Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Casual gathering for Halal

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Community

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.

Saengerbund celebrates 100th anniversary with special visit

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay Saengerbund’s strong bond with Austria was front and center May 30 when the Burgenland delegation was present for the Saengerbund’s 100th anniversary festivities.

The 14-member delegation was led by Hans Niessl, governor of the Federal State of Burgenland. Dr. Wolfgang Waldner, Austrian ambassador to the United States, traveled from Washington, D.C., for the special program.

Welcoming the Burgenland delegation were Frank Luizer, Saengerbund Heritage Committee chairman; Kevin Fritz, Saengerbund president; and Dean Molitoris, Coplay mayor.

Whitehall resident to compete for Miss Texas title

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in Local News

This summer, the Miss Texas competition, held in Dallas July 1, will feature women from all over the state vying for the winning title and hoping to continue their journey toward Miss America. This year, one Miss Texas hopeful, Kelly Kercher, is from right here in the Lehigh Valley and is very proud of her Pennsylvania roots.

School board approves budget with 2.6% tax hike

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER in Local News

Whitehall-Coplay School Board on Monday gave final approval to the district budget for the 2017-18 academic year.

The budget increased 4.24 percent from the prior year — to an amount of $67,644,475. This represents a 2.6-percent increase for taxpayers.

“The budget, as prepared, balances revenues with projected expenditures, requiring an increase of 0.4308 mills, for a total real estate tax rate of 16.5927 mills. This represents an increase of approximately $72.56, or 2.6 percent, to the average residential property,” the agenda stated.

Whitehall police investigate deaths on Belleview Drive

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Whitehall Township police were called Wednesday afternoon to a home in the 1900 block of Belleview Drive, where a man and a woman were found dead.

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the deaths of Kelsy Lynn Thomson, 35, and Brian E. Thomson, 41, both of 1926 Belleview Drive. Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl pronounced Kelsy Lynn Thomson dead at 3:18 p.m. and Brian Thomson dead at 3:20 p.m.

Initial reports said the incident was a murder-suicide, but police have not confirmed that.

Article By: PAUL CMIL Special to The Press

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.

Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.

Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.

Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.

Bridge, Iron Works projects detailed at Chamber luncheon

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.

Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.

Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.

Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.