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New budget increases taxes by 1.56 percent

You might pay $34 for a case of beer, to get your oil changed, or to fill up your tank if your car is good on gas.

It’s also the real estate tax increase you will pay in the Middletown Area School District in 2014-15, if you own a home in the district with an assessed value of $100,000.

The Middletown Area School Board unanimously approved a $40.6 million budget for 2014-15 on Monday, June 23 that calls for a 1.56 percent increase in the property tax . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:23

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In Steelton, an old church’s walls come tumbling down


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On a warm Saturday night, Dy’Mond Simmons-Settles was jumping on a trampoline with friends in the backyard of her Steelton home when she heard something unusual. “It was like a big bang or boom, a thunder-like sound,” she said. “It kind of sounded like an earthquake, but we didn’t feel anything.”

And then she heard cracking.

Simmons-Settles looked across the street, just in time to see part of the Grace United Evangelical Church collapse.
“It was very ungraceful,” she said. “It just started to fall backwards, and debris started to fall.” . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:20

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School Delays, Closings and Alerts: 02/18/14

Here is a list of school cancellations, closings and delays for Tuesday, Feb. 18. 


Middletown Area: 2-hr delay
Lower Dauphin:  2 hour delay
Steel-High: 2-hr delay; modified kindergarten
Elizabethtown: 2-hr delay; modified kindergarten
Seven Sorrows BVM: 2-hr delay
Capital Area School for the Arts: 2-hr delay
Bishop McDevitt: 2-hr delay


Susquehanna Twp.: 2-hr delay
Harrisburg City Schools: 2 hour delay
Central Dauphin: 2 hour delay; modified kindergarten
Halifax Area: 2-hr delay
Upper Dauphin Schools: 2-hr delay


Penn State Harrisburg: Opening at 10 a.m.






Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:41

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Weather Alerts

With several forecasts predicting eight to 12 inches of snow for Thursday, Feb. 13, many municipalities have already declared snow emergencies. Check back to this page for updates from municipalities, school districts and other weather related alerts to help you get through the storm.

Municipality Alerts: Several boroughs and townships have declared snow emergencies beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Click the link to find parking, driving and other restrictions for each municipality.

School Delays and Closings: Follow the link for closings, delays, and event cancellations for your local school district.

PennDOT Alerts: PennDOT has reduced speeds in some areas, as well as implemented restrictions for some vehicles. Click the link for more info.

Capital Area Transit (CAT) AlertsCAT has cancelled ALL services for Thursday, Feb. 13.

Amtrak Information and Alerts

Pennsylvania Turnpike Weather Alert

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 02:24

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Christmas to return to Hoffer Park

There will be Christmas lights in Hoffer Park after all.


Middletown Borough and the the union that represents the borough's non-uniform employees have settled a grievance that borough officials said had forced them to suspend the decoration of Hoffer Park, an annual holiday tradition.


The settlement, announced on Thursday, Nov. 21, allows for volunteers to decorate the park and Middletown's square, the borough said.


The borough now is seeking volunteers to help decorate the park. Volunteers may gather in the Borough Hall parking lot at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24.


Hundreds of people visit the park to see the Christmas display each year, and Santa Claus holds court amid the lights and bulbs.


Councilor Barbara Arnold announced earlier this year that the borough would not decorate the park because of a grievance filed by the union, Teamsters Local 776, that sought compensation for work that volunteers did last year. The borough solicitor advised against using volunteers to decorate the park until the matter was resolved.


According to the settlement agreement, Teamsters Local 776 recognizes the borough's right to use volunteers so long as volunteer work does not result in layoffs of borough employees, the borough said.


"We appreciate the union leadership's efforts to resolve this matter in time for Christmas,'' said Tim Konek, borough manager, who is a member of the borough's contract negotiating team. "In the end, we were able to find common ground and put aside our differences for the good of Middletown.''


Trees already have been ordered for the Hoffer Park display, said Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications.


News that the tradition would be suspended had resulted in a citizens' committee, under the auspices of the Middletown Area Historical Society, to erect a decorated tree at South Union and Ann streets, on property owned by the Society.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 20:43

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