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5-generation family has strong Middletown roots' ‘I love this little town ... it’s a great little town’

For one Middletown family, the short distance between Catherine and Race streets now spans five living generations. On Dec. 8, Hunter Albright and his girlfriend, Zoie Petrie of Catherine Street, …

Conewago Creek work gets $738,752 state grant via Londonderry Township

Londonderry Township is one of nine groups statewide that received grant funds to mitigate stormwater runoff. The grants were funded through the Department of Environmental Protection’s …

Lower Swatara Township tries to clarify trash pickup with new hauler

Lower Swatara Township residents can still put out one bulk item a week to be picked up by trash collectors. In December, resident Carolyn Lutz approached the Board of Commissioners asking if the …

State Police say woman stole $6,100 wedding ring set, shotgun: Police and Courts Roundup

A Londonderry Township woman is listed as being held in Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail after State Police said she stole a wedding and engagement set and a 12-gauge shotgun. State Police in …

Steelton police officer charged for allegedly taking money from evidence room

A former Steelton police officer has been charged after an investigation determined that he had stolen money from the department evidence room. Scott Rupert, 47, of the 1100 block of Newberry Road …

Envelopes taken from mail; credit card fraud: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Two bills were stolen from a mailbox at a residence on 200 block of Hollywood Drive. Police said a man reported the theft at 1:25 p.m. Jan. 10. Police said the man had put the bills in the …

Lower Dauphin sending many students to county’s band festival

Lower Dauphin School District will be well represented at the Dauphin County Band Festival on Feb. 15-16 at Susquehanna Township High School. From the high school will be Hayden Milic and Hayden …

3 Dauphin County commissioners will run again, with Bowman also vying for seat

All three Dauphin County commissioners — Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III — will run for re-election. Republicans Haste and Pries announced their re-election …
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Middletown Area School District honors dozens of fall sports student-athletes

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com Student-athletes and coaches from the Middletown Area School District fall 2018-19 sports season were recognized during the Jan. 8 school board …

Raiders close but can’t seal the deal; boys basketball loses 13th in a row

  They did not win again last week, but the young Middletown boys took some steps forward in basketball action in spite of the losses. Proof of that came first, in a hard-fought 69-58 …

Middletown girls split pair of games, are 6-8 on season

The Middletown girls basketball team split a pair of games last week and stand at 6-8 on the season. The Raiders lost at home to Steelton-Highspire on Jan. 15, 64-43, but bounced back with a 57-40 …

Raider wrestlers have great week, burn midnight oil at New Oxford tournament

The Middletown wrestling team went 2-0 last week, including success at a marathon-style New Oxford tournament that lasted well past midnight on Friday. That put the Raiders’ dual meet record …

Fitzpatrick reaches 1,000 points as Blue Raiders roll over Milton Hershey

Junior standout Katie Fitzpatrick scored her 1,000th career point Friday in a huge win for the Raiders at Milton Hershey. Needing 16 points to reach the milestone, Fitzpatrick scored on a …

Burton-Jones still sits atop all-time Raider girls scoring list

If Katie Fitzpatrick keeps up this year’s scoring average of 21.9 points per game, she will challenge the all-time scoring record in Middletown Area High School girls basketball history in her …

Raider wrestlers go 4-3; Berstler wins 100th varsity match

The Blue Raider wrestlers are battling through a gauntlet of tough matches in hopes of reaching the PIAA District 3 AA tournament. The Raider wrestling squad was 4-3 on the week after hosting …

Raider boys basketball's losing streak reaches 11

Chris Bradford’s young varsity basketball team is still looking to break out of its long winless streak following another pair of losses last week that ran their losing streak to 11 games. …
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Rep. Mehaffie named co-chairman of Legislature's Nuclear Energy Caucus

Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara Township, will serve as co-chairman of the Legislature’s Nuclear Energy Caucus.  The Nuclear Energy Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group which …

Gov. Wolf declares state of emergency ahead of winter storm; restrictions in place on interstates, turnpike

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a state of emergency declaration Friday to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. Speed restrictions and a ban on all commercial traffic, …

Stay safe and prepare now for weekend's winter storm; PUC and Red Cross offer advice

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is offering tips to residents as Winter Storm Harper approaches. “The combination of snow, ice, high winds and bitter cold temperatures has the …

Sister of man involved in Middletown double murder-suicide: He was not a ‘monster’

Bibles on the coffee table was one of the first things Rhonda Howard noticed when she walked into the third-floor apartment where her brother Marvin Caddell had lived at 134 S. Union St. in …

Jednota rezoning hearing is Feb. 20; D&H wants warehouses at 300-acre Lower Swatara location

The Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing about the potential rezoning of most of the Jednota property that would help …

Efforts of Highspire woman help lead homeless man to friends, family in Atlanta

Barb Weaver met Jack outside of Subway on Second Street in Highspire. She saw him sitting on a bench with a shopping cart. Jack was a big guy — around 6 feet, 7 inches tall, she estimated …

Man shot out windows with a BB gun, police say; stolen car found in Philly: Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police charged a borough man after determining he had damaged the window of a residence and two windows of a school bus using a BB gun. Jesse Vencenzi Pasquini, 25, of the 100 block of …
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Middletown Borough Council, explain reasons for executive sessions: Editorial

Middletown Borough Council’s repeated use of executive session to speak behind closed doors about important issues — and the vague descriptions given for entering into the sessions …
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Happy New Year! Here’s some bad American football: Ed O'Connor

Hey gang. (I’d call you a mob, but a mob has a leader). Welcome to 2019. I hope your holidays were enjoyable and you will now have many memories upon which to reflect in the upcoming …

To drain the Veterans Affairs swamp, President Trump must wade into it: Bob Carey

President Donald Trump campaigned on cleaning house at the Department of Veterans Affairs, to fire inept and corrupt bureaucrats, and to give veterans greater choice in their health care. …

Picture what you want to do and get it done in 2019: Susannah Gal

What are your “great expectations” for 2019? I am talking about your resolutions or plans, although I write it this way because I think we have power to make things happen if we set our …
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