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Three students from the Barnes Family Martial Arts Center were recently promoted to the rank of first-degree black belt. Allen Fell, 11; Lauren Charney, 12, and Adam Bilder, 17, were presented with their belts and certificates of rank in a ceremony held in the auditorium of the Joan Harris Conservatory of the Arts in Luzerne. The instructor of the institute is Gary R. Barnes. The ceremony marked the end of the 16-year history of the center. The school closed in October. From left: Sifu (teacher) Gary R. Barnes, Allen Fell.

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