Written by Daniel Walmer
About 40 people attended a Middletown Area School Board public hearing on Monday, Nov. 18 to advocate for and against a proposed new $40.3 million high school, construction of which may begin next spring.
The hearing, held in an auditorium at the current Middletown Area High School, was required as part of a process that districts must complete if they desire state funding for a major construction project.
After the hearing and a period for submittal of written public comments that lasts until Dec. 18, the board can submit PlanCon Part D, which deals with estimated project costs, to the state.
“This is, give or take, the 60 percent mark [of planning],” said Jeffrey Straub of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, the district’s engineer.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 21:27
Written by Noelle Barrett
Three seats on Royalton Borough Council and a seat on the Steelton-Highspire School Board appear to be filled by write-in votes cast in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
In Royalton, council member Joyce Vigilante and newcomer Steven Sell received enough write-ins to fill two vacancies in the Second Ward, according to unofficial results from the Dauphin County Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration.
Vigilante received eight votes, while Sell received 6. If one of them refuses to serve, the seat could be taken by council member Carl Hrescak, who received four write-in votes.
Sell said he decided to try to get write-in votes after no one else emerged as a candidate.
“I just want to go in and get the feel for how things are and then go from there,’’ he said.
In the First Ward, council member Randy Cain, who was chosen by council to fill the unexpired term of Teddy Biesecker after Biesecker’s death in August, appears to have won a two-year term.
Cain, who received 14 votes, said he will accept the seat on council once the results are made official. Dauphin County will validate election results on Wednesday, Nov. 27, according to Jerry Feaser, director of the county’s elections bureau.
“I’m liking it [on council],’’ Cain said. “My priorities are to learn as much as I can and to know where the money is being spent.’’
In the Steelton-Highspire School District, former school board president and athletic director Sam Petrovich won a seat on the board, according to unofficial results.
Petrovich received 106 write-in votes, enough for the fourth open seat on the board.
“It makes you feel good that you get votes like that on a late decision,’’ Petrovich said.
Petrovich served as athletic director in 2011 before retiring in June. He previously had served on the school board.
“I just thought I needed to get involved again,’’ he said. “I felt I could be an asset.’’
One of Petrovich’s goals: Get more parents involved. He also wants to contribute to forging the district’s budget and controlling spending.
In Middletown, Democrat Victoria Malone appears to have won a seat on Borough Council representing the Third Ward by three votes over Republican Marcia Cleland. Malone received an additional vote from a provisional ballot cast in the election, according to unofficial results.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 21:30
Written by Daniel Walmer
Seats on Royalton Borough Council and the Steelton-Highspire School Board have not yet been filled, as Dauphin County officials continue to tabulate write-in votes from the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
One two-year seat representing Royalton’s First Ward and two four-year seats representing Royalton’s Second Ward are still up for grabs, while a four-year term on Steelton-Highspire’s board will also be determined by write-in votes.
In a race for a seat on the Lower Dauphin School Board, newcomer Kevin Busher, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Jeffrey Neely in the race to represent Region 3, which includes South Hanover and East Hanover townships, according to unofficial results.
Busher received 594 votes, while Neely received 347.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 20:04
Elizabethtown police are seeking information after an assault of a man with a baseball bat on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.
The victim, a 44-year-old white male, had responded to a Craigslist ad to purchase a television at MoviE-town Cinema, and was greeted by a woman who led him to the side of the building, police reported.
A male suspect then struck the victim at least three times with a baseball bat - once on the head - before the victim was able to escape to the rear of the building, according to police. The victim is being treated at a local hospital for traumatic head and arm injuries.
The male suspect is of unknown race is approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 inches tall and 150 pounds and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The female suspect was white, possibly Hispanic, in her early to mid 20s, 5-foot-5 inches tall and 110 to 120 pounds, according to the report.
The incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Elizabethtown Police Department at 717-367-1835 or by e-mail at
Police advise caution when purchasing items through online marketplaces such as Craigslist.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 19:29
Written by Noelle Barrett
A former Royalton police officer, who was facing DUI charges stemming from a February crash in Londonderry Twp., has been enrolled in Dauphin County’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program.
Dauphin County Judge Scott A. Evans granted a motion to admit Jerry Barnes, 41, of Elizabethtown, into the program for first-time offenders on Thursday, Oct. 31, according to court records.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 19:27