The owner of the Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper, Rolland J. Adams, founded WGPA, in 1947. He owned the Globe times from 1933 until he retired in 1970.
District Attorney Jim Martin announced recently Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC) has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) in the amount of $148,050.00. The funds will be used to create an Illicit Drug Identification and Tracking System.
Bethlehem Area Scholl Board members board approved the preliminary 2017-18 budget at a special board meeting Feb. 13. At this point, the district’s expenditures exceed its anticipated revenue for 2017-18 by $12.5 million, resulting from increased costs and lower state revenue.
Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.
According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.
She said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.
Sen. Lisa Boscola has proposed eliminating property taxes statewide, citing a desire to release senior citizens from the burden. HB/SB 76 has been introduced before and almost succeeded, said Boscola representative Joe Kelly, but it will likely be on the agenda for further discussion at a special session in the near future.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance at the Feb. 8 meeting that will net a savings to the county of $4 million.
The measure authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.
“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.
According to Dougherty, with the refinancing the county’s payment will drop from roughly 5 percent interest to 1.2 to 2.25 percent.
The Lehigh Valley Winter Classic raised over $26,000 for the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears Special Hockey team last month, but with some staff restructuring within the City of Bethlehem’s Parks and Public Property Department, the organizet is concerned about the evernt’s future.
there will be some change at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink and this change has some organizers of the event nervous the Classic and the ice quality may be in jeopardy.
There was much to be excited about at the Feb. 1 meeting of the Mayor’s South Side Task Force at Northampton Community College’s East Third Street campus. Chaired by Roger Hudak, there were several from the community and local government in attendance, including Mayor Robert Donchez.