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Lower Swatara Township public works superintendent Wagner resigns after four years

Lower Swatara Township’s public works superintendent has resigned. Daniel Wagner informed the township Wednesday, Sept. 13, that he will step down effective Monday, Oct. 2. Wagner had been …

Mount Joy man found guilty of exposing himself at Sharp Shopper

A Dauphin County jury has convicted a Mount Joy man of exposing himself to a female employee in the Sharp Shopper grocery store in Lower Swatara Township on Jan. 9. Randy Hubbard, 57, was found …

Borough, and not PennDOT, will plow Vine, Main and Union for snow

For the first time since winter 2014-15, Middletown borough employees will be responsible for plowing state-owned roads in town — Union, Vine, and Main streets — and not the Pennsylvania …

Deer runs roughshod through Lower Swatara Township home, leaving a bloody trail

  An apparently wayward deer ran roughshod through a townhouse on Lakeside Drive in Lower Swatara Township, causing an undisclosed amount of damage, township police say. Police on Sept. 3 …

Man charged with robbing 6 convenience stores heads to county court: Area Police Roundup

Nathaniel Will Strasser, 21, of Lower Paxton Township, waived a Sept. 7 preliminary hearing and is to be arraigned in Dauphin County Court on Nov. 3, according to online court records. Police said …

U.S. Rep. Dent, who represents Middletown in Congress, won’t run again

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, whose 15th District includes Middletown, Royalton, Londonderry Township and Hummelstown, won’t seek re-election next year, he announced last week. Dent, a Republican …

State Police patrol cars get revamped look, with color change and new wording

Pennsylvania State Police is gradually changing the color of its 1,112 marked patrol vehicles from white to gray. The change is being phased in over the next three years. As cruisers now on the …
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Blue Raiders boys soccer beats East Pennsboro, ties McDevitt

  The Raiders went 1-0-1 last week with a win against East Pennsboro and an exciting double-overtime draw vs. Bishop McDevitt. A match against Trinity on Tuesday, , Sept. 5, was …

Middletown girls soccer loses a pair

The offensive drought continued for the Middletown girls soccer team, as it suffered its third straight shutout loss to open the season 0-3. Against East Pennsboro on Thursday, Sept. 7, the …

Blue Raiders volleyball team starts off 1-2

The girls volleyball squad is off to a 1-2 start on the 2017 season. Against the Lower Dauphin Falcons on Sept. 5, Middletown lost in three sets, 25-8, 25-22, and 25-17. For the Raiders, Morgen …

MAHS field hockey team drops season opener

The Middletown field hockey team dropped its season opener to East Pennsboro, 11-0 on Thursday. “This game was a wakeup call for the team,” head coach Jana Woodring said in an email. …

Seven Sorrows Midgets win; Ponies, Peewees fall

The Seven Sorrows Eagles Midget team picked up an easy win on the road vs. the East Pennsboro Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 10, but the Ponies and Peewees didn’t fare nearly as …

Meet the Raiders Night at War Memorial Field: Photo Gallery

Squads gather together Aug. 31 to greet their fans at War Memorial Field

MAHS boys soccer rolls past Harrisburg, 12-0

The Blue Raiders kicked off the season with expectations of duplicating the successes enjoyed in 2016, and the hope to returning to the postseason. The Raiders’ preparations that took place …

Middletown Blue Raiders field hockey seeking to build winning culture

Rebuilding a team and establishing a winning culture takes time, and that will be the case for Middletown field hockey this year. Last year, the Raiders went 2-15-1, with a 0-9-1 league record in …
Local news

Four Middletown police officers recognized for various achievements

If you are a drug dealer in Middletown, Patrol Officer Tyler Zehring “is coming for you,” says borough Police Chief George Mouchette. Zehring was one of four Middletown police officers …

Philadelphia man faces charges after two-car crash on S. Eisenhower: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Wayne J. Sewell, 61, of the 200 block of 64th St., Philadelphia, has been charged with DUI and DUI-highest rate of alcohol, police report. The charges were filed following a two-vehicle crash just …

Sisters collect blankets for young victims of Hurricane Harvey victims

Sisters Nancy King and Judi Bitner are both involved in the quilt-making business, and they’ve recently put their love of quilting towards helping young children affected by Hurricane …

Lower Dauphin School District employees honored for years of service

At a staff back-to-school assembly Aug. 23, Lower Dauphin Superintendent Sherri Smith congratulated 76 employees for reaching milestones in their years of service.  They included: 5 …

County sprays for mosquitoes, warns of West Nile; infected insects found in Highspire, Londonderry, Steelton

Dauphin County’s Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Program applied treatments Monday in a portion of Susquehanna Township to control the adult mosquito population and the spread of West Nile …

9/11 panel: Don’t become complacent after 16 years, America

Most Americans alive on Sept. 11, 2001 will never forget the horrific events that irretrievably changed our nation when radical terrorism killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. Our nation reeled …

Visitors flock to Three Mile Island open house; will it be one of the last at the nuclear facility?

If visitors’ comments at Three Mile Island Generating Station’s Community Information Night are any indication, locals don’t want to see the facility close as scheduled in 2019. “I …
Editorials

Honoring all the student-athletes, for more than what they do on the fields and courts: Editorial

We have written several times in the last year about Middletown Area High School’s sports and their importance to the community. Here we are again, with fall ready to arrive, the football …
Columnists

It’s terrifying that we are militarizing police under a cloak of secrecy: Lisa Rosenberg

In a move that will further militarize police departments across the country while decreasing accountability, the president issued an executive order that strips away limits on weapons of war that …

Temperatures don’t matter if it’s too noisy to sleep: Ed O’Connor

From all that I have seen and read, central Pennsylvania is enjoying a decent summer, except for an overabundance of July rain. I saw videos and photos of flood damage in the area. It sure …

The deep threats of dark money have been known for decades: Paul Heise

The subtitle of the recent book “Dark Money” is “The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” Is there a cabal of billionaires who are secretly spending …
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