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Middletown Area Middle School student charged with possession of a weapon on school property

A 14-year-old Middletown boy has been charged with possession of a weapon on school property, Lower Swatara Police Chief Jeff Vargo said. On Tuesday, the Middletown Area School District said that …

Londonderry Township looking at new hiking trails

By Laura Hayes laurahayes@pressandjournal.com Outdoor lovers and hikers will soon have an opportunity to hike through Londonderry Township. The township wants to construct hiking trails …

Dauphin County gaming grants bring close to $1 million to area

By Dan Miller and Laura Hayes danmiller@pressandjournal.com laurahayes@pressandjournal.com Of $6.4 million in gaming grants awarded by Dauphin County commissioners on Feb. 27, close to $1 …

What a catch! Area youngsters enjoy fishing derby at Middletown Reservoir

Skies cleared and breezes warmed Saturday morning just in time for the 2019 Sportsmen Limited Kids Trout Derby. The 26th annual event was hosted again this year by Sportsmen Limited of Middletown …

Township ponders long-term fix for Spring Garden Drive; culvert issues closes heavily traveled road

Spring Garden Drive, just past Lumber Street, in Lower Swatara Township has been closed since late February after a sinkhole formed above a stormwater culvert, according to a proposal for engineering …

Girl injured in crash; BAC reported at 0.262: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A 7-year-old girl from Middletown sustained minor injuries in a crash in the 1900 block of Oberlin Road at 3:46 p.m. April 9, police said. Police reported the girl was a passenger in a car driven …

Police say Lancaster County man sexually assaulted 4-year-old girl in Londonderry Township

A Lancaster County man is to be arraigned in Dauphin County Court on May 17 on charges he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl at a residence in Londonderry Township in January 2018. Mark Anthony …

Five women charged in bad check scheme; four were in prison together; police need help finding them

It didn’t take long for four women who had been in the same state prison at about the same time to get in trouble with the law again, according to Middletown borough police. Police on April …
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Local sports

Middletown Amateur Baseball Association alumni sought for 60th anniversary celebration

Oak Hill Park better have a big outfield. They might need every inch of it. Anyone who has ever played in the Middletown Amateur Baseball Association is invited to opening day ceremonies at Oak …

Blue Raider baseball holds on for pair of wins

Middletown’s baseball team ran its winning streak to four straight following a pair of victories last week. The streak remained intact after Friday’s non-divisional game at Bishop …

MAHS wrestlers wrap up season at banquet

MAHS softball splits 2; Zimmerman strong in win

The Middletown Area High School softball team split a pair of games in the last week to move to 3-4 on the season. The Raiders beat Red Land at home Monday, 2-1, behind the pitching of Noelle …

Middletown’s Strohecker to enter Central Pa. Hall of Fame

Middletown Area High School graduate Russ Strohecker will be inducted into the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies June 15 at the Red Lion Inn, Lindle Road, …

Raiders pick up first two wins of season on the diamond

After going 0-3 in their first three games of the new season the Blue Raiders picked up a pair of much-needed victories in varsity baseball action last week. Following a 5-3 setback against …

Middletown softball beats Trinity, Camp Hill

The Middletown Blue Raiders softball team picked up its first two wins of the season to move to 2-3. On April 2, in a 14-4 win at Camp Hill, Kate Fitzpatrick had four hits — a double in the …

Plans for MAHS mini-stadium progress, might open in 2020

Middletown Area School District’s plan for a new 500-seat synthetic turf field is moving forward, and the district presented its plans for the “mini-stadium” to the Lower Swatara …
Local news

Area woman charged with harboring man who escaped from prison: Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police charged a borough woman after a man who had escaped from Dauphin County Prison was located in her residence April 10. The inmate, Tevin Brown, was on a work detail in front of …

Nerf battles returning to Hoffer Park

The Nerf battles are returning to Middletown. Starting May 25, a Nerf battle for all comers held by the Dauphin County Nerf Club will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in Hoffer Park along Mill …

HIA investigated for possible chemicals in water system

The state plans to test water from more than 300 public water systems throughout Pennsylvania to check for the presence of chemicals known as PFAS. Military bases are common sources of PFAS, …

Work on Vine Street likely will cause delays north of Middletown

Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, April 15, the northbound and southbound passing lanes of Vine Street north of Middletown will be closed and a single-lane traffic pattern will be in place for up to 25 …

I-283 North ramp to I-83 South will be closed Saturday

Here’s a heads up for any motorists looking to drive through the busy Eisenhower interchange area on Saturday. Weather permitting, the northbound Interstate 283 ramp to southbound Interstate …

Council approves Kids Kastle grant request; Knull wants more equipment for those with disabilities

Middletown Borough Council will apply for a state grant to fund the replacement of the Kids Kastle playground in Hoffer Park. The borough closed Kids Kastle on June 4, after receiving a report …

Borough’s dispute with Suez over water usage now turns to meter readings

The 11.5 percent surcharge imposed on Middletown water and sewer customers is invalid because it is based on inaccurate meter readings, the borough says. The borough is also fighting Middletown …
Editorials

Our public parks shouldn’t be closed for private events: Editorial

We don’t object to the borough of Middletown bringing in money from the use of our parks. After all, residents and nonresidents can rent out parts of Hoffer Park right now. According to the …
Columnists

We all see benefits from research: Susannah Gal

I know I’ve talked about research in a variety of ways previously. I’m talking about research again in this column because we are celebrating Research Week at Penn State Harrisburg from …

Pennsylvania needs to sspend more on senior care: Adam Marles

Following years of Medicaid funding cuts from state government, not-for-profit nursing home providers across Pennsylvania are being forced to make incredibly difficult decisions. Can we hire more …

If we don’t trust in reality, it’s impossible to trust in each other: James E. Miller

“You can’t trust anybody or anything anymore.” Johnny Whitmire’s lament, equal parts helpless and hopeless, was shared with The Atlantic back in 2012. During the febrile …
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