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Times Leader Jan. 28--Don't let the name fool you. The Lackawanna State Forest is extending its reach well into Luzerne County, offering residents ample room to hike, hunt, fish and enjoy other outdoor pursuits. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources acquired the deed for approximately 2,600 acres of former Theta Land Corp. property along state Route 29 in Lehman, Jackson and Plymouth townships. The deed acquisition finalizes a $2.1...


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