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Fire heavily damages Steinsville home

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Volunteer firefighters from 10 companies were called out just after midnight May 17 when fire broke out in a Steinsville home in Lynn Township.

According to Lynnport Fire Chief Clark Mantz, around 50 firefighters from Lynnport, New Tripoli, Kempton, Germansville and Weisenberg, along with the Alburtis Rapid Intervention Team, and the Woodlawn Cascade unit, which fills air packs, responded to the fire at the home owned by Linda Gruber of Auburn, Schuylkill County.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

The faithful listen to Living Stone Fellowship service from their cars

Pastor Jean Masiko and Associate Pastor Jaime Gonzalez of The Healing Place at Living Stone Fellowship were determined not to let the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the church’s Palm Sunday and Easter worship services.

Masiko remembered that Pastor Robert Schuller created the first drive-in church in Southern California in the 1950s and how successful that was.

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.