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Woodworth picked to be new Middletown Borough Council member, replacing Ben Kapenstein

Mike Woodworth was appointed by Middletown Borough Council on Wednesday to fill the vacancy created by the May 1 resignation of Ben Kapenstein. Woodworth, of the 600 block of Hoffer Street, will …

Historic Elks Theatre in Middletown put up for sale; Friends group wanted to buy it for $1

If you’d like to own one of the most historic downtown theaters in America, now is your chance.   The Elks Theatre in Middletown is up for sale, theater owners the Middletown …

Lower Swatara hires two new police officers, now has 14 total on force

Lower Swatara has two new police officers. The board unanimously voted to hire Spencer Rios and Antonio Gonzalez Jr., starting May 14 at an hourly rate of $24.14. “[They’re] two …

Middletown first hired lawyer to look into Suez lease in 2017, didn't OK it publicly until 2018

Middletown Borough Council concerns over the 50-year lease of the borough’s water and sewer systems to Suez and Middletown Water Joint Venture LLC date to at least March 2017, when council …

Suez says Middletown’s argument on water, sewer usage surcharge is ‘baseless’

Three and a half years after getting $43 million for approving a 50-year lease of its water and sewer systems, it is “baseless” for Middletown to now say it did not understand water sales …

Community steps up to support Caravan Court fire victims

It had just stopped snowing when Christine Varner-Dunn and her son Brayden Dunn walked down Caravan Court on a late April day. The pair wove their way through the puddles in the potholes on the …

Police chase that started in Cumberland County ends in Londonderry Township

Three people were arrested following a police chase that started with a retail theft in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, and ended 30 miles later in Londonderry Township on Friday, April …
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Middletown softball team closes its season on a winning note

The Blue Raiders softball team posted an 8-5 victory over Susquehanna Township on Monday to close out the season. Middletown ended with a record of 5-14, 3-8 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital …

Trinity loss hurts postseason chances for MAHS baseball team

The Middletown varsity baseball team beat Steelton-Highspire at home May 8 but suffered a tough loss to Trinity, putting a huge dent in their hopes for the postseason. The Blue Raiders stand at …

Give respect to the river; it can turn deadly: Woods & Waters by Tom Shank

Several years ago, I wrote about a horrifying situation I found myself in while on the Susquehanna River during frigid temperatures. I believe my story needs to be told again and again. Cold water …

Hall of Fame banquet is June 9 for Bright, Bitting, Martin, Umberger

Three people with strong ties to Lower Dauphin High School and Middletown wrestling legend Earl Bright III will be among the 10 inductees into the 52nd annual Hall of Fame class for the Capital Area …

Middletown Area High School wrestling team celebrates season

The Middletown Area High School held its wrestling banquet Saturday, April 7, at the school. Recognized were the Blue Raiders’ Mid-Penn Capital Division All-Stars: First team: Devin …

2 big wins for MAHS baseball, but 2 losses, too

Despite a pair of humbling losses last week, the Middletown varsity baseball team picked up two big wins as well to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Blue Raiders stand at 9-8 and hold the …

Middletown’s Hughes named second-team all-state

Middletown senior Ryan Hughes recently was selected for the Class 4A Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball Team. Hughes, a 6-foot-4 senior, averaged 21.6 points per game. He was …
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Oberlin man charged with heroin possession, hit-and-runs

An Oberlin man faces numerous charges after police say he caused two hit-and-run accidents and was then found in possession of heroin, all in the same day. According to arrest papers, …

Middletown Area High School student's poster honored, was on display at State Museum

Middletown Area High School student Mahnoor Azim’s poster “Strike Out Alcohol” was selected as one of the winning entries in the annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest hosted by …

Dailey, Redline are Middletown Area High School students of the month

Marissa Redline and Zachery Adam Dailey are the Middletown Area High School students of the month for May. Marissa is the daughter of Jeffrey Redline and Racheal Bartholomew. Activities …

Vandals spray-paint 6 vehicles, garage; 3 charged with drugs: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Police are on the lookout for vandals who targeted a half-dozen vehicles and a residence in two areas of the township May 4. Four vehicles at a home in the 2000 block of Market Street Extension …

Troop 97's Kyle Hoyt earns Life Scout rank

Kyle Hoyt, son of Susan and Chris Hoyt of Conewago Township, has been awarded the Life Scout rank. He discovered the Boy Scouts of America when he joined Cub Pack 97 in the first grade. In fifth …

Lower Dauphin High School announces third-quarter honor roll

Lower Dauphin High School recently announced its distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the third period. Distinguished Honor Roll requires all “A’s” or perfect marks. For the …

Lower Dauphin Middle School releases student honors list

Lower Dauphin Middle School recently announced its distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the third period. Distinguished Honor Roll requires all “A’s” or perfect marks. For …
Editorials

Does borough have parking problem?: Editorial

Penn State Harrisburg is the college on the hill, out of sight for most Middletown residents and therefore out of mind when it comes to their daily lives. But of course those Penn State students …
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‘Feel the Bern’? That’s a road to catastrophe: Ed O'Connor

Hello, gang. How’s everything at your end? Things are going well here. Thanks for asking. Well, let me modify that a bit. There are now more people on the street here than ever before, …

A new low in the war on fracking: Robert Bradley

Rolling Stone just dropped a bombshell — or so it claims in its article, “The Harms of Fracking: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer.” Dig into …

Pennsylvania boater fights against state incursions on privacy: Sara Rose

On a pleasant May evening in 2016, Fred Karash and four friends were enjoying a boat trip on Lake Erie when, without warning, they were stopped by law enforcement officers and detained for more than …
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