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    Guided Bike Tours Begin on Lackawanna Heritage Valley Trail

    SCRANTON — Friday was National Bike to Work Day and it was the perfect time for the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Association to kick off guided bike tours on the Heritage Valley Trail. Bikers can take a leisurely ride and learn about the trail’s history from a tour guide. “Even though you may run or walk along it every day, you may not know exactly what you’re going past or what used to be here before the trail was here,” explained […]

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    Senior Housing Facility Blessed, Dedicated

    JESSUP — The Bishop of the Diocese Of Scranton blessed a housing facility for seniors. Newswatch 16 was at the blessing of Saint Michael’s on the Hill in Jessup. It’s a thirty-one unit building developed by Catholic Social Services in the Scranton Diocese. It’s on the site of the former Saint Michael’s School here in Lackawanna County.

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    Six-Year-Old Girl Killed in Pike County Crash

    WESTFALL TOWNSHIP — A six-year-old girl is dead after a crash in Pike County. State police say the girl died when two vehicles collided on Interstate 84 near Milford Monday afternoon. Three other people were hurt. The little girl who died was from Lackawaxen. State police are investigating the crash in Pike County.

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    Man Sentenced for Robbery in Snyder County

    SHAMOKIN DAM — A man was sentenced up to 30 years in prison for robbery in Snyder County. Last October, Johnathan Hackenberg of Mifflin County pleaded guilty to robbing a Dollar General in Shamokin dam at gunpoint, as well as conspiring to rob the Short Stop Store in Kreamer. The 33-year-old also plead guilty to burglarizing several businesses in Snyder County. He told police he committed the crimes because he needed money for a bone marrow transplant. Hackenberg will be […]

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    Paving Begins Along Stretch of Interstate 81

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — A paving project began Monday night on Interstate 81 In Luzerne County. Drivers should prepare for some traffic tie-ups. PennDOT plans to pave a section of I-81 near the exit for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Contractors ripped up the highway last week. Northbound 81 is down to one lane until 6 a.m. Tuesday. The other northbound lane will be closed Tuesday at 8 p.m. Drivers can expect delays and lower speed limits every night this week until that […]

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    WNEP Honored at PAB Awards

    HERSHEY – It was a special day at WNEP-TV as some of our colleagues were honored Monday afternoon in Hershey by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Newswatch 16’s Nikki Krize and photographer Tom Durant were recognized for their ‘Spot News Coverage’ of a runaway blimp story back in October in central Pennsylvania. Our web content producer Dan Ratchford was also honored for the same story for ‘Best Use of Digital Media.’ Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey and photographer Corey Burns earned […]

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    Golf Tournament Benefits Boys and Girls Club

    MOOSIC — Sharla McBride was the celebrity starter for a charity golf event Monday at Glenmaura National Golf Course in Moosic. She teed off first to kick off the day of golf. 117 people took part in the event Monday. The tournament was held to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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    Route 107 Closed for Work to Lower Road

    BENTON TOWNSHIP — Some drivers will have to find another way to get around for the next two weeks in Lackawanna County. Starting Monday, May 16, several miles of Route 107 near Tompkinsville are closed. PennDOT plans to lower the road to allow taller trucks to pass under bridges in the area. A detour will be in place for about two weeks while construction is underway.

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    Tribute to Mining Heritage Unveiled in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — A tribute to some of the mining heritage in northeastern Pennsylvania was unveiled Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. A historical marker for the American Institute of Mining Engineers now stands on South River Street near the Market Street Bridge. It’s at the site of the former Wyoming Valley Hotel. It was at that hotel 145 year ago on Monday that a group of engineers formed the institute to promote safety, education and technology in mining. There have been 150,000 […]

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    Teachers in Line Mountain School District to Strike

    Teachers in the Line Mountain School District in Northumberland County will hit the picket line beginning Thursday. According to the district’s website, the school board voted Wednesday night not to accept an arbitrator’s report. So, teachers will hit the picket lines Thursday, May 12. District officials believe the strike can only last six days. Teachers need to go back to class on Friday, May 20. Unusual in this strike, all seniors at Line Mountain High School must still report to […]


    Williamsport Police Host Open House

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police held an open house Friday at City Hall in Williamsport. Members of the community were welcome to tour the station, meet with officers and watch K-9 demonstrations. Volunteers did have to sign a waiver before being tased. The event wrapped up around 8 p.m. Friday in Williamsport.


    Coal Mining Display to Help Fund Building for Historical Society

    OLD FORGE — Folks making a trip to a bank in Lackawanna County got a surprise glimpse into this area’s history. Artifacts from the area’s coal mining era were on display at Peoples Security Bank in Old Forge. The items were collected the Old Forge Historical Society who is using the display as part of a fundraising effort. The goal is to raise enough money to buy a place for the society to call home. “To get a permanent home […]


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