Sammy’s Caribbean Grill food truck shares island flavors from chef-owner’s Jamaican hometown

Sam James of Sammy’s Caribbean Grill works in his food truck last week at Wyoming Valley Motors on State Route 315. Mark Moran cv12sammysp2 After 23 years of gracing business parking lots, city streets and festivals, Sammy’s Caribbean Grill food truck has become a staple of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Webby secures Mountain Top magistrate spot

With returns in from all 10 Mountain Top precincts, defense attorney Ferris Webby was poised to clinch the coveted $89,438-per-year seat that longtime incumbent Ronald Swank vacated when he retired last year, becoming one of the longest-serving magisterial district judges in state history. Webby, an attorney with an office in Kingston who works part time for the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office, had 30 percent of the Democratic vote and 31 percent of the Republican vote, more than any of his six competitors, according to unofficial results.

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day. Polls are open 7am to 8pm. Election watchers say they expect a low turnout despite some races heavy with candidates.

Foster your friendships

Dear Heloise: I’ve discovered that my friendships have made a big impact on my life and even my health! I’m more apt to get out, go exercise, go dancing and go to dinner with my friends than by myself. They support and encourage me.

Six vie for Crestwood board seats

Three are incumbents – Albert Miller, Randy Swank and Maureen McGovern. The other candidates are James Costello, Lauren Elizabeth McCurdy and Barry Boone.

Spending race tight

John L. Augustine III Age: 41 Home: Rice Township Occupation: President and CEO of Penn’s Northeast Family: Wife, Kristine; and children, Jack and Jill Brian Macko Age: 47 Home: Wright Township Occupation: Wright Township police patrolman Family: Wife, Colleen; and children, Abbie and Colin WRIGHT TWP. – Big bucks are behind the race to become Mountain Top’s next magistrate, with campaigns for the top contenders spending tens of thousands of dollars to win the coveted seat.

Credit unions enter branch sharing agreement

First Credit Union of Scranton members are now welcome at all Cross Valley Federal Credit Union locations in Luzerne County as part of a unique shared branch experience. Officials from both credit unions decided to collaborate after Cross Valley’s branch on Smith Street in Scranton recently closed.

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AARON FLAUM / NORWICHBULLETIN.COM VIA AP A gypsy moth caterpillar crawls on a leaf. This year, the bugs have emerged from their eggs earlier than expected because of warm weather during April, said Vincent Cotrone, an urban forester with Penn State Coo…

Opioid epidemic hits home in Mountain Top

Opioid addiction, which has reached epidemic levels in Luzerne County, isn’t limited to cities like Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Nanticoke and Pittston. It’s right here in Mountain Top.

Mountain Top man accused of abusing children refiles complaint against caseworker

WRIGHT TWP.  – A Mountain Top man accused of abusing children on two different occasions has filed a revised complaint against a caseworker with Luzerne County Children and Youth.

Guard accused of relationship with inmate

A Mountain Top woman working as a guard at State Correctional Institution/Mahanoy was arrested and charged with having a relationship with an inmate. Traci Leigh Williams, 47, of 214 Fairview Park, was charged with felony institutional sexual assault a…

Spring cleanup time arrives in the Mountain Top area

Whether it’s cleaning out your garage, sprucing up your garden, or helping to clean up your community, spring is the time of year for cleaning up and cleaning out. Dorrance Township will help its residents with their cleanup projects with its annual township cleanup from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. The cleanup is for township residents only and proof of residency is required.

W-B Academy

First grade students at Wilkes-Barre Academy were each given a book, a bookmark, and coloring sheet to share with their family for Austim Awareness month by Step By Step. This is Step By Step’s seventh year reading about autism to classrooms across Northeast Pennsylvania.

Artist assuages post-partum depression with mandala painting

MICHAEL J. MULLEN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Mountain Top mom of three Ariell Stewart launched her own art business, Mandalas by Ariell, as a creative outlet to help cope with her post-partum depression. Creative inspiration came to Ariell Stewart just when …

Nuangola church celebrates 90th

The altar at St. Martin in The Fields. The church is 90 years old on today.cv16stmartinWarren Ruda / The Citizens’ Voice NUANGOLA – If one thing hasn’t changed in 90 years, it’s the welcoming community at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

White Haven man faces new drug charges

A White Haven man already facing charges in one drug delivery case faces two additional criminal cases for allegedly dealing marijuana. Edward M. Hogan III, 21, of 420 Northumberland St., faces charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent…

Community digest

DALLAS CURBSIDE YARD WASTE COLLECTION: The Dallas Borough Road Department will begin weekly curbside yard waste collection beginning the week of May 8, weather permitting. The weekly collection schedule will begin following the conclusion of the Dallas…


The Luzerne County Community College Literary Arts Society recently hosted former WNEP-TV news anchor, Marisa Burke. Burke spoke to students about the power of words and how writing is used in various aspects of a career.

Wyoming Seminary

Wyoming Seminary Lower School Science Research Group students, under the direction of eighth grade science teacher Lisa Iskra, recently earned awards for their research projects at the recent Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Northeast Regional M…

Beware the Ides of March. Chilly Sun Continues Wednesday

Thanks to Noreen Clark from Mountain Top, PA for the picture below who measured more than 20″ of fresh snow on Tuesday! Snowfall rates with this particular storm were on the order of 2″ to 4″ per hour at times. It came down fast and furious with winds …

Fundraiser to help Mountain Top woman fighting stage 4 cancer

A fundraiser for a Mountain Top woman recently diagnosed with cancer will be held Saturday, April 1 at Cavanaugh’s Grille in Mountain Top. Tia Toney, a 42-year-old mother of two, is battling stage 4 colon cancer and all proceeds from the event will aid her in her fight.

Community digest

HEIGHTS ST. DAVID’S DAY FATHER AND SON BANQUET: The 81st annual Heights St. David’s Day Father and Son Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Puritan Congregational Church, 71 S. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre.

Weather cooperates, construction progresses on new St. Jude Church

Mild weather winter has helped keep construction of the new church for St. Jude Parish moving along and the Wright Township planning commission is keeping an eye on the progress. At this month’s Wright Township supervisors meeting, officials received a report from Dr. Thomas G. Urosevich, commission chairman, on a Dec. 14, 2016 inspection of the site.

Police Find More Videos from Accused ‘Bathroom Peeper’

Wright Township police and Luzerne County detectives found more videos on another electronic storage device allegedly taken by Juan Prieto, a former employee of Luigi’s Restaurant in Mountain Top. The videos were apparently taken on November 18, 2016.

Civil trial in Old Forge man’s death to start Monday

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PennDOT Plans to Remove Traffic Split on I-81 North

Another change is coming to the traffic pattern along one of the busiest stretches of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County. For nearly a year and a half, drivers have dealt with traffic split into two separate lanes on I-81 near Pittston.

Mountain Top Peeks

Fairview Township officials are considering adopting the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code to give its zoning/code enforcement officer a tool to deal with property maintenance complaints. Township solicitor Donald Karpowich told supervisors …

Mountain Top nurse’s license suspended

A registered nurse from Mountain Top is among 132 licensed or commissioned professionals and notaries who the Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against in January. Dolores Barry Napkori’s license was indefinitely suspended for no less than three years retroactive to Dec. 2, 2015, “because she is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of mental or physical illness or condition or physiological or psychological dependence upon alcohol or hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination,” according to the PA Board of Nursing.

Political Scene 2/13/17

Magisterial district judge candidate John Augustine will hold a free meet and greet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wright Township Fire Hall, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. There will be a bounce house, DJ and face painting for the kids.

Dorrance, Slocum Twp. officials debate proposed state fee for state police coverage

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to charge municipalities which rely on state police for police protection has raised some concerns across the commonwealth, including some local elected officials. As part of his plan to balance the state’s $32.5 billion spending plan, Wolf has proposed charging municipalities that rely solely on state police for protection an annual fee of $25 per person.