William Hansell was appointed Lehigh County Executive in a unanimous decision by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners at its Aug. 8 meeting in Allentown.
Hansell, of Lower Macungie Township, takes over for Don Cunningham, who left the position July 8 to become the president and chief executive officer of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. Hansell has worked in government for nearly 50 years, including a recent stint as a Lehigh County Commissioner from 2010 to 2011, when he finished the term of Bill Leiner Jr.
"It just takes one," First Lady Michelle Obama emphasized to a crowd of nearly 2,000 women, men and their children Thursday night at Archibald Johnston Hall at Moravian College as she campaigned for her husband, President Barack Obama.
"This election could all come down to the last few thousand votes, particularly here in this state," she said.
She mentioned many of the president's landmark accomplishments, including health care reform, ending the Iraq War, work on student loans and getting rid of Osama Bin Laden.
The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA) held a series of open houses Aug. 1 and 2 to get public input on a number of enhancements being considered to make the local transportation system faster, more reliable and more efficient. Planning Director Owen O'Neil said that after a two-year study LANTA has created priority routes where it wants to focus improvements. The authority has developed some ideas on how to do that, according to O'Neil, but now it is looking for public input.
Some 25 international students from the Northampton Community College's pre-collegiate summer program have been volunteering for a variety of ArtsQuest activities during several shifts at Musikfest.
The foreign volunteers worked at various North Bethlehem Musikfest sites as Eco Squad cleanup crew members doing trash collection and table cleaning.
Preparing to enter college this fall, the students come from a variety of countries including Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey and Vietnam.
Piano major Joshua Wilson, of Bethlehem, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2012 semester at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, N.J.. The college prepares musicians for careers as performers and as music leaders in schools, universities, churches and professional and community organizations. It is a division of Rider University's Westminster's College of the Arts.