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.
Several elements came together to give Charlie Dent an easy path to re-election as the U.S. Representative from the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
The popular Republican had the advantage of incumbency heading into the election.
First elected in 2004, Dent has held onto his seat in Congress with wide margins in recent years.
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The Emmaus High School Class of 1952 gathers for their annual reunion at Brookside Country Club.
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The long awaited plan for a trail system has been approved by the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners.
Better known as the Greenway system, it is a system of trails within the township and neighboring communities, mostly along the Swabia and Little Lehigh Creek areas. Commissioners said this is just the beginning; additional information will be forthcoming. A lot of credit was given to Planning Director Sara Pandl for her work on this. Scott Alderfer, from the Environmental Advisory Council, said this plan will help to increase property values within the township.
Emmaus Borough Council approved a $6 fee for use of the compost area to be added to residents' 2013 refuse bill.
The fee, added to resident's garbage bill, will also help fund cards to be used to gain access to the compost area.
The compost area cost the borough $84,377 this year in wages, processing and fuel while only taking in $5,400 in revenue.
The figures for the cost of running the facility do not include pickups of leaves, curbside branches and Christmas trees which, according to Borough Manager Shane Pepe, are estimated to cost another $40,000 to $50,000.
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Prospective students and their parents attend the recent Central Catholic High School open house.
In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, the business of Macungie Borough council grinds back into action, but not without some heartfelt criticism from residents and council members alike at the Nov. 5 meeting.
Due to a "failure in communication," a phrase coined and used by several council members in the course of the evening's debates, trick or treat night proceeded as scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 despite a total lack of light in the borough left in Sandy's devastation.