• Workers on Nov. 16 continue to fill a sinkhole which collapsed the intersection of Park Avenue and Pine Street on the morning of Nov. 8. (photo by Patrick Burns)
    Displaced renters to return home this week, but frustration continues for some

    Residents driven from their apartments by a Nov. 8 sinkhole had hoped to return to their Park Avenue homes today. But Tuesday’s heavy rains may have pushed back that date, according to William Harvey, Ephrata police chief...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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  • Photo by Patrick Burns. Workers excavating an area near the sinkhole, which took out the West Pine and Park Avenue intersection, stretched to 60 feet wide by 100 feet long.
    Home(less) for the holiday

    Displaced residents remain homeless two weeks after a giant sinkhole opened at the West Pine Street and Park Avenue intersection. Hope Roten, spokeswoman for the Red Cross Central Pennsylvania region, confirmed the organization helped with assistance for...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • One of the largest crowds in recent memory descended upon downtown Ephrata last “Black Friday,” to celebrate the start of the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus. Photo by Dwight Palm
    ‘You better watch out…’

    The weather for Friday evening’s Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival should be “just right,” said Cindy Mellinger, co-chair of the Ephrata Christmas committee. “It should be in the high 40s,” she said. “We have added an...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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    Despair deepens for displaced residents

    A failed temporary septic pipe backed up sewage Sunday into two Park Avenue apartment units rented by residents displaced by last week’s sinkhole by Patrick Burns Jack Farnquist Jr. grew a fondness for the gardenia plant he’d...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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  • Ephrata Main Theater owners Steve and Karen Brown say they’re at a crossroads for the future of their iconic movie house. Photo by Patrick Burns
    The Main needs help

    Owner Steve Brown says ticket sales must increase by about 8,000 per year to remain open Ephrata Main Theater owner Steve Brown understands that movie studios these days would like to release straight-to-home movies and even run...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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  • Ephrata votes line up to cast their ballots in the 2016 Presidential election.
    Huge crowds flock to polls as nearly 70 percent of Ephrata residents voted for Trump

    While local homeowners had posted Donald Trump lawn signs about 35-times more often than dwellings fronted with Hillary Clinton placards, the news programs broadcast inside those homes offered little chance for the supporters of the maverick GOP...

    • Posted November 10, 2016
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  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Orlando.
    Adorable Deplorable

          Trump shocks the world, becomes 45th President of the United States. Nearly 70 percent of Ephrata voters choose Trump    By Patrick Burns While local homeowners had posted Donald Trump lawn signs about 35-times...

    • Posted November 9, 2016
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    Go time! What to expect at the polls for next Tuesday’s historic election

    As the rollercoaster of the 2016 Presidential election cycle winds down, poll-watching, voter etiquette, and ballot integrity have become key issues of concern. Of course, who will be watching whom will depend on where you cast your...

    • Posted November 2, 2016
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  • Fred Groff, board chairman of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, cuts the ceremonial ribbon, opening the hospital's new expansion Oct. 27. Photo by Patrick Burns
    WellSpan ECH completes $47 million expansion

    Health pavilion addition features state-of-the art surgical suite, physician offices WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital has completed its $47 million health pavilion expansion project, improving access to advanced specialty care for area residents. The expansion increases the size...

    • Posted November 2, 2016
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    Officials caution kids and parents amid ‘creepy clown’ phenomenon as Halloween approaches

    Real clowns impacted by negative public reaction A spotlight in recent months, even wrangled over during the vitriolic Trump-Clinton debates, has emerged on police profiling. And while political views vary, there’s one group the public appears united...

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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