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Wholaver death penalty appeal over 2002 murder of wife, two daughters in Middletown is rejected

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday handed down a decision affirming the death penalty convictions of Ernest Wholaver Jr. in the 2002 killings of his wife and two daughters at their Middletown …

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. …

Another fire strikes in Middletown; duplex on Lawrence Street has seven occupants: WITH VIDEO

Fire damaged two bedrooms on the second floor of a duplex at Wilson and Lawrence streets in Middletown at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. The fire was confined to the second floor of the …

DeHart, Paul take seats as Lower Swatara commissioners

The Lower Swatara Township Board of Commissioners gained two new members at a reorganization meeting Jan. 2, as well as discussing other matters. Chris DeHart and Ron Paul were sworn in to their …

Rep. Tom Mehaffie to run again for state House seat representing Middletown, Lower Swatara, Royalton

Republican Tom Mehaffie of Lower Swatara Township is running for a second two-year term to represent the 106th District in the state House of Representatives, Mehaffie announced on Monday, Jan. …

Woman wanted on warrants faces new charges; Narcan used: Police, Courts Roundup

A search of the residence of a Royalton woman already wanted on eight outstanding warrants has led to new drug charges being filed against her. After taking into custody Miranda Kay Grumbine, 26, …

Middletown residents appointed to three borough boards

Middletown Borough Council recently appointed residents to serve on three different boards and commissions. Earl Bright III was appointed Jan. 2 …
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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. …

Blue Raiders wrestlers take fifth, with plenty of second-place finishers

The Blue Raider wrestling team traveled to Governor Mifflin on Dec. 28-29 for its annual Holiday Tournament, which featured 24 teams from as far away as South Carolina. The Raiders pinned their …

Blue Raider boys basketball team stands at 3-3 after finishing 2nd in own tourney

The Middletown boys basketball team hosted a holiday tournament last week and finished in second place after coming up on the short end of a 75-51 score against Lampeter-Strasburg in the championship …

Blue Raiders Fox, Douglass, Senior and Truesdale selected for writers' All-State Team

Four Middletown Blue Raiders football players were named to the 2017 Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Team, Class 3A. Brady Fox, the all-time leading rusher in the school’s history, …

Blue Raider girls basketball team drops two in Hershey Holiday Tournament

The Blue Raiders girls basketball team stands at 4-4 on the season after splitting a pair of games last week and having Saturday’s contest vs. Lower Dauphin postponed. The team lost 52-30 on …
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Hummelstown businessman picked for key Masonic post

A Hummelstown businessman is the new district deputy grand master for Masonic District 2. Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania S. Eugene Herritt appointed Henry J. …

Lower Dauphin tuba players part of Christmas ensemble at Rockefeller Center in New York City

Lower Dauphin sixth-graders Drake Risser and Joey Scharmer; eighth-graders Logan Devine and Jack Francis; middle school band director Greg Hutchison; and high school junior Reese LaDuke all performed …

Fight over dog feces on car; DUI charges filed in several cases: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Allegations involving dog feces on a vehicle led to disorderly conduct citations for two township residents following their involvement in an argument at 7:23 p.m. Dec. 27 in the 200 block of …

2018 will see highest prices at pumps since 2014, according to GasBuddy

Motorists will be digging a bit deeper for the second straight year as the yearly national average will rise 19 cents vs. last year to $2.57 per gallon, the highest since 2014, according to the 2018 …

Eighth-grader Aiden Cannon wins geography bee at Middletown Area Middle School

Ten Middletown Area Middle School students went head-to-head in the annual National Geographic Geography Bee on Tuesday. The participants were awarded a spot in the bee by placing …

The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show rolls on through the week: PHOTO GALLERY

The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show’s theme is Strength in Our Diversity. The annual event will continue through Saturday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, …

Punxsutawney Phil visits Reid Elementary School: PHOTO GALLERY

Editorials

Enjoy Farm Show, and learn something: Editorial

Strength in Our Diversity. That’s the theme for the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year, the 102nd edition. It gets underway with a Food Court preview day on Friday and continues through Jan. …
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Nuclear industry provides diversity, reliability in Pennsylvania's energy portfolio: Ryan Aument

The energy industry is one of the most important sectors of Pennsylvania’s economy, and it is critical that we do all that we can to ensure a diverse set of highly reliable energy sources in …

President Trump needs to move from politics to economy, infrastructure: Paul Heise

Donald Trump has been with us as president for a year. That is enough time for us to take the measure of the man we put in charge of our politics. Up to this point it has been all politics and …

First-year reflections — Government gridlock isn’t always bad: Tom Mehaffie

I have been serving the residents of the 106th District for a year now, and so often I hear, “Why can’t you just get things done in Harrisburg.” While it may seem like historically …
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