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Rain doesn't stop Middletown from honoring the military on Memorial Day

The morning of Memorial Day 2017 in Middletown was one of those drizzly times when you don’t dare go out of the house without an umbrella. But the skies didn’t matter. As master of ceremonies …

More photos from Middletown Prom 2017: Photo Gallery

Middletown Area High School students enter the prom on Saturday, May 20, at Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey. Photos Special to the Press & Journal by Bill Darrah

UPDATED: Middletown woman charged in December 2016 death of her infant son

The death of a 2-month-old baby in Middletown in December 2016 is being used by Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico as a way to warn parents about the danger that can result from them …

101st Airborne vet who jumped on D-Day to speak

Guy Whidden Sr. was born near Philadelphia in Wyncote. At 17, he joined the Army shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. Originally assigned to the Combat Engineers and the Infantry, he volunteered …

Halbleib, Mostoller get LD honors

Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors recently were honored as Students of the Month for May. Anna Mostoller was recognized by the Rotary Club of Hummelstown. Anna, the daughter of Todd and …

LDHS-created artwork unveiled at turnpike service plaza in Lawn

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts unveiled a newly completed mural created by Lower Dauphin High School students at the turnpike’s Lawn Service Plaza …

Police search for 'Giant,' wanted in Lower Swatara heroin death in 2016

Police are searching for a man nicknamed “The Giant” after a 10-month investigation into a heroin death in Lower Swatara Township last year. Lower Swatara Township police obtained a warrant …
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Boys and girls track teams reach finish line at district competition

The Middletown boys and girls track teams finished their seasons in the 2017 PIAA District III Championships held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. In AAA, the boys team earned only …

Blue Raiders’ baseball season comes to an end on losing note

The 2017 varsity baseball season came to a close for Middletown’s nine seniors and their teammates Tuesday, May 16, in Enola. And, unfortunately, the team came up short in its quest to …

Gallatin, Landis lead Blue Raiders to 14th at Mid-Penns

The Middletown boys track and field team finished tied for 14th at the Mid-Penn Conference track and field championships at Chambersburg Area Senior High School over the weekend, while the girls …

Middletown baseball finishes season on a losing note, getting shut out in last two games

The Blue Raiders could not get the bats going against Central Dauphin East pitcher Hunter Paul and the steady defense behind him Monday, suffering a 3-0 loss to the visiting Panthers. The …

James Franklin: ‘Our people’ is what makes Penn State football special

Amid hundreds of blue-and-white clad supporters chanting “We are … Penn State!”, head football coach James Franklin outlined what he said makes the Nittany Lions program special during the …

So long, seniors: Blue Raider baseball players and families get sendoff during festivities May 11

Blue Raiders softball gets thrilling 9-inning win

The Blue Raiders softball team scored an 8-7, nine-inning win vs. Palmyra on Senior Day, Monday, May 8. Noelle Zimmerman picked up the win for Middletown. Gabby Krupilis, Kayla Warhola and Kate …

Boys track undefeated, winner of Capital title

The Middletown boys track and field team continues to excel this season, standing at 7-0 and taking the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division title for the first time in 27 years. At a home meet on …
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Middletown Area High School prom, 2017: Photo Gallery

Middletown Area High School students enter the prom on Saturday, May 20, at Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey. Photos Special to the Press & Journal by Jodi Ocker

Middletown council looking to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Middletown is looking to join 43 other municipalities in Pennsylvania that have a local ordinance banning discrimination against people based upon their sexual orientation and gender …

Town hall on opioid crisis will be held at MAHS on May 30

A town hall meeting focused on the heroin/opioid crisis will be held at Middletown Area High School on Tuesday, May 30. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, with doors …

Military banners cause council battle; popular new program exposes rifts, leads to accusations

Donald Reid just wants to buy a military banner to honor his brothers, as more than 85 people already have done in Middletown. It doesn’t matter to him that the effort has sparked a …

After 70 years, Grove Motors to close doors

The old black and white photo is undated, but Dave Grove knows when it was taken by the new car in front. “It was 1969. That’s a 1969 Camaro,” said Grove, of the photo showing the old …

Effort in works to bring back Communities That Care to Middletown

An effort is underway to bring Communities That Care back to Middletown. Communities That Care is a nationally known research-based initiative that works with existing groups in a community to …
Editorials

It’s your duty to pay solemn respects on Memorial Day: Editorial

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” — Joseph Rodman Drake, in his poem “To the Defenders of …
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O’Reilly will be missed; he bucked partisan ideology: James Miller

The King of Cable has been defenestrated. After much fanfare, Bill O’Reilly has been tipped off his throne at the cable news giant Fox News. The irascible host of the eponymous “Factor,” …

Incivility is reason I’m leaving council: Anne Einhorn

I have tried over the last four years to be respectful of my constituents and my colleagues. I have restrained myself from commenting on many posts and Facebook discussions that I found …

RIP, Ringling Bros. — Why is the circus no longer greatest show on Earth?: Brad Deutser

From ring to ring, you have entertained. From generation to generation, you have brought families together. You have invited us in to witness and be a part of the Greatest Show on Earth. But, you …
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