Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim has identified the body of the woman found in a wooded area in Salisbury Township Dec. 27, 2012 as Jennifer Velez-Negron, 26, of Reading.
Her burning body was found in the vicinity of 75 Chestnut Hill Road in Salisbury Township.
An autopsy performed Dec. 28, 2012 showed her death was attributed to suffocation and thermal injuries and her death was ruled a homicide. At the time of the autopsy, DNA samples were collected for identification purposes.
In a decision made Dec. 19, 2012 by Lehigh County President Judge Carol K. McGinley, Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart will be retaining his job.
Eckhart served as a Lehigh County Commissioner from 2006 through Dec. 30, 2011. He resigned that office and assumed the office of controller in January 2012.
The Friends of the Emmaus Public Library hosted its sixth annual Holiday Book Sale and Reception recently in the Margaret Knoll Gardner Room of the library. The sale featured used books, some rare, for all interests and ages.
The Emmaus High School Jazz Combo played seasonal music while shoppers sampled wine, cheese and punch.
The Friends presented a check in the amount of $16,000 to the library, the organization's annual contribution. Since the founding of the organization, the Friends have contributed over $445,000 to the library.
Many parents have been asking for guidance on how to talk to their children about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and understand the short and long term impact of the events.
Jodi S. W. Campbell, MS, KidsPeace leader of the critical incident response team, assistant director of organizational development and training, shared with The Press tips for parents to help children in the wake of a large scale tragedy such as this.
Decorated pumpkins took over the waiting room at Ai Orthodontics, 550 Harrison St., Emmaus, recently in honor of National Orthodontic Month.
Pumpkins were delivered to Ai's referring dentists who were asked to decorate and return them. There were no rules other than to have a good time, according to orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa and practice administrator Melissa McCalley.
Republican Justin Simmons faced a challenge from Democrat Kevin Deely in the election for state representative in the 131st district Nov. 6 a race which has still not been called.
According to Lehigh County Elections and Voter Registration, as of Nov. 9, votes including machine, absentee and provisional ballots showed Simmons with 12,972 votes and Deely with 12,971 votes. Canvassing of military and overseass ballots begins 9 a.m. Nov. 14.
In Northampton County, results show Simmons with 1,282 votes and Deely with 852 votes.
Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Maloney for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.
In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Malony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.
In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Malony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.
McNeill ran on a five point plan dealing with quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.
All votes will be certified within the next few weeks.
Middle school and high school students, teachers and parents attended the kickoff for the seventh annual Student Horror Film Festival Oct. 11 organized by the Emmaus Arts Commission.
Sponsors include The Press, PenTeleData, Service Electric and Clark Media.
Students are given 96 hours to develop, produce and deliver a six minute horror film on DVD to Emmaus High School.
Although most students are from the Lehigh Valley, there have been teams as far away as Oregon.
Residents who live in the vicinity of Emmaus Avenue can now mail packages, pick up stamps and take care of other mailing needs while doing their laundry.
The Emmaus Avenue Laundromat, 2825 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, has been approved as a new Contract Postal Unit and is ready to serve the public with their postal needs.
A grand opening celebration was held Sept. 12.
A full line of postal products is available to customers 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and holidays.
A tornado-like storm tore through certain areas of the Lehigh Valley Sept. 8 leaving damage along its path.
Residents in Coopersburg and Locust Valley reported major damage mostly with trees down.
Weather warnings began in the early afternoon of Sept. 8 with advisory information.
At Locust Valley Golf Club, 5525 Locust Valley Road, Coopersburg, the manager of the pro shop Rick Schwab, watched the skies get dark quickly.
"At 4 p.m., I saw a big dark black cloud and then the wind, rain and branches went flying by our big window. It was a white mess going by."