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LEHIGH COUNTY

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Hoping that wearing a purple shirt would predispose Lehigh County Commissioners into thinking that his 2020 proposed $514.6 million budget is bipartisan, County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his fiscal plan Aug. 30 to department heads, staffers, four attending commissioners and the public.

Speaking in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Administration’s Seventh Street headquarters in Allentown, Philips’ budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent which translates into a 3.84...

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Board of School Directors of East Penn School District accepted a donation in the amount of $1,200 from Kindness is Magic Inc. at its regular board meeting Sept. 9. The money is to be applied to the accounts of district families who are both eligible for free or reduced lunch and currently have a negative account balance. Alisa Bowman reflected board sentiment when she said she is, “thankful to Kindness is Magic.”

Emmaus High School sophomore Hayden Schmidt and his older brother...

EMMAUS BOROUGH COUNCIL

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Two future housing developments moved one step closer in their plans at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting held Sept. 3.

The first property discussed was the abandoned lot at 300 Furnace St. The developer, Jeff Trainer, came before council with a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential but would become a high density residential office zoning...

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in School

Q. Who are the members of your family: parents, siblings and pets?

A. My mother Cindy and my father Quay. I also have two younger siblings, Naomi and Caleb and a cat named Minou.

Q. What do you most enjoy about being a senior at Emmaus High School?

A. As a senior, I am most looking forward to taking more difficult classes that are only offered to the upperclassmen.

Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?

A. My favorite subject in school is computer science....

Multiple fire companies respond to working Emmaus basement fire

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Multiple fire companies responded to a working basement fire at a 104 S. Second St. twin home shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

The fire sent one Western Salisbury Fire Department interior firefighter to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and left five people displaced.

The incident began when Emmaus Patrol Officer Austin Thompson called the Lehigh County 911 center when he spotted smoke coming from the residence and a malfunctioning heating system was suspected....

L.c. CORONER’S OFFICE and Forensics Center

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

An Emmaus man was fatally injured in a lawn tractor accident Sept. 3 in Upper Saucon Township.

Frank Deutsch, 73, was pronounced dead 10:07 a.m. Sept. 3 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, according to a media release provided by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.

An autopsy Sept. 4 revealed the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of death was ruled an accident, according to authorities.

The accident happened at...

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

The library tax referendum was approved and will be on the ballot in November according to the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners at the Sept. 5 meeting.

The proposed tax is needed to assist with library funding. The library is funded yearly through a grant.

The main question is the proposed cost to residents. One factor on cost will be if the resident is enrolled in the Homestead Act with Lehigh County.

To qualify, the resident must own a home as a primary...

MACUNGIE BOROUGH COUNCIL

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

A resident with a sidewalk waiver request had the request denied at the Sept. 3 Macungie Borough Council meeting. This resident has a three month time period to develop a plan to work around the problem. The problem revolves around a tree which has been declared healthy by an arborist and relocation of utility fixtures. The resident has proposed an alternative which includes a bump out onto Route 100 which will need Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approval, saying the proposed bump...