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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Republicans Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th and state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, celebrated their re-election victories Tuesday night at the PPL Center, Allentown.
Dent, who was officially unchallenged, faced a last-minute, write-in campaign by Dennis Atiyeh of North Whitehall.
According to the Board of Elections, Dent received an unofficial 56,012 votes in Lehigh County.
132nd Legislative District
State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, faces no challenge for re-election in the Nov. 4 general election.
He was first elected to office for a two-year term in November 2012.
The district includes Allentown wards 6 (div 2), 8 (divs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), 10 (divs 3, 4), 11 (divs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), 13, 14 (div 1), 15, 17, 18 and South Whitehall Twp districts 1, 2, 7.
134th Legislative District
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, is unchallenged in his bid for re-election.
The Press asked the candidates what the most pressing issue was facing residents of the 15th Congressional District and why he should be elected or re-elected to office.
Incumbent RepublicanCharlie Dent
Congressman Charlie Dent has served as U.S. Congressman in the 15th District since 2005. He was state senator in the 16th Senatorial District from 1999-2005 and state representative for the 132nd Legislative District from1991-98.
The Press asked the candidates what the most pressing issue was facing residents of the 16th Senatorial District and why he should be elected or re-elected to the seat.
State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, is seeking another four-year term in the 16th Senatorial District, which he has served since May 2005.
Providing a quality and fair education for all Pennsylvania children must be the top priority for not only the 16th Senatorial District, but for everywhere in the commonwealth.
National Newspaper Week is being celebrated Oct. 5-11.
The theme, "Newspapers: The Foundation of Vibrant Communities" is the perfect time for the editors at the Lehigh Valley Press to thank our loyal advertisers and readers, and to pat ourselves on the back for helping contribute to the longevity of the eight weekly papers.
On April 9, 1959, the first issue of the Emmaus Free Press, now the East Penn Press, made its debut. The Pencor family, to which the weekly papers belong, purchased the Emmaus Free Press in October 1987.