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Toll increase approved

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a six percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

The toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.

The most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year...

Commissioners talk immigration status

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval for the 2019-20 Capital Plan July 25. In gross numbers, the plan calls for a five-year total expenditure of $129,107,334.

The first reading of the plan passed 8-0. Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent.

Some big-ticket expenses being funded in 2019 include replacement of the voting system — $3.5 million; the Coplay to Northampton Bridge — $5 million; courthouse upgrades — $1.06 million.

The fledgling...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


The city of Allentown’s 2018 Summer Concert Series and Saturday in the Park series have rescheduled three dates so far this season due to inclement weather.

Municipal Band will perform 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at West Park;

Crazy Hearts “Saturday in the Park” series will perform 7 p.m. Sept. 8; and

Municipal Band will perform 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at West Park.

The city of Allentown’s “Saturday in the Park” series features a wide variety of music genre’s...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Gerald Earl Moyer Jr., 49, of Emmaus was arrested July 6 at Sixth and Elm streets for allegedly driving under the influence, driving while under suspension and careless driving after he allegedly struck a parked car, according to Emmaus police. Moyer was transported to Lehigh County DUI Center and processed.

Daniel Barry Bortz, 56, of Emmaus, was arrested Aug. 3 for alleged sale or transfer of a firearm and unsworn falsifications after he allegedly attempted to purchase a firearm and...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 are eligible to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.

Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31.

The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum.


Lower Macungie Middle School Honor Roll

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by The Press in School

Lower Macungie Middle School has announced the names of students named to the honor roll for the fourth quarter.


Grade 6: Julia Grace Adams, Brianna Kate Amey, Ryan Baig, Gretchen Gabriella Bidwell, Logan Patrick Bitting, Alexa Grace Blagbrough, Lydia Josephine Bowman, Pandora Starr Boyd, Nolan Joshua Butz, Simren Saeed Chaudhry, Olivia Ann Clarke, Cecelia Alice Coleman, Emily Kay Condrack, Sophie Grace Dech, Braelyn Fay Dencler, Madeline Sophia Devine, Dakota Marie...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Charles Bednar, an Alburtis resident, spoke with members of borough council at the Aug. 8 meeting about some trees at Lockridge Historical Church. He was concerned some might fall and damage his property and requested the trees be trimmed back or taken down. Council agreed and Alburtis Borough Manager Sharon Trexler will get three quotes.

Lower Macungie Library Finance Manager Susan K. Nenstiel advised council the library has launched a campaign to raise $350,000 to furnish the inside...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The East Penn School Board unanimously adapted new soft-cover consumable math textbooks for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Aug. 13 meeting. These are part of a new math curriculum that had been previously approved.

Elementary level curriculum supervisor Michele James and secondary level curriculum supervisor Laura Witman explained why the choice was made to replace the current program with Ready Math during a presentation to the directors. With assistance from a...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

The Aug. 7 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of accessory dwelling units.

The planning commission was looking for consistency and wanted to have a clear definition of accessory dwelling units. It was questioned if they wanted accessory dwelling units to be used as rental units, such as Airbnbs.

There were questions about what is allowed in an accessory dwelling. The planning commission also questioned if accessory...