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  • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce announced the sale of 88.73 acres of industrial land in Jessup and Archbald. The chamber’s business development affiliate, SLIBCO, sold the land to PNK Group. According to a release, the investor saw potential in developing industrial facilities in Lackawanna County due to its proximity to major cities and strong workforce. PNK Group plans to develop industrial facilities totaling 765,000 square feet on the land in Jessup and Archbald.
  • After many letters about our holiday mixtape, we've decided to bring you some new songs to fall in love with. So, make us your Valentine's date and enjoy!
  • Winterfest returns to downtown Stroudsburg this weekend. The family-friendly event includes more than 50 ice sculptures around the borough. The theme this year is Children’s Storytime. Shops and restaurants throughout Stroudsburg will have themed-specials, giveaways and activities. Churches will have warming stations and story time for children. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winterfest Maps are available online or from participating businesses. For more details, visit wvia.org/news and click on news briefs.
  • The Wilkes-Barre City Pothole Reporting Line is open. Residents are asked to call 570-208-4237 and provide the location of the pothole, including an exact address or the nearest intersection. In past years the pothole reporting line has been instrumental in expediting pothole repairs, according to Mayor George Brown’s office. It also alleviates redundancy of pothole reports made to different city departments.
  • Staff from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Recovery Center will be in Lackawanna County until Thursday. Businesses and residents from Luzerne, Monroe, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties impacted by severe storms and flooding on Sept. 9 are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the administration. Loans up to $500,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, according to the SBA. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $100,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Interest rates are as low as 4% for businesses; 2.375% for nonprofits; and 2.5% for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. Representatives on site can answer questions about the loan program and help complete applications. The Disaster Loan Outreach Center is located at the Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety, 30 Valley View Drive, Jessup. The center closes permanently at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Otherwise, hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is March 25. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 25. Applicants may apply online at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 711 to access telecommunications relay services. For more details, visit https://lending.sba.gov/search-disaster/?disaster=PA-20002;
  • Luzerne County’s director of elections has resigned after one year on the job.Eryn Harvey submitted her resignation TODAY/FRIDAY according to county manager Romilda Crocamo.Crocamo said the county will announce staffing “adjustments” on Monday and start the search for a new director of elections.Harvey took the job in February of 2023. In the letter provided to Crocamo, Harvey says her resignation will be effective as of Feb. 23. Crocamo thanked Harvey for her service to the county.Pennsylvania’s primary election is April 23.
  • A federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s court system and several county courts, including Lackawanna Court of Common Pleas, was settled earlier this month. The U.S. Department of Justice alleged the courts violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying access to medications for opioid use disorder. A complaint from 2018 argues a Jefferson County court ordered a woman to stop taking an addiction management medication, like methadone, while on probation, or return to prison if she would not comply. Six individuals, including an unnamed person previously incarcerated in Lackawanna County, will receive a share of $100,000 from the state's Unified Judicial System. As part of the agreement, the state’s court system must report back to the DOJ with new anti-discrimination policies.
  • Geisinger CMC workers on strike, Gang-related violence in Scranton, and more.
  • The Pennsylvania State Police is inviting the public to comment on its delivery of public service. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies completes reviews as part of the accreditation process. The public can provide comments or concerns at this link.
  • Low-interest loans are available for residents and businesses to recover from last year’s flooding in Scranton.Applications for Disaster Loans through the Small Business Administration will be open until March 25. Residents and businesses impacted by the September 9, 2023, flood in Keyser Valley and North Scranton can apply.Homeowners and renters could receive up to $500,000 for repairs, and businesses and most private non-profits can apply for up to $2 million.The SBA has opened a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety, 30 Valley View Drive, Jessup. It will be open to help those wishing to apply Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m to 2 p.m. until February 15.Loan applications can be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76155.