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District 2 AAA Track and Field Championships

The District 2 AAA Track and Field Championships took place on Wednesday afternoon at Scranton Memorial Stadium under sunny skies.

In the girl’s 100 meter dash Katie Gawlas from Dallas won the event in 12.83 seconds.

The boy’s 100 meter dash winner was from Honesdale in lane 6. Maliek Torres took home the district title in 11.2 seconds.

Julia Franzosa from Hazleton won the girl’s javelin event and set a new district record in the process. Her throw of 135 feet 10 inches breaks the old mark set by Ellen Arnaud from Dallas back in 2009. Arnaud’s previous mark was 133 feet 2 inches.

Nick O’Brien from Wyoming Area won the boy’s javelin event with a throw of 180 feet 3 inches.

Jenn Slagus from North Pocono set a new district record in the discus with a throw of 134 feet 8 inches. The old mark held by Cassie Schweighofer from Honesdale of 133 feet 9 inches.

Plans to Restore a Bit of History




Isis Vieney and Alma Johnson take a walk with their children just across the street from the run down Market Street Square complex in Wilkes-Barre.


The old train station’s been vacant for several years. Plans call for a full restoration of the land, in the hopes that a passenger train service returns to Wilkes-Barre.


“It`s nasty, something needs to be done. They can make it look nice,” said Vieney, who lives in Wilkes-Barre.

Is Train Station Project in Jeopardy?

The manager of Luzerne County wants to pull the emergency brake on the  county’s future involvement with the Market Street Train Station in Wilkes-Barre, but a former commissioner and current councilman said the project is on the right track and shouldn’t be derailed.

Isis Vieney and Alma Johnson take a walk with their children just across the street from the rundown Market Street Square complex in Wilkes-Barre.

The old train station has been vacant for several years, but plans call for a full restoration of the land in the hopes that passenger train service returns to Wilkes-Barre.

“It’s nasty. Something needs to be done. They can make it look nice,” Vieney said.

“I want to see it cleaned up or get it outta here or something. It’s ugly. Who wants to look at that? You can’t even walk on that side of the street. Someone may jump out and scare you or something,” Johnson said.

Man Accused of Embezzlement

Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a man from Mount Pocono accused of embezzling.

Investigators believe Libby Stegner took more than $41,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Wilkes-Barre between 2005 and 2010 when he was the office manager of the union.

 

Who Will Fix the Drain?

One day after heavy rains flooded a section of South Main Street in Jenkins Township, people who live in that community near Pittston want the problem fixed.

PennDOT and township officials disagree on who should fix the drainage problem in Luzerne County.

Tuesday Joe Beck was stranded on his porch after heavy rains and poor drainage backed up the water all the way to the steps of his home.

The water eventually dried up, but in its wake Beck felt frustrated after being trapped for seven hours.

“It’s not fun, not fun at all, not even being able to come off the porch. The kids want to come outside. It’s not fun,” Beck said.

Township officials said the flooding happened because of poor drainage.  PennDOT said it is the township’s responsibility. The township feels it is PennDOT’s responsibility.

Gas Leak Restricts Traffic on Rt 309

A gas leak at a gas station in Luzerne County has a stretch of Route 309 south down to one lane near Kingston.

The restriction is across from the Sheetz gas station heading toward I-81.

UGI put a temporary clamp in the leaking pipe and will backfill the hole so all lanes can reopen tonight.

 

Wilkes-Barre’s Brookside Levee Repair Complete

A levee system in a section of Wilkes-Barre heavily-damaged by the historic floods last September has been restored.

Work began last month to repair the Brookside levee system. North Washington Street is now reopened in Wilkes-Barre’s Brookside section. The city had closed the street at the entrance to the community on May 2 in order to perform much needed repair work along the levee system.

Resident Mike Chudoba watched as the daily work progressed.

“They removed part of the dike back there which was unearthed because there was a pipe underneath there that busted,” said Chudoba. “And then from there, there was cracks in the foundation in the wall, so they removed all that and put all new in concrete so it’s structurally sound.”

The Brookside levee system was heavily damaged during the historic floods last September.