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Pennsylvania DEP suspends accreditation of Middletown lab for its handling of water samples

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has suspended the laboratory accreditation of Analytical Laboratory Services Inc.’s Middletown facility for continued violations relating …

Harrisburg resident charged in December heroin death of Lower Swatara Township woman

A Lower Swatara Township woman died from a heroin overdose in December 2017, and a Harrisburg woman has been arrested on charges she sold her the drugs that led to her death. Maiya Michele Elby, …

Mr. Middletown raises big bucks to fight cancer; Leach takes title, but three raised more than $3,000

Thunderous applause and cheers echoed in the Middletown Area High School auditorium Friday as senior Tré Leach knelt down and Zayla Gora placed a crown on his head, crowning him Mr. Middletown …

Lower Swatara Township should get UPS hub plan this summer

Lower Swatara Township will receive a land development plan for a 935,000-square foot UPS regional distribution hub this summer. During a board of commissioners meeting April 4, township engineer …

Davis, McDevitt of Middletown Area High School honored as students of the month

Two Middletown Area High School seniors recently were named Students of the Month. Aaron McDevitt is the son of Michele and Joe McDevitt. His school activities include football, baseball, band, …

Nuclear Bean coffeeshop now part of Tattered Flag downtown, open in the mornings

There is officially a coffeeshop in downtown Middletown. On April 3, Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works did a soft opening of its new coffeeshop The Nuclear Bean. The grand opening of the …

Seven Sorrows parishoners donate 3,000 pounds of food for pantry

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary parishioners raised more than 3,000 pounds of food during the season of Lent to donate to the Middletown Food Pantry. “We’re very grateful for …
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Local sports

MAHS baseball team gets second win with 14-3 defeat of Rollers

Following an eventful win April 9 at Susquehanna Township, the Middletown varsity baseball team lost a pair of games before closing out a busy week with a 14-3 victory at Steelton-Highspire on …

Softball rallies in 7th to beat Camp Hill

The Blue Raiders softball team trailed Camp Hill 6-4 going into the bottom of the seventh inning April 10. But by the end of the final inning, Jordyn Dupes, Veronica Miller and Hailey Hockenberry …

MAHS boys tennis team beats Harrisburg Academy again, loses four other matches

The Middletown boys tennis team played four matches in the last week, going 1-4 to stand at 2-7 on the season. On Tuesday, April 10, Middletown beat Harrisburg Academy, 4-1. In singles, Jacob …

MAHS baseball gets first win, vs. Susquehanna Township

It would be hard to pick what was more amazing in the Middletown varsity baseball team’s 16-13 victory at Susquehanna Township on Monday afternoon. Was it the fact that the Blue Raiders …

Blue Raider boys tennis downs Harrisburg Academy

The Middletown Area High School boys tennis team picked up its first win of the season Monday, downing Harrisburg Academy 5-0. The match was moved indoors to Hershey Racquet Club because of the …

Penn State softball field to be named for Lower Dauphin grad who died of cancer

Penn State Harrisburg is dedicating the Courtney Pollock Memorial Field and Softball Complex at 2:30 p.m. April 12 at the softball field on Olmsted Drive on campus. The event will honor the memory …

Lower Dauphin Middle School students raise money playing volleyball

During their regularly scheduled physical education classes, students at Lower Dauphin Middle School got to test their skills against the school staff — for charity. The school’s 18th …

MAHS, Lower Dauphin players in basketball all-star games this weekend

Multiple Middletown Area High School basketball players will take part in the Pennsylvania vs.  Maryland All Star Basketball Weekend at Harrisburg Christian Athletic Center to be held on Friday …
Local news

Authorities say woman made up story that led to man being jailed 13 days: Police and Courts Roundup

Middletown police have charged a borough woman with false reports after she allegedly admitted making up a story that she had been assaulted by a man, who as a result ended up spending 13 days in …

Middletown Area High School releases honor roll for third period

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

Pennsylvania traffic deaths in 2017 are fewest since record-keeping began

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Monday that traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reached a new low in 2017, dropping to 1,137, the lowest since record-keeping began in 1928, and 51 …

PennDOT releases list of road projects for rest of the year

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that roughly 104 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the eight-county south central region this …

Middletown's hiring of law firm in closed session might run afoul of open-meeting law, attorney says

The Middletown Borough Council agreed to hire a law firm in executive session and not with a public vote, which may run afoul of the Sunshine Act for open meetings, according to Melissa …

Middletown woman pleads no contest in death of her baby, will be sentenced in June to misdemeanors

A Middletown woman has pleaded no contest to charges that she was responsible for the death of her infant son at their residence in the borough Dec. 30, 2016. Arissa Katelyn Ward, 24, pleaded no …

Three Mile Island Unit 1 operated safely in 2017, NRC to hold open house to discuss findings next week

  Three Mile Island Unit 1 nuclear power plant operated safely during 2017, and all inspection findings and performance indicators for the plant were green, or of very low safety …
Editorials

Earth Day has taken us a long way, but what is next?: Editorial

Sunday will mark the 48th anniversary Earth Day, and while knowledge and concerns about the environment have never been at a higher level, we are concerned about where we are headed. According to …
Columnists

High school students can boost U.S. businesses: JD Hoye

Finding skilled workers is an ongoing challenge for U.S. businesses. Media reports tend to focus on the lack of science, tech and math skills. But more than four in 10 business executives …

VA makes veterans into single-payer casualties: Sally Pipes

Army veteran Glenford Turner lived for nearly four years with a piece of metal in his abdomen. The object wasn’t shrapnel from the battlefield — it was a scalpel he alleges was left …

Can we learn from other states on redistricting?: Mike Folmer

My “Promise to Pennsylvania” calls for strict adherence to Article III of the state Constitution on how legislation is passed. It’s why I’ve insisted as chairman of the Senate …
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