Montgomery Mall Getting New Stores And Improvements

For our readers who shop at Montgomery Mall, good news is on the way for you. 

Mall Management has announced the following enhancements or new additions coming to the mall:

1. JC Penny is renovating their 158,000 square foot anchor store.  Part of the renovation will include a Sephora Cosmetics Boutique.

2. Crazy 8, a subsidiary of Gymboree will open a new store.

3. Body Central, a juniors clothing and accessories store will open a new retail site at the mall.

4. Subway is coming to the food court.

5. China Max is coming to the food court.

6. An Atlantic Book store location is opening.

7. A new AT&T store is coming soon.

8. Weight Watchers is opening a store in the mall.

The Friday evening concert series will continue again this year.  Music starts at 7 pm in various locations around the mall.

Four People Slaughtered In Northampton By Paroled Murdered

Police described the scene as a slaughter with blood on the floor in puddles and all over the walls.  Four people were butchered in Northampton, a normally quiet suburb of Allentown.  Three residents of the home and a good Samaritan neighbor were allegedly murdered by Michael E. Ballard.  The 36-year-old Ballard had a brief relationship with one of the victims after being paroled in 2007 for a murder he committed in 1991!  Could be why the relationship was “brief”!

The accused was involved in a minor car accident, shortly after committing the alleged crimes.  Ballard was covered with blood and told an off-duty state trooper he just killed everyone.  He was driving a victim’s car in an attempt to flee from the police.

Mr. Ballard will be sent to the Northampton County Jail without bail after he is released from St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill.  This could be the first quadruple homicide in the county’s history according to Northampton District Attorney John Morganelli.

Central Dauphin School District To Vote On Budget This Evening

The Central Dauphin School District is voting to approve their $154 million dollar budget this evening.  They are moving $919,000.00 from a health care reserve fund to balance the budget.  No tax increase is anticipated.  The possibility of some layoffs still exist.  That will be determined at the end of the summer.

The Central Dauphin School District is the 13th largest in the state and the largest school district in Dauphin County.  The district operates 2 high schools, 4 middle schools and 13 elementary schools.  Enrollment is 11,750 according to the district website.  The district employs 960 teachers and over 400 other staff members and administrators..