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Raiders to return to Middletown Area High School

Although the two signs showing the Middletown raiders mascot have been removed from the sides of the new Middletown Area High School Building, they will be back soon enough, school officials said.

“They were created incorrectly,” said Jody Zorbaugh, district communications specialist. “It was just not quite the design that was specified.”

The district will not have to pay for the repairs or tweaks to the design because the manufacturer failed to fabricate the signs specified under contract.

After the signs are corrected, the blue raider and the gray raider will return to the sides of the building that drivers have already become accustomed to seeing while driving on Route 441 past the school.

“We received word that the Raiders should be reinstalled shortly,” Zorbaugh said.

The raider signs and the “Home of the Raiders” sign were gifts to the new school from the district’s alumni association.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2016 12:48

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75-year-old Man located

South Central Alert has reported that Michael Reap who reportedly walked away from the Frey Village facility on N. Union St. today has been located.

According to police Reap walked away from the Frey Village Nursing Home today at 2 pmMr. Reap was last seen wearing blue jeans, black Nike sneakers, navy blue long sleeve shirt with 3 buttons and a white t-shirt underneath.


Last Updated on Saturday, 05 November 2016 19:52

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Lower Swatara learns that paying off debt early will cost more than it saves

Lower Swatara Township commissioners scrapped plans to pay off the rest of the debt on its building early when they learned it would cost $10,000 more than what it would save. 

During the discussion of the 2016 budget in November 2015, Commissioners Tom Mehaffie and Michael Davies, members of the township’s finance committee, said the township would pay off about $406,000 in debt on the township building, which would save nearly $35,000 in interest. 

Money from the current budget and the township’s cash reserve was to be used for this payoff, Mehaffie said.

When the township approached its lender about a possible payoff, the bank indicated the township would be liable for a $45,000 pre-payment penalty, said Terry Kauffman, interim township manager.

Kauffman said he has reached out to the bank to negotiate relief of the penalty, but has not received a response.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:07

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Knull: ‘I can’t send my kid out the door and know he will be safe’

Dawn Knull grew up in Middletown. She remembers a time when you knew everybody that you saw on the street.

“Our parents could send us out the door and know we would be safe. I can’t send my kid out the door and know he will be safe,” said Knull, who today is a borough councilor from the First Ward.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:23

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Mtown Boro Cops Looking For Burglary Suspect

White male, 40's, wearing jeans and black shirt



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Middletown Police are actively searching for a burglary suspect they say is loose in the area of Ann and Wilson streets, specifically between Wood and S. Catherine streets.

In a Nixle alert released by the local department at 12:35 a.m. Sat., July 30 police noted the suspect is believed to be a white male, in his 40's, wearing blue jeans and a black muscle type t-shirt. The suspect possibly has a mustache, the announcement also noted.

Police said the suspect entered a garage and stole tools. The extent of loss was not noted nor was it noted if the garage had been locked.

Police are urging residents to take precaution and to secure their homes' doors and windows and to lock out buildings on  properties, as well as vehicles. 

Police are asking residents to report all suspicious activity in or around their homes to them by calling 911. The department's non emergency number is (717) 902-0706.


Last Updated on Saturday, 30 July 2016 08:31

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