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Full Penn State board approves tuition hikes for fall 2017-18, including 2.49 percent increase for Penn State Harrisburg

A 2.49 percent increase in tuition for resident students entering Penn State Harrisburg this fall for the 2017-18 semester was approved by the full Penn State University Board of Trustees during the …

Traffic a concern for residents if UPS builds local hub; it's a concern for the company, too

An increase in traffic was the biggest concern area residents raised with UPS officials Thursday night as the company discussed the possibility of putting a regional distribution hub on North Union …

Free seven-day program at PSU Harrisburg aimed at helping seniors with technology

Penn State Harrisburg will hold “You Are Not Alone,” a free seven-day technology assistance program aimed at helping older citizens in Middletown and surrounding areas navigate computers and …

Penn State Harrisburg students would pay more next school year under plan before trustees

Resident students entering Penn State Harrisburg this fall for the 2017-18 semester would pay $173 per semester under a recommendation made by a committee of the university board of trustees …

You will have to dial 10 digits on phone calls starting next month

Dialing a phone number will take a little more time starting next month as the 223 area code will come into play in what is now the area served only by the 717 area code. Mandatory 10-digit …

2013 MAHS grad returns to share musical compositions at concert

Joseph Harkins will let his music do the talking for him Wednesday night during a special performance of three of his composed classical music piano pieces. Harkins, a 2013 graduate of …

Council approves first step of Woodland Hills project

An agreement allowing site work for the first phase of the proposed Woodland Hills development to proceed was approved 5-0 on July 5 by Middletown Borough Council. The agreement is with H-T …
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Middletown American Legion Post 594 loses two out of three, finishes at 10-11 on season

The Middletown American Legion Post 594 baseball team came up on the short end of a 5-4 score against host McConnellsburg in the deciding game of the Division II Region 4 championship game on …

Hooping it up, summer style: MAHS girls basketball team leads clinics for youngsters

The Middletown Area High School girls basketball team played host to a basketball clinic for young girls for three one-hour sessions on Monday nights in June. Girls coach Ron Stetler, his high …

Weaver and Williams selected as PSU’s top student-athletes

Men’s soccer forward Victor Weaver and cross country/women’s track and field standout Ashley Williams are Penn State Harrisburg’s 2016-2017 Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year. The …

Middletown Legion baseball makes quick exit from tourney

The Middletown American Legion baseball team’s appearance in the postseason was a short one, the season ending in an 8-1 loss at Hummelstown on Saturday afternoon. They stand at 9-9 on the …

Antlerless deer license sales will begin Monday in Dauphin County

Dauphin County Treasurer Janis Creason announced Wednesday that antlerless deer license sales will begin Monday, July 10, for Pennsylvania residents. Hunters who wish to apply for an antlerless …

MAHS softball field to get $300,000 upgrade; new seating areas and sound system will be added

The Middletown Area High School softball field will receive nearly $300,000 worth of improvements this summer. About $290,000 from the capital reserve fund will be used to finance the project …

Katie’s patience pays off after several years: Tom Shank's Woods and Waters

Having two older brothers that hunt along with her dad, Katie assumed she would hunt when the magical age of 12 came about. She took her hunter safety class and successfully completed it. She was …

The spirit of Pittsburgh sports remains strong: Joe Trojcak

It was a cloudy afternoon on Dec. 31, 1972. I was 10 years old, so heading out to ring in 1973 was not in my plans. I finally mustered up the concentration to build the big project on my Radio …
Local news

Informational meeting about possible UPS hub Thursday

UPS will hold a public information meeting Thursday night, July 20, regarding the possibility of opening a regional hub in the 2100 block of North Union Street. The meeting will have a PowerPoint …

Lower Dauphin Middle School releases its fourth-quarter honor roll students

Lower Dauphin Middle School recently announced the distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the fourth marking period. The students who earned honors for this marking period and their class year …

Lower Dauphin High School announces students on honor rolls

Lower Dauphin High School recently announced the distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the fourth marking period. To earn a place on the Distinguished Honor Roll, a student must have all …

Donations being accepted for God’s Clothes Closet giveaway next month

Have clothes for children that you no longer need? Here’s a great way to get rid of them, and get a tax deduction in the process. Evangelical United Methodist Church needs children’s …

Threats at Mid-Town Plaza; strangulation allegations: Court Roundup

A Palmyra man who allegedly created a disturbance and threatened two people in the parking lot of Mid-Town Plaza on East Main Street in Middletown on July 9 was arrested and charged by borough …

$5,800 in items stolen from vehicle; gun, meat taken from home: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Loss was estimated at more than $5,800 in the theft of items from a vehicle parked at the Hollywood Motel. According to police, a Harrisburg resident had rented a room at the Richardson Road …
Editorials

Changes keep coming along Route 230, and it’s exciting: Editorial

What will the stretch of Route 230 between the Airport Connector road and Nissley Street look like in five years? How will it affect residents of Middletown and Lower Swatara Township? The …
Columnists

The fine print on pipelines isn’t scary: Robert Bradley

Have you heard? Transporting oil through pipelines is a threat to humanity! The many accidents highlighted in the press speak for themselves. Except that pipeline accidents are rare — and many …

Designing a solution to our productivity crisis: Dick Resch

America is mired in a productivity crisis. According to the most recent government data, American workers’ productivity over the last decade has grown at less than half the annual rate it did …

Stupid Americans don’t know Fourth of July history: Ed O'Connor

A belated Happy July 4th holiday! Of course, all you history buffs know the reason for the celebration and day off, right? Well, I will not let the cat out of the bag in case you are a little fuzzy …
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