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School Board Okays Preliminary Budget

The Wyalusing Area School School Board held its re-organizational and regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. More...

Supervisors Approve Dandy Liquor License

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Special Sections

Police Blotter

POLICE BLOTTER

Editor’s Note: If you have additional information about any of the investigations listed below, contact the Pennsylvania State Police barracks at the following telephone numbers: Towanda, 570-265-2186; Tunkhannock, 570-836-2141; Gibson, 570-465 More...

Crime and Courts

DISTRICT JUDGES

Fred Wheaton, Wysox   More...

Conceal Carry Seminar to be Held at Courthouse

Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Daryl Miller and Ed Bustin will host a conceal carry seminar at the Bradford County Courthouse on Thursday, Dec. More...

–Bradford County Sentencings & Pleas–

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett reported that the following persons recently pleaded guilty, were sentenced or placed in the ARD Program in Bradford County Magisterial District Courts:  Guilty Pleas  More...

Letters

Help the United Way Reach 2016 Goal

Dear Editor,  We all win when basic needs are met, when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people are healthy and productive members of society. More...

The Impact of Draining Ponds

Dear Editor:  I have been thinking about the impact on our local areas and the change in quality of life if and when the government agencies try to drain all the ponds and lakes because of questionable dams.  The impact on local people bec More...

Seniors

Pearl Harbor Day Remembered at County Library

On Monday, Dec. 7, the Bradford County Library hosted a program on the Attack on Pearl Harbor. More...

Towanda Senior Center Volunteers Honored

Nancy Schrader is the Towanda Senior Center manager, and she is very grateful for the center and home-delivered meal volunteers.  More...

Guthrie Robert Packer Named to Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has again been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. This is the tenth time that the hospital has achieved this impressive recognition. More...

Dining and Entertainment

Winding River Players Present ‘Marley’s Carol’

The Winding River Players (WRP) will present Marley’s Carol by local playwright, Cathleen Koons Wiggs, at the Black Box Theatre, 415 Main Street, Towanda. More...

‘Delores Weed Singers’ at Standing Stone Vesper Church

The Standing Stone Community Vesper Church is having their Christmas service on Sunday evening, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.. The Delores Weed Singers will provide special music. More...

News from the Wyalusing Public Library

Please come join us tonight, Thursday, at the library for a Holiday Open House. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. We will be hosting the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce and their raffle drawing. More...

Coming Events  Free Access 

Coming Events

BARBECUES  Benefit Chicken Barbecue on Sunday, Dec. 13 at Dotti Lou’s, Stevensville for local ALS patient from 11 a.m. until sold out.  BLOOD DRIVE   More...

Worship

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWS

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,’” (John 14:6). More...

IT’S IN THE BOOK

How much did the wise men know? We read about them in Matthew’s gospel chapter 2, “in the days of Herod the King,” wise men, not skeptics. More...

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

In the second Sunday of Advent, John the Baptist announces the promised “salvation of God.” The most certain way to miss this promise is to be too busy, too engrossed in one’s work and too distracted to think about God to prepare fo More...

Education

Spring Hill Schoolmates Vote to Disband Meetings

The Spring Hill Schoolmates 641 annual meeting was held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Mark’s Valley View Restaurant. Eight members and three guests were present. The meeting consisted of lunch and reports of the previous meeting in September 2014. More...

Athens Library’s Gadget Club Explores Inner Frontier of Technology

Things have never been so “gadgety” at the Spalding Memorial Library. Since their newest program offering debuted this fall, valley residents of all ages have gotten the chance to explore technology in a new hands-on way.  More...

Guthrie Offering Scholarships To Area High School Seniors

Guthrie Scholarship applications are now available for area high school seniors.  Two categories of scholarships are offered—one for students planning a career in health care and one for children of Guthrie employees enrolling in an accred More...

Breaking News - 12/15/2015 7:11 PM

Laceyville Man Charged Following High Speed Pursuit  Free Access 

Facebook was riddled with comments and questions surrounding a high-speed chase on Monday evening, Dec. 15, as numerous state police, Towanda police and county sheriff vehicles were witnessed racing through Towanda and onto Route 6 toward Wyalusing. More...

Breaking News - 12/10/2015 11:02 AM

Colley Pub Reopening December 10  Free Access 

The Colley Pub, a local landmark restaurant and tavern widely known for its excellent food and friendly atmosphere, is reopening on December 10, 2015 under the ownership of former owners Jessica Fluck and Donna Iannone, who said recently that they ca More...

Wyalusing Council Opts Out of Chesapeake Suit

The Wyalusing Borough Council voted Monday night to opt out of a proposed settlement in the Demchak vs. More...

Not to Decide Is to Decide

ADVICE TO GAS LEASEHOLDERS AT FORUM:

Some 650 people attended a forum organized by the Bradford County Commissioners Wednesday evening, Dec. 2 at the Towanda High School auditorium where options regarding a class action lawsuit—Demchak vs. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Mabel Brotzman - 2017-08-17
Vicki Ruhf - 2017-08-17
George Wilmarth, Sr. - 2017-08-17
Charles Otto - 2017-08-17
Carl Woznicki - 2017-08-17
Janice Solowiej - 2017-08-17
Carl Thomas Woznicki - 2017-08-10

Local News

Elk Lake School Board Reorganizes Plans for Next Year

At the start of the Dec. More...

Teacher Writes of Experiences in Africa

JOURNEY WILL TAKE HER TO 11 COUNTRIES IN 11 MONTHS

Editor’s Note: In June the Rocket-Courier reported that Debbie Jacobs, a kindergarten teacher at the Wyalusing Valley Elementary School, would be taking a year’s leave of absence and depart in September, after attending a two-week trainin More...

PennDOT Work Schedule

The following work is scheduled for this week throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Anyone wishing to sign up for PennDOT Travel Advisories can do so by emailing James May at jamay@pa.gov.  More...

Opinion

Exploiting Fear by Trumpeting Half-Truths

Radio and early television brought Americans together during times of crisis. Now the so-called news media seems intent on tearing us apart, stirring the pot to keep it boiling with animosity and dissension. More...

Finally a Victory for Dairy Farmers

Guest Commentary

On Monday evening, I was informed by Rep. John Lawrence that his dairy bill, HB 1265, had just passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by 102 to 94 votes. More...

Lifestyles

Connor Mitchell

Jenn and Chris Mitchell, South Abington Township, are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, a son, at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton.  Connor Christopher Mitchell arrived on Nov. 20, 2015 at 1:13 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs. More...

Scenes from ‘Lighting of the Vines’ on Grovedale Lane

The Wyalusing Valley Museum displayed a collection of Rynveld wreaths. The wreaths were made in New Albany between 1946 and 1991 at the Rynveld’s Wreath Company, founded by Herman Rynveld. More...

Sherwood Groves Accepting Donations for TACO

Sherwood Groves Auto Group will accept donations for the Towanda Area Christian Outreach (TACO) Food Pantry during the month of December. More...

Columns

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Has Roots in Wyalusing

Author’s Note: During the Christmas season of 2004, I wrote an article, with lots of help from local genealogy buff Carol Brotzman of Beaver Meadows, about how the man who wrote the short story that inspired the classic Christmas movie, It&rsqu More...

Reflections of Nature

By December most plants have shed their leaves and dispersed their seeds. There are many fascinating ways in which the plants insure that their seeds will be dispersed and have a chance of germinating. More...

Seen ‘N’ Heard

Last week’s eyes belonged to Michelle Raffin, daughter of Ray and Mary Ann. Michelle lived out of this area for many years but is back now. Ticket winners were Rose Repsher, Michelle Salsman, Cathie Masters and Dee Pacifico.  * * *  More...

Sports

Tunkhannock Stuns Rams

Tigers’ Early Lead Stands in 37-31 Win

“That’s just a great victory for us.”  Minutes after his team stunned Wyalusing Valley in the championship match of the Gary Woodruff Memorial Duals on Dec. More...

Otis Ties WVHS Fastest Fall Record

Wyalusing Valley junior Dawson Otis entered his name in the Rams’ record book with his seven-second pin over Lackawanna Trail’s Robert Buck during the Gary Woodruff Memorial Duals at Layman Gymnasium on Dec. 5.  More...

Lady Rams Find Early Success

The Wyalusing Valley girls’ basketball team opened the season with a third-place finish at the Jack Bush Memorial Tournament at Cowanesque Valley last weekend.  After losing to North Penn- Mansfield, 60-25, in the opener on Dec. More...

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