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... And the same in U. Mac Ed Earley and Sean Gill are seeking board seat

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Two Republicans, former supervisor Ed Earley and incumbent Sean Gill, are seeking their party's nomination in Tuesday's primary for a 6-year term on the Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors.

There are no candidates listed on the Democrat side of the ticket.

Gill, who was appointed to the board in December 2014, following the death of Supervisor Sam Ashmar, is completing Ashmar's term, which would have ended in January 2016.

Gill is a board member of the South Parkland Youth Association, coach and township recreation board member.

Slonaker, Eckhart to once again face off

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart, a Republican from Salisbury Township, is once again facing a challenge from Democrat Thomas Slonaker of Whitehall Township in the May 19 primary for a four-year term in office.

The last time the two went head-to-head was in the November 2011 election when voters chose Eckhart, who at the time was a member of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, first elected to that office in 2006.

The names of both candidates will appear on their respective party's ballots in November.

Grim unchallenged

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Coroner Scott M. Grim, a Democrat, is unchallenged in next Tuesday's primary election.

Grim is seeking his party's nomination for his fifth term in office.

"I have proudly served the citizens of Lehigh County in this capacity since 1997 and will continue to provide the services the citizens have elected me to perform," Grim said in his announcement for re-election. "In 1997, we investigated 2,340 deaths in comparison with over 5,700 investigations conducted in 2014."

Former twp. supervisor and incumbent on North Whitehall ballot ...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

There are no Democrat candidates on the primary ticket for the open seat on the North Whitehall Board of Supervisors.

Republicans Mark Hills, a former supervisor, and incumbent Richard Celmer are vying for their party's nomination for the 6-year term in the May 19 election.

Hills was appointed supervisor in 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Jerry Joseph.

Celmer unseated Hills in the May 2013 primary and beat Democrat Sam Neas in the November 2013 election for a two-year seat on the board.

Two seek election as Lehigh County sheriff

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

There are two candidates seeking their party's nomination to replace longtime Lehigh County Sheriff Ron Rossi, who chose not to seek re-election to the office he has held since 1992.

Allentown Police Sgt. Ed Zucal, a Democrat, is a 24-year veteran of the Allentown Police Department and a 21-year veteran with the Lehigh County Coroner's Office and Forensics Center.

Zucal, a sergeant in charge of the department's traffic division, is the department's hit and run investigator.

Jim Martin on ballot in May 19 primary

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, a Republican, is unchallenged in next Tuesday's primary election for his party's nomination for another four-year term in office.

Martin has been district attorney since January 1998 when he was appointed by Lehigh County Commissioners to succeed Judge Robert L. Steinberg.

He was elected to four-year terms in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, and recently passed the late George J. Joseph as the longest serving district attorney in the county's history.

Rural Road Safety Week

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Motorists urged to use caution when driving near farm equipment

Drivers in Pennsylvania are well aware they often need to share rural roadways with large and slow-moving farm equipment, especially during harvest seasons, when farmers move equipment from field to field.

According to a report (March 2011) on public road crashes involving farm equipment, ATVs and horses and buggies by Penn State Safety Specialist Dennis J. Murphy and Data Analyst Cathy Kassa, in 2008 and 2009, there were 800 crashes in the commonwealth involving farm equipment, an ATV or horse and buggy.

Change county seal, freedom from religion group tells board

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners are deciding how to handle a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation telling the county to stop using an official seal with a Latin cross in the center.

According to information provided by the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, the November 2014 letter to County Executive Tom Muller from FFRF states: "We urge the county to immediately discontinue using this seal and to develop a new seal that is both constitutional and representative of all citizens."

Area firefighters respond to physicians' office fire

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn, Western Salisbury and Alburtis firefighters were dispatched during the afternoon of Feb. 27 to the Lehigh Valley Physicians Group building, 3080 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall.

Also responding were Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel and South Whitehall township Police.

The 911 caller reported an odor of something burning coming from the heating vents as well as a light haze.

Uncertain of the cause, firefighters were prepared to fight a fire in the event one was discovered.