After indictments, business as usual at Wilkes-Barre credit union, solicitor says

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union was open Friday, a day after its former assistant manager Amanda Magda was named in two federal indictments alleging she witnessed forged signatures of credit union members on loan applications.The attorney for the credit union, located on the first floor in Wilkes-Barre City Hall, said the institution has installed new policies set forth by the National Credit Union Administration ever since federal authorit...

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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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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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Wyoming Valley Mall hosting back-to-school fair today

WILKES-BARRE — Wyoming Valley Mall will host a Back to School Kids Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.Vendors include dance studios, water parks, nonprofit organizations, a virtual charter school, a karate school and more. The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department will offer safety demonstrations. Entertainment includes a magician, a juggler, dancers, a karate demonstration and a live radio broadcast from Frankie Warren on Magic 93 from 10 a.m. to noon....

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Letter to the Editor: Rabbits slaughtered to fuel global fur trade; don’t stand for it

Each year some 50 million animals are slaughtered worldwide simply for their fur. Fox, mink, raccoon. And in places where they can get away with it, dogs and cats. But a grim loophole is allowing fashion retailers to get all the fur they want from another helpless animal, and all without reporting a single murderous statistic.So many rabbits are now slaughtered they are the fastest growing part of the fur trade. It’s because their pelts are considered a “byproduct”...

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Wilkes, Misericordia welcome fall students

Jordan Hoffman and John Brophy lead the Misericordia University Class of 2018 in a procession between two rows of faculty members during the Fall Convocation program, which began at Lemmond Center and was followed by a convocation march to the campus amphitheater on Thursday. The students were reminded that the university, founded by the Sisters of Mercy as College Misericordia, will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year.

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Nanticoke tot gets new lease on life

Alexa Mihalos celebrated her second birthday on July 8, 2014, but to members of her family, the celebration was a rebirth because of everything the little girl has been through over the past two years.Born with narrow nasal passages which impaired her breathing, Alexa has spent a large portion of her young life in a hospital and connected to a tracheostomy (trach) tube undergoing numerous medical procedures to correct the problem.And even though she received numerous pre...

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Getting a little ink

Ken Kile of Vodoo Tattoo in Bloomsburg tattoos Dave Mensh, also of Bloomsburg, at the NEPA Tattoo Arts Festival Friday at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. The festival runs through Sunday. For complete coverage of the event, see Sunday’s edition of The Times Leader.

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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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Crusaders top Warriors

EXETER — Ryan Keyes shot a match-best 38 to lead Coughlin to a 166-187 victory over Wyoming Area on Friday in golf action at Fox Hill Country Club.Coughlin’s Tyler Kurilla and Collin Krokos each shot a 42, as did top Warriors finisher Ryan Wrubel.***H.S. GOLFCoughlin 166, Wyoming Area 187...

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