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Weekend Forecast: Temps rebound to upper 60s and beyond over weekend
Here’s your weekend forecast for Friday, May 5, to Sunday, May 7.
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Burger Wars: Boyer’s Tavern (Lebanon Valley Food Critics)
The Lebanon Valley Food Critics begin the first season of Burger Wars at Boyer’s Tavern, located in the quiet village of Rexmont.
Proposal to update ailing Pa. rent, property tax rebate program would reverse decade of decline
Gov. Josh Shapiro has proposed increasing rent and property tax rebate amounts and raising the income limits to make an additional 173,000 people eligible.
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Lebanon County real estate transfers (April 16 to April 30)
Here are the real estate transfers recorded in Lebanon County for the second half of April.
Local township leaders recognized at state association conference
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors held its 100th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibit Show from April 23 to 26 at the Hershey Lodge, where two Lebanon County township officials received special recognition.
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Applications open for annual Alletta Schadler Community Service Award
Applications are open for the annual Alletta Schadler Community Service Award, a scholarship opportunity available to Lebanon Countians pursuing further education in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences.
God only knows if Sister Margaret will be the last nun to serve in Lebanon County
Sister Margaret Bender, possibly the last nun to serve in Lebanon County, reflects on her life’s journey, the declining number of nuns, and the importance of understanding religious roles in the community.
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🔗 It could take years to rehab abandoned Hampton Inn on Rt. 72
The former Hampton Inn just past the Lebanon County line in Rapho Township, abandoned about 18 months ago, is headed to Lancaster County’s Redevelopment Authority to be designated a blighted property. That’s the first step in what will likely be a years-long journey to reuse the property that was once part of Hammock Worldwide hotel group.
🔗 Pa. Guard mobilized for Spanish-American War 125 years ago
May 2023 marks 125 years since the Pennsylvania National Guard mustered in for federal service for the Spanish-American War.
🔗 Lebanon man sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for sexually exploiting a child
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Rankin, age 36, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on April 27, 2023, by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to 20 years’ imprisonment for sexually exploiting a child.
Bell & Evans acquires 62.7-acre site next to existing chicken plant for $2.5 million
Bell & Evans has acquired a 62.69 acre property next to its existing chicken plant in Fredericksburg.
ELCO expansion and renovation project modernizes high school, adds STEM wing
ELCO High School is getting an expansion, facelift and other improvements that, district officials told LebTown, were long overdue.
Lebanon County’s Go-To Weather Forecast
Always know what tomorrow’s weather will bring by following Lebanon County Weather on Facebook.
Main gate and visitors center at Fort Indiantown Gap near completion
Although the exact timeline and dates are still in flux, construction of the main gate and visitors center at Fort Indiantown Gap is nearing completion.
Your guide to the warehouses under construction in South Annville Twp.
Nearly 3 million square feet of warehouse space has opened or is under construction now in South Annville Township, with another 2.5 million square feet already planned. Here’s your guide to Lebanon County’s newest industrial park.
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JBT celebrating 150th anniversary with Community Fun Day
JBT’s 150th Anniversary Community Fun Day is open to everyone and takes place on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Union Canal Tunnel Park in Lebanon as part of the 33rd Annual Union Canal Days.
Shapiro signs first bill, expands Pa. health insurance coverage for breast cancer screenings
PA Gov. Josh Shapiro has signed a law that requires health insurers to cover breast cancer screenings for high-risk patients.
Here’s why party affiliation can be misleading in local Pa. elections
For decades, Pa. school board candidates have been able to run in both parties. But as races get more partisan, some lawmakers want to change that.
Amazing stories about Lebanon County’s past
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What is the impact of a free press? Here’s why longtime Lebanon County resident Mary Huber donated to our Civic Impact Reporting Fund:
The term “free press” is bantered around frequently. But do most know the true impact of what a free press means? Or better yet, what the impact would be if it disappears; especially local press like LebTown.
Local newspapers, since their inception, have been watchdogs over issues that affect the communities they serve. Questioning those who govern in these communities informs the public and helps to safeguard our democratic way of life.
Hedge funds acquisitions of local newspapers have been disastrous to the vitality of a free press by decimating staff which, in turn, limits the ability to report on meetings, whether they be school board, county commissioner, city council, township supervisors and the list goes on. Who will be the watchdog?
I may not agree with the bent LebTown takes at times, but the mere fact that I can disagree and my disagreement will be published strengthens the concept of a free press. Thank you, LebTown for persevering and being the watchdog for Lebanon County.
– Mary Huber
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