Northwestern Press

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lehigh County candidates unchallenged

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The following candidates for Lehigh County row offices are unchallenged in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.

Incumbent District Attorney Jim Martin, a Republican, is unchallenged on Tuesday for another four-year term in office following the announcement by Democrat Jim Moreno that he was dropping out of the race due to his battle against cancer.

Incumbent Sheriff Joe Hanna, running as a Democrat/Republican, is unchallenged for another four-year term in office. Incumbent Clerk of Judicial Records Andrea Naugle, a Democrat, is unchallenged for another four-year term in office.

Referendum question addresses crime victims’ rights

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Voters in the Nov. 5 election will be asked to answer a referendum question concerning the rights of crime victims, commonly known as Marsy’s Law.

The state Office of the Attorney General provided a plain English statement explaining the proposed Constitutional amendment.

The proposed amendment, if approved by the electorate, will provide victims of crimes with certain, new constitutional rights that must be protected in the same way as the rights afforded to individuals accused of committing a crime.

Two on the ballot for controller

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Local News

One Democratic and one Republican are on the Nov. 5 ballot for a four-year term as Lehigh County controller in the Nov. 5 election

The candidates were asked the following question: “What do you see as the biggest challenge financially for Lehigh County?”

Democrat Mark Pinsley: “Over the past several years, Lehigh County has had a deficit budget. This year the county voted for a small tax increase in order to close the gap between the amount of money the county is spending versus the amount of revenue generated by the county.

Crusade for Hope benefits Porter Lilley

Sunday, October 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

People were busy at the pavilion of the Skeet Club and Sporting Association, Slatington.

Some were cooking while others set up prizes for the Chinese auction. Band equipment was ready to go.

Motorcycles and classic cars participating in the 2019 Crusade 4 Hope on Sept. 21 were not expected for another hour but Kathy and Danny Fetherolf, of Germansville, had started a pig cooking the night before and were busy cutting up the meat for sandwiches.

Lowhill Twp building set for more security

Sunday, October 27, 2019 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

Lowhill Township supervisors had both their regular board meeting and a budget meeting on Oct. 3.

Among several topics, the board discussed security.

Chairman Rick Hughes said security will include having cameras installed around the building and having computer screens inside for Jill Seymour, secretary, to monitor.

The cameras will be along the four corners of the building and at the entrance. They also want the doors to the building locked at all times and have a system where visitors have to be buzzed inside.

Heidelberg Township

Sunday, October 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Budget ready for public review

Heidelberg Township’s 2020 budget is being advertised.

Supervisor Steve Bachman said it was possibly the earliest one to have been completed.

The total budget is for $1,744,477 with $1,232,891 of that in the general fund.

Major general fund revenue comes from real estate taxes, $276,996; earned income tax, $460,000; television franchise payments, $48,000; cell tower rents, $13,180; state shared revenues, $48,150; and public safety, $36,500.