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Joseph Cress

The Sentinel

Carlisle, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Joseph:

District administrators explain the why behind effort to re-imagine Carlisle elementary schools

Director of Elementary Operations Monique Wallace said the district can expect 1,014 new housing units in the next eight years affecting three school buildings — Bellaire (275 new units), Crestview → Read More

Cumberland County issues $47,000 in tax credits to volunteer firefighters, EMS staff

The tax credits reduce the county real estate tax, excluding the library tax, for volunteer first responders. → Read More

Auditor general questions annual property tax increases for 12 Pa. school districts

"It’s basically a ‘shell game’ that allowed these 12 school districts to collectively raise taxes 37 times during the four years we reviewed, which increased their respective General Fund accounts → Read More

South Middleton School District to use state grant money for building safety, social worker

Roughly half the money, about $132,262, will be used to enhance the security of exterior doors in the district’s four school buildings. → Read More

Dickinson Presbyterian Church plans to celebrate its bicentennial with Moments in History, special events

“We want to reach back and find nuggets in history that were special to the folks at the time and are still special to us,” said Judy May-Bennett, who chairs → Read More

Cumberland County libraries use ARPA grants to develop outdoor program spaces

“To face the future, libraries need to be connecting even more with their communities,” Carolyn Blatchley said. “Providing outdoor spaces makes us more visible. We need to be turning outward → Read More

South Middleton School Board sets tax hike limit for 2023-24 at 4.1%

“We are not committing to a tax increase, simply limiting it,” Kevin J. O’Donnell said. “This is allowing us to move one step further in the budget process.” → Read More

Alumni hall, memorial center considered at Army War College

Over the decades, War College students have donated as class gifts plaques that list alumni along with paintings, sculptures and stained glass window displays that decorate Root Hall, Bliss Hall → Read More

5 Questions: Kevin O'Donnell moves into role of superintendent of South Middleton School District

For Kevin J. O’Donnell Jr., public service rests within the DNA of his family tree. → Read More

Service elevator at Cumberland County prison needs to be replaced, warden says

The Cumberland County Prison Board Tuesday reviewed a proposal to replace a service elevator at the county prison at an estimated cost of just over $134,000. → Read More

Mechanicsburg wrestling complicates Keystone Division race with 36-31 win at Carlisle

Mechanicsburg never trailed, thanks to a hot start and a match-sealing fall by Jude Ayala at 133 pounds. → Read More

Newly approved fire tax increase in Mechanicsburg to help finance new station at corner of York and Simpson streets

Plans for the new station include a room that will be open to the public and display the artifacts of both of the old fire companies, Gary Neff said. “We’re → Read More

Carlisle Area School District athletic facilities plan stalls; turf for football field still to be decided

Phase three includes a proposal to replace the current grass field at the football stadium with a synthetic turf field. The question of whether to keep the field grass or → Read More

South Middleton School Board endorses the start of a girls wrestling program

Boiling Springs High School becomes the 91st school in Pennsylvania to add a girls’ varsity wrestling team. → Read More

Where It Stands: Bellaire Drive in Carlisle to remain closed to public, with emergency access controlled by gates

The district will install security gates that use a manual combination lock code known to first-responders throughout Cumberland County → Read More

Sertoma Club of Carlisle distributes free fire alarm systems to deaf

The Lifetone HL system distributed by the Carlisle club uses a vibrating bed shaker to alert a person of the danger. → Read More

Capital Joe coffee closing; building in downtown Mechanicsburg may have buyer

“We have an entity that has made an offer and an entity that is discussing with that potential buyer leasing the first floor,” Rebecca Yearick said. → Read More

Work underway to celebrate 100th edition of the Oracle, Carlisle High School's yearbook

“Our whole theme is keeping it 100,” Dana Smetana said. “We’re going to create a class will. Our cover will have the original crest with the motto in a → Read More

A timeline of the Oracle's history as Carlisle High School's yearbook

In the past century, the Oracle yearbook has been the topic of numerous stories published in The Sentinel newspaper. → Read More

Cumberland County remains on target to meet farmland preservation goal

Last year, the county program had about $3.6 million available for farmland preservation including $2.1 million in state grants and matching funds, $1 million in county revenue and $500,000 carried → Read More