This morning in my electronic news feed, I counted five hand-wringing eulogies for the allegedly Endangered Species Formerly Known as the Community Newspaper. Each piece offered anecdotal evidence supporting the importance of an aggressive local press.

Today’s Times-Tribune offers hard proof in real time. Here are three things you would not know if not for this newspaper:

Staff Writer Jim Lockwood files an update on the newspaper’s battle to uncover all lawyer and consultant costs associated with the controversial sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority. Read his report here.

Next up is Staff Writer Sarah Hofius Hall, who revealed today that three members of the Scranton School Board attended a closed-door meeting with a financial consultant. The board has nine members and is facing a $33 million deficit, but has no public meetings scheduled until after the May 16 primary election. Read the story here, and then Sarah’s story about directors who signed a petition asking board President Bob Sheridan to hold a board meeting next week.

Finally, I humbly ask you to read my Wednesday column, the second examining the obvious conflict of interest in the state assigning a judge who was once a puppet of the trash industry to preside over an appeal of a proposed expansion at Keystone Sanitary Landfill.

This reporting appears in The Times-Tribune and nowhere else.  Northeast Pennsylvania has an aggressive local press that isn’t going away anytime soon.