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Another gun found at security checkpoint at Harrisburg International Airport; woman cited

Police cited a Harrisburg woman Thursday after Transportation Security Administration officers at Harrisburg International Airport caught her trying to bring a loaded revolver past a security …

Huge cross made of nails knocked down outside Middletown church, dragged to creek, left there

A cross weighing at least 500 pounds and standing 7 feet tall was ripped from the grounds of New Beginnings Church at 630 S. Union St. in Middletown sometime Wednesday, dragged down to the bank of …

GoFundMe account set up for family of five siblings who lost rescue dog in Londonderry Township fire

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family affected by Thursday’s fire at 1842 Water St. in Londonderry Township. Set up by Jade Lyrix Reinard, it has a goal of $5,000. The …

Dog killed as fire strikes home in Londonderry, multiple fire departments on the scene

Resident believes fire was electrical.

Middletown man receives national award for heroism as part of helicopter aquatic rescue team

A Middletown man is among a team of water rescuers from Pennsylvania who received a national award for their life-saving heroism during flooding in summer 2018. Daryl Tripp, of the 500 block of …

Suez ready to move ahead with water, sewer improvements as borough legal disputes end

Hoping its legal disputes with Middletown are now over, Suez plans to resume making capital improvements to the borough’s water and sewer system that Suez says are supposed to be done in each …

Logistic centers, mini-warehouses, office parks in works in Londonderry; Lytle Farms plans change

Developers in Londonderry Township plan to build logistic centers, mini-warehouses and/or office parks, including on land that was once slated for a housing development called School Heights …

Penn State students start back to class on Monday

The welcome banner is up at Main and Union steets in Middletown, and thousands of Penn State Harrisburg students are rolling in for the fall semester. About 1,050 new first-year students are …
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Blue Raiders ready to kick off football season, repeat success of last three seasons

In the fall of 2016, the Middletown varsity football team swept through the regular season, winning the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division championship. As the Blue Raiders rolled into the …

‘Meet the Falcons’ scheduled; Raiders will not have event

Lower Dauphin High School’s “Meet the Falcons” night for fall sports will take place at Lower Dauphin Middle School’s Falcon Fields at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. …

Athletes need to have completed PIAA sports physical packets

In order to participate in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association athletics at Middletown Area High School and Middle School, athletes must have a completed PIAA sports physical packet, …

Free hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation night planned

Sen. John DiSanto will host a free hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation information night on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission headquarters in Harrisburg. The …

MAHS football kicks off with heat acclimatization

The Middletown football team started its preseason heat-acclimatization activities Monday at Middletown Area High School. The Blue Raiders have played in three straight Pennsylvania 3A state …

Sunset gets greener, on and off golf course: healthier menu options, recycling, native plants

It might be hard to see Sunset Golf Course as anything but green. But Londonderry Township and golf course staff are working to make the course even greener. In May, township MS4 Coordinator …

Badecki picked as new men’s golf coach at Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg has named Jason Badecki its new men’s golf head coach. “He’s had great success at a number of NCAA Division III institutions, and he’s sure to be a …

With bears, too close for comfort, times 2: Tom Shank's Woods & Waters

Several years ago in August, I decided to take a hike near my cabin. It was a typical hot August day. I wanted to make a loop behind and around my cabin in Lycoming County that involved a …
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Lower Swatara likely to vote on Shireman tract $300,000 grant tonight

The Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners will decide whether to accept a $300,000 grant to develop a 32-acre parcel called the Shireman tract at its meeting at 7 p.m. today. The grant requires a …

Eastbound Route 283 traffic will be affected by shift onto new road

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and its contractor on Wednesday and Thursday night will close the eastbound Route 283 local lane to shift the west end of the project onto the newly …

Middletown police warning of vehicle ‘smash and grab’ thefts

Middletown police are warning residents about a recent rash of “smash and grabs” where thieves smash the window of a car to steal small but valuable items from inside. Police recommend …

Three Mile Island golf outing nets $40,000 for fire company

Three Mile Island donated $40,000 to the Londonderry Township Volunteer Fire Company from the annual Three Mile Island Charity Golf Tournament Aug. 2. During the Aug. 5 Board of Supervisors …

Kuppy's Diner delays Cruise-In because of potential for rain on Thursday

With rain predicted for Thursday, Kuppy’s Diner Cruise-in has been postponed until Aug. 29. On Aug. 29, the car show will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Union and Brown streets in Middletown. …

Suspicious vehicle leads Middletown police to drug bust, two arrested

A report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Caravan Court near Frey Avenue shortly after midnight Aug. 14 led to Middletown police arresting two men on drug charges. A man inside the vehicle, …
Editorials

Stay vigilant over deadly school shootings: Editorial

It’s been more than 20 years since the Columbine High School shooting, where two seniors murdered 12 students and one teacher in Colorado. It was a horrific day in U.S. history, on April …
Columnists

Glaciers, whales and cruise ship shows are Alaska highlights: Susannah Gal

Well, to continue our phenomenal trip to Alaska that I started to describe in my last column: After the first week of driving between Fairbanks and Seward, we boarded a large cruise ship. We were …

Biggest news of the 21st century? Collapse of religion: James Haught

What’s the most significant occurrence so far in the 21st century? Worsening weather calamities caused by global warming? Endless suicide bombings and massacres by religious fanatics in …

How did I travel to a country that doesn’t exist?: Ed O'Connor

Hello once again. I hope your summer is going well. My summer is zipping right along. Since my last correspondence, we have been doing some traveling and exploring. Our first day trip from Moldova …
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