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Nanticoke to use tax collection service

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NANTICOKE — The council voted unanimously at Wednesday’s meeting to enter into a contract with e-Collect Plus, a Pittsburgh-based tax collection service.The service “makes sure that all fees, permits and taxes owed to the city” are collected and that there is “no cost to the city or the tax payers,” City Manager Andrew Gegaris said at a meeting earlier this month.Gegaris also said that many times there are “wrong records, wrong millages and various other mistakes that are keeping the city from obtaining the money which is owed. The e-Collect firm audits Berkeimer to make sure that it is correct.”


County payment for inmate’s abortion questioned

Luzerne County’s former budget/finance director Donna Magni is questioning a $1,245 county prison payment to an Allentown abortion clinic and suggested her inquiry into the matter prompted her termination.“I found out about the alleged abortion on January 15, 2014, and January 31, 2014, I was terminated from my position under false pretenses,” Magni, of West Wyoming, recently wrote in a letter asking the state to force the county to provide her with more informati...

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Colonels take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy, seated third from left, along with Wilkes faculty and staff, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the steps of the Farley Library on campus Friday in honor of Wilkes professor of sociology and anthropology James Merryman, seated second from left. Merryman, a Bear Creek resident, has been diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Leahy and the Wilkes community received the ice bucket challenge this week from Keystone Colle...

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UPDATE: Woman killed in Dallas Twp. crash identified

DALLAS TWP. — An elderly woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Memorial Highway on Friday morning.The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 78-year-old Shirley Zajkowski, of Monroe Township, Wyoming County.Police at the scene said Zajkowski turned into the southbound lanes of Memorial Highway (state Route 309) from the access road to Jack Williams Tire and Auto Center and AA Auto at about 11:30 a.m. When she turned, her vehicle was stru...

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Police: Shots fired inside Sherman Hills building

WILKES-BARRE — Officers responded to multiple calls reporting shots fired inside Building 308 in the Sherman Hills apartment complex just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.Upon arrival, officers discovered multiple shell casings in the top floor hallway, and an apartment door with three bullet holes in it.Several more bullet holes were found in the hallway, spanning the entire length of the same apartment. Several spent rounds and casings were recovered and placed in...

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Heated bidding over Nanticoke property in tax sale

A former Nanticoke bowling alley fetched the highest bid — $70,000 — in this week’s free-and-clear Luzerne County back-tax auction.Hazleton resident Pasquale Scalleat acquired the 1.6-acre property on Washington Street after fending off intense competition from three men — Jignesh, Bhikhabhai and Anup Patel.Bids started at $856.Attorney John Rodgers, who ran the auction, quickly snapped his head back and forth numerous times between the...

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Prosecutors oppose Yuknavich dismissal request

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office on Friday opposed a motion by Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Paul Yuknavich to have the case against him dismissed, arguing that speedy trial violations alleged by Yuknavich were not caused by the prosecution.Yuknavich, 50, of East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, was charged by state police on Aug. 7, 2013, with stealing $48,000 from the fire department between 2008 and 2011.The ca...

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King’s purchases more North Street properties

WILKES-BARRE — King’s College has purchased several more properties on North Street, including the corner lots at River Street that will become a parking lot within three years.Also on North Street King’s purchased three properties and had the buildings taken down. They are adjacent to the former Presbyterian church, also owned by King’s.Big things are happening on the college’s north border, but Chief Financial Officer John Loyack said no d...

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Holy Spirit Parish holds Vacation Bible School

Holy Spirit Parish, Glen Lyon, recently held its 14th annual Vacation Bible School entitled Weird Animals. Participants, from left, first row, are Omar Vann, Nate Vnuk, Emersyn Brown, Curt Gronski, Jade Ascerno and Brady Thomas. Second row: Phoebe Hillan, director; Kiera Sims; Karmin Vann; Allison Brown; Isabel Henichek; Addison Mosgo; Christian Zaleski; Logan Ostopick; Sereniti Ascerno; Laylan Levandowski; Nicholas Pote; Jake Tarnowski; Jenna Samuels; Connor Kashatus; Logan Burke; and Jane S...

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Logan Kosloski

Logan Kosloski, son of Joseph and Sarah Kosloski, Alden, is celebrating his third birthday today, Aug. 23. Logan is a grandson of Paula and John Wilde, Bear Creek, and Juanita and Joseph Kosloski Sr., Plymouth. He is a great-grandson of Marie Jacobs, Wilkes-Barre.

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Emily M. Kane

Emily M. Kane, daughter of Christine and Thomas Kane, Hanover Township, is celebrating her ninth birthday today, Aug. 23. Emily is a granddaughter of Marcia Novicenskie and the late Robert Novicenskie, Laflin, and the late Paul and Mary Kane, Exeter. She is a great-granddaughter of Anna Mihalik, Mount Carmel. Emily has a brother, Ryan, 11.

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Keanen Edwards

Keanen Edwards, son of Althea and Michael Edwards, West Wyoming, is celebrating his fifth birthday today, Aug. 23. Keanen is a grandson of Coleen and Clyde Gommer, Hunlock Creek; Debbie Shaffer and Joanie Stododzian, Glen Lyon; and Barry Edwards and Carol Luby, West Nanticoke. Keanen has a brother, Kyle.

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Labor Day festival planned at St. Martha’s Church

Holy Spirit Parish at St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs, is hosting its annual Labor Day festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31. There will be a 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. The menu includes ethnic and American foods. There will also be games, theme baskets, a country store for bargains and a sidewalk cafe for dessert and coffee. Entertainment will be provided by Jeanne Zano until 11 p.m. Sunday’s activities begi...

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Church Briefs

CLARKS SUMMIT: Trinity Lutheran Pre-School, located in Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 West Grove St., is accepting applications for the afternoon four-year-old program. The afternoon class meets from 12:30-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children must be four years old by Sunday, Aug. 31.For more information contact Carole at 570-587-1088 or 570-586-5590.HONESDALE: St. Padre Pio Prayer Group will gather for its monthly devotions be...

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HUNTINGTON MILLS: The United Sportsmen’s Camp 271, 251 Waterton Road, is holding a flea market and chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 23.The flea market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor space is $10 and set up begins at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is not required.The chicken barbecue will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Cost is $9 and includes half chicken, corn, baked beans, baked potato and more.For more information call Jim at 570-864-365...

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Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Bob’s Discount Furniture moving into the neighborhood

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — With a grand opening planned for next week, Bob’s Discount Furniture will be joining the list of new retail businesses opening in Wilkes-Barre Township this year.The opening is the latest development in the township’s retail shuffle. Party City moved into the Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace and Shoe Carnival is scheduled to open in the same plaza in November. Earlier this summer Gabe’s opened its doors in the East End Centre, Wilkes-Bar...

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Taxpayers association rallies to support property tax relief

WILKES-BARRE — Cars could be heard honking on Friday afternoon as they passed State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski’s office in support with a rally in support of a state bill that would eliminate property tax.The Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers association held a rally on Friday outside Pashinski’s office on South Pennsylvania Avenue. Led by Frank Sorick, the association held the rally in support of House Bill 76.Sorick said the organization has been circulating ...

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Times Leader Career Fair to showcase local employers

WILKES-BARRE — Area companies will be highlighting employment opportunities and collect information on job candidates for future recruitment during The Times Leader September Career Fair.The Times Leader Career Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9, in the 1st Battalion 109th Field Artillery Regiment, Wilkes-Barre. The Times Leader holds two job fairs a year, one in March and in September.This season’s fair will consist of 31 companies, including...

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