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  • Mount Joy Township Raises Taxes, Mostly for Fire Protection

    Mount Joy Township supervisors have voted for a budget that includes a property tax increase of slightly over 22%, with most of the new tax going to fire protection. The total tax approved by supervisors at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, is going from 2.24 mills ($224 for every $100,000 in assessed value) to […]

  • Write-In Candidate Appears to Defeat Incumbent Conoy Supervisor

    Conoy Township supervisors acknowledged that apparent victory of a write-in candidate over an incumbent township supervisor by voting to send him to supervisor training at township expense. Unofficial results posted by the county show Meadow Vista Dairy operator Justin Risser with 438 write-in votes over incumbent John L. Shearer, who had 263 votes. Shearer was […]

  • School Board Gets Update on EAMS Remodel

    By DIANE M. BITTING Special to the Advocate The Elizabethtown school board heard an update on design plans for the upcoming renovation to the lower level of the Elizabethtown Area Middle School. That renovation, to start in June of 2020, will allow the district’s sixthgrade classes, now at Bear Creek School, to move to the […]

  • East Donegal’s Proposed 2020 Budget Has Same Tax Rate, Cuts Spending Over $350K

    By KATCHA NEALE Special to the Advocate East Donegal Township’s proposed $4.75 million budget for 2020 cuts spending by more than $350,000 and would mean no tax increase. Township Manager Jeff Butler presented the proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7. Total spending cuts are $377,790 . The […]

  • Elizabethtown Lions Name Sanchez-Reyes as Student of Month

    Paulina Sanchez-Reyes   Elizabethtown Area School District student Paulina Sanchez-Reyes is the Elizabethtown Lions Club Career & Technology Center Student of the Month for October. Sanchez-Reyes is an Elizabethtown Area School District senior and a Computer-Aided Architectural Drafting student at the Brownstown Lancaster County Career & Technology Center. Sanchez-Reyes really couldn’t say exactly why she […]

  • Local Veterans Recognized in Ceremony at Elizabethtown Area High School

    Elizabethtown Area School District saluted 23 local veterans during its 12th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11. The program afforded school officials and high school students an opportunity to salute local veterans for their service to the country. It was also an opportunity for students to learn about the contributions that veterans have […]

  • Route 283 Going Into Final Configuration for Winter

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that its contractor is preparing to shift traffic on Route 283 in Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships, Dauphin County, to place the highway into its final configuration for winter. The contractor is removing temporary barrier that separates the Route 283 eastbound right travel lane from the work zone, which will allow […]

  • EAHS Ice Hockey Tops Central York 7-5 for First Win Since 2017

    It’s been a long time coming. The Elizabethtown Area High School ice hockey club has been patiently waiting for a chance to earn a victory. Coming into the 2019-20 season, the Bears went winless in 39 straight games dating back to 2017, losing 37 contests in a row before tying Susquehannock 4-4 to start the […]

  • 2019 Elizabethtown Advocate Fall Sports Awards

    The 2019 fall sports season went about as well as one could hope for Elizabethtown Area High School. Each team either improved immensely from 2018 or remained competitive in spite of widespread changes. For the second year, The Elizabethtown Advocate is recognizing some of the more notable Bears athletes with its seasonal sports awards. Outstanding […]

  • West Donegal Plans for Tax Increase for 2020

    West Donegal Township supervisors voted 4-1 to advertise a proposed 12.5% property tax rate increase, with the dissenting vote coming from a supervisor who said he would not support a tax increase and the addition of one person to the public works crew. The increase is from 1.6 mills to 1.8 mills, or from $160 […]

  • Elizabethtown Borough Sets Maximum Tax Rate for 2020

    The Elizabethtown Borough Council voted unanimously to adopt a proposed budget for 2020 and advertise a maximum tax rate for 2020 of 4.8 mills. The vote taken at the council workshop on Thursday, Nov. 7, sets an upper limit for 2020 taxes. After the maximum tax rate is advertised, the borough can decide later to […]

  • Republicans Maintain Local Dominance

    Republicans maintained their position as the region’s dominant political party as they defeated Democratic challengers in many local races. Republican Randall L. Miller got more than 63% of the vote to defeat Democrat Dan Stephenson in the race for magisterial district judge, one of the biggest local races. Miller and Stephenson, who are both lawyers, […]

  • Extraordinary Give Has ECHOS as Its Newest Beneficiary

    The eighth annual Extraordinary Give is coming up on Friday, Nov. 22, and this year’s charitable giving event has several new features. Among them is the first participation by Elizabethtown Communty Housing & Outreach Services. Until recently, ECHOS was ineligible to participate because it had been operating under the auspices of Elizabethtown College. “We were […]

  • Bainbridge’s 200-Year-Old Blacksmith Shop Now Owned by Conoy Township

    A blacksmith shop in downtown Bainbridge that dates to the early 19th century is now owned by Conoy Township. The township aims to preserve the historic building, perhaps arranging for demonstrations of blacksmithing. Shortly after signing the paperwork to sell the building, Wayne Brooks described how his family came to the area. Brooks said he […]

  • Elizabethtown Might Sell Credits From Its Sewage Treatment

    Elizabethtown Borough is exploring the sale of credits for wastewater treatment in 2020, Borough Manager Roni Ryan said. Elizabethtown’s sewage treatment plant does a better job than state regulations require in cleaning up wastewater. This can give the borough credits it can sell to other plant operators that are not doing as good of a […]