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School board gives tentative approval to overdose drug

The Middletown Area School Board gave tentative approval on Monday, April 25 to a policy that would allow nurses and other trained district employees to give naloxone to a student, staff member or visitor overdosing from heroin or another type of opioid on school grounds.

The board unanimously approved the policy at a preliminary reading. The policy is expected to come back to the board for final approval in June.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a drug known to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. It is carried by emergency medical responders and by most police departments in Dauphin County.

Middletown would be the first school district in the county to make the drug available in schools, according to Cheryl Dondero, director of Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:16

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Lower Swatara closes two deteriorating bridges

bridgephoto4 27 16WEBPress And Journal Photo by Eric Wise -- The deteriorating Richardson Road bridge in Lower Swatara Twp. was closed on April 25.

Not long after Lower Swatara Twp. officials learned that the replacement of an old bridge over a small unnamed stream that feeds Laurel Run will be delayed, they learned that the bridge will be closed for safety pending its replacement.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 07:24

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Who should pay to repave Ann Street?

Middletown Borough Council says Ann Street needs to be paved curb to curb. But how much it will cost, and where – or from whom – the money should come to pay for it are big unknowns.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:49

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Steel-High could raise taxes for 2016-17

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Homeowners in Steelton and Highspire would see a tax increase in next year’s budget based on the draft budget shared by the Steelton-Highspire School Board on Thursday, April 14.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:29

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DA wants your help in fire investigation

da logo 2Police detectives investigating the Sunday, April 3, fire in Middletown that seriously damaged the Holly Hall building in the Village of Pineford Apartment Complex are asking for the public's help with their investigation.  

“The police are especially interested in photographs of the early stages of the fire near the time when the fire was first discovered by residents or other members of the public passing by,” said Dauphin County’s District Attorney Ed Marsico. “If you have any of the information described above, please contact Det. Dennis Woodring of the Dauphin County District Attorney's Criminal Investigation Division at (717) 780-6220 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .” 

The fire, which began sometime before 11:30 a.m., seriously damaged the building and displaced dozens of residents. Police are seeking any information people may have about when the fire was first noticed and are asking for any photographs and/or video footage that members of the public may have that documents the fire.  

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 April 2016 05:56

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