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Woman wanted for assaulting officer in custody; repossession of washer and dryer triggered outburst, police say

A Middletown woman turned herself in Friday after being charged with assaulting a borough officer and other offenses related to an incident that occurred June 14. Shelly Lynn Greenwalt, 50, of the …

Lower Swatara man charged with taking handicap placard from PennDOT, his employer

A Lower Swatara Township man has been charged with taking a handicap placard from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s riverfront office, where he worked. Leonard Rier III, 38, is …

Wilsbach beer distributor gets go-ahead for Lower Swatara location

The Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners unanimously approved plans for a beer distribution center to be built at the corner of Longview Drive and Oberlin Road, during its meeting Wednesday. …

Middletown police search for borough woman who allegedly assaulted officer, resisted arrest

Middletown police are searching for Shelly Greenwalt, who has been charged with aggravated assault on police officer and resisting arrest, among other charges. Greenwalt, 50, of Middletown, also …

MASD raising your property taxes; find out how much first increase since 2014-15 will cost you

Property owners in the Middletown Area School District can expect to pay more in real estate taxes after July 1, but it’s not as much as district officials originally anticipated. The school …

Court date for former Police Chief Mouchette on sexual assault charges pushed back for third time

The legal proceedings against former Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette have been continued for a third time. Mouchette, 48, was to appear before Dauphin County Court Judge William T. Tully …

Vote on Wilsbach Distributors plan to move to Lower Swatara Township might come tonight

The Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners might vote on plans for a beer distribution center at the corner of Oberlin Road and Longview Drive at its meeting today. The agenda calls for the …

Penn State students continue to study area’s flooding causes — and solutions

You can live outside the 100-year flood plain in Middletown and still be flooded. The 100-year flood plain covers properties most likely to be affected by flooding from bodies of water that border …
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Blue Raider two-sport standout Kate Fitzpatrick makes her college choice

Middletown Area High School basketball and softball standout Kate Fitzpatrick has made her college choice. The second-team all-state basketball player will attend Millersville University, and play …

MAHS grad Strohecker inducted into sports hall of fame

Middletown Area High School graduate Russ Strohecker was inducted into the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Red Lion Inn in Harrisburg. Strohecker, …

American Legion baseball stands at 3-2 on the season

The Middletown American Legion baseball team picked up a pair of victories following a 1-1 start to the summer’s diamond action. On June 5, Post 594 held on to defeat Lawnton 10-9. On …

Young Raiders learn the fundamentals at MAHS football camp

About 35 children attended the 2019 Middletown Youth Football Camp, which was held at Middletown Area High School from June 10-13. The camp was led by Blue Raider coaches and players. This is the …

Hatred of losing helps drive MAHS grad Ocker to be drafted by the Cleveland Indians

Nathan Ocker has strong feelings about losing – even more so than most people. “I hate it. Can’t stand it,” he said. “Even in games around the house (growing up), …

Middletown American Legion baseball splits first two games

Middletown’s Post 594 American Legion baseball team went 1-1 to start the new season following a pair of rainouts in the first week. On May 31, Post 594 made a short trip to Susquehanna …

Cleveland Indians pick MAHS grad Ocker in Major League Baseball Draft, a 'dream come true,' he says

Nathan Ocker, a 2015 Middletown Area High School graduate who pitched four seasons at the College of Charleston, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball …

Golf outing at Sunset raises $3,500 for multiple groups

Sunset Golf Course was the venue for the eighth annual Leroy Lucas Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge 12. The event, held on May 24, saw 120 …
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4 students from Puerto Rico adjust to new world in Middletown after hurricane forces move

Starting at a new school can be scary for any child. Will I be able to make friends? What if I get lost around the school? Will my classes be hard? But four fifth-grade girls who recently finished …

Lower Swatara plans own National Night Out, with focus on outreach

The Lower Swatara Police Department will hold its own National Night Out event this year. Last year, the township police teamed up with Middletown Police Department to organize the event at Hoffer …

Sites still quiet about potential Middletown Borough Council run

In the race for Middletown Borough Council, former councilor Scott Sites hasn't said yet if he will accept a place on the ballot in November. Sites, who served two terms on council before deciding …

Incumbents in Lower Swatara, Londonderry to appear on ballots in November for both parties

Republican incumbents in Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships received enough write-in votes in the May 21 primary election to also appear as Democrats on the ballot in November. Of the total …

Kunkel Elementary School decision not likely to happen soon

Once again, the Middletown Area School District faces new circumstances regarding a potential land sale near Kunkel Elementary School in Lower Swatara Township. Earlier this year, district …

Campus Heights student housing project work on hold; at least one resident remains

Concerns — including if one resident still living on the site of the future phase three of the Campus Heights Village would have uninterrupted access to their home and utilities — led the …

Police say Lower Swatara woman used bank card without permission: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A Lower Swatara Township woman was charged after she allegedly used a man’s bank card without permission to withdraw $302.50 in cash from a Palmyra Walmart. The victim reported his bank …
Editorials

Fixing up blighted properties is key: Editorial

Blighted properties — eyesores if you want to be blunt — are not good for the communities that surround them. Fortunately, several prominent ones in our communities are being …
Columnists

Your favorite expat finds a new home ... and it’s not back in Pennsylvania: Ed O'Connor

Almost two years later and once again I find myself in Eastern Europe — specifically, Chisinau, the capitol of Moldova. For my devotees who have been following my travels, wanderings, antics …

Pennsylvania budget can build on tax reform boom: Tirzah Duren

State lawmakers are heading into budget negotiations with wages rising, record low unemployment, and state revenues surpassing projections — an economic windfall largely due to federal tax …

Going back to teaching biology a tough choice, but right for me: Susannah Gal

What’s in a name or a title? Sometimes a lot! I was born Susannah Gal (no middle name). As a young girl and even in college, I was known as Susie (spelled like this, not Suzy or Susy or any …
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