Gov. Tom Wolf announced March 13 all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16. Northampton Area School District students will not return to the classroom until at least March 30.
“First and foremost, my top priority as governor — and that of our education leaders — must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities,” Wolf said. “As such, I am ordering all schools in the commonwealth to close for the next two weeks.”
Some Northampton Borough residents were evacuated from their homes Feb. 22 after a reported gas leak in the area.
According to Northampton County emergency personnel, a report was made about 7:30 p.m. of a strong odor of gas in the 2100 block of Washington Avenue.
Residents of more than a dozen homes were evacuated. Northampton Fire Department opened its doors to them, providing some warmth while they waited for updates.
UGI Utilities cut service to more than 50 homes. Electricity was also turned off.
A stretch of Route 22 West was closed Sept. 19 after a two-vehicle crash in the area of Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
According to Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, a 56-year-old male from Lansdowne was operating a 2010 GMC box truck, traveling in the left lane of the two-lane highway just before 3:30 a.m. A 40-year-old male from Laurys Station, operating a 2018 McLaren 720S, struck the box truck from behind.
Memorial Day services are planned across the region. The public is invited to attend the programs, organized by local veterans groups to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve and protect our freedoms.
• The Sons of Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic Captain Theodore H. Howell Camp No. 48, under the command of Donald D. Schwartz, will participate in two days of services:
8:15 a.m. — Fairview Cemetery, Cherryville Road, Northampton
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek has determined the cause of death for the father and son who died in a January house fire in Danielsville.
According to Lysek, Bruce Alan Miller, 10, of Hatfield, Montgomery County, died of smoke inhalation Jan. 21 after a reported explosion and fire at 1132 Blue Mountain Drive.
His father, Bruce Allen Miller Jr., 37, of Lehighton, Carbon County, died of smoke inhalation with an “acute methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication,” Lysek said.
The manner of death has been ruled undetermined, he added.
Area veterans groups and other organizations will honor military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice with ceremonies and services this weekend.
Two people have died in a reported murder-suicide Tuesday night in the Borough of Northampton.
According to Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek, Matthew Eberhardt, 45, shot his wife, Kristin Eberhardt, 42, then turned the gun on himself inside the couple’s home, in the 300 block of West 27th Street.
Police responded to a report of gunshots about 9:45 p.m. The coroner’s office was called.
Lysek said Matthew and Kristin Eberhardt died of gunshot wounds. Kristin Eberhardt’s death was ruled a homicide, Lysek said, while Matthew’s was ruled a suicide.
A Danielsville man was killed May 26 in a two-vehicle crash on Cherryville Road in Allen Township.
According to the Northampton County Coroner’s Office, Justin Gnas, 24, died at the scene from wounds sustained in the accident. The manner of death was ruled accidental.
The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. in the 4000 block of Cherryville Road.
Longtime Northampton Mayor Thomas D. Reenock will be challenged in the May 16 primary election by John “Jake” Yurish, who is also no stranger to public service in the borough. Both are Democrats. Voters will choose just one candidate.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should residents vote for you?
Their responses follow.
Thomas D. Reenock
Last week’s Q&A with Rick Molchany, Lehigh County’s director of general services, who offered some insight into the upcoming closing of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, drew a huge response from readers.
Many took to social media, posting angry-faced emojis and comments of exasperation. Some sent emails, filled with examples of other projects done in a more timely manner.
Most asked that one more question be asked:
Why in the world was this new bridge going to take three years to complete?
According to Molchany, there are many reasons for this time projection.