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Dauphin County approves budget for 2019 without a property tax increase for 14th straight year

The Dauphin County Commissioners on Wednesday approved a $247 million budget for 2019 that holds the line on property taxes for an unprecedented 14 years straight and puts the county on track to be …

Middletown officially approves property tax increase; average bill will go up $157.40

Middletown Borough Council gave final approval Tuesday to a 2019 general fund budget that raises the borough property tax by 2 mills, the first increase since 2008. The property tax will go up by …

Former Police Chief Mouchette has Feb. 4 court date on sex assault charges

Middletown’s former police chief skipped his arraignment Friday and is now scheduled to appear in plea court Feb. 4 to face sexual assault charges. George Mouchette, 48, who lives in Derry …

Accident investigation leads to multiple charges: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Wyatt Pierce, 19, of the 100 block of Locust Grove Road, Londonderry Township, has been charged after an investigation of a crash Nov. 22. Records filed with Dauphin County District Court note …

Get anti-overdose drug naloxone for free on Thursday

Naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, will be provided for free at the Dauphin County State Health Center, 30 Kline Plaza in Harrisburg, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on …

6 men charged in 2017 Karns robbery had been on crime spree over several days, authorities say

Six men charged in the December 2017 theft at Karns in Middletown went on a crime spree that included a break-in just 30 minutes before the robbery here, Pennsylvania State Police say. The spree …

Lower Dauphin High School announces first-quarter honor roll

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

Middletown police say woman threatened Karns workers with scissors: Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police plan to charge a woman after she was arrested for threatening employees of the Karns store at 101 S. Union St. on Dec. 5. Police say that Peggy Jo Holmes, no age or address …
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Spear, Fegley lead MAHS wrestlers at Solanco's Mule Classic

The Blue Raiders wrestling team has become accustomed to starting off their season with a depleted wrestling squad, as for the third straight year much of the team was competing in the PIAA state …

Blue Raiders girls basketball team wins their opening tourney, start off at 2-0

The Middletown girls basketball team started the season by winning their Middletown Tip Off Tournament, led by junior standout Kate Fitzpatrick. On Friday, Middletown beat Boiling Springs 41-27 …

8 Lower Dauphin student-athletes announce college plans

Eight Lower Dauphin High School student-athletes announced their college decisions at an NCAA early commitment day ceremony Nov. 14 with coaches, family and friends in attendance. Baseball Ryan …

Blue Raiders football team heads to state title game, hope third time is a charm

They did it again! For the third straight year, the Middletown Blue Raider football team is headed to the state championship game. With a resounding 35-21 victory over a talented Scranton Prep …

Seniors win annual Powder Puff fundraiser football game for MAHS cheerleaders

The Seniors beat the Juniors Nov. 20 in the Powder Puff game, a battle for bragging rights held annually at Middletown Area High School. This tradition has been played every year for many years. …

‘Mini-stadium’ with artificial turf likely at Middletown Area High School

A new artificial turf “mini-stadium” used mostly for soccer and field hockey could be in place at Middletown Area High School by August 2020. The school board during its Nov. 20 …

Blue Raiders hang on against Conwell-Egan behind Lopez's rushing, Radabaugh's recovery

After cruising past North Schuylkill the previous week, running back Patrick Garwo and his Conwell-Egan teammates were counting down the hours in anticipation of a rematch with the Middletown Area …

Lopez, Senior named Mid-Penn Capital offensive, defensive MVPs

Middletown football players dominate the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All-Stars list, which was released last Wednesday. Junior running back Jose Lopez was picked as the MVP for offense, …
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Middletown Area School Board keeps same leadership

Middletown Area School Board is keeping its same leadership for 2019, following the board’s annual reorganization Dec. 4 Linda Mehaffie was re-elected board president for 2019. Mike Corradi …

Middletown Holiday Home Tour benefits RaiderPacks, visits 9 local sites

On Saturday, there was no place like touring homes for the holiday around Middletown. Six homes and three other venues in Middletown and Lower Swatara Township opened their doors to the public for …

Shooter in River House incident pleads guilty, sentenced to 9 to 20 years in state prison

The man charged in the March 2017 shooting at the River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township has been sentenced to 9 to 20 years in state prison by Dauphin County Judge William Tully.Tanner …

Middletown council's newest member has managed art museums, resettled Burmese refugees

She has helped resettle political refugees from Burma, launched an afterschool program for at-risk youth, revived Communities That Care and taken charge of finding new life for downtown …

Diverse opinions shared for future of MASD's elementary schools at forum

Opinions on what the Middletown Area School Board should do with a plan to reconfigure the district’s elementary schools were all over the map during a meeting to gather input from residents …

Pedestrian bridge in peril for Middletown Amtrak station plan; private developer backs out

Improvements to pedestrian safety — such as adding lighting, sidewalks and crosswalks — are being considered along West Main Street in Middletown, instead of an overhead walking bridge …

Holiday Home Tour set for Saturday at nine locations

There are boxes of ornaments around Anne Einhorn’s Christmas tree in her family room. Garlands are strung over her fireplace, and green sprigs poke out of a large jug sitting by the window. …
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Take swastika graffiti very seriously: Editorial

The swastika is a symbol of hatred and mass murder, of anti-Semitism and terror. It has no place in our society, and its appearance at Penn State Harrisburg student housing must be taken …
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President Trump’s trade war and the rise of China: Paul Heise

President Donald Trump has started a trade war with the world and particularly with China. He is opposing the tide of history. Trump accuses the Chinese of stealing intellectual property, …

End of the NRA? Activists’ business strategy appears to be working: Rivera Sun

Good news for humanity: The NRA is weakening. The gun-lobbying group is in “deep financial trouble,” Fortune magazine reported, and warns that the NRA may not be able to keep going. …

Did I enjoy my return to the People’s Republic of Pennsylvania?: Ed O'Connor

Another month, another trip. Where have my travels taken me this time? If you guessed The People’s Republic of Pennsylvania, you are correct. After a three-hour car ride over the Andes …
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