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Mayor Curry wants to sell blocks of Kids Kastle wood to help raise funds

An idea for raising funds toward replacing the Kids Kastle playground in Hoffer Park in Middletown was unveiled by Mayor James H. Curry III during the July 9 borough council meeting. The …

Moose works behind scenes to help veterans, kids, others in community

A lot of things in Middletown seem to happen by magic each year. There’s the Halloween Parade every fall, which wouldn’t happen without Kiwanis. Every Memorial Day there’s a …

Lower Swatara is suing Highspire, says borough overcharged township to treat its wastewater

Lower Swatara Township and its municipal authority have sued Highspire borough and the borough authority, alleging that Highspire has been overcharging the township to treat its wastewater. While …

Gypsy moth spraying to begin in Dauphin County

Dauphin County is participating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the 2019 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program to protect the area from defoliation. In an effort to …

Harrisburg man charged with trying to have sex with minor

Middletown police arrested a Harrisburg man after he was caught allegedly attempting to have sexual relations with a minor in a parked vehicle in the 200 block of North Spring Street at about 3:45 …

Lower Swatara man charged with setting fire to porch July 6

A Lower Swatara Township man is in Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail for allegedly starting a fire on the front porch of a residence in the township. Michael Keith Chaney, 63, of the 500 block …

Lower Dauphin High School announces fourth-quarter honor rolls

Lower Dauphin High School recently announced its distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the fourth period. Distinguished Honor Roll requires all “A’s” or perfect marks. For the …
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Happy campers: Youngsters learn during summer hoops at MAHS

Middletown varsity and junior varsity basketball players returned to the gym last week to help teach kids the basics  of the game they love. Middletown Area High School teacher Chris …

Lured by love of the Rebel Humpback: Tom Shank's Woods & Waters

Back in the 1960s, a strange-looking fishing lure came into existence. It was made out of plastic, not like the many wooded ones of that era. Instead of being a normal minnow length bait, it was …

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 …
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Lower Dauphin Middle School releases top student lists

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

Two charged in strangulation of area resident: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

An array of charges including simple assault and strangulation have been filed against two people for their roles in the assault of an area resident. Court records note Erica Wood, 23, of the 100 …

Luca, a dog from the sheriff's K-9 unit, is on the mend; deputy handler is from Middletown

While most people can leave their coworkers at the end of the workday, Dauphin County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Long has been spending time taking his partner, Luca, to doctor’s appointments …

Harrisburg men charged with 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 …

Second hotel set to open in September; Fairfield Inn & Suites will be on airport property

The new Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel on Harrisburg International Airport is to open around the second week of September. Mark Anthony Burnett II, general manager of the hotel, provided a tour …
Editorials

Case of the missing money must be solved: Editorial

The residents and businesses of Middletown should be outraged at the apparent loss of $1.1 million from the borough’s coffers in 2015. They should be deeply concerned about reports of …
Columnists

Good news, bad news, missed chances in final Pennsylvania budget: Nathan Benefield

For most of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state budget process has been contentious at best and downright hostile at worst. His first three years featured months-long impasses, vetoes, …

Young people might put end to legal abortion: James Miller

Ireland’s passing of a plebiscite that paves the way for legalized abortion wasn’t surprising. While the margins raised an eyebrow (66 percent in favor), Europe has been secularizing for …

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 …
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