State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, recently announced he will seek re-election to the 131st District of the State House of Representatives in the 2016 election.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents of the 131st District and work with them to reach our common goals,” Simmons said. “I humbly ask for their support so that we can continue working together on priorities like education funding, economic and job growth, and addressing local issues,” Simmons provided in a recent press release.
Students from the East Penn and Salisbury school districts were among the competitors and winners at the District 11 Skills USA Championships held at the Agri-Pex in the Allentown Fairgrounds Feb. 3.
In the annual competition, about 60 students from Lehigh Career and Technical Institute faced their peers from Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Monroe Career and Technical Institute and Upper Bucks County Technical School in more than 50 contests of skill ranging from advertising design to welding.
A veteran prosecutor in the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office has been named supervisor of the narcotics unit.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Joseph R. Stauffer, who has been in the office since 2004, supervises a unit including five other attorneys.
Stauffer approves most of the search warrants for the drug unit, manages forfeitures for the unit and approves most of the felony criminal complaints involving drug prosecutions.
On Jan. 24, the Emmaus Police Department responded to numerous incidents, including neighbor disputes over snow removal and EMS calls.
The Emmaus Police Department was assisted at one EMS call by neighbors who pitched in to help a neighbor in need. A resident requested EMS for a medical condition. When police, EMS fire and personnel arrived it was found there was no access to the residence due to the heavy snow accumulation.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, and a Holstein named “Heart” won first place during the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show Dairy Showmanship Contest.
This marks Mackenzie’s third year participating in the event and his first win.
The Dairy Showmanship Contest is presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to raise awareness of the importance of the dairy industry to the state’s economy.
Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s largest industry, and dairy production is its largest sector.
Every year, between 3 and 4 million Americans suffer concussions in sports and recreation. Head impacts and concussions caused by contact sports are a quickly growing epidemic among young athletes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2001 and 2009 nearly 175,000 patients under age 19 were treated annually in hospital emergency rooms for concussions related to sports and recreation activities.
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The Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office has obtained the first gang enhancement sentence in an assault case as the office and the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center contribute resources to gang-related prosecution.
A 20-year-old Allentown woman who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault as a first-degree felony was sentenced Jan. 5 to four to 20 years in state prison for assaulting a 15-year-old girl, Chief Deputy District Attorney Bethany Zampogna, said.
Fifth graders at Lincoln Elementary School worked several weeks, in conjunction with the Coco Foundation, on a service learning project to collect toys for the children’s oncology units of local hospitals for the holidays.
The project incorporated fifth grade reading, writing, speaking and listening standards students learned while planning and implementing the project.
Students designed boxes to collect the toys, created a bulletin board to recognize students/families who donated and wrote persuasive pieces read during daily announcements, among other learning activities.
Lehigh Valley Zoo is getting new residents in 2016, with the addition of two Masai giraffes.
The Masai giraffes’ home at Lehigh Valley Zoo will feature opportunities for zoo guests to get up-close and personal with the animals who are easy to interact with through feeding stations that will be built into an elevated platform.
A 44-year-old Emmaus man was charged Dec. 16 with homicide in the 1998 death of an Allentown store owner.
John Milton Edinger, of 954 Glenwood St., was charged in the July 22, 1998, fatal shooting of Adel Malek, 59, the owner of Apotheca Store, 1341 Union St., Allentown.
Edinger was to be arraigned in the Lehigh County Central Booking Center Dec. 16.
The homicide was investigated by Allentown police detectives and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Homicide Task Force.
An affidavit of probable cause alleges: