Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell highlighted financial stability and resident safety in his "State of Lehigh County" program at Brookside Country Club March 28.
Hansell said the county has endured through the fiscal downturn in previous years and has remained financially viable.
"Any way you measure it, the state of our county finances is strong," Hansell said.
The Pennsylvania DUI Association presented a class to help local officers identify drivers impaired by drugs at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg March 7.
The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training session was designed to prepare the 45 officers in attendance for the possibility of optional training to become a Drug Enforcement Expert.
Daryl LaPointe, one of the officers teaching the class, said there are seven DREs in Northampton and Lehigh counties and only about eight in the entire eastern portion of Pennsylvania.
Students in local schools have been taking new tests this year to measure their proficiency in algebra 1, literature and biology.
The new Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning this year, the Keystone Exams replaced the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests in mathematics, reading and science for purposes of satisfying No Child Left Behind and Adequate Yearly Progress requirements.
The burned body of a white or light-skinned Hispanic female was found in a wooded area of Chestnut Hill Road, Salisbury Township, Dec. 27, 2012.
According to District Attorney Jim Martin, the woman was discovered around 9:40 a.m. along the side of the road, just south of the entrance to the Unami Fish and Game Protective Association Inc. He said a fire was reported to police and the body was found between the guardrail and a tree.
According to Martin, the death is being investigated as "suspicious."
True to their school's name, students dug through soil horizons and found artifacts representing what could have been seven generations of life at the historic 1803 House.
In preparation for a future herb garden, sixth and seventh grade students at Seven Generations Charter School excavated next to one of Emmaus' treasured historic landmarks with an archeological dig.
Educational Specialist and Middle School Spanish Teacher Ryan Loughren guided the students using the Pythagorean theorem to map out a five-site grid, marking the four corners and middle of the planned garden.
Joseph Beck, 44, of Macungie and Allentown, was charged with wire fraud in connection with an alleged investment and loan scam Nov. 26.
According to the office of the U.S. Attorney, Beck and others, both known and unknown to the grand jury, allegedly devised a scheme for inducing people to purchase corporations which had never engaged in business and were only legitimate on paper. Victims were told owning these "shelf corporations" would convince borrowers to grant them higher limits on private loans and credit cards.
The railroad bridge collapse in the West Deptford area of New Jersey Nov. 30 should be a wake up call to fix our area's crumbling infrastructure.
As we all know, procrastination can be a dangerous thing.
This spill of vinyl chloride, a toxic chemical, into a feeder creek of the Delaware River has the potential to kill wildlife and taint a delicate ecosystem still recovering from the consequences of our country's industrial revolution.
Kevin T. Deely Jr. called State Representative Justin Simmons, R-131st, to concede the race for the district seat in the Pennsylvania House Nov. 19.
According to the numbers provided by the voter registration offices of Northampton and Lehigh counties, the race was officially decided by a total of 416 votes.
In Lehigh County, the separation was only by one vote with 12,972 for Simmons and 12,971 for Deely.
Simmons received 1,293 votes in Northampton County while Deely only pulled 878 voters creating a separation of 415 votes.
While the rains and wind from Hurricane Sandy subsided in the Lehigh Valley within a matter of days, the financial and emotional toll continues to linger on.
The storm which pummeled coastal regions, destroyed property and left masses of people feeling helpless is now projected to cost $60 billion nationwide.
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell issued a line-item veto on Lehigh County's proposed budget Nov. 1 effectively issuing a $3.5 million cut in spending to accompany proposed tax credits.
"I am using the veto surgically to correct a problem rather than using it as a blunt instrument to simply say 'no' and force an arbitrary choice. While this veto will be somewhat complicated, its objectives are simple and clear," Hansell said at a press conference Nov. 1 announcing the line-item veto.