PENNSYLVANIA'S #1 WEEKLY NEWSPAPER • locally owned since 1854

Black bear is still trekking through Lower Swatara Township; here are some recent photos

Positive coronavirus tests in the Middletown area more than double in two weeks, state reports

The total coronavirus cases in the Middletown area has more than doubled in just about two weeks. On Thursday, May 21, there were 36 confirmed cases. The number was 38 on May 26. On Wednesday, …

Pa. Department of Health distributes 4th shipment of remdesivir to help treat coronavirus patients

The Pennsylvania Department of Health distributed the fourth shipment of the investigational antiviral medication remdesivir to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19 on Wednesday. About …

Even with counties moving into green phase, restrictions at long-term-care facilities will remain

Restrictions at Pennsylvania’s long-term-care and congregate-care facilities, including visitor limitations, will remain in place at least 28 days after the respective facility’s county …

Child care takes on new normal in dealing with children, parents during coronavirus pandemic

Two days after opening Precious Stones Child Care at 100 Brown St. this spring, owner Jalinn Hall-Lehman had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents who had lined up to send their kids to …

Crash on Fiddlers Elbow; several hit-and-runs; 12 lights stolen: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Lower Swatara police responded to a crash in the 200 block of Fiddlers Elbow Road at 5:02 p.m. May 22. According to police, an 18-year-old Harrisburg man was driving south on Fiddlers Elbow when …

Spear on point as Mr. Middletown; MAHS senior comes out on top of event that raises almost $13,000

Middletown Area High School senior Joey Spear has traded his cap and gown for a crown. Spear was crowned Mr. Middletown 2020 following a weeklong virtual pageant. Video of the crowning was …

Couple allegedly stayed at hotel for months, don’t want to pay $6,800 bill; husband sought for felony

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Lemoyne man who has been charged with felony theft of services after disputing more than $6,000 in charges at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 815 S. …
Weekly calendar
Local sports

Professional sports teams in Pennsylvania are allowed to practice or play with fans, Gov. Wolf says

Professional sports teams in Pennsylvania are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening — without on-site or venue spectators — if the …

Ocker’s pro baseball career with Cleveland Indians on hold as 2015 MAHS grad at home during pandemic

Nathan Ocker is trying to make the most of his time back in the Middletown area as he waits out the coronavirus pandemic. But the 2015 Middletown Area High School graduate would much rather be …

Sunset Golf Course opens, but with many changes; here's what you need to know so you aren't teed off

Sunset Golf Club, which is owned by Londonderry Township, is now open for play. Golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds were allowed to reopen statewide May 1, …

First-team all-state honors for Raider basketball standout Fitzpatrick

Middletown senior guard Kate Fitzpatrick, who ended her career as the leading girls scorer in Middletown history, was named to the first team last week of the Pa. Sportswriters’ Class 4A …

Gov. Wolf: Golf courses, private campgrounds, marinas can open Friday, with restrictions

Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. They are required to follow …

Kids Trout Derby canceled for this year

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Sportsmen Limited of Middletown Inc. Board of Directors and members have decided to cancel the Kids Trout Derby on Saturday, April 18. The board offers thanks for …

PIAA officially cancels basketball, swimming championships, wipes out all spring sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association on Thursday canceled all spring sports as well as the remaining championships from the winter sports that had not been completed. That affects …

Without warning, Pennsylvania trout season opened this morning, with youth day canceled

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission abruptly opened the 2020 statewide trout season at 8 a.m. Tuesday. It also canceled Mentored Youth Trout Day, which was scheduled for Saturday. The PFBC …
Local news

Lower Dauphin High School releases final honor rolls of school year

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

MAHS graduation 2020: Parade through school district sends off seniors: PHOTO GALLERY

The coronavirus pandemic meant that the Middletown Area High School Class of 2020 missed out on the usual ceremony at The Forum in Harrisburg. Instead, the Middletown Area School District came up …

MAHS graduation 2020: Drive-through commencement honors seniors: PHOTO GALLERY

The coronavirus pandemic meant that the Middletown Area High School Class of 2020 missed out on the usual ceremony at The Forum in Harrisburg. Instead, the Middletown Area School District came up …

Dentists in Pennsylvania can now provide routine cleanings under new health department rules

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday released an update to the dental health care guidance as part of the commonwealth’s phased COVID-19 reopening plan. This guidance allows …

DCNR moves to open remaining state park, forest facilities across Pennsylvania this week

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the phased reopening of state parks and forest facilities continues Friday, June 5, in …

Breakdown for Thursday, June 4: Philadelphia County has 20 of Pennsylvania's 75 deaths

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 537 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,942 in all 67 counties. The state also reported 75 new deaths, …

Dauphin, Lancaster, Cumberland, York, Lebanon counties report new coronavirus deaths

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 537 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,942 in all 67 counties. The state also reported 75 new deaths, …
Editorials

We are all in this together; let the local positive stories shine through: Editorial

Our experiences over the next weeks and months will be unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes as the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to test our strength as individuals and as a …
Columnists

With coronavirus, Trump lies and fails to act — and Americans die: Wim Laven

Medical epidemiologists have tracked the underlying health challenges that have pushed a dangerous infection of coronavirus into fatalities for so many Americans — they term it …

Expansion of 'Buy America' rules would slow down coronavirus vaccine: Charles Boustany Jr.

Federal policymakers are considering laws that would force federal agencies to rely solely on medicines made in the United States. Instinctively, one might take comfort in this mandate — …

Amid coronavirus pandemic, U.S. billionaires not only survive, they prosper: Lawrence Wittner

Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the …
Our family of publications