More Local Projects Receive Funding From Gaming Money
An additional $5.5 million will be pumped into Luzerne County through money generated by the gaming industry.
Last week, state Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, of Plymouth Twp., announced more than $6 million in projects in his senatorial district, which includes all four cities in Luzerne County — Hazleton, Nanticoke, Pittston and Wilkes-Barre.
Projects in the rest of the county, represented by three other state senators, were not included in a list published in The Citizens’ Voice.
State Sen. Blake Discusses Priorities At Legislative Breakfast
SCRANTON — State Sen. John Blake spent two hours Friday morning discussing legislative issues and priorities with dozens of local lawmakers, officials and student ambassadors over bacon, coffee and French toast.
State Lawmakers Likely To Miss Today’s New Congressional District Maps Deadline
Voters probably will have to wait a few more days to find out which congressional district they will live in next year. The state House and Senate are expected to miss today’s state Supreme Court-ordered deadline to have a new congressional district map done, local state legislators said. None of the local legislators traveled to Harrisburg today because legislative leaders did not call them back to vote on a new map. “We’re on a 12-hour call. It means don’t go to Australia,” state Rep. Marty...
We "arise and call her blessed." MARY ANN GOTHARD, the beloved wife of Lyle Gothard, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. She was the devoted mother of Anise and Rocky Nash, Lyla Gothard, John and Janet Gothard, and Lisa and Paul Shaffer. Her grandchildren, Ginny Marie Young, Tyler Gothard, Jordan and Jered Shaffer, and great-grandchildren, Lane and Luke Shaffer, were special gifts from God, as well as many nieces, nephews and children who...
Editor: Election time is coming. As president of the Luzerne County Property Owners, I am asking voters to vote for those listed that are coming up for re- election in November. These legislators are sponsors and supporters of HB/SB 76, elimination of school property taxes: Sens. John Yudichak and Lisa Baker, Reps. Gerald Mullery, Karen Boback, Aaron Kaufer, Tara Toohil, Sid Michaels Kavulich, Kevin Haggerty and Marty Flynn. These senators and representatives are not supporting HB/SB 76: Sen. John Blake, Sen. John Gordner, Rep. Ed Pashinski, Rep. Mike Carroll, Rep. Maureen Madden. Please call and demand they support HB/SB 76; accept no excuses. We did the talk now it’s time to do the walk. Charles Urban President Luzerne County Property Owners KINGSTON
Editor: Like many other hardworking taxpayers who live outside Scranton, I was shocked to learn that the state awarded $2 million to the Scranton School District recently to shore up its finances.
You rarely hear state Sen. John Blake talking politics. Blake has to play some politics to stay in office. He ran for his 22nd Senate District seat in 2010 and 2014 and easily won. He says he does all he can to support his fellow Democratic elected officials and candidates. Their campaign finance reports show Blake gives them money. Some Democrats disagree that Blake is all in for his party when it needs him, but won’t say so publicly. Blake, never one for self-promotion, lacks the ego and...
Two state legislators who represent Scranton recently performed some valuable service for taxpayers in arranging $2 million in extra state funding for the beleaguered Scranton School District. Sen. John Blake, whose district includes all of Lackawanna County, and Rep. Marty Flynn, whose 113th District includes part of Scranton, both Democrats, arranged meetings for the school board with members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s staff. Ideally, the administration’s commitment signals the district’s progress...
Dignitaries break ground Monday on Lackawanna College’s new facility at Mulberry Street and Adams Avenue in Scranton. From left: Stephaine Decker, Bill Sordoni, Greg Polk, William Conaboy, Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, Ken Ruby, Mayor Bill Courtright, Linda Aebli, Cassandra Coleman, state Sen. John Blake and Tom Cummings. The college purchased the former Scranton Center — two office buildings and a courtyard — in 2014. The site will be the home of Lackawanna’s culinary program.
10 County Projects Receive More Than $1.53M In State Funding
A bicycle lane study for downtown Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and two Lackawanna River Heritage Trail expansions are among 10 Lackawanna County projects collectively awarded more than $1.53 million in state funding Tuesday.
Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the money through the Multimodal Transportation Fund; Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program; and Sewage Facilities Program.
Guerin Emig: Been a long time since there’s been a day this horrifying at Owen Field
NORMAN — You must tear through Bob Stoops’ tenure, through John Blake’s, through Howard Schnellenberger’s cameo and Gary Gibbs’ ill-fated succession... all the way back to when Barry Switzer was young and cocksure and made you feel he could conquer the world.
NEW YORK (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird" is going graphic.
An illustrated edition of Harper Lee's beloved novel will be published in November 2018, HarperCollins announced Tuesday. The book will be drawn and adapted by British author-illustrator Fred Fordham, who worked on Philip Pullman's graphic novel "The Adventures of John Blake." Fordham's literary agency, Andrew Nurnberg Associates, also works with Lee's estate.
Pennsylvania lawmaker drops plan to name bridge for Biden
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania lawmaker has dropped his efforts to name a bridge after former Vice President Joe Biden.
Scranton City Council opposed the move by Democratic state Rep. Kevin Haggerty because the bridge being built in Biden's hometown is already named for a veteran. It honors Col. Frank Duffy, the highest-ranking soldier from Scranton to die in World War I.
Haggerty says he wasn't aware the bridge was already named for a veteran when he proposed naming it for Biden last week.
Lawmaker wants bridge named for vet named for Joe Biden
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The City Council in former Vice President Joe Biden's Pennsylvania hometown is trying to stop a state lawmaker from naming a bridge after Biden.
Scranton Councilman Pat Rogan says he loves Biden "as much as almost every other Scrantonian," but he says the bridge being constructed is already named for a veteran.
The Col. Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge honors the city's highest-ranking soldier killed in World War I.
DCED Secretary Takes Walking Tour Of Downtown Scranton
Dennis Davin took away from his inaugural visit to downtown Scranton precisely what his hosts hoped he would: a good impression.
Mr. Davin, the state Department of Community and Economic Development secretary, made a whirlwind walking tour Thursday to learn about some state-supported projects that are making a difference in the downtown and others that have requested state funding to keep that progress going.
“We were literally saying, ‘We’ve got an ask in for...