Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 28, 2017

Auto club predicts record travel July 4th weekend

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by DAVID KOENIG AP BUSINESS WRITER in Local News

DALLAS — Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend.

Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year’s record for the holiday.

The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected to rise for the eighth straight year.

Warrant stop ends with two dead

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Former Palmerton woman, Walnutport man, found after standoff, murder-suicide

Two people are dead, including a Walnutport man and a woman formerly of Palmerton, after a murder-suicide Saturday.

Eric Messick, 33, of Walnutport, and Emily Fatzinger, 25, of Pike County, were pronounced dead just after 10 p.m. inside a residence in the 4100 block of Lanark Road in Upper Saucon Township.

According to investigators, the duo broke into the residence and barricaded themselves inside following a police chase.

Quadrant moves Historic Home #1

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The investment by Quadrant Private Wealth in the historic property at 2 West Market Street has paid off handsomely. The structure, which was constructed in the 1840s by immigrant Ernst Lehman, has been renovated to allow Quadrant to relocate its offices from One West Broad Street.

According to earlier documentation about the site’s history, trombones manufactured for the Moravian Trombone Choir were once manufactured by Ernst Lehman and his son Bernard in the clapboard building behind the residence.

GoFundMe account surpasses $25,000 goal

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Funds to help fulfill Kelsy Thomson’s ‘dreams for daughters in her absence’

A GoFundMe account created to benefit the children of slain Whitehall Township resident Kelsy Thomson has surpassed its goal in just five days.

The fundraising site, set up to honor the memory of Kelsy Thomson, who was killed June 7 in her Whitehall home, will “help fulfill Kelsy’s dreams for her daughters in her absence,” according to the fund drive organizers.

A $25,000 goal had been set. On Wednesday morning, $25,360 had already been raised.

Casual gathering for Halal

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News


The June 5 death of Magisterial District Judge Robert Halal, who served the communities of Whitehall and Coplay, stunned not only the community but the region, and folks came together Saturday evening at Egypt Memorial Park to celebrate his life and legacy.

More than a thousand people waited in line to offer condolences to Halal’s wife, Denise, and other members of the family. The line at times stretched from just inside the park to the pavilion. Some waited an hour to talk to the family about “Bobby,” his engaging smile and his passion to put others before his own welfare.

Commissioners approve contract with Magellan Behavioral Health

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an amended agreement of its contract with Magellan Behavioral Health June 14. Sponsored by Commissioner David Jones, the resolution served as a new milestone in the board’s relationship with Magellan.

The company, which provides behavioral health care to qualifying residents, had been controversial in years prior.

Jones, who had previously voted against extending the county’s contract with Magellan several years ago, praised the company’s improvements in their services.

Vatican rejects Panther Valley congregations’ pleas

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

A high-ranking priest has turned down a request to reopen two Panther Valley-area Catholic Churches.

The Congregation of Clergy, the church’s equivalent of an appeals court, recently decided on two separate cases involving St. Katharine Drexel in Lansford, and St. Francis of Assisi in Nesquehoning.

The two parishes were consolidated last year by the Allentown Diocese. Most members now attend St. Joseph’s of the Panther Valley in Summit Hill.