Bethlehem Press

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Police costs would hurt rural towns

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

Should municipalities that get their police coverage from the state police pay a fee for the service?

Gov. Tom Wolf believes so, and a new proposal takes the idea even further.

Understandably, elected officials from those communities, many of them small and rural, are not wild about the idea.

Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, has proposed charging municipalities that use state police part time or full time.

His proposal is for a fee that would increase each year....

Warning: deadly drug surfacing

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Schuylkill County coroner Dr. David J. Moylan has sat with dozens of distraught families, gently telling them their daughters or sons died of drug overdoses.

Most of the deaths — 77 in Schuylkill County alone last year — were from opiates such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone.

Now, a new, even more deadly drug is surfacing: carfentanil, an animal sedative.

“The gold standard for pain relief that all narcotics are compared to is morphine,” Moylan said.


Kerry Callaghan

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in School

Grade: 12

Family members: I live with my parents, Karyn and Joseph, and my siblings, Shannon and Stephen.

Favorite subject: History has always been my favorite subject because it gives everything a reason. Specifically, global studies was definitely the best class because I find global conflicts most relevant in our lives.

Activities: I have played soccer since I was five years old and am a captain for the varsity high school team. I am also an Irish step dancer. In...

‘A heart of gold … drive like no other’

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in School

Freedom HS senior Kerry Callaghan was selected to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award on April 6 for her natural leadership abilities and her mature, selfless nature both in the classroom and in the community. Loretta Lohenitz, a counselor at Freedom, spoke on Callaghan’s behalf, saying Callaghan has “a heart of gold and a drive, spirit and influence like no other.”

The TPA Altruism Award honors those with a selfless concern for the well-being of...

Gov. Wolf begins Union Blvd resurfacing project

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED in Local News

The Wolf Administration announced today that work is scheduled to begin next week on a $3.6 million project to repair and resurface Union Boulevard in the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, Lehigh County.

“This busy east-west corridor between Allentown and Bethlehem is used by thousands of motorists each day, and will soon be resurfaced due to Act 89,” Governor Tom Wolf said.

Union Boulevard will be milled and resurfaced between the Lehigh River in Allentown and Route 378 in...

Youth Sunday

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Christ Lutheran Church’s annual Youth Sunday will be held April 23 at the church, 69 Main St., Hellertown.

There will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. led by the church’s youth. There will be special music by Praise Jam 2017.

Following the service, there will be a complimentary buffet breakfast/brunch in the Fellowship Hall for all service guests. Pastor Phil Spohn will conduct an orientation session for prospective members at 11:30 a.m.