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Harrisburg men charged will selling heroin at Hummelstown KFC on Fourth of July

Two Harrisburg men were charged Friday with selling heroin to a Lower Swatara Township man. According to arrest papers filed by township police, 28-year-old Adam Christopher Esquivel was observed …

Penn State Harrisburg graduate opens Balkan Automotive garage on West Main Street

A 2018 Penn State Harrisburg graduate has opened an automotive repair shop at the site of the former Gene’s Service Center and Grove’s Service Center at 210 W. Main St. Owner Petar …

Middletown OKs outdoor seating plan; council now must decide on fees for restaurants to pay

Middletown Borough Council by 6-0 votes during its Monday meeting approved two ordinance changes needed for restaurants in town to apply to offer open seating on a public sidewalk. One of the …

Middletown Area School District will get safety report soon

Middletown Area School District likely will get its full safety risk and vulnerability assessment report sometime next month. But a preview the school board received last month had some promising …

Vote for Middletown Area Recreation Alliance means Olmsted Rec Board is out

By Laura Hayes and Dan Miller laurahayes@pressandjournal.com danmiller@pressandjournal.com With the final approval of the Middletown Borough Council, the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board is …

Bridge over Conoy Creek to be replaced starting this week

Starting Friday, July 13, weather permitting, the bridge over Conoy Creek on Route 230 in Elizabethtown will be closed for up to 14 days to remove and replace the existing span, PennDOT …

Boys allegedly assaulted; high speed on Union: Police and Courts Roundup

A Middletown man was charged after an investigation determined that he had allegedly beaten two young boys. The boys, one 4 years old and the other 6 years old, during forensic interviews …
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Chris Sattele’s farewell letter to coaching the Blue Raiders boys basketball team

Blue Raider family: For the past 10 years, it has been my distinct privilege and honor to be the head boys basketball coach at the Middletown Area High School, which is also the school district I …

Middletown Legion struggles to score, team stands at 5-11 on the season

Try as they might, the players on the Middletown American Legion baseball team just can’t break out of the hitting slump that has plagued them all season. And, while the Post 594 …

Penn State Harrisburg leaving CAC in athletics to return to its former conference

Penn State Harrisburg athletics will return to the North East Athletic Conference starting in the 2019-2020 season, after six years in the Capital Athletic Conference.  Penn State Harrisburg …

Sattele steps down as Middletown Blue Raiders boys hoops coach

After 10 years, Chris Sattele is going out on a high note as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at Middletown Area High School. He will continue in his full-time position with the …

Learning the basics of baseball: Blue Raiders coaches hold camp for dozens of players

Stealing bases, bunting, fielding — 34 campers gathered in Middletown Area High School’s fields to hone their baseball skills last week. The baseball camp was led by the Blue Raiders …

Baseball's Williams, track and field's Lehman are PSU Harrisburg Student-Athletes of Year

Penn State Harrisburg baseball standout sophomore outfielder Bret Williams and women’s track & field All-American Sarah Lehman are the school’s 2017-2018 Male and Female …

Company makes pitch for 'mini-stadium'; MAHS field hockey, soccer would have synthetic turf

    Middletown Area School District may spend $382,300 to hire the firm Architerra to oversee the design and construction of a synthetic turf “mini-stadium.” David …

Rough week drops Middletown American Legion baseball to 3-6

The Middletown American Legion baseball team was dealt four straight losses last week and fell under .500 with a disappointing 3-6 record in summer diamond action. After falling to Dauphin, 7-2; …
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Having fun at Seven Sorrows: Church celebrates with Community Festival

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church at Race and Conewago streets in Middletown held its 16th annual Community Festival on July 5-7. There were games for children and adults, a …

State Police initiate 82 traffic stops in 24-hour period, make 3 DUI arrests

  In a 24-hour period, the State Police in Harrisburg initiated 82 traffic stops on the highways in the Harrisburg area. The following citations were issued: 24 speeding, three following …

Job fair to be held at Penn State Harrisburg on Monday July 9 for new hotel about to open on Harrisburg International Airport

A job fair to fill about 50 positions in the new Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel on Harrisburg International Airport will be held Monday July 9 in the Penn State Harrisburg library.The job fair will …

Man charged following stand-off that ended peacefully in the 200 block of North Union Street

A domestic incident in the 200 block of North Union Street in Middletown turned into a police standoff with a man that was resolved peacefully shortly after midnight on Friday, July 6.Borough police …

Minor electrical short circuit at church leads to some power outages in Middletown

An electrical short circuit led to firefighters being called out to Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church at Spruce and Emaus streets in Middletown at about 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5. The short …

Dauphin County collects more West Nile Virus-infected mosquito samples

The Dauphin County Conservation District has collected additional West Nile Virus-infected mosquito samples, bringing the total to five this year, according to a press release.   The …

What happened to $1.1 million? Borough audit finds reports of shredded documents, missing meeting minutes

Where did the money go? That’s what Middletown Borough Council now wants to know, regarding $1.1 million of $1.3 million that council transferred Dec. 30, 2015, to a borough authority that …
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Great decision to fund Kids Kastle rebuild: Editorial

When you are a municipality with a multi-million-dollar budget such as the borough of Middletown, you have a lot of spending decisions to make. They aren’t always easy decisions, …
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United States had a history of separating families long before Donald Trump: Jeffery Robinson

Children are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see and the White House press secretary backs him up. Be horrified and …

Conflict resolution, not armed teachers: Basma Ismail

On May 22, 2014, Donald Trump announced to the world via his Twitter account that Hillary Clinton accused him of wanting to bring guns into classrooms. Almost four years later, Trump tried to …

Country needs comprehensive economic development: Rob Cohen

President Donald Trump recently proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. It’s generally a good idea. But infrastructure alone will not produce long-term inclusive growth. To achieve …
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