By Amanda Mooney There’s a lot that goes into producing a film, and unless you are a filmmaker you really have no idea. Writing, casting, finding a location, shooting, and editing; each step of the process can take days, months, and sometimes years to complete. Can you imagine doing it ALL in just 48 hours? The 48 Hour Film Project is an annual competition that takes place all over the world in various cities. According to Mike Madigan, head of the Detroit 48 Hour chapter, the city is one of the largest participating in terms of the number of teams. The competing teams go in blind as to what kind of film they will be producing, with no creative planning beyond getting a cast and crew together, Madigan explained. “They pick a genre out of a hat, and they get a line, a prop, and a character. And they have to incorporate that within a short film, that’s usually between 4 to 7 minutes long. And they have the timeframe of doing it all within 48 hours,” said Madigan, “So all the creative process of it all has to happen within that 48 hour–writing a script, putting it together, editing–to […]
Church: Revival is the new project by local rap duo Passalacqua (aka Bryan Lackner and Brent Smith), but it’s more than just a new Passalacqua release. The rappers teamed up with siblings Jax Anderson (frontwoman of rockers Flint Eastwood) and Seth Anderson, who together form the songwriting team called Syblyng (naturally). The result is a cycle of songs that promises to be darker than Passalacqua’s material so far. The project will make a live debut on Saturday, July 26 at a brand new venue space at the Detroit Bus Co.’s building Eight & Sand, and they will premiere the Right Bros.-directed video for the track “Baptism” as well. Other performances include Tunde Olaniran and Open Mike Eagle, and DJ sets by Nothing Elegant, Dante LaSalle, and Charles Trees. We met up the two duos at Eight & Sand to check out the new space and to talk about the project with all parties involved. Metro Times: How long have you been working together? Jax Anderson: Seth and I are constantly writing songs together. We want to push in the direction of becoming songwriters more frequently. This is our first project that we took on to co-write everything together. We’re basically just a songwriting entity. We won’t play live that […]
#150207742 / gettyimages.com As locals continue to flood Detroit streets to protest the city’s ongoing water debacle, one national organization is hoping to be part of the solution — that is, for a dietary price. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA as the organization is more commonly known, has offered to pay outstanding water bills for 10 Detroiters who are willing to go vegan for one month. “Vegan meals take far less of a toll on the Earth’s resources,” PETA representatives said in a recent press release. “It takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce just a pound of meat but only about 155 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat.” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk adds, “Vegan meals are also a cost-effective way to help prevent health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, the last thing that someone who is struggling financially needs to deal with.” Folks interested in participating are asked to send a copy of their most recent overdue water bill and their written pledge to go vegan for one month to PETA Attn: Detroit Water at 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 before Aug. 1.
Sure, The Dinner Club, a regularly occurring pop-up that takes places at the Storefront Gallery in Ferndale (and other locations, occasionally), usually happens around dinner time, but this Sunday, July 27, there will be a special edition: Brunch Chef Matthew Baldridge, who’s resume includes stints at such Detroit greats as Cliff Bell’s, The Rattlesnake Club, and Seldom Blues, has crafted a menu of French-inspired items that employ locally procured ingredients. Brunch includes four courses where guests will be treated to such delights as cocoa, cinnamon, chili-spiced creamy grits with pickled strawberries, cocoa puffs and strawberry-infused syrup, a smoked gouda potato gallette with Faygo Root Beer braised pork belly, quail egg and Faygo Root Beer syrup, banana marscapone-filled French toast with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and balsamic syrup, and champagne-soaked strawberries. It is also important to note that brunch is BYOChampagne. Baldridge, along with The Storefront Gallery’s Derek John and Lilacpop Studio owner and artist Janna Coumoundouros, curate the event that includes an art show, a great playlist, and visuals. Brunch services are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last about two hours, only 20 seats are available at each service. The cost is $25 plus a service fee. The Storefront Gallery […]
By Ashley Zlatopolsky It’s been a little over twenty years since iconic ‘90s alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5 first formed in Los Angeles’ Good Life club. Widely regarded as a pivotal influence in the decade’s underground hip-hop movement by critics and fans alike, the six-piece crew consisting of two DJs (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark) and four MCs (Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7 and Chali 2na) were well on their way to becoming one of hip-hop’s greatest and most powerful acts of all time, ranking alongside names such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. with socially-conscious lyrics and smooth beats paired with smart sampling. But in 2004, Cut Chemist left the group to pursue a solo career, and in 2007 Jurassic 5 completely called it quits after nearly 15 years of music. And that was it for the crew until 2013. After almost seven years apart (nine for Cut Chemist), Jurassic 5 reunited and re-emerged stronger than ever before with a new flair, seasoned attitude, and more vibrant energy at Coachella Music Festival, the group’s first show with the original six members since Cut Chemist split. During their performance, Jurassic 5 gave fans a memorable concert revisiting all the classic feel-good tracks […]
Dogs of Detroit have new territory to trot: Yesterday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy held a soft opening for a 20-acre westward extension of the Riverwalk. Part of a planned two-mile track of the West Riverwalk, the new span runs from the Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks Boulevard, says Mark Pasco, director of communications for the conservancy. “It’s going to be great,” Pasco says. “It’s a wide open green space. It’s going to be great for activities.” The endgame for the Riverwalk, Pasco notes, is to extend the walkway from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just past the MacArthur Bridge — about a 5.5. mile route. The new westward expansion is wider than most of the walkway, about 30 feet, says Pasco — a decision made by the conservancy to accommodate fisherman that previously frequented the area. “We knew … once it opened up they’d want to fish there again, so we made the Riverwalk itself wider,” Pasco says. The conservancy will hold a grand opening in late September, which will include “food and music and activities,” Pasco says, though no official date has been set.
Best Bets: 7/25/14
TODAY: World premiere: “Fairycakes,” presented by Scranton Shakespeare Festival, 6 p.m., McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton, free. Visit www.scrantonshake spearefestival.org. SATURDAY: So crafty:Second Arts on the Squar
Letters to the Editor 7/25/2014
Fair share at DRBC Editor: Your recent editorials regarding protections for landowners and the state budget for the Delaware River Basin Commission ignore several key facts. First, it is improper to suggest that the budget appropriation for the DRBC is “r
LAckawanna County Court Notes 7/25/2014
MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Theresa Abdalla and Louis Patrick Mickavicz, both of Olyphant. ■ Brian Peter Walsh and Kristine Hope McMullen, both of Moscow. ■ Gerard Michael Demilio, Pittsburgh, and Kelsey Lee Stark, Oklahoma City, Okla. ■ Justin S. Staniszewski an
Susquehanna County Court Notes 7/25/2014
Susquehanna County Court notes appear Fridays in The Times-Tribune. MARRIAGE LICENSES Jeffrey Conroy and Kimberly Winn, both of New Milford. John O’Connor, Susuqehanna, and Courtney Potts, New York Mills, N.Y. Thomas Rosenkrans and Patti Miller, both of M
Lackawanna County Sentencings 7/25/2014
Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse recently sentenced the following: ■Kyle Laskowski, 33, 626 N. Hyde Park Ave., Scranton, to three months of house arrest, nine months intermediate punishment and one year probation for possession of drug paraphernal
In Wilkes-Barre visit, Wolf promotes economic plans
WILKES-BARRE — Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf visited Mountain Productions during a campaign stop in the city Thursday, touting the company’s business approach and his plan to create manufacturing jobs.
Community rallies to support family after infant's death
Baby Jude’s death was every parent’s nightmare.
The tightknit community of parents at LeeAnn Perry’s Academy of Learning Center reeled when they learned the 3-month-old died at Moses Taylor Hospital on Wednesday after being rushed there from the Dunmore child care facility that morning.
RailRiders Scouting Report 7/25/2014
The RailRiders head home for a stretch of 18 of 20 games at PNC Field when they host a four-game set against Pawtucket beginning tonight. Projected pitchers Tonight: RailRiders LHP Matt Tracy (1-2, 3.57) vs. Red Sox RHP Anthony Ranaudo (11-4, 2.54), 7:05
RailRiders Game Report 7/24/2014
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Baby Pens sign pair
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins brought back two players from last season, signing defenseman Barry Goers and center Carter Rowney to AHL contracts. Goers, 28, posted a goal and six assists in 23 games in a depth defenseman role in the regular season.
Little League: North Pocono splits pair
Ben Cruciani had a two-run home run to back winning pitcher Ryan Deom as North Pocono salvaged a split with a 12-2 victory over Homer City in its second game of the Junior League Baseball State Tournament in Cranberry Twp.
80th DREAM GAME: Jankowski steps in at QB
Jesse Jankowski thought he had played his final high school football game in November. Then came a text message that changed his summer. When the County all-star team was announced, Jankowski was not named to the team.
102nd birthday in Carbondale a day for memories
CARBONDALE — He started his married life in the mid-1930s in a home where water didn’t flow from a sink, there was no telephone to keep in touch with friends and family and, in place of a clothes dryer, garments hung on the line.
Big effort pays off for Wayne student
He rebuilt entire tractors, learned how to walk again after surgeries, and today, Matt Chapman loaded up his truck to drive to school in Exton. He filled out student loan paperwork Tuesday at orientation, but he won’t need it.
Scranton Jews rally for Israel, fear for relatives there
Because Mila Aronzon’s cousin is 7 months pregnant and lives in Israel just north of the Gaza Strip, she cannot take her 2-year-old child outside to play. She fears the daily rocket attacks from Hamas in the Gaza Strip of course.
Church to sell piano autographed by John Legend
Scranton’s Bethel AME Church will sell the piano Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend autographed for it last month.
The Rev. Tawan Bailey, church pastor, said Thursday the congregation decided almost unanimously this week to put up for sale the electric, upright piano. All of the proceeds will go toward paying off the $50,000 mortgage of the North Washington Avenue church, which will celebrate its 144th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 10.
'Under the Influence' brings the music to Montage
Rap wunderkind Wiz Khalifa led a host of hip-hop’s most buzzed-about stars Thursday night for the first stop of the Under the Influence of Music tour at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
Man flashes girl, hits her with van
TAYLOR — Police are seeking a man who exposed himself to an 18-year-old woman, then struck her with his van as he fled a convenience store parking lot Thursday afternoon.
Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."
Cops dupe drug dealer
ELYSBURG - A New York man was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he allegedly sold $1,100 worth of heroin to a confidential informant and was found with an additional 159 bags of heroin in his vehicle.
Ralpho Township Patrolman Christopher Grow a
Commenting on pipeline project An article in Wednesday’s editions on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s plans for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project stated the agency would accept comments at 202-502-8258 or at email@example.com. That number and
Scary sneak peekat Scranton futureEditor: It’s the fourth year of Mayor Bill Courtright’s administration, and he again finds himself in court:Visiting Judge: “Mr. Mayor, I have bad news for you.” The police union has sued, requiring you to move police hea
School blasted; 15 dead
Hundreds of civilians seeking refuge in a U.N. school were struck by shelling Thursday in Gaza City. At least fifteen died.Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the rockets, which wounded dozens. Thursday was the deadliest day so far in the current roun
Regional Briefs, July 24, 2014
‘Medical episode’ blamed for crash MILFORD TWP. — A man was found dead in his truck Tuesday after a crash that troopers say was caused when he had a “medical episode” while driving. Robert Cornelius, 64, of Milford Twp., was traveling east on Route 6 in M
Boroughs take advantage of county repository sale
SHENANDOAH — Two buildings are coming down and one was demolished after the borough acquired them through the county repository. The borough acquired 419 W. New York St. and 204 and 206 W. Poplar St. for $25 each last week. “It’s part of an overall projec
Churches in Shenandoah begin merger
SHENANDOAH — A new Roman Catholic parish opens in Shenandoah on Monday as seven parishes in the borough and Lost Creek will merge into one — Divine Mercy Parish. This weekend, six of the seven parishes — Annunciation BVM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Cas
Police log, July 25, 2014
Ashland man jailed for theft MINERSVILLE — An Ashland man was jailed after being arrested by Minersville police on felony theft charges after an incident on June 21 at the Dollar General. Stanley J. Petrovich, 74, of 1000 Fountain St., was arraigned by Ma
7th inning proves costly for B-Mets in loss
The Binghamton Mets gave up three runs in the seventh inning en route to a 6-5 loss to the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday night at Arm & Hammer Park. Dilson Herrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games in the loss. He has a hit in 23 of his last 24 out
Redskins open training camp in front of local fans
RICHMOND - Rain, rain and more rain swept through the first day of Washington Redskins training camp at the Bon Secours Training Center on Thursday morning.
Hundreds of fans lined up and were able to take some shelter as they walked through the Redskins
Rice draws 2-game suspension
As training camps open across the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell has started to hand down suspensions to players - starting with a two-game ban for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice - and potentially owners, for various instances of bad behavior in
Police find drugs during traffic stop, man jailed
SHENANDOAH — A Unityville man was jailed after a vehicle stop by Mahanoy Township police found him with drugs and a large amount of cash. Joseph J. Sanders, 53, of 8205 Moreland Baptist Road, was arraigned on charges of felony possession with intent to ma
Cavaliers sign Wiggins
CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.
The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.
Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnes
Stakes high for Trojans
Expectations have been raised at Virginia State.
The Trojans, who went 7-0 in CIAA play in 2013, were picked to repeat as Northern Division champions at the league's preseason media event Thursday in Durham, North Carolina.
Winston-Salem State was select
West Mahanoy Township officials deal with neighbor complaints
SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS — The majority of complaints at municipal meetings deal with complaints of good neighbors versus bad neighbors, and the West Mahanoy Township solicitor said it is a challenge for officials to deal with those issues. Solicitor Frederick
Around the Region, July 25, 2014
n Girardville: Girard Hose Company No. 1 will stage its annual block party from 2 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16. A fire truck parade will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 16. The event will feature homemade ethnic food, beverages, games and live entertainment. All are we
Schuylkill Haven kids' center to close
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Playtime and Parties is throwing one last hoorah in the borough this weekend before it shuts its doors for good.. The final party at the children’s entertainment and day care center will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 25 W.
Gillingham board accepts 2 member resignations
The Gillingham Charter School board is looking for new members after accepting two letters of resignation Thursday at the board meeting. Board president Marsha Chwastiak announced that Rick Werkheiser and Sherrilyn Chiu will resign. She said the board was
Gilberton residents to improve park land
MAHANOY PLANE — A group of Gilberton residents is planning to find ways to make improvements to the park in the Gilberton section of the borough. The proposed initiative was raised during Thursday’s meeting of Gilberton Borough Council by Councilman Willi
Chabad-Lubavitch center to promote understanding of Jewish life
In the near future, Pottsville could have a Jewish life center to provide those interested with a place to gather together, learn and share beliefs. The center is the Chabad-Lubavitch, and Rabbi Nachman Nachmenson is beginning development of the center by
Bernard J. ‘Butch’ Tutko
July 23,2014 Bernard J. “Butch” Tutko, 81, Shenandoah, died Wednesday at Shenandoah Senior Living Community. Services will be conducted at a later date and at the convenience of the family. Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., 40 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is
July 24, 2014 Henry Toback, 93, of New Ringgold, passed away, Thursday at home. Born Nov. 21, 1920, in New Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Anthony and Mary Lapinski Toback. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Santore Toback; children, Gloria Ney,
Edward Joseph Kulha Sr.
July 23, 2014 Edward Joseph Kulha Sr., 79, West Broad Street, Tamaqua, passed away Wednesday in Coaldale. He was the husband of Patricia A. Eroh Kulha. Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late Joseph and Anna Harvilla Kulha A 1953 graduate of Lehighton
July 24, 2014 Arlene Hunyara, 83, formerly of Phoenix Park, passed away Thursday morning at Schuylkill Center. Born in Minersville, she was a daughter of the late Leslie and Edith Lewis MacCready. She attended Minersville schools and worked at the former
Helene G. Bechtel
July 23, 2014 Helene G. Bechtel, 101, of South Street, Jim Thorpe, passed away Wednesday at Weatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherly. She was the widow of Kenneth E. Bechtel, who died Sept. 24, 1989. Born in East Mauch Chunk, she was a dau
Criminal court, July 25, 2014
Twenty-eight people received a second chance from the criminal justice system Thursday in Schuylkill County Court, as they entered a special probationary program that will allow them to have charges against them dismissed. First-time offenders are eligibl
Community events listings, July 25, 2014
Hill Section Neighbors meet: Hill Neighborhood Association meeting, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church hall, 800 Taylor Ave. Speaker, Acting Fire Chief Patrick DeSarno. Lakeland Class reunion: Mayfield Branch, Lakeland High School class of 19
Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead
CAPE CHARLES, Va. — The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. A tree fell on a New Jersey cou
2 die after Philly food truck blast
PHILADELPHIA — A mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered in a fiery explosion inside their food truck earlier this month, authorities said Thursday. Jaylin Landaverry Galdamez, 17, died Tuesday and Olga Galdamez, 42, died Sunday, a
Clarification, July 25
Sons of Erin defeated Jeddo Stars 10-3 in the first round of the Freeland Minor League playoffs on Tuesday. A story on the game in Thursday’s edition listed the correct score but went on to report the winner incorrectly.
Theodore Allan Reber
July 23, 2014 Theodore Allan Reber, 77, of West Hazleton, formerly of North Carolina, died Wednesday evening in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton. He was born in Orwigsburg, son of the late Eugene William and Hannah Louise (Potts) (Trumbo) Reber. He was of
Nicholas P. Ledger III
July 23, 2014 Nicholas P. Ledger III, 57, of Graham, N.C., and formerly of Hazleton, passed away Wednesday at The Hospice Home, Burlington, N.C., following a three-year illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, the former Nancy Molignoni; s
July 21, 2014 George Kraynock, 84, formerly of Beaver Meadows, died Monday at Timber Ridge Nursing Home, Plains Township, where he had been a guest. Arrangements are under the direction of Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., Hazleton, and are being held at
July 23, 2014 Andy Jupina devoted his professional life to making music. He taught kids how to play every imaginable band instrument, directed church choirs and student musicals, played in dance bands, gave piano lessons, led bands in countless concerts,
Margaret D. (Okrasinski) Hambley
July 23, 2014 Margaret D. (Okrasinski) Hambley, 91, of White Haven passed away Wednesday evening in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton. Born in Highland, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kronick) Wargo. Margaret was a member of St. Patrick’s
Mariana Dejesus Payamps Gonzalez
July 22, 2014 Mariana Dejesus Payamps Gonzalez, 47, of Hazleton died Tuesday in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton. The viewing will be held today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., 542 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. Interment will take place i
Helen J. Burke
July 23, 2014 Helen J. Burke, 84, of Weatherly died Wednesday evening at Hometown Nursing Home, where she had been a guest. She was born in Rush Township, daughter of the late Robert and Theresa (Romanchick) Hinkle. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes
Farm preservation in Carbon County raises questions
JIM THORPE — A Monroe County man raised concerns to Carbon County commissioners about an apparent conflict of interest on the Carbon County Farmland Preservation Board. Troy E. Johnson wants to preserve his 100-acre farm in Carbon County and submitted an
Landowners may receive help with gypsy moths
Carbon County is currently considering the possibility of participating in the 2015 Gypsy Moth Spray Program with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Pest Management. Residential properties with only scattered ornamental trees and shru
KBM Regional Authority board to settle debt
The KBM Regional Authority board has agreed to settle, for the most part, the debt imposed on the authority in Schuylkill County Court. The dispute stems from a change in billing procedures between 2004 and 2008 to a formula based on estimated flow to the
Moyer’s Campground to host benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation Sat.
Moyer’s Grove Campground, Wapwallopen, will host the third annual “Christmas in July” craft and vendor show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event will feature more than 50 talented crafters, artists and vendors,
Margaret Ervin observed her 92nd birthday July 9
Margaret (Margie) Ervin celebrated her 92nd birthday on July 9. She was born in Pardeesville, July 9, 1922, and is one of 10 brothers and sisters. She was married to Myron M. Ervin for 60 years before his death in 2008, and lived in Pardeesville her entir
State senator inducted into Military and VA Hall of Fame
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP – Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame. Baker, a current member and past chairwoman of the Senate’s Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committe
Moon, Postupack are named Van Horn Scholarship winners
Weatherly’s Rachel Moon and Mark Matthew Postupack are this year’s recipients of the Brian Van Horn Memorial Scholarship. Each year, a $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduate from both Weatherly Area and Marian Catholic high schools. Proceeds from the
Shooting search warrant details bloody scene, car
Low-caliber shell casings and a blood-stained vehicle were found at a bloody shooting scene Saturday morning. A search warrant reveals a gun and ammunition were found inside a 1996 Lexus belonging to a bystander who helped shooting victim Deivon Barlow, 1
Conyngham authority approves grant application
Conyngham Borough Authority scheduled three emergency meetings this week. Only one, held Thursday, was needed to accomplish the business on the agenda. The remaining two advertised meetings – scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today and Saturday — have been canceled
Going its own way: Hazleton Public Transit will fill fund void
Hazleton Public Transit will draw from a $550,000 capital improvements account to ensure the agency gets grant money from the state after Luzerne County Council abruptly decided to cut local match funds, Hazleton’s transit director said. The local agency
City authority, union reach 5-year agreement
Hazleton City Authority ratified a five-year labor agreement that awards raises of more than 3 percent to its unionized workforce, but offers a less costly medical benefits package and puts new hires in a 401(k) retirement program rather than the existing
Beware of phone scam claiming back taxes are owed
In recent weeks, a number of constituents have contacted my district office to report they received calls from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claiming they owed back taxes. The caller even threatened to go after their assets if they did not pay up. Th
Father's love leads to resumption of racing career
FORESTVILLE — Even though Marc Berzowski has been racing for more than a decade, he had put his passion for the sport aside after one of the best seasons of his career. He was an angry man as he left Big Diamond Speedway for the final time in 2013, a seas
Philly man pleads guilty to drug charges
A Philadelphia man found in possession of thousands of dollars of heroin after speeding through a work zone pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking heroin and illegally possessing a firearm. Prosecutors dropped other charges against Anton Larry Bennett, 28
Osterhout Library worker sexually assaulted
In the back of a crowded public library, an employee shelving books was sexually assaulted by a city man, Wilkes-Barre police said. Police arrested Leon Crosby, 26, of 70 Davis Place, for allegedly reaching under the dress of an employee at the Osterhout
Housing development planned for site of former W-B hospital
WILKES-BARRE — In a few months, the vacant building on Dana Street that formerly housed First Hospital will be gone. A housing development is planned in its place. The Wyoming Valley Health and Education Foundation is demolishing properties on Dana, Grove
Study says NEPA is the unhappiest region in the country
A new study suggests the decline of rust belt cities such as Scranton and Wilkes-Barre didn’t make their residents unhappy, but that residents’ unhappiness helped along their community’s decline. And the authors of that study ranked the Scranton/Wilkes-Ba
First National Community Bank drops claims against Powell, Moran
First National Community Bank has dropped its claims against former law partners Robert Powell and Jill Moran. The bank first filed lawsuits against Powell and Moran in 2009 and 2010. In March, the bank revived the suit when it filed a “writ of revival” s
Court notes 7/25/14
P&B Partnership and Benny Salerno, LLC (general partner) to White Haven Properties, LLC for $700,000; White Haven. Karen L. Rogacs to Theresa Scardina for $220,000; Kingston. Donna Lee Caruso (executrix) and Stanley C. Bigoski (estate) to Andrew Feil and
County officials report little interest in flood board vacancies
Luzerne County has failed to fill two vacant seats on the Flood Protection Authority board for months, but it’s not for lack of trying, officials said Thursday. Authority Executive Director Chris Belleman on Wednesday filed a petition asking a judge to fi
Wyalusing holds summer track meet
Wyalusing hosted its second of three summer track meets on Thursday night.
The meets are open to people of all ages and include a variety of track and field events for a cost of $1 per event.
The third, and final, meet of the summer is at 6 p.m. Wednesd
Wolf brushes off attack ads in W-B visit
WILKES-BARRE — Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf visited Mountain Productions during a campaign stop in the city Thursday, touting the company’s business approach and his plan to create manufacturing jobs. The Democratic nominee also dismissed attack ads f
Police investigate woman's suicide
COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Police are investigating the death of a woman who died from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds Wednesday evening.
Sgt. Robert Ruxer with the Colonial Heights Police Department said that around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, police responded
NJ man sentenced in fatal college party shooting
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the fatal shooting of a New Jersey college student from Prince George County, Va.
The Essex County prosecutor's office says Marcus J. Bascus was sentenced Thursday after p
Longtime local pharmacy closes
PRINCE GEORGE - After 32 years of service to the county and its citizens, the Prince George Pharmacy is closing its doors for good.
Owner and founder Brian Coey said that because of financial issues like the decrease in reimbursements, the increase in p
Senior Expo draws a crowd
ATHENS - Over 1,000 senior citizens and their families and caregivers turned out Thursday to state Rep. Tina Pickett's annual Senior Expo, held at Lynch-Bustin Elementary School.
The event featured around 80 exhibitors offering information on services av
Zipline a new fair thrill
TROY - There's a new thrill ride at the Troy Fair, but it isn't part of the Midway.
This year, people can soar through the air on "The Zipline."
Deborah Mobley, owner of Adventure Bound, which operates the zipline, calls it "an adrenaline rush."
People enjoy crafts, antiques by the creek
TROY - After a big concert Wednesday night, things slowed down a little in the daytime Thursday at the Troy Fair with cooler air and crafts by the creek.
Of course, the excitement built back up Thursday night w
Reason offered for shrinking royalty checks
says Chesapeake has to pay high fees for transporting gas
An article published by the ProPublica news organization asserts that it has an explanation for the large decreases in the last couple of years in the size of royalty che
For a complete list of registrations, please see our web site at www.standardspeaker.com. ❒VALLEY WEST FALL BALL - Valley West Little League will be holding player registrations for the 2014 Fall Ball season at the Press Box at Whispering Willows Park in