Turning Trivia into Fun and Funds for a Good Cause

Click Here for Photo GalleryThe fire hall in Wyalusing was abuzz on Saturday night as 73 people formed into 15 teams to attend to trivial matters. More...

Wyalusing Council Turns to Community to Revive Creek Project

The Wyalusing Borough Council needs some help from local residents to save nearly $400,000 awarded to the borough to prevent erosion along the Wyalusing Creek.The Growing Greener Grant was awarded to the borough over two years ago, but what's left of More...

Towanda Legion Post, Commander Reap Honors

Charlie Davis, right, receives his Commander of the Year plaque from District 15 Commander Manny Mirailh.For a guy who didn't join the American Legion until five years ago, Charlie Davis has come a long way as an advocate for veterans. More...

Lightning Grounded by Bruins

Jake Stoddard, a Wyalusing Valley High School graduate and currently a linebacker for the Northern Tier Bruins, returns a first-quarter interception during Saturday's game at Peterson Stadium. The Bruins defeated the Lancaster Lightning, 17-3. More...

Firemen Survive Mother Nature's Menace

Mother Nature slapped around the Wyalusing Firemen's Celebration during its five-day run last week, raining on just about everything but their parade. More...

Local Court Ruling Prompts Questions over Public Health

A decision made in Bradford County Court this week by Judge John Mott has one of the principals concerned about potential health risks that may arise from the final settlement of the estate involved.On Oct. More...

Wyoming County Now Certified StormReady

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recognized Wyoming County as "StormReady" and made it official in a ceremony Tuesday at the courthouse in Tunkhannock. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. More...

On Second Try, County Gets Emergency Advisors

The Susquehanna County Commissioners' meeting last week began as a partial rerun of the previous meeting with the attempt to create the Susquehanna County Emergency Advisory Committee. More...

Wyoming County Commissioners Looking at Possibly Laying Off Some Employees

Because of a recent decision by the AFSCME Union Arbitration Board, Wyoming County will be $25,000 in the red at the end of this year. They may look to make up the shortfall by letting some people go. More...

Firm Foundation Finds a Friend

The Firm Foundation appears to be on firm ground with the state agency with whom it has entered the second year of a three-year grant program. More...

Wyoming County Fair Opens September 1

The 2004 edition of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair officially opens next Wednesday, Sept. 1, and will run through Monday, Sept. 6, when the Oak Ridge Boys will be the featured entertainment. More...

Remembering Sullivan's March Part II

Photo by Pete HardenstineA marker, presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution, stands at the corner of the Wyalusing Cemetery. Two soldiers from Gen. More...

Milan Man Guilty of Heading Meth Ring

United States Attorney Thomas A. Marino recently announced the return of a guilty verdict again Jervis Laverne Goodrich of Milan, PA.On Aug. More...

Santorum on Senate Divisiveness: It's Been Rancorous

The Pennsylvania Senator may have come to Bradford County on political business, but he is clearly frustrated by the inability to get things done in Washington, D.C., this election year. "Politics is just infused in everything we do," Sen. More...

An Auspicious Start: Rams Defeat Canton, 35-20 in Season Opener

Greg Schantz eludes a tackle by a Canton defender during the Rams' 35-20 victory on Sept. More...

President Brings Campaign to Region

Lackawanna County Stadium, in the midst of watching its Red Barons exit with a losing streak to cap a disappointing August, was filled with cheers for a winner last Friday morning. More...

Section of Towanda River Relief Route Set to Open

There will be traffic, one way or another, by the start of winter along the full length of the River Relief Route in Towanda. More...

Mourning Mom Salutes 911 Victims

Debbie Chrisman kneels beside a monument dedicated to the memory of her son Danny, who died in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. More...

Wyalusing Soldier Honored in Iraq

Sgt. Todd Johnson of Wyalusing was named the September Noncommissioned Officer of the Month for Task Force Olympia, the command and control element of Multinational Brigade-Northwest in Iraq. More...

New District Superintendent's Back Where He Wants to Be

Raymond Fleming, 60, of Rome Township, became the newest Superintendent of Schools in the Wyalusing Area School District as of Monday night's board meeting.He takes over the reins from Acting Superintendent Warner Stark, who was coaxed out of retirem More...

Camptown Races: Longer Course Proves Challenging

Tiger Peterson, race director for the Camptown Races, goes over the ground rules with competitors prior to Saturday's start. More...

Webpage Update Underway

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Wyalusing Council Sets Sights on Summer Projects

George Anderson, President of the Wyalusing Borough Council, told his cohorts Monday evening that he's received approval for a loan package that would bring major drainage improvements to the borough in an area of the community that's been plagued wi More...

Chesapeake Responds to Otis Water Questions

When asked to comment regarding the situation at the Terry Township residence of Jason and Janet Otis, Brian Grove, Chesapeake's Senior Director of Corporate Development, issued the following statement:"Chesapeake takes very seriously any landow More...

Approaching Snow Plus Rain Could Spell Disaster

The good news is that the rain turned to snow early this past Sunday afternoon, and that probably averted more serious river flooding in the region. More...

Bradford Commissioner Candidate Bows Out of Race

The field of Republican candidates for Bradford County Commissioners vying for two positions on the November ballot is down to three.On Monday of this week, Don Fitzwater informed the news media by email that he was "officially withdrawing his c More...

Candidates Downsized for Bradford County's 2011 Primary

What a difference four years make. In the primary election campaign of 2007, there were as many as 13 Republicans and three Democrats announcing candidacies for Bradford County Commissioner in March of that year. More...

Sweepstakes Shysters Preying on Retired, Elderly

Terrytown resident Frances Frystak is a member of a group that she would rather not be associated with: Fran is one of a growing number of older Americans who have been ripped off by the allure of riches promised by fraudulent companies promoting swe More...

Elk Lake Can Deal with $1.6 Million State Cut

Elk Lake School District expects about a $1.6 million cut from the government for the upcoming school year. As with most districts cuts were expected. More...

Wysox Motel Springing to Full Size in Matter of Days

You might say a new motel coming to the area, tentatively known as RiverStone II, really stacks up to the competition. On Tuesday morning, a huge crane began lifting finished modular units weighing as much as 63,000 pounds into place. More...

Not Again!

Just when we were thinking Spring, Old Man Winter gave us another blast of snow. More...

Wyalusing School Budget by the Numbers

The 2011-12 budget for the Wyalusing Area School District is clearly a work in progress, and the work that needs to be done is daunting. More...

Wyalusing Board Tags Virginia Educator as New Superintendent

Before undertaking the task of finding ways to offset a projected 2011-12 budget shortfall of more than $2 million on March 28, Wyalusing Area School Board members introduced Chester Mummau to the public as the school district's new superintendent. More...

Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the Rocket-Courier’s newly redesigned website. It’s still a work in progress, so please bear with us while we iron out the wrinkles and hone the rough edges. More...

Another Well Likely Needed In Laceyville

Laceyville Borough is likely looking at drilling another well to meet its water needs, according to Councilman Tim Shotwell, who serves as the borough’s water superintendent. “We’ve had a couple setbacks,” Shotwell said, addi More...

Pipe Yard Slated for Wyalusing Property

A 4.6 acre parcel of land that once was part of the Friery Farm in Wyalusing Borough is slated to become a pipeline storage area, according to Wyalusing Borough Council President George Anderson. More...

HOPS Ambulance Hosts Annual Banquet

Approximately 60 members of the Herrick Orwell Pike Stevens (HOPS) Ambulance Association, as well as other emergency responders, gathered at the Herrickville Community Hall on April 4 for an appreciation banquet geared toward bringing drivers, techs, More...

Stevensville Bridge Closed

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Missing “Sunday Drivers”

When I was a kid, we often piled in the car as a family on Sundays and drove aimlessly around Bradford County and the surrounding area, checking out back roads that we hadn’t been on in a while and looking for roadside ice cream shops that hadn More...

Road Use Permits Suspended Due to Poor Conditions

Road use permits issued to Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC for their moving of drilling trucks and other equipment over some State Routes in Bradford County and in Sullivan County have been suspended as per PennDOT. PennDOT reports that the suspensions a More...

Veterans Memorial Committee Seeks Members And Support

Planned Park And Monuments To Tie Together Several Themes Sweeping changes are in the works for the grassy areas flanking the Towanda side of the Veterans Memorial Bridge that carries Route 6 across the Susquehanna River from East Towanda and Wysox. More...

Erosion Problems Persist Along Camptown Stream

Residents Get Little Help From Municipality Or Related Agencies Since heavy flooding in 2004, a generally dry creek bed in Camptown, Wyalusing Township, has become a nearly continuously running stream. More...

Physical and Sexual Abuse on Rise in Bradford County

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Mercy Tyler Hospital Reverting to Former Name

Regional Hospital of Scranton, Tyler Memorial Hospital and Special Care Hospital will be the new names for the three Mercy Health Partners hospitals operating as Mercy Hospital Scranton, Mercy Tyler Hospital, and Mercy Special Care Hospital. More...

Commissioners Split on Support for Rail Upgrade

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Landmark Welles Mill Complex Vanishing Forever

  It would have been seen as a far-fetched rumor just a few years ago, but it’s actually taking place this week: Welles Mill, Wyalusing’s oldest business, is not only out of business and closed, any sign that it ever existed is More...

Wyalusing Council Okays Resolution for $450K Loan

At a special meeting Monday night, the Wyalusing Borough Council unanimously approved a resolution that paves the way for the borough to borrow $450,000 from Peoples State Bank (PSB). More...

Laceyville Refocusing Efforts To End Community Water Woes

At a meeting last Thursday afternoon that brought two state lawmakers, four DEP officials, engineers, a well driller, members of the Laceyville Borough Council and others together to focus on the community’s water problems, the consensus at the More...

Not Much Budging On Budget

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April Proves Tough Month for Gas Drillers

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Cherry Township Residents Ponder Peculiar Storm Damage

Gordon and Joanne Durland, who own a quaint farm on Hunsinger Road in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, were not surprised to learn that nearby Dushore experienced flash-flooding on April 26 when the Little Loyalsock Creek roared out of its banks and More...

Firefighters Douse Blaze at Welles Mill

 Firefighters from Wyalusing and Wilmot Township responded to a blaze at Welles Mill today at about 3:30 p.m. More...

Primary Election Preview

(scroll down for Wyoming and Susquehanna County coverage.)Commissioners Race Biggest Contest in Bradford CountyBy Rick Hiduk More...

Disappearing Fast

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Primary Election Results: Wyoming County Voters Call for Change

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Primary Election Results: Hall Joins Three Incumbent Susquehanna Commissioners in Fall Race

Voter turnout was low for Susquehanna County, and counting of the ballots at the courthouse was done before midnight. More...

Meshoppen Man Critical After Multi-Car Crash

Clinton Childress, Meshoppen, sustained major injuries and is in critical condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV) following a multi-vehicle crash on Route 267 in Meshoppen Township. The crash happened on Saturday, May 14 just before 5 p.m. More...

The End is Near

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New Writer Joins Rocket Crew

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Grant Allows More Fresh Fruits and Veggies in Wyalusing Elementary Lunches

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Wyalusing Relay For Life Names Honorary Chair

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Many Susquehanna Countians Accept 'Growing Pains'

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Annual Charles Wiles Fishing Derby Held Near New Albany

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Area Memorial Day Services Well Attended

Sgt. Benjamin Chamberlin Presents Wyalusing Address;Don James Memorial Award Presented in Black Walnut More...

Hometown Heroes: Ordinary People Who Did Extraordinary Things

 Kelly Bradley, the retired Wyalusing Valley High School English teacher who spearheaded Bradford County’s Hometown Heroes’ street banners program, said at Saturday morning’s dedication ceremony that it was the memory of a high More...

Wyalusing Elementary Students Say Goodbye

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Elk Lake Graduates 102

 For the 102 seniors who received diplomas on June 11 at the Elk Lake School, the day was not just an ending, but also a beginning. With a little help from Mother Nature, neither too hot nor too cold, the graduation ceremony went smoothly. More...

Rafters to Document Unique Perspective of River Towns

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Bradford County Distributes Grants To Fire Companies

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Senior Citizens Urged to Attend Expo

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New Route 187 Bridge at Durell Opened to Traffic

 A new bridge on State Route 187 at Durell in Asylum Township, Bradford County opened to traffic by mid-afternoon on Wednesday.The detour, which had been in place since mid-April, was lifted at that time. More...

Independence Day Parade to highlight Towanda's First Friday Event on July 1

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Major Gas-Fired Power Plant Proposed for Asylum Township

 By David KeelerAccording to its website, a company named Moxie Energy is proposing to build a large natural gas-fired power plant on a 30-acre site in Bradford County’s Asylum Township. More...

Laceyville Community Day Roaring Success

By Kelly ColeThose attending Saturday’s Community Day in Laceyville were met with a day of sunshine and heat while they flocked to Main Street in support of local businesses and organizations. More...

Motorists Can Expect Delays on Brewer Hollow Road

The Wyalusing Township Supervisors announced this week that improvement work has begun on the Brewer Hollow Road. Motorists traveling on this road may experience delays. More...

Change Has Become The Norm in Wyalusing

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Proposed New Position Sparks Heated Debate at School Board Meeting

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Natural or Not, Methane Gas a Problem

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Technology and Mechanical Devices Highlight Commissioners’ Meeting

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Two Area Homes Hit by Fire

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Full-Day DeSisti Hearing Nets No Immediate Results

 By Rick HidukAfter a full day of testimony by law enforcement officials and arguments between deputies of the state’s district attorney’s office and the legal defense team for Joseph DeSisti, Judge Maureen T. More...

Lehigh Railroad Eyes Expansion of Lines and Service

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Hometown Heroes Return Home

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RV Dealer Proposes Streamlining Campsite Regulations

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Wyalusing Firemen’s Carnival Opens Tuesday

 By David KeelerIt’s that special time that some folks eagerly anticipate all year—the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s annual summer carnival, the largest event of its type in Bradford County. More...

Administration, Staff, and Board Members Eager to Open New School

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Housing Shortage Leading to Homelessness and Exodus

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Family Seeking Justice in Homicide Case; Truck Driver Skips Hearing, Whereabouts Unknown

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Red Cross To Stay In Towanda Area

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Laughter, Tears, Accolades, and Frustration Merge at Bradford Commissioners’ Meeting

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Wyalusing's New Elementary School Opens

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Crash Kills Young Mother, Spares Baby

 A second crash on Route 187 in less than one week has claimed the life of Paris Suzanne Ward-Chilson. State police at Towanda investigated the accident, which occurred sometime around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. More...

Irene’s Effects in Region Ranged From Mild to Wild

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Chesapeake Accused of Moving Wastewater Sites Ahead of Permitting

 Gas Company Working with DEP to Iron Out Wrinkles in Permit LanguageBy Rick Hiduk More...

Emergency Responders Mark 9-11 on First Friday

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Wyalusing Wine Festival Returns on Saturday

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eMail Us Your Flood Photos

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Over 200 Roadways in North Central PA Closed by Flooding

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Bradford County Swings Into Recovery Mode

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Wyalusing Children’s Center Relocating Following Flood

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Bradford County Begins Daily Press Conferences

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Wyalusing Wine Festival Cancelled

 By Rick HidukThe much-anticipated Wyalusing Wine Festival, which was slated for Sept. More...

Wyalusing Businesses Hit Hard by Flood

 By DavidKeelerThe business community along Route 6 just east of Wyalusing Borough took a particularly hard hit from last week’s flooding. Not a single retail business in this section of Wyalusing Township went unscathed. More...

Family Rescued from Their Home’s Roof

 By David KeelerLike dozens of families across the region, Standing Stone residents Joseph Brown, Frances Elliott and their four kids had no idea of how severe flooding would become last week at their home along River Road.Frances, Joseph and th More...

Flood Victims Must Register Quickly With FEMA

 The most important information shared with the Rocket-Courier in the past two days by numerous emergency and municipal leaders is the fact that residents who experience property or other personal losses due to recent flooding must contact FEMA More...

Gas-Fired Power Plant Planned For Asylum Township

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P&G Among Contributors to Area Flood Relief

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Bank Customers Permitted Access to Belongings

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Meshoppen Secretary ‘Rebuilding the Borough Records’ After Flood

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Bluhm's Gas Sales Hosts Open House

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State Police Seeking Burglary Suspect ID

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Wyalusing Businesses Bouncing Back after Devastating Flood

 By David KeelerMark Dietz and his crew at Wyalusing’s Century Farm Meats had good reason to smile Tuesday morning. More...

Fall Festival Coming to Wyalusing's Main Street This Weekend

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Poachers Plead Guilty

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Charges Dropped in Lime Hill Corpse Case

 By David KeelerBradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett confirmed Thursday, Oct. More...

Wyalusing’s Fall Festival Draws Large Crowd.

 By David Keeler“It was a wonderful day.” That’s how Wendy Gaustad, executive director of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce, described last Saturday’s Fall Festival. More...

School Board Announces Auction, Welcomes New Student Representative

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Chesapeake Issues Follow-up Report on LeRoy Blowout

 Chesapeake Energy Corporation vice president of strategic affairs and public relations Michael Kehs issued an inter-office report to fellow Chesapeake executives on Oct. More...

Search is on for Wyalusing’s Citizen of Year

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Group Forms To Expedite Sugar Run Flood Recovery

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Meshoppen Man Not Guilty of Homicide by Vehicle Charge

 By D.C. KoviackKenneth Kramer of Meshoppen stood trial Oct. 19 on charges of felony homicide by vehicle, misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor reckless endangerment and summary violations in a case that began in December of 2009. More...

More Wyalusing Businesses Reopen

By David KeelerEmployees at Wyalusing’s Ace Hardware store were smiling Tuesday morning and there was a good reason for their happiness: after being closed since last month’s flooding, the totally re-outfitted store opened Monday. More...

Traveling Circus Performs in Wyalusing

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More Wyalusing Businesses Bounce Back after Flooding

 By David KeelerTwo more Wyalusing businesses that were shut down by September’s severe flooding recently reopened their doors to customers.Penny Hamilton said she reopened her Wyalusing Florist and Gifts at the Wyalusing Creek Plaza on Mo More...

Wind Farm Concerns Outweigh Weather in Noxen

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Three Charged with Dushore Pharmacy Burglary

 Three men have been charged in the break-in and burglary of the Dushore Pharmacy in the early morning hours of Oct. 25.Derek Stang, 19, Lawton, and Ashley Hemenway, 20, Montrose, were scheduled to be arraigned today, Nov. More...

Ground Broken For New Park in Towanda

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School Board Honors Outgoing Members, President

 By Rick HidukThe monthly meeting of the Wyalusing Area School District (WASD) school board had elements of a variety show, a pep rally, and an appreciation banquet, but many important policy decisions were also confirmed and discussed during th More...

Peoples State Bank's Route 6 Branch Partially Reopening

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Arrests Made in Pharmacy Break-Ins

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Efforts of Many Aid in Food Distribution

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FEMA Deadlines Near; Cost of Storm Damage Tallied

 By Rick HidukAs local residents continue to assess and address the costliest natural disasters to beset the Endless Mountains region since the 1972 Flood caused by Hurricane Agnes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges home and b More...

Yes, Abby, There is a Santa Claus

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Ferret Farm Will Resume Operations Under Scrutiny

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Auburn Township Residents Charged with Poaching

 By D.C. KoviackSeven men were arrested late Saturday night for felony violations of the large game laws. More...

Living Nativity Scene

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Wyalusing Council Down to Just Three Members

 By David KeelerWhen the Wyalusing Borough Council convenes its first meeting of 2012 next month, there will be plenty of room at the table. More...

Fracking Waste From Gas Well Dumped in State Game Lands

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Major Change Coming to Downtown Wyalusing

Wyalusing Hotel Annex Will Have 24 RoomsBy David KeelerAn empty former market near the corner of Wyalusing’s Main Street and Taylor Avenue will soon be razed and replaced with an attractive 24-room annex to the Wyalusing Hotel. More...

Pipeline Construction Here Should Start In January

 Pipeline Construction Here Should Start In January Central New York Oil and Gas (CNYOG) has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the MARC 1 Hub Line Project and expects to complete the permitting process with More...

Former Wyalusing Resident Killed in Crash

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Wyoming County Wind Farm Project On Schedule

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Mobile Meth Lab Impounded After Accident

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State's New Teen Driver Law Takes Effect December 27

 Pennsylvania’s new law aimed at increasing safety for young drivers takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 27. More...

Planning Commission Okays Frackwater Treatment Plant

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Appalachia Midstream Fined for Albany Township Violations

 The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Appalachia Midstream Services LLC of Horseheads, NY, Chesapeake Energy’s pipeline division, $19,510 for numerous erosion- and sediment-control violations originally found last winter at More...

Wyalusing Township Supervisors Okay Asphalt Plant for Browntown; Reject Other Two Proposed Plants

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Methane Filtration May Be Replacing Buffalo Tanks in Area

Wyalusing Area Water Contamination Becomes County IssueThe methane migration problems and impact on water wells in the Wyalusing area, notably in Sugar Run and on Welles Mountain, were brought to the attention of the Bradford County Commissioners at More...

Taking it Personally: Sheriff Continues Crusade Against Methamphetamine

If you see something like this along a roadside, beware. It could be fatal and a source of colorless, ordorless hydrogen chloride gas. More...

Laddsburg Father and Son Peforming with Highlanders at Wyalusing Parade

When it comes to a father and son who enjoy doing things together, Laddsburg residents Lee Crawford and his 16-year-old son Justin have an unusual bond.They both enjoy playing bagpipes.Justin puts it this way: "Some guys go fishing," he say More...

Reduced Murder Plea Stuns Victim's Family in Sturdevant Slaying

Is it another case of someone getting away with murder because the victim is regarded as the bad guy, an unsympathetic figure? Or is the Bradford County District Attorney's plea agreement with Thomas L. More...

Stark Returns as Acting School District Superintendent

It may have seemed like a case of d?j? vu—and certainly an historical precedent— when the Wyalusing Area School Board introduced its new district superintendent, Warner Stark. More...

Firm Foundation May Be Faltering

The Firm Foundation appears to be on shaky ground, now that the Bradford County Commissioners, faithful supporters of this faith-based agency, have agreed, by resolution, to take a closer look at the finances and performance of this program. More...

Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival Plans Shaping Up for Sept. 18

The Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival is selling advance tickets for its first of what is hoped will be an annual event on the afternoon of Sept. 18 between noon and 5 p.m. More...

She's Going Postal Over Her Senior Project

It has been an exciting summer for Towanda High School senior Danielle Salsman. In June, as her junior year was coming to an end, she was back in school after briefly dropping out. More...

Elk Lake Parents Voice Sports Concerns

More than a dozen parents and students attended Tuesday night's meeting of the Elk Lake School Board, so President Eric Emmerich pushed visitors' time to the front of the agenda. More...

He's Back to Baghdad after Surprising Family

Brian Hopkins with his sister Deanna VaskasHis surprise visit was spoiled by tarrying too long in Wyalusing where Deanna spotted him.He looks relaxed, tanned and fit. You might take him for someone who has recently vacationed on a tropical isle. More...

Former Firm Foundation Insider Says It's a Scam

While the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) continues to stand behind Wayne Blow and his Firm Foundation of Bradford County program, one former associate describes it as lacking substance and "little more than a scam." More...

PENNDOT Issues Safe Driving Tips for Labor Day

Labor Day may signal the end of summer, but the summer driving seasons remains in full swing. More...

Survey in PA Shows Bush Surging

In a dramatic reversal of fortune, the Republican ticket has moved into the lead in Pennsylvania, according to an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency. More...

All in The Family At Wyalusing High School

Classes resumed in the Wyalusing Area School District Wednesday, and only one of the above returnees is not enrolled in at least one of the grades at the Wyalusing Valley High School. More...

Advance Tickets on Sale for Wine Festival

The first annual Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival is quickly approaching and now is the time to order advance tickets for the Sept. 18th event on the grounds of the Wyalusing Valley Museum Barn across from the high school. More...

Towanda's Historic Homes Tell Their Own Stories

Photo by Wes SkillingsAnne Sturzen stands in front of the place she called home as a child—now a seven-apartment building at 1 Bridge Street, Towanda. More...

Taylor Packing Earns High Marks for Safety

Photo by David KeelerWith an illness and injury rate 53 percent below the national average for meat processing plants, Wyalusing's Taylor Packing has again earned OSHA's prestigious designation as a VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) Star Site. More...

400 Properties Headed for Sheriff's Sale in Wyoming County

Tax Claim Director Jill Baldo says that about 400 properties whose taxes have been delinquent for two years or more will be up for Sheriff's Sale in November. More...

Former Northeast Bradford Principal Now Wyalusing Superintendent

Acting Superintendent of Wyalusing Schools Warner Stark, left, welocmes the district's new superintendent Ray Fleming. More...

Judge Fills Vacancies on Wyalusing Borough Council

Wyalusing Borough Solicitor Jonathan Foster confirmed Tuesday that after reviewing resumes submitted by three candidates for the Wyalusing Borough Council, Bradford County President Judge Jeffrey Smith appointed borough residents Jean Reinhart and Jo More...

Gas Price Update: 14 Cents a Mile and Climbing

Yes, gas prices have gone up, and regardless of who's to blame, it doesn't fill that void in your wallet. Okay, so few of us pay for our gas with cash anymore, not when you're shelling out more than $50 to fill up that 15-gallon tank.Here's a tip. More...

Audience Learns Importance of Legislative Oversight on Gas Pipelines

A number of the 140+ people who attended Penn State's Gas Pipeline Forum last week were surprised to learn that both gathering pipelines and transmission pipelines for the natural gas industry—shortly to be ubiquitous in Wyoming County—-a More...

Where These Buffalo Roam There's Nothing to Sing About

SEE CHESAPEAKE'S RESPONSE ON PAGE ONE OF OUR WEBSITEAn ample supply of pure drinking water is something most people in the northeast take for granted.But not Terry Township residents Jason and Janet Otis. More...

Driver Survives Unscathed

Terry Township resident Lynn Ottaviani can count herself lucky for surviving this crash without serious injuries or worse. More...

Wyalusing Landmark Sold

For the first time since the early 1800's, land just across the Wyalusing Creek from Wyalusing Borough along Route 6 isn't owned by the Welles Family.Chris Welles, current owner of the former Welles Mill complex, confirmed recently that the property More...

Aida Opens Thursday at WVHS

Kirstyn Ballard, center, a WVHS sophomore who plays the title role in the Wyalusing Valley High School's production of Aida, is pictured with other cast members during Monday night's dress rehearsal. More...

Author, Researcher Speak at Wysox Program Databases Urged for Tracking Natural Gas Industry

Tara Meixsell thought she was moving to "a nice, quiet little farm" to rural Garfield County on the western mountain slopes of the Rockies in Colorado. More...

Sugar Run Targeted by Gas Drillers for Tapping River Water

What's two more million gallons a day out of the Susquehanna River?That's what property owners in the Village of Sugar Run would like to know, having been informed that's how much will be pumped out of there if a recent application is approved by the More...

'Doing the Math' on Millions of Gallons for Drilling

It sometimes seems that with the Susquehanna River and the myriad streams flowing into it across our landscape, the water supply is infinite. More...

Wyalusing School Board: Let's Work Together on Budget Deficit

Staff Cuts May Be Needed for Balancing ActThe message is clear. More...

Changing of the Guard at The Rocket-Courier

Today's edition of the Rocket-Courier marks a significant change. Earlier this year when editor Wes Skillings announced that he would be stepping down to pursue other interests, today, March 31, was the date he set for his departure. More...

Rick's Report

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Arsons Within Fire Companies Fray Nerves, Raise Questions

What makes a volunteer fireman—a public servant in theory—set fires on properties owned by the very people they are supposed to protect? More...

Nine Graduate from Drug Treatment Program

Last Thursday evening an unprecedented nine participants were graduated from the Wyoming/Sullivan County Drug Treatment Court. More...

Arsons Within Fire Companies Fray Nerves, Raise Questions

What makes a volunteer fireman—a public servant in theory—set fires on properties owned by the very people they are supposed to protect? More...

PA House Votes To Ban Sale Of Bath Salts, Bill Now Moves On To Senate

Despite its misleading label, a product sold as bath salts under a variety of brand names has nothing to do with bubble baths or a relaxing soak in the tub. More...

Celebrating Week of the Young Child

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Residents Claim Number of Tainted Wells up, Property Values Down

A number of concerned citizens and activists sounded off at the April 7 Bradford County Commissioners meeting, aiming many of their comments about the impact of gas well drilling at commissioner Doug McLinko. More...

Sugar Run Man Pleads Guilty in Labor Day Homicide

Joshua Bass, Sugar Run, entered a guilty plea last Friday in Wyoming County Court; President Judge Russell Shurtleff accepted the plea, which was to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter (felony grade one) and delivery of a controlled substance More...

Fire Leaves Laceyville Family of Seven Homeless

  The cause of the fire that destroyed the Laceyville home of Erik and April Brewer and their five children remains unknown, according to Laceyville’s Goodwill Company Captain Eric Shaffer, who said a state police fire marshal called More...

Bradford Commissioners Approve New Rules of Engagement For Public Speakers

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In Her Easter Bonnet

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Cleaner and Greener Clean-up Set for Saturday

The Fourth Annual Cleaner and Greener Clean-up is set to begin at 8:45 a.m. Saturday with participants meeting in the parking lot behind the Laceyville Fire Hall. More...

Angry Sky

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Bradford Commissioners Declare County Disaster Area

 At 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, the Bradford County Commissioners, in concert with the Bradford County Emergency Management Agency, issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency for Bradford County. More...

Republican Commissioner Candidates Take Part in Forum in Wyalusing

 The three Republican candidates for Bradford County Commissioner took part in a well-attended forum Monday evening at the Wyalusing Fire Hall. More...

Agency Seeks Volunteers To Deliver Meals

 The Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which is based in Towanda and serves Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga, and Susquehanna counties, also sponsors a Meals on Wheels (MOW) program that serves as a vital link to thousands of elderly residents who live alone More...

Towanda Woman Claims Barium and Lead Poisoning

 At the April 28 meeting of the Bradford County Commissioners, a Bradford County resident addressed those in attendance on the issue of well contamination from a personal perspective by reading the following letter: More...

Youths Highlight Day of Prayer At Courthouse

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Sheriff Candidates Square of in Wyoming County

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Commissioner Candidates Debate in Wyoming County

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School Board Passes Budget, Confirms Kindergarten Cutoff Date

 Some Wyalusing Area School Board (WASB) members seemed relieved to have something other than a deficit-laden 2011-12 school year budget to discuss at the May 9 meeting, but other members were reticent to approve a proposal that they felt passed More...

Wyalusing Hit By Rash of Break-Ins

Restaurant owner John Monterosso was disheartened to find the front door to Original Italian Pizza (OIP) on Main Street in Wyalusing busted open when he arrived for work on May 9. More...

Primary Election Results: McLinko and Vaughn Hold Onto Contested Bradford County Seats

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Pair of Pastors Synchronize Degree Certifications

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Wyalusing Relay for Life Surpasses Goal

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PennDOT Closes Bridge in Tuscarora Township

PennDOT is closing a bridge on State Route 1002 (Underhill Road) in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, for safety reasons.The detour will direct traffic to SR 1007 (Spring Hill Road), SR 1003 (Steam Hollow Mill Road) and Route 367. More...

Bradford County’s Annual Veterans’ Picnic Cancelled

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Chesapeake Check Funds Hometown Heroes Banners

  “Thanks to their generosity we were able to place three times the number of banners than we could have without their support,” Wyalusing’s Kelly Bradley said of a $25,000 check from Chesapeake Energy. More...

Memorial Day Services Set at Area Communities

 Chamberlin Speaker at Wyalusing ServiceStaff Sergeant Benjamin Chamberlin of Terry Township will be the Memorial Day speaker at services conducted by Wyalusing Post 534. More...

Robert Packer Hospital Ranked First in State for Overall Health Care

 Guthrie’s Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre was ranked number one in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and 21st nationally for overall hospital care in the 2011 Hospital Quality Awards. More...

Wyoming County Again at Historic Crossroads of Industry

 The following is the second installment in a series of stories about how the natural gas industry is impacting various communities in our coverage area. We continue this week with Tunkhannock and western Wyoming County. More...

Wyalusing Pastors Reviving Baccalaureate Service

 It’s been years since Wyalusing Valley High School seniors have had an opportunity to attend a Baccalaureate Service, but a group of Wyalusing pastors plans to change that.All Wyalusing Valley High School seniors are invited to attend a r More...

DeSisti Case Takes Bizarre Twists And Turns

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Police Patrols Resume In Wyalusing Borough

 Wyalusing Mayor Jean Reinhart introduced officer Joe DeMuro at Monday night’s meeting of the borough council.DeMuro is a member of Laceyville’s Police Department and has been contracted to conduct patrols in Wyalusing. More...

Many Sullivan County Residents Share Skepticism over Drilling

 The following is the third installment in our series about how the natural gas industry is impacting various communities in our coverage area. We continue this week with Dushore and eastern Sullivan County. More...

Towanda Area Ground Zero For Drilling Boom and its Opponents

Although the residents of both the Towanda and Wyalusing areas have experienced similar circumstances since gas companies arrived some five years ago and started drilling just more than three years ago, Towanda, as the county seat, has the unique dis More...

Wyalusing Seniors Receive Diplomas at Annual Commencement

One hundred Wyalusing Valley High School seniors received diplomas during commencement rites held Wednesday evening, June 15, in the school’s Layman Gymnasium.The ceremony opened with seniors, faculty and board members filing into the filled to More...

Wyalusing Pipe Yard Project Scrapped

By David KeelerA pipe yard facility proposed for a 4.5 acre site behind Wyalusing’s Farm and Home Plaza won’t be happening, according to information the Rocket-Courier obtained Tuesday. More...

Firewood That Rattles

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Tunkhannock's Founders' Day Well Attended

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Major Gas-Fired Power Plant Proposed for Asylum Township

 By David KeelerAccording to its website, a company named Moxie Energy is proposing to build a large natural gas-fired power plant on a 30-acre site in Bradford County’s Asylum Township. More...

Some New Residents Unaware of State's Strict Canine Laws

 Complaints of Dogs Runnig  Loose On the RiseBy Rick Hiduk More...

Area Business Icon Honored With Lane Dedication

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Towanda Parade Honors Veterans

 By David KeelerTowanda’s Main Street was lined with spectators last Friday who’d shown up to view the community’s Independence Day Parade that offered special tribute to World War II veterans. More...

Illegal Scrapping Claims Many Victims

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Cooling Shelter Opens in Tunkhanock

 Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross will be opening a cooling shelter on Thursday and Friday, July 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wyoming County Emergency Operations Center, located at 3880 Rt. More...

Eileen Ottaviani Joins Family Eye Care Practice

 Filed Page 2-3: Ottavianis Photo by David Keeler  Like Father, Like Daughter By David KeelerThere’s a new optometrist in Wyalusing, but there’s nothing new about her family’s relationship with the community More...

Boy Dies in Windham UTV Accident

 Roger “Squeak” Dale Canfield, IV, 12, of Mehoopany, was killed in a UTV accident Monday afternoon. More...

Take a Video Tour of Wyalusing’s New Elementary School

 Wyalusing ElementarySchool at A GlanceCost: $27.5 Million, includes building, new sewer system for entire campus, bus loop and roadway construction and district’s share of Route 2010 reconstruction More...

Commissioners Defer Contamination Issues to DEP

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Gas Company Mortgages Won’t Prevent Landowners Borrowing

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Neighbors Help Save Equipment in Herrick Barn Fire

 Editor Note: Chris Poost’s description of the fire scene last Saturday at the Hepp Farm in Herrick Township was gleaned from an email he sent to the Rocket-Courier. More...

Roadwork and Traffic Top Discussions At Wyalusing Township Meeting

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Water Boil Advisory Continues in Wyalusing

 Water Boil Advisory Issued in WyalusingThe Wyalusing Municipal Authority issued a water boil advisory today following testing that found the borough’s water is contaminated with total and fecal coliforms. E. More...

Firemen's Parade Video, Photos Still Available

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Towanda’s Riverfest To Feature Variety of Music and Food

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New Traffic Patterns at Wyalusing School Complex

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Students and Parents Excited By New School

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Did You Feel It?

 By David KeelerThe question being asked all along the eastern seaboard Tuesday after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia shook homes and buildings throughout the region shortly before 2 p.m. More...

Contest to Award Young Leaders and Local Schools

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Renovations Are Just Part of Keystone’s History

 Special Events Will Afford Views of Latest ProjectBy Rick Hiduk More...

Wyalusing Wine Festival Set for September 10

 By Rick HidukThe eighth annual Wyalusing Wine Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. More...

IT'S A DISASTER

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Literacy Week Proclaimed, Budget Shortfalls Announced

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Flood Shelter Set Up in Wyalusing

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Floodwaters at New Wyalusing School

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Damage Minimal at Elementary School

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Peoples State Bank’s Church Street Office Open

 Don Abrey, President & CEO of Peoples State Bank, announced earlier today that operations of the Route 6 Wyalusing branch have moved to a temporary location at 76 Church Street, Wyalusing (next to the post office), pending cleanup and repai More...

Area Road Closures To Fluctuate in Coming Days

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Many Roads Remain Closed in North Central PA

  Following is a list of closed roads in north central Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT’s latest update which was issued at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdaty.  More...

Wyalusing Fire Chief Praises Volunteers

 By David KeelerNext time someone tells you that volunteerism is a thing of the past, tell them to come to Wyalusing when there’s a community crisis unfolding.Wyalusing Fire Chief Adam Dietz said the way the community stepped up during the More...

Four Wyalusing School Sold; Board Honors Fleming

 By Rick HidukWhile comments and questions regarding recent flooding were sprinkled throughout the Sept. More...

Tetanus Shots Reach Wilmot and Wyalusing

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PennDOT Focused on Opening Roads and Bridges

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Situation at Progress Plaza 'Stabilized'

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Troy’s Corrine Binford Is 2012 Outstanding Young Woman

 By Kelly ColeLast year’s Outstanding Young Woman, Catherine Morelli hosted the Through the Years themed event on Saturday, September 24. By her side that evening was the 1992 OYW winner from Canton, Stacy Reed Burns. More...

Bradford Historical Society Hosts Annual Meeting

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Laceyville Council Drops Plans for Park-Playground

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Township To Assist PSB, Push For FEMA Action

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Pipeline Company to Conduct Public Hearings

The Pentex Pipeline Company public input hearing, which was postponed from Sept. 13 due to flooding, will be held on Friday Oct. 7. There will be two sessions. One beginning at 1 p.m.  and ther other at 6 p.m. More...

Regional Agriculture Reeling from Storms

 By Rick HidukAccording to Pennsylvania Farm Bureau media relations director Mark O’Neill, it will be some time before farmers, growers, and economists can calculate the full extent of agricultural loss to recent storms and flooding. More...

Pipeline Company's Utility Status Challenged

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Vote on Courthouse Smoking Ban Due Thursday

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Commissioners Blast State For ‘Failed Stream Policies’

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New Curator at Wyalusing Valley Museum

 By David KeelerMorgan Clinton, the new curator at the Wyalusing Valley Museum, says if people have been holding off visiting the museum, they have just two more weekends before the facility closes for the season at the end of October and won&rs More...

Historical Society and Others Race to Preserve County Documents

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Kisses for a Queen

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Historian Seeking Information For Civil War Book

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Party-Goers Collect $Thousands in Prizes

 By David KeelerWyalusing area residents Becky Smith and her husband, Kevin, went home from Saturday night’s annual Elimination Party with the $3,000 grand prize, but it cost them an extra $1,000 to get a shot at winning the big prize. More...

Truck Brings Rude Awakening for Laceyville Woman

 By David KeelerIt’s definitely not the way to start your day. More...

Pre-Election Roundup for Rocket-Courier Area

 Bradford County Offers Few Candidates But Tight RacesBy Rick HidukWhile the relatively small number of those vying for public office in Bradford County is disappointing to some, next Tuesday’s election still offers some tight races and co More...

Annual LeRaysville Minstrel Show Opens Friday Night

  By David KeelerIf last weekend’s snow had you thinking about Christmas, the upcoming variety show in LeRaysville, which is called Redneck Christmas, will likely leave you thinking that Christmas is just around the corner. More...

Election Results Posted For Bradford, Wyoming, and Susquehanna Counties

 McLinko and Miller Garner Top Votes in Bradford CountyBy Rick Hiduk More...

Pentex Actions To Delay Pipeline Decision

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Budget Approved By Wyalusing Council

 Future Repeal of Burn Ban for Leaves Discussed By Rick Hiduk More...

Tewksbury Speaks at South Auburn Grange

 By D.C. KoviackArmy Colonel Dennis Tewksbury spoke to about 50 of his friends and former neighbors Monday night when he was the special speaker at the monthly meeting of the South Auburn Grange. More...

Proposed Impact Fee Brings Controversy

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Bradford-Sullivan Red Cross Needs Volunteers

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Old-Fashioned Christmas Show Returning to Laceyville

By David KeelerAfter a two-year hiatus, Laceyville’s popular Christmas show will be back this holiday season, with some of the same talented local performers that delighted folks back in 2009. More...

Volume of Work at Prothonotary Office Continues to Rise

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Annual Tree Lighting Friday Night

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No Tax Increase in Wyoming County 2012 Budget

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Towanda Man Nabbed for Selling, Manufacturing Drugs

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Santa Visits New Albany Community Hall

—By Pete Hardenstine—Dozens of New Albany area children were able to enjoy an early taste of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. More...

Laceyville Borough ups Taxes, Water Rates

 By David Keeler.By a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Laceyville Borough Council voted to increase taxes by five mils and water rates by $2 per thousand gallons.The tax increase brings the borough’s total millage to 23.6. More...

Laceyville Community Christmas Delights Audience

 By David KeelerLaceyville’s Braintrim Baptist Church Fellowship Hall was filled to near capacity last Saturday evening when some of the area’s most gifted performers shared their talents and helped kick off the Christmas season. More...

RV Camp To Give Way to Industrial Park

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Senator Yaw Talks about Gas and Jobs

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Wyalusing Candlelight Service Dedicated to Met Williams

By David KeelerIt’s a Wyalusing Christmas tradition that dates back well over a half-century. More...

Cargill Cutting 10 Local Jobs, Thousands Let Go Worldwide

 By David KeelerOfficials at Wyalusing Township’s Cargill Meat Solutions plant confirmed that 10 employees will be let go as part of a corporate-wide series of job cuts that will see as many as 2,000 employees in 63 countries lose their jo More...

State Police Closing Aviation Unit at Montoursville

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Poachers from Maine Jailed

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Increase in Room Tax Allows for Greater Distribution of Funds

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Adam Dietz Wyalusing’s 2011 Outstanding Citizen

  By David KeelerThe Wyalusing Rainbow Club has selected Wyalusing Fire Chief Adam Dietz as the community’s 2011 Outstanding Citizen.Dietz was chosen from nominations submitted by members of the community and approved by a unanimous v More...

Jaylnn’s Got Santa’s Ear

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New Lopez Bridge Opens

 PennDOT Engineering District 3-0’s aggressive schedule is paying off with today's opening of the new Route 487 Bridge at Lopez in Sullivan County, less than four months since the road's closing. More...

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