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TA school board hires COO

The Tunkhannock Area School Board appointed a new chief operating officer last Thursday at an annual salary of $102,744. Shane Powers, who for the past three years has been a general manager of DHL Supply Chain, which oversees the giant Procter & Gamble w (read more)

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Factoryville teen admits arson efforts

A volunteer firefighter accused of setting fire to a vacant home in LaPlume Township last July 31, and then responding to the blaze to fight it entered two guilty pleas to arson last Thursday. Jacob William Richmond, 19, of Factoryville, appeared before S (read more)

Tunk boro OKs water transport

Tunkhannock Borough Council gave a thumbs up on April 4 to a plan to pipe water from the Susquehanna River up McCord and Harrison streets and then on up Rt. 29 to a water impoundment in Lemon Twp.The plan proposed by NE Marcellus Shale and not yet approve (read more)

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GETTING AN EARFUL: Governor’s cabinet in town

Five of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet members were in Tunkhannock Monday to serve as a listening post to how well state government is working, and attempt to get feedback on issues of concern.Welcome to ‘Cabinet in Your Community - Government that Works’ is par (read more)

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Man faces prison time for stabbing child

A 33-year-old Shavertown man is facing 44-108 months in state prison after being sentenced Wednesday in Wyoming County Court in the stabbing of his 5-year-old son last September. Adam Christopher Brown, told President Judge Russell Shurtleff that he never (read more)

Commissioners mull homeless inmate problem

The Wyoming County Prison Board on Tuesday discussed what can be done to help certain inmates obtain the housing necessary to be released from incarceration. Public defender Steve Franko explained during the meeting that some inmates eligible for parole c (read more)

Wife of Marine killed in crash settles lawsuit for $8M

The widow of a Marine killed when a water tanker truck crashed into his car agreed to an $8 million settlement of a federal lawsuit against the truck driver and his employer. Katherine Stevens filed suit in 2015, against Canyon Environmental LLC and the t (read more)

Camp Archbald’s buildings will not be razed

Supporters of Camp Archbald recently received some good news concerning the Girl Scout camp, located in Susquehanna County. SoCA member Debby Sweppenheiser reported that Girl Scouts in the Heart of America - which oversees the camp - informed them on Frid (read more)

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Prison time for assault by vehicle

A 33-year-old Maryland woman whose vehicle struck a bicycle last April in Tunkhannock was sentenced to 14-36 months in state prison for her role in sending a young man to the hospital. Kecia S. Magdin, formerly of Mehoopany, but now residing in North East (read more)

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Retired biologist warns about global warming

Folks received some grim news Thursday about global warming in a talk at Lackawanna State Park near Fleetville. Retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Ed Perry said that if global warming continues unabated, it could have major catastrophic effe (read more)

Adult tuition going up at SCCTC

Adult students attending the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center will have to pay a bit more for tuition.The SCCTC board voted on Wednesday (April 4) to increase the reimbursement rate from $6.75 to $6.90 per hour for the 2018/2019 school year (read more)

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Exercise helps with Parkinson’s

Although research is still being conducted on the subject, strong evidence indicates that an effective treatment for Parkinson’s Disease is intensive exercise. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and the Dietrich Theater held a presentation on Saturday (read more)

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Helping folks with house buying

For many, buying a new home can be quite an intimidating prospect. This is often particularly true for those purchasing their first house. Things like where to obtain financing, performing a title search and having the property inspected are among the man (read more)

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PennDOT: Slow down for slow vehicles

With the coming of spring weather, many farmers will soon be heading to their fields for planting and harvest. Much of this work involves driving heavy slow-moving equipment on public roads to reach various locations. As result, people driving on rural ro (read more)

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Folks urged to be careful with Medicare

New Medicare cards are being mailed out this month, and recipients are being cautioned not to let the information fall into the wrong hands. Charlotte Kitler, a volunteer from the Center for the Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, spoke (read more)

State police log

State police at Tunkhannock investigated an incident of harassment that occurred in Washington Township on April 15 around 7:26 p.m. Police said that Edward James Carey, 45, of Harvey’s Lake, has been accused of striking an unnamed 45-year-old man from Tu (read more)

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OSCAR FASSETTApr. 13, 2018 Oscar ‘Pinky’ Fassett, 52, of Meshoppen, passed away Friday morning, April 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Oscar was born on May 22, 1965, in Meshoppen, the son of the late Perle C. Fassett Sr., who passed away o (read more)

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PETER FRANKOApr. 14, 2018 Peter J. Franko Jr., of Factoryville, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Geisinger CMC Hospital with his family by his side. His wife is the former Gail Harvey. He was born on Feb. 27, 1961, in Pittston, son of Pet (read more)

Down sports memory lane

20 Years Ago (1998) The TA boys’ volleyball team is 6-0 after knocking off Wyoming Area. Jessica Kalmanowicz and Nikki Barber each had three goals to lead the TA girls’ soccer team, 6-3, over North Pocono. Nick Boehmer had three firsts for the Tigers in a (read more)

From Our Early Files

20 Years Ago (1998) Using a chrome-plated spade, Tunkhannock Area School District officials ceremoniously began the construction project on a new $16.7 million middle school Thursday. It is expected to be completed by the 1999-2000 school year. After year (read more)

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KC lady laxers make history

It’s been an historic April so far for the Keystone College women’s lacrosse team.On April 7, the Giants posted their first career shutout in the program’s four-year history, a 20-0 win over Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ. Then on April 10, they (read more)


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TA school board hires COO

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The Tunkhannock Area School Board appointed a new chief operating officer last Thursday at an annual salary of $102,744. Shane Powers, who for the past three years has been a general manager of DHL Supply Chain, which oversees the giant Procter & Gamble w (read more)