Bethlehem Press

Thursday, April 25, 2019

LEHIGH COUNTY Employees vocal over contract delay

Monday, April 1, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Many employees of Lehigh County’s Department of Human Services attended the county commissioners’ meeting March 27, voicing concern about lack of progress on a contract.

The county sheriff increased security around the room, with additional officers inside and outside the meeting room; however, the assembly remained perfectly peaceful and respectful.

Their union contract expired Dec. 31, according to one of the people speaking to the commissioners during the public comment portion of the regular meeting.

Casey: Gun violence uniquely American

Monday, April 1, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

On March 19, Sen. Bob Casey visited Moravian College to participate in a question and answer session. Son of Robert Casey Sr., former governor of Pennsylvania, Casey has the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania senator elected to a third consecutive term. Before the session began, Casey graciously thanked Dr. Bryon Grigsby, president of the college, for inviting him, and thanked attendees for their political action and for giving him their time.

STATE OF THE COUNTY

Monday, April 1, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

What county gov’t does

Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure delivered his “State of the County” address March 27 at an early morning breakfast attended by about 120 county employees, business leaders and political rivals at Historic Hotel Bethlehem As the smell of bacon and hot coffee wafted through the room, a relaxed McClure spent approximately 40 minutes highlighting the accomplishments of the people who work for him. In doing so, he actually was explaining what county government does.

Minnich announces bid for coroner

Monday, April 1, 2019 by The Press in Local News

With the recent announcement that Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim is retiring, Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner and Operations Manager Eric D. Minnich has announced his candidacy for coroner.

Minnich, 41, a Democrat, began his employment with the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office as a part-time deputy coroner in 2006.

By 2007, he began as a full-time deputy coroner and, in 2012, began his leadership role as the first deputy coroner and operations manager, having been promoted by Grim.

Livengrin: Harm-reduction care

Monday, April 1, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The opioid crisis is making its avalanching consequences known across the country; to governments, the medical community, pharmaceutical industry and our own friends and families who are suffering through addiction or loss.

Amid the scramble to find ways of breaking the oft-deadly reliance on powerful drugs such as fentanyl, one solution being used locally is Medicated-Assisted Treatment, a process using FDA-approved medicines with therapy, counseling and 12-step programs.