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Pitbull used in dog fighting found dead, wrapped in a blanket, in Lower Swatara Township

A pitbull that police say was part of illegal underground dog fighting was found dead, wrapped up in a colorful blanket and stuffed in a rectangular trash can, in Lower Swatara Township on …

Final PSU chancellor candidate to interview: Kulkarni replacement should be in place by July 1

The final remaining Penn State Harrisburg chancellor candidate to interview has an “unwavering commitment to public higher education,” he told the Press & Journal. Dr. Kumara …

Middletown police chief honors two businesses for community support

Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette is recognizing two borough businesses and one veterans organization for their support of the police department. Mouchette on Feb. 8 presented plaques to …

The race is on! Boy and Cub Scouts compete in Pinewood Derby action on Saturday: Photo Gallery

There was plenty of action in the Londonderry Township fire hall during a Pinewood Derby held by Cub Scout Pack 97 and Boy Scout Troop 97, both of Londonderry Township, on Saturday Feb. 10. Members …

Forum kicks off discussion of Penn State Harrisburg-community relations

About 20 community members spent their Sunday morning discussing the relationship between Middletown and Penn State Harrisburg. This “Town and Gown Relationships” forum was the first …

Middletown Area Middle School student allegedly threatened to kill classmates, parents

Police report allegations of terroristic threats have been filed against a 13-year-old Lower Swatara Township resident who allegedly made threats against his parents and fellow students. According …

Man can’t file Right-To-Know requests in Londonderry Township until suit is resolved

Glenn Harmon is prohibited from filing any more Right-To-Know requests with Londonderry Township, until Dauphin County Court decides on the merits of a lawsuit that the township filed against Harmon …
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Local sports

Raiders ready for tourney after beating LD, Boiling Springs; they will play Bubblers again Feb. 22

Faced with the task of competing against two very good teams to close out the regular season schedule last week, the Middletown boys basketball team was victorious in both games to stand at 15-6 on …

Blue Raiders girls basketball team qualifies for tournament, will play York Catholic

A 1-2 record last week was enough to get the Blue Raiders girls basketball team into the PIAA District III Class AAA girls basketball tournament. Six teams qualified, and Middletown, at 9-13 on …

Middletown Blue Raiders' 1968 state championship basketball team honored: Photo Gallery

The 1968 Class B state championship basketball team was honored at halftime of Friday's Blue Raiders' game vs. West Perry. The team was represented by players Dave Twardzik, Charlie Bowen, Brett …

Big win on a special night for Blue Raiders; seniors honored, along with 1968 state championship team

Not only was it a night when the senior players were honored in appreciation of their contributions to the boys basketball program, it was also an evening of remembrance. Honored prior to the …

Middletown basketball star Ryan Hughes announces college choice

Middletown basketball standout Ryan Hughes will play college basketball at Ursinus College, he announced on Twitter on Thursday. “Thank you to all the college coaches that have shown …

Blue Raider girls stay in fight for basketball playoffs

The Middletown girls basketball team rebounded from a loss vs. Trinity on Jan. 30 with two key wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. They are No. 6 in the District III AAA rankings, with Trinity …

Middletown grad Lupia to take over Blue Raider baseball team

A 2010 Middletown graduate has been hired as the new head coach of the Middletown Area High School varsity baseball team. Michael Lupia will be paid a stipend of $4,260 to coach the team during …

Raider wrestlers win to end regular season; no postseason as a team, but individuals might qualify

The Blue Raiders wrestling squad closed out its regular season with a convincing 38-28 win over a solid Milton Hershey squad on Thursday, Jan. 25. As the team celebrated Senior Night, Middletown …
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Rep. Mehaffie will play host to fishing and boating seminar March 1

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie will play host to a Fish and Boat Commission seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the board room at the Derry Township Municipal Building. Representatives from …

Lower Dauphin team sixth at oceanography competition in Delaware

A team of five Lower Dauphin High School students finished sixth at the annual Chesapeake Bay Bowl and won the sportsmanship award. The annual oceanography competition was held Feb. 3 at the …

Sides argue bill that would stop use of electrical funds for other services; it would affect Middletown

HARRISBURG — Views for and against proposed state legislation that would prevent Middletown and other boroughs selling electricity from using that revenue to pay for local services  were …

Middletown Area High School announces second-period honor rolls

Middletown Area High School recently announced its distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the second period. Distinguished Honor Roll requires all “A’s” or perfect marks. For …

Students earn place on honor rolls at Middletown Area Middle School

Middletown Area Middle School recently announced its distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the second period. Distinguished Honor Roll requires all “A’s” or perfect marks. For …

Elizabethtown College president to step down in June 2019 after eight years

Elizabethtown College President Carl J. Strikwerda has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2019, after two four-year terms. The college’s Board of Trustees will oversee a search …

Hearing set on bill that would stop Middletown from using electric fund to pay for other services

A public hearing on a bill that would prevent Middletown from using electric revenue to support providing municipal services will be held in the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The hearing …
Editorials

Can Right-To-Know laws be used to point of abuse?: Editorial

Americans have the right to access almost all the records maintained by our government. The governmental bodies that maintain those records have the responsibility to redact certain parts of those …
Columnists

Come to Ecuador, where the living is cheaper: Ed O'Connor

Hey, gang! I hope your 2018 is off to a great start. It looks as though Olga and I have begun another tradition that, hopefully, will not remain an annual occurrence. For the second year in a row …

Strides Pennsylvania has made have come despite Gov. Wolf’s opposition: Charles Mitchell

In his fourth budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf challenged lawmakers to write “a story about a brighter future we can build together.” Nice rhetoric, but the truth is, the strides …

Come out, learn about Penn State-Middletown relations: Susannah Gal

What’s in it for Middletown to have Penn State Harrisburg here, and what’s in it for Penn State to have a campus in our area? Those aren’t actually mutually exclusive answers. …
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