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Past articles by Mark:

New anti-poverty program spans five counties

DALLAS TWP. — A sweeping new effort to pull families out of poverty covers five counties and involves more than two dozen organizations. One of them, Misericordia University, hosted a media event Thursday to unveil the breadth and multi-generational goals of “Parent Pathways of Northeastern Pennsylvania. “ The program may seem succinctly summed up in one blurb from a media kits handed out:… → Read More

Editorial: Education, training key to workforce development

It was obviously a bit of self-promotion, as Luzerne County Community College set up and hosted a “workforce development summit” Wednesday morning with a panel that included LCCC grads and… → Read More

W-B Area approves sale of Meyers High School

WILKES-BARRE — In a meeting packed with big ticket transactions Monday the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board voted to move forward with the sale of Meyers High School for $2 million to a developer… → Read More

Geisinger shows off new LIFE facility in Wilkes-Barre for seniors

WILKES-BARRE — No one asked him for a comment, but Roberto Vasquez offered an impromptu endorsement so resounding it couldn’t be misinterpreted. → Read More

Hanover Area bringing back multiple senior events as pandemic subsides

HANOVER TWP. — A year after the COVID-19 pandemic had closed schools and cancelled many end-of high school events, Hanover Area School District Superintendent… → Read More

Tour of new WB Area high school shows much of work completed

PLAINS TWP. —The first time Wilkes-Barre Area School District Superintendent Brian Costello showed off the site of the new consolidated high school after… → Read More

Wyoming Valley West sets summer options in response to pandemic

KINGSTON — Wyoming Valley West Superintendent Dave Tosh announced that the district has set up “summer academic enrichment” programs to help make up for any learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Lake-Lehman School Board approves new 4-year teacher contract

LEHMAN TWP. — The Lake-Lehman School Board approved a new, 4-year contract with the teachers’ union at a special meeting Tuesday evening. → Read More

With fir tree and a flag, final beam placed at Geisinger cancer center

PLAINS TWP. — An evergreen tree on one side, an American flag on the other, and scores of signatures from Geisinger employees on every flat surface, the ceremonial final steel beam soared into an… → Read More

Easter food distribution planned at St. Vincent de Paul in WB

WILKES-BARRE — The Diocese of Scranton announced plans for an Easter food distribution at Saint Vincent de Paul Kitchen and Food Pantry in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, March 30. → Read More

WB Area approves big high school change order

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board on Monday approved two change orders related to the new Plains Township high school totaling $526,511… → Read More

Zip Code data surges with a week of increased COVID-19 cases

After two consecutive weeks with all Luzerne County ZIP codes reporting fewer than 50 cases, the Hazleton code of 18201 and the Wilkes-Barre code of 18702 climbed back above that threshold this week. → Read More

Crestwood summer remediation programs in the works

WRIGHT TWP. — Development of a summer remediation program for K-8 students who may have “had a learning loss” due to the COVID-19 pandemic are underway… → Read More

Pittston Area discusses return of grades 5-12

YATESVILLE — Pittston Area Superintendent Kevin Booth started Tuesday’s School Board meeting by praising the smooth return of kindergarten through grade 4… → Read More

Lake-Lehman vaccine clinic spots filled in under 30 minutes

LEHMAN TWP. — Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday Lake-Lehman School District sent out a text message advising district stakeholders the junior/senior high school will… → Read More

Pa. Department of Health says Hanover Area vaccine site was set up by feds, Walmart

HANOVER TWP. — Scheduling of vaccinations at the Hanover Area High School was not handled by the Department of Health, Communications Director Barry Ciccocioppo… → Read More

WVW sets April 12 as tenative return to 5-day classes; hires board member’s son

KINGSTON — Wyoming Valley West students may return to school five days a week, ending hybrid teaching, on April 12, Superintendent Dave Tosh said at the beginning of Wednesday’s School Board meeting. → Read More

Hanover Area hit by cyber attack, hires new business manager

HANOVER TWP. — Superintendent Nathan Barrett told the School Board Tuesday that recent Internet interruptions families may have encountered while connecting to the district were the result of a cyber… → Read More

Wilkes-Barre Area Board OKs 3 dozen teacher layoffs for consolidation

WILKES-BARRE — Conceding it was a painful move made doubly so amid a pandemic, the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board approved layoffs that could put more than three dozen teachers out of work. → Read More

Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton ZIP codes continue to lead in new COVID-19 cases

The Wilkes-Barre ZIP code of 18702 had the most new cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County for the second week in a row Friday. The state reported 136 new cases… → Read More