Bethlehem Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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.

Lucky’s adventure ends well

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Everyone loves a little adventure now and then, especially when you are a 3-1/2-year-old black and tan tabby named Lucky from Lower Macungie.

Oh, and did I mention he is blind?

On March 1, Lucky began his adventure around 1:15 a.m., somehow living the life of an escape artist and leaving the comforts of his home in the Ancient Oaks West development.

A flier was placed on social media sites and sent to various news outlets asking for help in locating the escapee March 2.

NAACP celebrates 72nd annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Monday, February 27, 2017 by SELENA CINTRON in Local News

Bethlehem’s own NAACP, which was founded in 1945, held its 72nd annual Freedom Fund banquet in order to celebrate with and commenced its community partners.

High-spirited President Esther Lee, on behalf of the chapter, started the banquet with sharing how happy she is to have such tremendous supporters. “Our issue is civil rights and making our representatives responsible for just that. They are not doing all that they can. I am glad our mayor is here as he is very good about coming through and showing his support,” Lee said.


Monday, February 27, 2017 by The Press in Local News

For several weeks, we have been running the wrong dates for the Bethlehem Catholic HS produce of “Oklahoma. The correct dates of performances are as follows:

March 31, April 1, 2, 7, 8 - Bethlehem Catholic HS; ‘Oklahoma’ (Rodgers and Hammerstein); 7 p.m. on March 31, April 1, 7 and 8; 2 p.m. on April 2, Bethlehem Catholic HS, 2133 Madison Ave. Tickets available online at or call 610-866-0791 for general admission tickets.

We apologize for our error and any confusion it may have caused.

Miss Amazing-Pageant redefines beauty

Monday, February 27, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

There are many different kinds of beauty pageants, but only one very special Pennsylvania Miss Amazing contest, where this year 20 girls and women with disabilities vied for recognition and prizes in the second annual event at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts in South Bethlehem.

The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 37 years old, came from throughout the state.

LEHIGH COUNTY-Muller endorses Armstrong for county exec

Monday, February 27, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Supporters and friends gathered around Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller for what was thought to be a campaign kickoff at Brookside Country Club, Lower Macungie Township.

However, just minutes into his speech, Muller announced he would not seek re-election for a second term.

“As great as this chapter of my life has been and continues to be, it will come to an end this year,” Muller said at the event. “This is not the kickoff of my campaign tonight. I know that will come as a surprise to most of you.”

Muller explained the reasons for his decision.


Monday, February 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

For five years architect Mike Mayrosh has toiled over designs as residents waited, shaking their heads at dripping ceilings, equipment and extension cords lying about, and great unsecured fuel tanks rusting amid their Pool Street homes.

But Feb. 15 it came to pass: Council voted to advertise for the construction of a new public works facility.

Fitness team is here to build you up

Monday, February 20, 2017 by SELENA CINTRON in Local News

In-home personal training company GYMGUYZ is lifting its national franchise and dropping a confidence campaign right in the Lehigh Valley. With GYMGUYZ now in the valley for a year, Aaron Behrens, Lehigh Valley franchise owner, and his trainers are excited to expand their business and start working with children and parents.

The confidence campaign will result in one lucky winner receiving three free months, once a week, of physical training and nutritional advice in the comfort of their own home by local head coach, Joe Hofstetter.