Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Local man wins on JEOPARDY!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Ryan Bilger, of Macungie, is bringing pride to the area with his recent run of wins on JEOPARDY!.

The 21-year-old Eagle Scout graduated from Emmaus High School in 2015, Gettysburg College this past spring and will attend West Virginia University in the two-year graduate program to study public history. Bilger is the son of Cathy and Kurt and older brother of Kaitlin.

For five days, starting July 4, viewers got to see the Lehigh Valley native compete on JEOPARDY!.

The audition process began with an online test.

Court allows county seal to be displayed

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a court decision Aug. 8, Lehigh County is free to continue displaying its 70-year-old seal, including an image of a Latin cross.

In a news release issued by Becket, the law firm representing the county in FFRF v. Lehigh County, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled 3-0 that after the Supreme Court upheld the Bladensburg Cross war memorial as a historic monument, Lehigh County can maintain its seal as a symbol that ‘has become part of the community.’”

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

‘It all started with a patch’

When Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles started with the department in 1994, he wanted to know the 10 full-time and 11 part-time officers and staff.

“The first thing I did was work every shift and ride with every officer,” Stiles said. Officers thought that was great.

“I asked two questions: What’s wrong with this police department and what do you want to see this police department become? They had a lot of ideas.”

‘Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow’

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

Have you seen the new Gillette commercial geared toward men that addresses bullying, toxic masculinity, sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement?

The commercial, which debuted Jan. 14 on social media, shows boys fighting while adults look on, saying “boys will be boys,” instances of bullying, clips of sexual harassment and more, while the narrator asks, “Is this the best a man can get?”

The narrator continues by saying, “Something has changed and there is no going back,” while showing news clips of current events of sexual harassment and more.

District files challenge to LVHN’s tax-exempt status

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Salisbury Township School District is challenging the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status in a lawsuit filed Jan. 9.

In an action filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, the district is arguing Lehigh Valley Hospital should be ordered to pay its “fair share” of taxes.

According to a news release from the district, Lehigh Valley Hospital, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is a multi-billion dollar integrated health network with hospitals, outpatient facilities and numerous related health facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh County Coroner announces retirement

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.

Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

District files challenge to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status

Salisbury Township School District is challenging the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status in a lawsuit filed Jan. 9.

In an action filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, the district is arguing Lehigh Valley Hospital should be ordered to pay its “fair share” of taxes.

According to a news release, Lehigh Valley Hospital, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is a multi-billion dollar integrated health network with hospitals, outpatient facilities and numerous related health facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Unexpected beagle invasion brings community together

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Lehigh County Humane Society Shelter Manager Teisha Jones received a call for a rescue of 25 beagles from a home in Upper Saucon Township.

When members of the team from the shelter arrived at the residence with two trucks, they were not allowed in. When they looked through the window, they saw beagles everywhere, and heard barking and howling.

The resident brought the dogs out of the home one at a time, and after 25 dogs, Lehigh County Humane Society officials knew there were many more than they first suspected.

PUTT U MINIATURE GOLF

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Craziest mini-golf tournament held

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Putt U Miniature Golf, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, held “The Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” July 14 and donated a total of $6,000 to local charities.

In this special tournament, golfers played 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs were allowed, so players were encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they could to putt with.

Bipartisan budget bolsters economy, workforce through education and skills training

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a news release June 22, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the major components of the 2018-2019 budget that will build upon the critical investments made in education and workforce development and take a major step toward restoring the state’s fiscal health, including the first real transfer to the state’s Rainy Day fund in years.