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

Lower Swatara Township hires new MS4 coordinator

Lower Swatara Township has a new MS4 coordinator. Brian Davis has been offered and accepted the position, according to township manager Betsy McBride. He will start July 20. Davis is a …

No tax increase for Middletown Area School District: final budget different from May version

There will be no tax increase under Middletown Area School District’s 2020-2021 budget, which the school board approved Tuesday. The final version of the budget calls for $46,969,927 in …

Middletown police policy: They investigate complaints against themselves

Citizen complaints against the Middletown Police Department are investigated by the department and not an outside agency such as Dauphin County or the state. That’s a problem, says a borough …

Coronavirus cases level off at Middletown Home, Frey Village; 1 death reported over weekend

By Laura Hayes laurahayes@pressandjournal.com and Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com Middletown Home has gone three weeks without any new cases of its nursing home residents testing …

Middletown Halloween parade in jeopardy as Kiwanis no longer will be in charge of it

If there is to be a Halloween parade in Middletown this year — and from then on — someone other than the Kiwanis Club of Middletown will have to do it. Kiwanis has put on the parade …

Local resident Whittle trying to get proper headstone for grave of World War II veteran uncle

Dozens of African-American veterans from the Middletown area are buried in the East Middletown Cemetery along Iron Mine Road in Londonderry Township. Some fought in the Civil War. Others fought in …

Middletown Area School District nearing final ‘re-entry plan’; iPads might play big role

A “re-entry plan” for how students in Middletown Area School District are to be educated this fall with continuing concerns over the coronavirus is due to the school board for review and …

Gov. Wolf visits Hershey Medical Center, thanks staff for efforts fighting COVID-19

Alison Enimpah remembers recently discharging a patient who had a stroke. As members of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center staff put her in a wheelchair, the woman hugged …
Weekly calendar
Local sports

Semi-pro basketball coming to Middletown; Central Pennsylvania Kings to start in November

A new semiprofessional basketball team plans to play all of its home games in Middletown’s Main Street Gym starting this winter. Tryouts will be held there from 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 and Aug. …

Pa. outlines youth, high school sports in green and yellow phases; pro sports can resume immediately

The Wolf administration today issued preliminary guidance for high school and recreational sports teams to resume voluntary workouts and other in-person activities in the state’s yellow and …

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 …
Local news

MASD shutting down alternative education program for 2020-21

Middletown Area School District is closing its alternative education program,  the Middletown Academy, next school year. The academy opened in the 2017-2018 school year for students in grades …

LDHS seniors receive monthly student honors

Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors recently received monthly honors. Madison Miduri is the Hummelstown Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for May. The daughter of Michelle Miduri, she …

Stolen credit card used; unemployment funds rerouted to Florida: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A stolen credit card was used to make about $100 in purchases, police said. It was reported to police at 7:46 a.m. June 14 after the Lower Swatara Township resident received a call from their …

Police: Man brandished gun; firefighters allege harassment: Police and Courts Roundup

A Lower Swatara Township man faces charges after police say he tried to break into a residence and pulled a handgun on a woman in the first block of East Water Street in Middletown shortly after 7 …

Plans for warehouse near UPS hub on North Union being revised

The Lower Swatara Planning Commission tabled plans for a warehouse on land south of the future UPS distribution hub and nearby quarries on June 25.  Byler Quarries LLC, based in Lebanon, …

Dauphin, Lancaster and Cumberland combine for nearly 20 percent of Pa.'s new coronavirus deaths

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 579 additional positive cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the statewide total to 83,770 in all 67 counties. The state reported 39 new deaths today, …

Area nursing home deaths rise from COVID-19 pandemic

By Laura Hayes laurahayes@pressandjournal.com and Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com A combined 19 residents at the Middletown Home and Frey Village have died from causes related to …
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

Pennsylvania State Police already holds its troopers to the highest standards: David Kennedy

Pennsylvania state troopers don’t enlist for medals or to win popularity contests. Many of us grew up wanting to be troopers, proud to serve our communities and willing to lay down our lives if …

U.S. turning into battle of those with stake in society vs. those who want it torn asunder: James Miller

The contrast couldn’t be more stark. Cities burned across American two weekends ago. The damage could be plotted from Boston to Los Angeles, like a dystopian Lite-Brite. Police cruisers were …

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 …
Our family of publications