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Federal judge denies Middletown request for preliminary injunction to block surcharge on water and sewer bills

An 11.5 percent surcharge added to the bills of Middletown water and sewer customers in April by Suez will remain in effect, until a broader dispute between the borough and Suez regarding a water …

Boil advisory lifted

“Tests show that the water has always had adequate treatment to it and is safe to drink right now without any measures such as flushing,” Suez spokeswoman Madeline Power said.
Think before you drink

Not a drop to drink ... at least for now

Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, Suez officials issued a warning for Middletown and Royalton residents, advising people to use bottled or boiled water until further notice. The notification was …

Boil advisory remains for Middletown, Royalton

The boil water advisory is still ongoing, Suez officials said Thursday afternoon, July 19. Residents in Middletown and Royalton boroughs were advised on Wednesday evening to boil their water or …

Everything you'll need to know about a boil water advisory

The following information has been provided by SUEZ Middletown about a boil water advisory.

Royalton Residents: Boil Your Water

A statement issued by the Borough of Royalton confirms that its residents have also been advised to boil water. A copy of the notice is attached to this story. The statement can also be found on …
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Boil water advisories for Middletown and Royalton

Suez is telling Middletown borough customers to boil their water before drinking it, until further notice. In a notice that Suez issued shortly before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, Suez said that …

Mayor Curry wants to sell blocks of Kids Kastle wood to help raise funds

An idea for raising funds toward replacing the Kids Kastle playground in Hoffer Park in Middletown was unveiled by Mayor James H. Curry III during the July 9 borough council meeting. The …
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Happy campers: Youngsters learn during summer hoops at MAHS

Middletown varsity and junior varsity basketball players returned to the gym last week to help teach kids the basics  of the game they love. Middletown Area High School teacher Chris …

Lured by love of the Rebel Humpback: Tom Shank's Woods & Waters

Back in the 1960s, a strange-looking fishing lure came into existence. It was made out of plastic, not like the many wooded ones of that era. Instead of being a normal minnow length bait, it was …

Chris Sattele’s farewell letter to coaching the Blue Raiders boys basketball team

Blue Raider family: For the past 10 years, it has been my distinct privilege and honor to be the head boys basketball coach at the Middletown Area High School, which is also the school district I …

Middletown Legion struggles to score, team stands at 5-11 on the season

Try as they might, the players on the Middletown American Legion baseball team just can’t break out of the hitting slump that has plagued them all season. And, while the Post 594 …

Penn State Harrisburg leaving CAC in athletics to return to its former conference

Penn State Harrisburg athletics will return to the North East Athletic Conference starting in the 2019-2020 season, after six years in the Capital Athletic Conference.  Penn State Harrisburg …

Sattele steps down as Middletown Blue Raiders boys hoops coach

After 10 years, Chris Sattele is going out on a high note as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at Middletown Area High School. He will continue in his full-time position with the …

Learning the basics of baseball: Blue Raiders coaches hold camp for dozens of players

Stealing bases, bunting, fielding — 34 campers gathered in Middletown Area High School’s fields to hone their baseball skills last week. The baseball camp was led by the Blue Raiders …

Baseball's Williams, track and field's Lehman are PSU Harrisburg Student-Athletes of Year

Penn State Harrisburg baseball standout sophomore outfielder Bret Williams and women’s track & field All-American Sarah Lehman are the school’s 2017-2018 Male and Female …
Local news

Moose works behind scenes to help veterans, kids, others in community

A lot of things in Middletown seem to happen by magic each year. There’s the Halloween Parade every fall, which wouldn’t happen without Kiwanis. Every Memorial Day there’s a …

Lower Swatara is suing Highspire, says borough overcharged township to treat its wastewater

Lower Swatara Township and its municipal authority have sued Highspire borough and the borough authority, alleging that Highspire has been overcharging the township to treat its wastewater. While …

Gypsy moth spraying to begin in Dauphin County

Dauphin County is participating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the 2019 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program to protect the area from defoliation. In an effort to …

Harrisburg man charged with trying to have sex with minor

Middletown police arrested a Harrisburg man after he was caught allegedly attempting to have sexual relations with a minor in a parked vehicle in the 200 block of North Spring Street at about 3:45 …

Lower Swatara man charged with setting fire to porch July 6

A Lower Swatara Township man is in Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail for allegedly starting a fire on the front porch of a residence in the township. Michael Keith Chaney, 63, of the 500 block …

Lower Dauphin High School announces fourth-quarter honor rolls

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

Lower Dauphin Middle School releases top student lists

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

Case of the missing money must be solved: Editorial

The residents and businesses of Middletown should be outraged at the apparent loss of $1.1 million from the borough’s coffers in 2015. They should be deeply concerned about reports of …
Columnists

Good news, bad news, missed chances in final Pennsylvania budget: Nathan Benefield

For most of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state budget process has been contentious at best and downright hostile at worst. His first three years featured months-long impasses, vetoes, …

Young people might put end to legal abortion: James Miller

Ireland’s passing of a plebiscite that paves the way for legalized abortion wasn’t surprising. While the margins raised an eyebrow (66 percent in favor), Europe has been secularizing for …

United States had a history of separating families long before Donald Trump: Jeffery Robinson

Children are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see and the White House press secretary backs him up. Be horrified and …
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