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Residents gather at Middletown Church of God in show of solidarity over Charlottesville

Middletown residents added their voices to the many who have been gathering in cities and towns across the country in response to the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. …

Troop 97 visits National Boy Scout Jamboree

“Jambo” means “hello” in the language of Swahili. Members of Londonderry Township’s Troop 97 got to say just that to more than 36,000 fellow Boy Scouts at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in …

Bras Across the Bridge raises almost $40,000

The third annual Bras Across the Bridge event hosted by the Feel Your Boobies Foundation was held Saturday, Aug. 12, and it raised almost $40,000 to support the organization’s College Outreach …

Potassium iodide tablet giveaway set for TMI area

As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the Department of Health will offer free tablets on Thursday, Aug. 24, to Pennsylvanians who live or work within …

Lower Dauphin students honored for ‘excellence’

Lower Dauphin High School’s PRIDE program seeks to recognize students who display the five character traits of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence. In March, students …

‘Unbreakable’ product touted as substitute for boarding up run-down houses with plywood

What do you see when you see a house boarded up with plywood? Nothing good, chances are. A Cleveland-based company that is marketing a polycarbonate substitute for plywood in vacant …

Council OK’s restrictions on weight of trucks near Penn State Harrisburg

Middletown Borough Council gave final approval to new weight restrictions aimed at keeping large trucks off several residential streets near Penn State Harrisburg on Aug. 7. Council amended an …
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Local sports

Blue Raiders football team preparing for season

Thanks to Bill Darrah and Donald Graham for these shots from last week's heat acclimatization sessions by the Middletown Blue Raiders football team. Practice technically could not start until …

Ex-Middletown athletic director King leaves district altogether for job in Ephrata

First Jeremy King left his position as Middletown Area School District athletic director to become a teacher at the high school. Now he has left the district altogether, before the school year …

Smith brings baseball background to Middletown athletic director job

H. Clifford “Cliff” Smith is no stranger to sports. He’s a former professional athlete, baseball coach and assistant athletic director at Elizabethtown College, and now he’ll be using …

Middletown Area High School boys and girls cross country ready to run, individually and as team

The Middletown Area High School cross country teams began their first official practice of the season on Monday, Aug. 14, and with the start of a new season, comes new expectations. After …

What will the Blue Raiders football team do for an encore in 2017? Team tries to look forward

Competition has been the theme so far for the Middletown Area High School football squad as players and coaches prepare for the 2017 season. That mantra is a good one to have as Middletown …

Keystone Assault seeks women to play football

Central Pennsylvania’s only women’s tackle football team has released details about upcoming tryouts. The Keystone Assault will conduct tryouts at Seventh and Radnor Park in Harrisburg from 9 …

Hall of Fame membership dinner set for Aug. 23

The Capital Area Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame membership dinner meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Penbrook American Legion Post 730. The featured guest speaker will be Gorden …

New athletic director and new principal at Reid Elementary approved by Middletown Area School Board

H. Clifford Smith is the new athletic director of Middletown Area School District. The school board during its Aug. 8 meeting unanimously approved hiring Smith as athletic director to replace …
Local news

Rodney Horton moving out of borough, replacement needed on zoning board

Middletown is looking for a resident to serve on the borough zoning hearing board. Council on Aug. 7 moved for the borough to advertise to find someone to replace Rodney Horton, who is stepping …

Woodland Hills development, 440 housing units over 10 phases, remains on track

Several actions keeping the planned Woodland Hills housing development in Middletown on track were approved by borough council Aug. 7. Plans submitted by landowners H-T Partners propose …

Ten-digit telephone dialing starts in 717 area code this month

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission continues to encourage residents and businesses in central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code to prepare for the upcoming switch to mandatory 10-digit …

Woodlayne resident charged for drugs after flood is arrested again: Middletown Police Roundup

A man who Middletown police arrested after discovering marijuana and cash in his apartment while he was being evacuated during the July 23 flooding has been arrested again on similar …

New Middletown athletic director is former pro baseball player, Elizabethtown coach

H. Clifford “Cliff” Smith is the new athletic director of Middletown Area School District. The school board during its Aug. 8 meeting unanimously approved hiring Smith as athletic director …

Saylor to take over at Reid Elementary after leaving Northern Lebanon School District this fall

Trevor Saylor has some big shoes to fill, and he knows it. Saylor was approved unanimously by the Middletown Area School Board during its Aug. 8 meeting to replace Earl Bright as the new principal …

Scaled-back National Night Out in Middletown well-attended

Middletown’s National Night Out on Aug. 1 was attended by hundreds of residents, who came out to meet and introduce themselves to their local first responders, learn about different aspects of …
Editorials

Free speech has limits, and it’s no license for violent actions: Editorial

“For a while people were worried about the ‘knock-out game’ when that was going around a couple of years ago,” attorney Matt Menges said at a recent concealed-carry firearms training event, …
Columnists

Leftist violence vs. Trump-aligned groups worrisome: James Miller

The chaos that descended upon the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has widened the already gaping tear in our national discourse. What was supposed to be a rally to protest …

Feds don’t know best when regarding property rights: Mike Folmer

Asset forfeitures are civil proceedings that allow law enforcement to take possession of the property of certain persons suspected of crime. Drug arrests are the most common examples of seizures: …

President Trump’s obsession with loyalty is horrible for the country: Paul Heise

Thank the Almighty that there are still a few good men and women who are loyal to the Constitution. Loyalty is serious. It is a commitment to a person, a cause or an idea even when it contradicts …
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