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Council approves hotel tax grants

Monday, February 8, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County will generate about $2 million in hotel tax revenue this year, based on a four percent hotel room rental surcharge. How will it be spent? Most will go to Discover Lehigh Valley, a bi-county tourism bureau that also helps fund the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. In addition, the SteelStacks performing arts center and PBS-39’s broadcast studio will collect $270,000, the last payment in a $1 million commitment made by council several years ago. The rest of the money, nearly $500,000, was awarded in the form of hotel tax grants at council’s Jan.

You’re Welcome owner thanks zoning board

Monday, February 8, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Irene Skelly has good reason to like Bethlehem. On Jan. 19, Bethlehem police nabbed a suspect in the gunpoint robbery of her South New Street store, Pat’s News Stand, earlier that day. And at its Jan. 27 meeting, Bethlehem’s Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed to allow her to continue operating a five-room boarding house next door, located atop a tavern she owns.

Norco considers Gracedale as a nonprofit

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

By a 6-3 vote, Northampton County Council voted Jan. 7 to authorize a study, at no cost to the county, of the benefits and pitfalls of turning the county nursing home, Gracedale, into a tax exempt nonprofit corporation, commonly known as a 501c3. Gracedale’s administrator, Premier Healthcare Resources, will prepare the report, but has been specifically instructed that it the possibility of a sale to a private, for profit corporation, is off limits.

Board hedges out public, treats civil servants

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At the brief Jan. 18 meeting, Bethlehem Township’s Board of Commissioners decided it’s time both to adopt a public comment policy and address continued participation in the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Those discussions occurred at the end of a meeting in which commissioners raced through three pages of agenda items with virtually no public discussion. This is because the township failed to post its back-up documents online. Those were made available the next day.

New rules will speed police booking

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When a person is arrested and charged with a serious offense, he is taken to a central booking station, located next to the jail. Arresting officers have been required to wait as the accused is processed, which usually takes between two and four hours. With 2,000 bookings per year, this is roughly 4,000-8,000 man hours. This is an incredible drain on smaller departments like Bangor, and sometimes means there is no one to patrol the streets.

New rules will speed police booking

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When a person is arrested and charged with a serious offense, he is taken to a central booking station, located next to the jail. Arresting officers have been required to wait as the accused is processed, which usually takes between two and four hours. With 2,000 bookings per year, this is roughly 4,000-8,000 man hours. This is an incredible drain on smaller departments like Bangor, and sometimes means there is no one to patrol the streets.

Atkins hearing March 17

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Royce Atkins, 22, will have to answer in Northampton County Court for a Nov. 6 hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old Hanover Township boy dead.

Darious Condash, along with a 14-year-old cousin and 15-year-old friend, had just left the WaWa store on Schoenersville Road, at about 6:30 p.m. The store is located about a quarter mile from Darious’ home.

When he dropped a piece of candy while crossing the road, and stepped back to pick it up, he was struck by Atkins’ blue Mazda.

Local Sands leads state in casino revenue

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Bethlehem Sands led all Pennsylvania casinos in table games revenue, according to a report released by the state gaming board. It raked in $214 million, which is a 13.4 percent jump over the previous year. Overall, Pennsylvania’s casinos generated over $3.1 billion in revenue last year, the most money since casinos began operations in 2006.

Slots machine revenue at the Sands generated $299 million, a 6.6 percent revenue over 2014. Sands finished second among 12 casinos in slots revenue.