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Puppies give holiday travelers a furry surprise at Harrisburg International Airport on Wednesday

Holiday travelers were given a surprise as they arrived or departed at Harrisburg International Airport on Wednesday morning. In fact, they were given several surprises, in the form of 17 …

Hair-raising: Students at Lower Dauphin High School support mini-THON with head-shaving

Amid hoots and hollering and chants of “FTK,” Spencer Miller experienced something on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 15 that he never had before. He had his head shaved. Seated before a …

Dauphin County budget holds line on taxes for 13th straight year

The Dauphin County Commissioners on Wednesday unveiled a $241 million preliminary budget that holds the line on property taxes for an unprecedented 13th straight year, according to a press …

Learn how to protect your deliveries this holiday season; police will discuss topic at Monday meeting

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com Middletown police are reporting an uptick in packages being stolen from the homes of borough residents. These kinds of incidents are expected to …

John says goodbye to Middletown Area School Board after 16-year stint

David John said goodbye to the Middletown Area School Board at his last meeting Monday, Nov. 20. John served 16 years on the board since first being elected in 2001. John also served on the board …

Man charged in beating; video caught theft: Area Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police have charged a borough man with simple assault for allegedly beating an 11-year-old boy with a cardboard plank inscribed with the word “Enforcer.” The boy told police …

County Commissioner Pries running for Congress to replace Charlie Dent

Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries, who lives in Derry Township, is running for Congress. The Republican is seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, who is not running for re-election. The …
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Local sports

Blue Raider football player Leach gets Degler Award

Press & Journal sports writer Larry Etter presented the annual David H. Degler Memorial Award to senior Tre' Leach at the Raider Club football banquet on Sunday evening at the high school. The …

Three Blue Raider Midgets bring home awards

Three Middletown Blue Raider Midgets players brought home awards from the CFA All Star Awards ceremony last week. Tajae Broadie was selected to the first-team All Star Offense as an offensive …

9 Lower Dauphin student-athletes ready for college as they sign letters of intent

Nine Lower Dauphin student-athletes announced their college choices at a letter of intent signing ceremony in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Kayla Hoffer, archery The daughter of …

Middletown Midgets take Super Bowl, win National Conference championship

The Middletown Blue Raider Midgets beat New Cumberland in the National Conference Super Bowl on Sunday at the Susquehanna High School field, besting the Saints 14-12 in a hard-fought …

Seven Sorrows falls short of Federal Conference title in Super Bowl

The Seven Sorrows Eagles came up short in their bid for a Super Bowl title, dropping a 28-12 decision to the undefeated West Perry Mustangs on Saturday in the Federal Conference championship game at …

Local runners take part in Harrisburg Marathon

The Harrisburg Marathon marked its 45th year Sunday, starting on the Market Street Bridge and finishing along North 2nd Street. Middletown’s Tim Ebersole finished in 3:00.42. Middletown’s Sean …

Middletown Area High School bowling season starts with 2 losses

The Middletown Blue Raiders Bowling Club dropped its first two matches of the Harrisburg Area Interscholastic Bowling League season. The season started Nov. 2. Middletown lost to Central Dauphin …

Get tickets for Thursday's Middletown football game at Hersheypark Stadium

Middletown is playing in the District 3 championship game at Hersheypark Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Middletown will be on the press box side of the stadium. Pre-sale tickets are …
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Car strikes mobile home; no one hurt: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

No one was injured when a car struck a mobile home in the 100 block of C Lane on Nov. 7. Police said a 2011 Nissan Rogue driven by Melissa Hamer, 30, of the 100 block of B Lane, Harrisburg, struck …

All four lanes of Vine Street bridge reopened just outside Middletown

Traffic was reopened to all four lanes on the Vine Street bridge just outside Middletown on Thursday night, Nov. 16, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Since July, bridge …

Middletown borough cancels council, ICDA meetings for Nov. 21

Tonight’s scheduled 7 p.m. Nov. 21 meeting of Middletown Borough Council has been cancelled, borough Manager Ken Klinepeter told the Press & Journal in an e-mail.“Several members are …

Christmas tree down only temporarily as weekend winds caused a struggle

Middletown’s new Christmas tree seemed to be taking a rest Monday from its labors over the weekend. It’s a temporary situation. The tree will be back upright on Tuesday, borough Public …

Christmas tree arrives in downtown Middletown; it's bigger than last year's

Twenty-one feet at its widest point, Middletown’s 2017 Christmas tree would have qualified as a wide load as it was making its way down Union Street being led by a borough police escort with lights …

Pa. Turnpike expects Thanksgiving to be busiest holiday of year; here is when not to travel

One week away from Thanksgiving and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is projecting that 3.55 million cars and trucks will travel the turnpike during the six-day period, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 …

Interstate 83 work scheduled on Sunday morning for John Harris Bridge over Susquehanna

Between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dauphin County maintenance crews will close the right lane of northbound Interstate 83 and conduct bridge deck repair work on the John Harris Bridge over the …
Editorials

’Tis the season for thieves to make off with your packages: Editorial

We fully support shopping local this holiday season. Heck, the Press & Journal is a local business. We realize how vital it is to buy local. But we know that even if you do a great job of …
Columnists

Who are your heroes? Help them tell their stories: Susannah Gal

Who has been a hero in my life? Merriam-Webster has several definitions of a hero including “a person admired for achievements and noble qualities.” All kinds of people have …

Tax reform is necessary, but this is absurd: Paul Heise

America, as an idea and as a political reality, faces a daunting list of self-created political and economic problems. The idea of building a nation based on individual rights and …

Trump must have approval to move against North Korea: Michael Eisenscher

On Aug. 8, Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” He ordered the Pentagon to prepare for all military options. In the interim, he has …
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