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Londonderry man, 'worst kind of sexual predator,' faces decades in prison after 21 convictions

A Londonderry Township man will be sentenced March 4 after being convicted Wednesday on 21 charges of sexual molestation involving five underaged victims from 1995 to 2016. Keith Alan Hoffa, 55, …

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie says he will run for third term in Pennsylvania Legislature

Republican Tom Mehaffie of Lower Swatara Township announced Monday he is running for a third two-year term in the state House representing the 106th District. A small business owner and former …

Route 283 westbound travelers will have new way to get on Pennsylvania Turnpike on Thursday

Starting Thursday, Dec. 12, motorists driving west on Route 283 will have a new way to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A traffic signal that has been on temporary flash mode will be fully …

Christmas comes to Royalton with lighting of tree, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus: PHOTOS

Royalton celebrated the season Friday with the lighting of its Christmas tree and a visit from Santa Claus at the borough building. Children had their picture taken with Santa, made glittery …

Middletown Area Business Association holds contest, seeks homes best decorated for Christmas

Ever since Angela and Christopher Long moved into their Royalton home on Dock Street, they have decorated their home for Christmas. “We have people stop us all the time and thank us for …

Elizabethtown bank robbed in broad daylight, suspect sought

The M&T Bank branch at 104 S. Market St. in Elizabethtown was robbed in broad daylight Monday. At about 2:20 p.m. the Elizabethtown Police Department was dispatched to the bank for a robbery …

Middletown Volunteer Fire Department collecting new unwrapped toys for kids with deadline of Saturday

Middletown residents have until Dec. 14 to drop off new unwrapped toys in the Toys for Tots collection bin in the lobby of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department station on Adelia Street, before …

Child pornography trial of ex-Sen. Folmer set for Feb. 24

Former state Sen. Michael Folmer has been scheduled for criminal jury trial Feb. 24 on child pornography charges in Lebanon County Court, according to online court documents. The action was taken …
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Local sports

MAHS boys basketball team loses title game of Donegal tournament

In the second game of the Donegal High School Tip Off Tournament on Friday night, the Blue Raiders were forced to work hard against the host Indians and finished on solid footing in their 52-46 …

Blue Raider girls beat Boiling Springs, then fall 45-39 to Susquehanna in tip-off event

The Middletown girls basketball team split its weekend games in its own Middletown Tip Off Tournament. Middletown head coach Robert Pelletier said the team played well both nights. “We …

Senior Blue Raider wrestlers lead the way at Mule Classic

The Blue Raiders kicked off the varsity wrestling season over the weekend at the 22nd annual Mule Classic, a two-day tournament at Solanco High School in Quarryville. The tournament featured 23 …

MASD mini-stadium could be completed by fall 2020

The Middletown Area School District is a step closer toward the construction of a planned synthetic turf mini-stadium next year. On Dec. 3, the Middletown Area School Board authorized Architerra …

1995 Middletown Area High School graduate to become new athletic director, replacing Smith

A 1995 Blue Raider graduate is the new athletic director of Middletown Area School District. The school board Dec. 3 voted to hire Richard Reed as the new athletic director to replace H. Clifford …

Bradford seeks better year for MAHS boys basketball

Chris Bradford’s first year as the head coach of the Middletown boys basketball team was a long, trying one. Following a good run at Annville-Cleona, Bradford knew coming in to the post …

Middletown's Lopez, Broadie lead Mid-Penn All-Stars

The Middletown Blue Raiders football team placed eight players on the recently announced Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All-Stars. Making the first-team offense is running back Jose Lopez, a …

Honoring the 2019 Blue Raider football seniors in verse

Larry Etter, who has covered Middletown Blue Raiders football for more than 35 years for the Press & Journal, writes a poem for the senior players for each year’s banquet. This is what he …
Local news

Londonderry Township approves budget with no increase in taxes

The Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 2020 budget during its Dec. 2 meeting. “Just one notation for everybody that there is no tax increase for this …

Man charged with assault in Middletown restaurant: Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police have charged a borough man with assaulting a man inside JD’s Junction restaurant in the first block of Mill Street at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Craig Aaron Wike, 33, of the …

$26,500 in equipment taken; $19,000 stolen from account: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A trailer containing about $26,500 in equipment was reported stolen from the 100 block of Lake Drive at about 6:15 p.m. Nov. 26. Police said the theft is believed to have taken place between 7 …

Let’s Pretend has grand re-opening: PHOTO

Sharrow, Ferguson receive Lower Dauphin Student of the Month honors

Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors recently received monthly honors from area organizations Aidan Ferguson is the Hummelstown Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for October. Aidan, …

Lower Swatara police find no "credible threat of violence" at Middletown Area Middle School

Lower Swatara Township police interviewed “countless” Middletown Area Middle School students over the weekend and concluded there is no credible threat of violence directed at the …

Area water supplies safe from PFAS chemicals, according to tests; HIA levels back to acceptable

Public water systems serving customers in Middletown, Highspire, Lower Swatara and Royalton have all tested below the health advisory level set by the federal government for PFAS, based on results of …
Editorials

Let’s move tree-lighting, Santa back to Hoffer: Editorial

We were happy to see that Middletown borough’s Christmas tree lighting and opening of the new Santa Claus house went off without a hitch Nov. 30. But based partly on our recent editorial …
Columnists

From financial standpoint, borough must look at police options: Kevin Zartman

Editor’s note: The following is the transcript of a letter written to Middletown Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter. Nov. 20, 2019 Ken: I feel that the time is right for me to draft this …

‘Religious kooks’ fill Trump White House: James Haught

Back in 2003, in a top-secret international phone call, President George W. Bush urged French President Jacques Chirac to join America in invading Iraq on grounds that Christian nations must thwart …

It’s time to end the U.S. military draft, once and for all: Rivera Sun

We may be months away from ending the U.S. military draft, once and for all. After a court ruled that the male-only draft was unconstitutional, a Congress-appointed commission has been studying …
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