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Weekend Forecast: Great weather for holiday weekend, Memorial Day to hit 80
Here’s your Memorial Day Weekend forecast for Friday, May 26, to Monday, May 29.
NL Viking Foundation gets ready to tee off its biggest fundraiser of the year
The Northern Lebanon Viking Foundation is getting ready for its annual golf tournament fundraiser on June 16 and a Vikes & Vets 5K fundraiser on November 11.
Community Bulletin Board
East Hanover Twp. gifted gavel made from bed owned by Thaddeus Stevens
The board of supervisors for one Lebanon County municipality will now call its meetings to order using a gavel that has ties to one of the country’s greatest crusaders for racial equality and justice.
ECS plans to open new corporate headquarters in Palmyra this summer
Lebanon company Environmental Cleaning Solutions is going big with a new 22,000-square-foot headquarters in the Flight Path Business Park in Palmyra.
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WellSpan says no plans decided for lot at Rocherty & Cornwall with historic barn
Although a social media campaign has already begun to save a historic barn on a lot purchased nearly five years ago by WellSpan, the hospital system says it has not yet arrived at a plan for the property.
How Harrisburg Works: New caucuses, special election season, and the death of a bill
As Pennsylvania approaches the June 30 budget deadline, top lawmakers are busy negotiating and Capitol lips are tightly sealed about what is being discussed.
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Burger Wars: The final results of Season One (Lebanon Valley Food Critics)
The Lebanon Valley Food Critics announce the Season One winner of Burger Wars.
Internal migration, teenage parenthood, addiction: Business owner shares story
Jesús A. Rivera, owner of Rivera’s Auto Spa LLC, sat down with LebTown and shared how he got to where he is today.
What We’re Reading Elsewhere on the Web
🔗 Supreme Court limits scope of federal waters rule
The Supreme Court has ruled that a relatively narrow category of wetlands can be regulated by the federal government.
🔗 Farmers keep dairy roots while adding beef business
Father and son duo David and Joel Smith are the fourth and fifth generations to farm in the Lebanon Valley, and while they no longer have milking Guernseys, they still work with dairy cattle each day.
🔗 Campbelltown cheesesteak shop reopens after being damaged during break-in
A Campbelltown cheesesteak and hoagie shop that was closed following a break-in reopened Thursday, May 11.
Lebanon County 4-H awards academic scholarships to two local students
The Lebanon County 4-H Board of Directors has awarded two 4-H members with $1,000 academic awards in recognition of their notable 4-H project experiences, community service, and academic achievements.
Lebanon Valley Chamber honors county’s top graduating high school seniors
The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Excellence in Education Celebration,” held on May 10, acknowledged the academic achievements of the top 5% of graduating seniors in Lebanon County and celebrated the impact of their chosen mentors.
Lebanon County’s Go-To Weather Forecast
Always know what tomorrow’s weather will bring by following Lebanon County Weather on Facebook.
Lebanon city police receive $1,750 for FBI-LEEDA training from local alliance
The James Biever Police-Community Alliance has contributed $1,750 to the Lebanon City Police Department for FBI-LEEDA training.
Local veterinarians worried by proposed limits on drug linked to opioid epidemic
Access to critical animal sedative used in the livestock industry concerns veterinarians if drug becomes classified as a controlled substance.
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Democrats push to restore board’s power to regulate abandoned oil and gas wells
The state House panel passed a bill Tuesday that would restore the Environmental Quality Board’s ability to raise bond prices on conventional well drillers.
Lebanon City Council OKs contract adjustments with paid firefighters’ union
Lebanon City Council at its May 22 meeting unanimously approved changes to its contract with the union representing its 21 paid firefighters.
The latest food safety violations in Lebanon County
Here are the most recent food safety violations in Lebanon County, as documented by Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture.
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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