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This week in county history: Oct. 27

This week in county history: Oct. 27

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50 years ago

• Local weather observer Carroll E. Miller reported that October 1963 was the driest month in Carlisle in almost 75 years. The total rainfall amount over the 31 days was 4/100ths of an inch.

• Parents in South Middleton petition the local school board to oppose a plan which would leave the township a standalone school district in a countywide reorganization of schools. Meanwhile, a Perry County board approved a plan to reorganize the school system into four districts — West Perry, Susquenita Jointure, Newport Union and Greenwood Jointure.

• Twenty-five men and women volunteer to spend 22 hours in the fully equipped Civil Defense shelter in the basement of the Carlisle YMCA. Their stay is part of a three-day CD shelter management program course.

25 years ago

• More than 100 police officers conducted a predawn drug raid that netted 29 arrests on numerous drug charges. The raid was the result of a 10-month undercover investigation by local and state authorities on major cocaine suppliers in the Carlisle area.

• “Mountain Man” Stephen Ray Carr is sentenced to life in prison without parole for the May 13 shooting death of 29-year-old Rebecca Wight in the Michaux State Forest. Carr was arrested in West Pennsboro Township following a massive manhunt. An Adams County judge found him guilty of first-degree murder following a non-jury trial.

• Promoters from Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums express an interest in displaying items related to Brian Swartz, the “miracle boy” of Penn Township. Swartz was riding his bike on Aug. 2 when it collided with a hay rake. The collision threw the boy off his bike and his head hit a hay rake prong which went under his eye and into his brain, but did not cause permanent damage.

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