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School district employee tests positive for COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

In a letter sent on March 24, Northwestern Lehigh Superintendent Jennifer Holman notified district families and staff that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19.

Holman said the individual, who works at both Weisenberg Elementary and the high school, had neither been to any district buildings nor participated in any school initiatives since March 16.

Education department cancels PSSA, Keystones, PASA exams

Friday, March 27, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in School

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced on March 19 the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-2020 school year as a result of COVID-19.

This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.

“Our school communities are operating within unprecedented conditions,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Schools are making extraordinary efforts to remain connected to students and families, to provide food service and to put appropriate systems in place to continue student learning.

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Wolf orders closure of non-life-sustaining businesses at 8 p.m. March 19

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to information provided by the governor’s office, enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin 12:01 a.m. March 21.

Enforcement actions for restaurant, bar dine-in closure began 8 p.m. March 18.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

Mother of two Albany Twp children charged with murder

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, of Albany Township, was charged Dec. 2 with first- and third-degree murder for the deaths of her two children in September.

Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich announced just before noon Dec. 2 the cause of death for Brinley L. Snyder, 4, and Conner Snyder, 8, of the 2400 block of Route 143, Albany Township, was hanging.

Voters seem to favor Democrats for Lehigh County board

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters on Tuesday appear to have lost favor with two incumbent Republicans and instead picked four Democrats to serve on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

According to unofficial results from the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, Democrat Dan Hartzell garnered an unofficial 29,747 votes, 14.77 percent of the total votes cast. If the vote is certified, he will return for a second, four-year term in office.

Hartzell, of South Whitehall Township, is a Whitehall High School and Kutztown University graduate.

Pinsley appears to have unseated two-term Lehigh County controller

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, having garnered an unofficial 28,463 votes, 51.04 percent of the total 55,763 votes cast in Tuesday’s General Election, Democrat Mark Pinsley seems to have unseated two-term incumbent Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart for a four-year term in office. Eckhart received an unofficial 27,300 votes, 48.96 percent of the vote.

Jakum returning to Heidelberg supervisor’s seat

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Heidelberg Township voters went to the polls on Tuesday and returned incumbent Supervisor Jonathan Jakum, a Republican, to office for another six-year term.

Jakum received 385 of the total 598 votes cast to garner 64.38 percent of the vote, according to Lehigh County Voter Registration Office.

Democrat challenger Luke Savage, a member of the township planning commission, received 213 votes, 35.62 percent of the vote.

Jakum has been a resident of the township for 11 years.

Unchallenged county candidate results are reported

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

The following candidates for Lehigh County row offices were unchallenged in the Nov. 5 General Election.

Incumbent District Attorney Jim Martin, a Republican, received an unofficial 36,805 votes for another four-year term in office.

Incumbent Sheriff Joe Hanna, running as a Democrat/Republican, garnered an unofficial 52,066 votes for another four-year term in office. Incumbent Clerk of Judicial Records Andrea Naugle, a Democrat, received an unofficial 38,693 votes to return for another four-year term in office.

Only one contested race in Northwestern Lehigh

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters will go to the polls Nov. 5 to cast their votes in the 2019 Municipal Election.

In Heidelberg Township, incumbent Supervisor Jonathan Jakum, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Luke Savage, a member of the township planning commission, for a six-year term in office.

Jakum has been a resident of the township for 11 years.

“Over that time, my appreciation for the open space and rural character of this area has only grown.

“Throughout my previous term as supervisor, unprecedented development continued to encroach upon areas near our municipality.