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Discussion on Feb. 5

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Civil War

Civil War Round Table of Eastern Pennsylvania Inc., will host author Dr. Cheryl Renee Gooch to discuss her newest book, “Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania,” Feb. 5 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 7736 Adrienne Drive, Fogelsville.

The book traces and interprets the lives of 18 men from a black community, who served in the Civil War to end slavery, and their families’ efforts to ensure they are remembered for their role...

Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

Years ago, before I knew what the buildings even were, I remember driving past the former Allentown State Hospital and doing a double take.

I pulled onto the campus and took a walk. The stately grounds and handsome buildings were stunning. A character and quality that doesn’t get built anymore. The hospital is now slated for demolition.

As communities age, buildings of character are finding themselves in need of rejuvenation. Adaptive reuse is a conscious...

Trial date set for South Whitehall police officer in fatal shooting

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

A Lehigh County judge has set a trial date for a former police officer who is facing criminal charges for a fatal on-duty shooting last year near Dorney Park.

Jonathan Roselle, 33, of Parryville, a former officer with South Whitehall Police Department, will go to trial Sept. 24.

Roselle was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the July 28, 2018, death of Joseph Santos, 44, of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

Roselle was in court on Friday with his attorney to discuss a...

Events planned

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 7860 Center St., Emerald, will have the following events this month.

·The Ministry of St. Peter’s will be offered at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 at Life Tree Café, Main and Chestnut St., Parryville.

·Christ’s Kids Club for youngsters ages 4 to 11 will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at St. Peter’s Emerald.

·A family fun night with games, movies, refreshments and fellowship will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Feb....

Chosen Words

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

As we say our Pledge of Allegiance,

we say “one nation under God;”

but, lately, it seems we no longer are,

“one nation under God.”

Our country has lost its direction;

People no longer care.

There’s angst, disagreement, and discord,

And hatred everywhere!

No one agrees with each other;

You are cursed if you think on your own;

If you don’t think like the other guy,

You are labeled and left all alone.

There are...

Larry Shrawder wins park bid

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT KENNY BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors unanimously voted on Jan. 3 to accept a bid by Larry Shrawder of Kempton to purchase Independent Park, 150 Independent Road.

Shrawder has owned Stony Run Winery, Kempton, since 2015, he told The Press via telephone Jan. 28.

“We started the vineyards in 2013 and had our first vintage (wine) in 2016,” he added.

Shrawder said he decided to purchase Independent Park because it is a nice property and he was looking for somewhere to hold...

Derbe Eckhart pleads guilty to cruelty to animal charges

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court to 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.

Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, has been in jail since August.

He had been charged with three felonies, as well as numerous third-degree...

Board creates director position for Cedarbrook

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing creation of a new job position — Director of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation.

They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, which gave up the contract to manage the facility in South Whitehall. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.

In other business, commissioners commemorated the long service of Deputy Controller...