Candidates were asked to answer this question: What is the most pressing issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
Pennsylvania must change the way we pay for schools.
Property taxes devastate our communities, remove people on fixed income from their homes and kill small family farms. School taxes continue to rise even when people are vulnerable in economically stressful times.
Harrisburg promises "relief" and "reform" without a substance, but the changes are swamped by adjustments and new increases.
Amanda LaHue, 23, of Whitehall got her first tattoo at the age of 18 while studying at Millersville University.
It was five hearts on her hip to signify her and her siblings. Many more have followed since then.
Now those tattoos have brought LaHue together with a group of other modified women for a greater purpose.
LaHue joined the Tri-State chapter of The Modified Dolls in September. The group holds fundraising events to benefit various charities with a local focus.
"It's a great way for the community to rally for a cause," said LaHue.
Photos of events that took place recently in the Whitehall-Coplay area.
At the 18th annual Pocono EMS Conference last weekend, Paramedic Jeffrey Knopf described the call he and partner Tim Sullivan received at 7:14 a.m. Jan. 26, 2009.
"I heard a police officer calling for help for a child that was unconscious," said Knopf, an Emmaus resident who had been working for Northampton Regional EMS at the time. Two minutes later they were dispatched to the Northampton Area Middle School.
Photos of the Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association parade.
It was an evening filled with celebration.
Several borough residents were recognized Oct. 13 during the Coplay Town Watch awards program at Samuel Owens Restaurant.
Properties of Merit (POM) was among the awards given out by Coplay Borough Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. The program recognizes residents whose properties make their neighborhood and the community a nice place to live.
Faith and Samuel Crouthamel, 110 S. 10th St., were selected as the POM grand champions. The selection was made by votes from residents.
While the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) continues to move forward with improvement projects, board Chairman John Schreiner expressed concern over a potential lease of Allentown's waste water treatment plant.
"For us it is a concern because we have nowhere else to go," he said. Allentown is considering leasing its wastewater treatment plant to reduce its financial deficit.
"We would prevent it if we could," said Schreiner.
The Northampton Press placed first in the "publications regularly edited by entrant" category in the 2012 National Federation of Press Women communications contest.
"A publisher of mine once told me, 'I'd rather be a strong weekly than a weak daily,'" wrote one of the contest judges. "The Northampton Press is a strong weekly with solid editing, writing, photography and design content going on with a clear sense of purpose. It is a newspaper that seeks to keep pushing on its coverage and for its community. Nice! Keep up the good work."
· Station 39 responded to a motor vehicle accident with a car over the embankment near 1440 S. Church St., 5:30 p.m.
· Station 37 recalled to assist police at 2642 Sean Drive to gain access to a resident who was ill, 7:20 p.m.
· Stations 36 and 37 responded to a smoke detector alarm at 443 Fifth St., set off by steam, 9:54 a.m.
· All stations attended the fall festival parade and assisted with lineup, 7 p.m.
· Station 38 on standby at a controlled burn for a sports bonfire at Whitehall High School, 7:55 p.m.
Detectives from the Whitehall Township Police Department continue to assist in an investigation conducted by the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office of a cold case homicide which took place in 1977.
At the Whitehall Mall 35 years ago, a woman was shot to death, said Police Chief Linda J. Kulp in a report Oct. 8 to the township Board of Commissioners and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.
The cold case investigation into the homicide has been ongoing for months. There was no time frame provided as to the conclusion, progress or outcome of the case.