Bethlehem Press

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‘What we do is not sexy’

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.

Northampton County: ‘What we do is not sexy,’ says Brown

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.

DA says no to courthouse time clocks

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Many Northampton County employees who work at the jail and at Gracedale already punch timeclocks. But John Brown wants to use them countywide, including at the courthouse and at the Human Services building. HR Director Amy Trapp has argued they will reduce paperwork, save time and even be beneficial for employees in the long run. But employees resent them. They find the practice degrading, and feel that being compelled to supply their fingerprint for a biometric device is an infringement of their privacy.

Judge Koury sentences Atkins -- ‘A heartless human being who lacks social conscience’

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Following a four-day trial, a Northampton County jury found Royce Atkins, 23, guilty in November in a fatal hit-and-run that killed 9-year old Darius Condash. The accident itself occurred almost exactly one year before when Condash, accompanied by an older friend and cousin, crossed busy Schoenersville Road - a five-lane highway - at night. Atkins hit and killed Condash, but failed to stop. He said nothing, waiting for police to find him. But in phone conversations from jail to his father and girlfriend, he said too much.