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Doug Hoover, the barber who recently retired after 50 years, suffers fall, broken hip

Sometimes, retirement isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Doug Hoover. Hoover, longtime owner of the Olmsted Plaza Barber Shop in Lower Swatara Township, closed up shop for …

Lower Dauphin's Lawn, Saufley honored as Students of the Month

Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors recently were honored by area service groups. Emma Lawn was named Young Woman of the Month for December by the Hummelstown Women’s Club. Emma is the …

Pearl Harbor survivor will address World War II roundtable again

William Bonelli has more than a few stories to tell about his World War II service. Last December, the 96-year-old vet was one of two Pearl Harbor witnesses to share their memories about Dec. 7, …

Royalton officials take their oaths of office

Newly elected or re-elected officials in the borough of Royalton took their oaths of office Jan. 2. Solomon Swartz is the new mayor, replacing Judy Oxenford. The current borough council …

Rotary honors Middletown Area High School seniors Shelby Luther, Jacob Spear

The Hershey Rotary Club honored Middletown Area High School seniors Shelby Luther and Jacob Spear as two of its Students of the Month for November 2017. Each month, the Rotary recognizes students …

Middletown borough asked to oppose bill on proliferation of ‘mini-cell towers’

Proposed state legislation to “limit or take away” Middletown borough being able to regulate the placement of wireless technology facilities in the public right of way is being opposed by …

Charges of bad checks, fraud dropped; woman charged in theft at Bashore cabin: Police Roundup

Bad checks and other charges that were filed against a Middletown man Dec. 14 all have been withdrawn. The charges of bad checks, using fraudulent documents, and theft by deception filed against …
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Local sports

MAHS boys soccer team celebrates season at banquet

The Middletown Area High School boys soccer team held its banquet Dec. 10 at Evangelical United Methodist Church on East Water Street.

Blue Raider boys basketball has little trouble beating West Perry

Realistically, West Perry was clearly not the best competition the Middletown boys basketball team faced this year. Proof of that was a comfortable 56-44 victory by the Blue Raiders in …

Middletown girls basketball team comes up big vs. Donegal

The Middletown girls basketball team played one of its best games of the season Thursday, beating Donegal on the road, 75-60 to move to 5-7 on the season. Sophomore Kate Fitzpatrick led the Blue …

Raider wrestlers have big week, perform well at Dutchman Duals

The Blue Raiders wrestling team looked impressive in a busy week of action. Traveling to Palmyra on Thursday, Jan. 11, the Raiders looked physically dominant as they rolled to a 55-18 win. On …

Hughes’ buzzer-beater downs Trinity; Blue Raiders gain needed momentum

Just when it appeared as if the season was taking a turn south, the Middletown boys basketball team turned in an amazing effort Friday night with an exciting and dramatic overtime victory over …

Blue Raider wrestlers roll over Shamrocks after falling to Falcons

The Blue Raider wrestling team moved to 6-2 on the season after falling to local AAA rival Lower Dauphin, and then earning an important come-from-behind win over league opponent …

Lower Swatara Township Athletic Association has baseball and softball registration

Lower Swatara Township Athletic Association has announced 2018 registration for: • Youth baseball (open to Lower Swatara Township and Highspire residents only). Children must be age 5 by Aug. …

Middletown girls basketball team drops two games

The Middletown girls basketball team dropped a pair of games last week to fall to 4-6 on the season. On Tuesday, Jan. 2, visiting Camp Hill (8-3 on the season) beat the Blue Raiders 58-34. …
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Man allegedly drove vehicle into Turkey Hill

Police have charged a man with hit-and-run after he allegedly drove his vehicle into the front window of the Turkey Hill on East Main Street in Middletown while driving under the influence shortly …

Man charged with sexually assaulting girl from age 12 to 14

Middletown police have charged a man with sexually assaulting a girl from the time she was 12 until she was nearly 14 years old, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David …

State Police: Man broke into cars to feed his 9- and 12-year-old sons

State Police have charged an Enola man with committing multiple break-ins of vehicles in Londonderry and Conewago townships from March 2016 to March 2017. Police in arrest papers filed with …

Woman charged after allegedly trying to stab Middletown police officer

A Middletown woman faces charges of aggravated assault for allegedly trying to stab a police officer with a knife during a domestic incident in the 300 block of Market Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. …

Kunkel Elementary School students again take part in Farm Show, as aquaponics ambassadors

At the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Kunkel Elementary School students presented their classroom project on aquaponics in partnership with INTAG (Integrated Agricultural Systems). As the …

Lower Dauphin High School honors students with PRIDE program

Lower Dauphin High School’s PRIDE program seeks to recognize students who display the five character traits of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence. About 40 …

Dr. Mae Jemison, former astronaut and member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, to speak at PSU

Penn State Harrisburg will welcome astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator Dr. Mae Jemison at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 in the Student Enrichment Center Theatre on campus. …
Editorials

Will possible changes to electric rates, providers hit your wallet?: Editorial

If you read the Jan. 3 edition of the Press & Journal, you likely saw a pair of stories by our Dan Miller involving a lawsuit over electricity providers and potential state regulations involving …
Columnists

Is the United States divided and thriving, split yet splendid?: James Miller

The word “decadence” is bandied about often these days, and with just cause. It is well accepted that we live in decadent times. Those on the left fret about income inequality, as it, …

Newspapers would be threatened by tariff; speak to your representative: Mark Cohen

The viability of local newspapers, including the one that you are reading now, is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the …

Time for a system change: Empower Pennsylvanians in poverty through work: Elizabeth Stelle

How do you end generational poverty? In Pennsylvania, this question isn’t just central to the well-being of tens of thousands of families, it’s also key to restoring Rust Belt …
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