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  • Mill Road Bridge to Remain Closed for Months

    The Mill Road bridge connecting Mount Joy Township with Conewago Township, Dauphin County, is in much worse shape than previously thought and will remain closed for months, Mount Joy Township Manager Justin Evans said. The closing is a big inconvenience to drivers. Using the Old Hershey Road bridge to cross the Conewago Creek instead of […]

  • Elizabethtown Borough Approves Bid for Long-Delayed Public Works Garage

    The Elizabethtown Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a low bid of about $3.73 million for construction of a new public works garage. The borough’s public works department is using a dilapidated garage that was once an auto dealership. The existing garage is too small for all the public works vehicles to be parked inside, […]

  • Elizabethtown Police File Two Homicide Charges Days Apart

    Elizabethtown police have filed criminal homicide charges against two defendants in unrelated cases just days apart. David Mikeal Skalla, 24, of Elizabethtown was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault on Friday, Aug. 10, the same day that victim Blake John Shearer, 16, of Bainbridge, died at Hershey Medical Center. Police allege that Skalla attacked […]

  • Market Street Bridge on Schedule to Reopen Before Fair

    The Market Street Bridge in Elizabethtown is on schedule to reopen by Saturday, Aug. 18, at the latest, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said. Mike Crochunis, press officer for PennDOT District 8, told the Advocate on Monday, Aug. 13, that precast sections were set on Thursday, Aug. 9, and Friday, Aug. 10, […]

  • Elizabethtown School Board OKs $425,000 to Settle Suit Over Child Killed by Vehicle

    The Elizabethtown school board approved a $425,000 payout to the family of a middle school student who was struck by a vehicle and killed while walking home from school in 2015. A written statement released at the school board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said that the Elizabethtown Area School District reached a settlement with […]

  • Donegal Schools Won’t Get 2nd Resource Officer Due to Police Personnel Shortage

    The Donegal School District will not be hiring a second school resource officer after all. Superintendent J. Michael Lausch told the school board at its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9, that he spoke with Susquehanna Regional Police Department Chief Ed Haugh in May and June, after the board voted to approve the hiring of a […]

  • Mount Joy Borough Council Sets Up Community Foundation

    The Mount Joy Borough Council has established a nonprofit corporation to raise funds for community projects. As a stand-alone 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, the Mount Joy Community Foundation has freedom to solicit, accept and disburse funds from sources that may not be accessible to municipal government. The foundation, which the council established at its meeting on […]

  • EAHS Gets New Boys Volleyball Coach; Team Building on Its Beast Season in Years

    Lamar Fahnestock has been hired as the new head coach for the Elizabethtown Area High School boys volleyball team. He takes over for Bryan Buckius, who stepped down at the end of last season to join the coaching staffs for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at Elizabethtown College. When Buckius entered the fold as […]

  • In Split Vote, West Donegal OKs Property Maintenance Code

    West Donegal Township supervisors voted 3-1 to adopt a property maintenance code despite concerns from one supervisor who said it had the potential to be used to harass neighbors and create overbearing government. Without the new ordinance, the township had no authority to deal with structurally unsafe buildings or homes with problems such as vermin […]

  • Prayer Vigil Held for Teen Who Died After Attack in Park

    Hundreds of people gathered in Elizabethtown Community Park for a candlelight prayer vigil following the death of a teenage boy from injuries he sustained when he was assaulted in the same park days earlier. Blake John Shearer, 16, of Bainbridge, died the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 10, at Hershey Medical Center. He had been attacked […]

  • Conoy Supervisors Discuss Flooding Problems

    Conoy Township supervisors discussed a variety of problems that developed due to recent rainstorms. Mark Kimmich spoke to supervisors during the public comment period about drainage problems at his home near Bainbridge Elementary School. He told supervisors at their meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9, that the water coming off nearby streets during rainstorms is now […]

  • Orientation Offered for New School Bus Riders in EASD’s K-3 Schools

    With the start of school quickly approaching, the Elizabethtown Area School District is excited to partner with Durham School Services (EASD’s transportation provider) for the annual School Bus Orientation Day. This special program is geared toward kindergarten students and those new to riding the school bus in kindergarten through third grade. School Bus Orientation Days […]

  • gavelSupplier Gets Prison for E-Town Overdose Death

    The supplier of a fentanyl batch that caused an Elizabethtown man’s death last year will serve five to 12 years in prison. Ryan Andrew Wise, 24, of Columbia, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to felony drug delivery resulting in death regarding a 22-year-old man who died Aug. 31, 2017, from consuming pure fentanyl […]

  • E-Town College’s Humanities Hub Removes Boundaries

    The Wenger Center Digital Humanities Hub is a dedicated space on the Elizabethtown College campus where faculty and staff members and students, looking beyond the perceived boundaries of their majors, can come together to collaborate on projects and share resources. Imagine a room full of computers, white boards, intimate gathering areas, comfortable furniture, quiet workspace […]

  • Democratic Pa. Senate Hopeful: ‘We Have a Fighting Chance’

    Bill Troutman knows he has an uphill battle. He’s a Democrat seeking to oust an incumbent Republican state senator in a conservative district. Sen. Ryan P. Aument was elected to his first term in the 36th District, which stretches across northern Lancaster County, with more than 72 percent of the vote. And that election for […]