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Rep. Mehaffie named co-chairman of Legislature's Nuclear Energy Caucus

Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara Township, will serve as co-chairman of the Legislature’s Nuclear Energy Caucus.  The Nuclear Energy Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group which …

Gov. Wolf declares state of emergency ahead of winter storm; restrictions in place on interstates, turnpike

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a state of emergency declaration Friday to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. Speed restrictions and a ban on all commercial traffic, …

Stay safe and prepare now for weekend's winter storm; PUC and Red Cross offer advice

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is offering tips to residents as Winter Storm Harper approaches. “The combination of snow, ice, high winds and bitter cold temperatures has the …

Efforts of Highspire woman help lead homeless man to friends, family in Atlanta

Barb Weaver met Jack outside of Subway on Second Street in Highspire. She saw him sitting on a bench with a shopping cart. Jack was a big guy — around 6 feet, 7 inches tall, she estimated …

Man shot out windows with a BB gun, police say; stolen car found in Philly: Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police charged a borough man after determining he had damaged the window of a residence and two windows of a school bus using a BB gun. Jesse Vencenzi Pasquini, 25, of the 100 block of …

UPDATE: Baltimore woman turns herself in over stolen gun

Middletown police have charged two people — one of whom is still wanted — in connection with the theft of a car, a Beretta 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition from a borough man on …

Londonderry Township officials to go to state about sewer lines

Londonderry Township leaders say they plan to meet with a state authority to get more information about funding public sewer lines in several areas that currently lack them, including Londonderry …

Nevil and Harmon are MAHS Students of the Month

Middletown Area High School seniors Alexis Harmon and Timothy Nevil recently were selected as December’s Students of the Month. Alexis is the daughter of Brad Harmon and Lisa Wolf. She is …
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Burton-Jones still sits atop all-time Raider girls scoring list

If Katie Fitzpatrick keeps up this year’s scoring average of 21.9 points per game, she will challenge the all-time scoring record in Middletown Area High School girls basketball history in her …

Raider wrestlers go 4-3; Berstler wins 100th varsity match

The Blue Raider wrestlers are battling through a gauntlet of tough matches in hopes of reaching the PIAA District 3 AA tournament. The Raider wrestling squad was 4-3 on the week after hosting …

Raider boys basketball's losing streak reaches 11

Chris Bradford’s young varsity basketball team is still looking to break out of its long winless streak following another pair of losses last week that ran their losing streak to 11 games. …

Four Raiders picked as all-state football

Four Middletown Blue Raiders football players recently were named to the Pa. Football Writers’ All-State team for Class 3A. Junior running back Jose Lopez, already Middletown’s …

Blue Raiders’ losing streak reaches 9; 3 close games but no wins for young squad

The Middletown boys basketball team had several chances to break its winless streak last week but came up empty all three times as victories continued to elude the young Blue Raiders. In the first …

Blue Raider girls split vs. Northern, West Perry

The Middletown girls basketball team split a pair of games last week to move to 4-6 on the season. The Blue Raiders beat Northern York at home Jan. 2, 53-33. Junior standout Katie Fitzpatrick …

Raider wrestlers drop close matchup with Lower Dauphin

The Middletown wrestlers dropped a close match Jan. 2 to neighboring Lower Dauphin, 39-37. Senior Ryan Berstler got the Raiders off to an early 6-0 lead with a pin over Denver Kalenevitch at 126 …

Wrestlers take 8th at tournament; Fegley, Brady are winners

The Middletown wrestlers competed in the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament, which featured 24 teams from across Pennsylvania, on Friday and Saturday. “I was very pleased with the …
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Eigth-grader Miller wins Middletown Area Middle School geography bee

Eighth-grader Jordan Miller beat out nine other Middletown Area Middle School students in the annual National Geographic Geography Bee at the school Jan. 8. The students were awarded a …

Middletown comes together for vigil to remember double murder-suicide victims

It was too way windy for candles. But tonight’s bitter cold didn’t prevent about 60 people from coming together in downtown Middletown, to remember the three people who died in a …

VIDEO: Those who attend vigil for double murder-suicide victims gather to eat chili and to talk

A vigil service was held Jan. 9 at 134 S. Union St., Middletown, for victims in last week's double murder-homicide. People stayed afterward to eat chili and drink hot chocolate, and to talk with one another.

VIDEO: Owner of apartment where double murder-suicide took place last week discusses vigil

George Crist, who owns the building at 134 S. Union St. in Middletown where a double murder-suicide took place last week, discusses why a vigil was held Jan. 9.

Lower Dauphin's Cassel and Dreon receive monthly student honors

Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors recently received monthly honors. Avery Cassel was named Young Student of the Month for November by the Rotary Club of Hummelstown. Avery is the daughter …

O’Donnell reaches highest rank of Eagle Scout

After 12 years of dedication to scouting, Jacob O’Donnell of Troop 97 in Londonderry Township has been recognized for earning the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of …

Boy Scout Troop 97 awards rank advancements, hands out merit badges and honors during court

Londonderry Township’s Boy Scout Troop 97 had a lot to celebrate during the holiday season. Star Scout Mason Barrick served as the master of ceremonies for the troop’s holiday Court of …
Editorials

Middletown Borough Council, explain reasons for executive sessions: Editorial

Middletown Borough Council’s repeated use of executive session to speak behind closed doors about important issues — and the vague descriptions given for entering into the sessions …
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Happy New Year! Here’s some bad American football: Ed O'Connor

Hey gang. (I’d call you a mob, but a mob has a leader). Welcome to 2019. I hope your holidays were enjoyable and you will now have many memories upon which to reflect in the upcoming …

To drain the Veterans Affairs swamp, President Trump must wade into it: Bob Carey

President Donald Trump campaigned on cleaning house at the Department of Veterans Affairs, to fire inept and corrupt bureaucrats, and to give veterans greater choice in their health care. …

Picture what you want to do and get it done in 2019: Susannah Gal

What are your “great expectations” for 2019? I am talking about your resolutions or plans, although I write it this way because I think we have power to make things happen if we set our …
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