• Police are still investigating the murder of Brett Simmons, a 2009 Ephrata High School graduate, gunned down in his hoome on Sept. 25.
    A look back at 2014 top stories: Murder in Clay

    First in a series of the year in review It’s been almost three months since two intruders murdered Brett Simmons and gunned down his father James inside the family’s Clay Township home. In that time, the public has...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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  • Ashley and Mike Kline
    Father speaks out on killers’ sentencing

    The father of Ashley Kline spoke out Tuesday night about his feelings on the sentencing of the men who savagely killed his daughter. Ryan Schannauer and Adam Lynch pleaded guilty Monday in Lancaster County Court to avoid...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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  • Ryan Schannauer
    Schannauer pleads guilty; avoids death penalty

    Ryan Schannauer pleads guilty, avoids death penalty for the murder of Ashley Kline Judge David L. Ashworth sentenced Schannauer, 20, to life in prison plus 20 to 40 years Monday morning. Two former Cocalico High School students,...

    • Posted December 8, 2014
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  • Kerry Hendrickson Pepper
    Baby it’s cold outside

      Frosty weather greets Santa’s Black Friday arrival in Downtown Ephrata Santa’s Black Friday arrival at this year’s chilly downtown Christmas-tree lighting was perfect. Perfect for consuming hot chocolate, cider, coffee, popcorn, and cookies &tstr; all of...

    • Posted December 3, 2014
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  • Enthusiastic skateboarders line up to test drive Ephrata's new skatepark.
    X-gamers get early X-mas gift

    Anxious Ephrata kids last week opened an early Christmas present. Skateboarders, bicyclists, scooter-riders, rollerbladers and others trickled onto Ephrata Borough’s nearly completed, $220,000 concrete skatepark for a test-drive. Ephrata Borough Manager Robert Thompson said everything is completed...

    • Posted December 3, 2014
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  • Jim Summers, ERC executive director since 2012, began working at the Rec in 1980.
    Rec announces three-year, $500,000 fundraising campaign

    Held off on previous effort during bad economy, now in need of funds Since it’s the time of the year to give thanks, perhaps a shout out to the Ephrata Recreation Center is in order. The Rec,...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • Skittles Cropped Snow
    The ‘goldens’ rule again

    Reinholds dog rescue receives the most gifts in ‘Extraordinary Give’; Ephrata Library triples take Golden Retrievers once again shined in last Friday’s 24-hour online fundraising marathon “Extraordinary Give” — billed as the county’s “largest day of online...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • Penny Talbert
    Library Support overdue?

     **This story is corrected to reflect the correct Ephrata Borough’s total cost of the skatepark as $220,000. That cost is totally unrelated to the funds the borough gives to Ephrata Public Library.    Social media lit up...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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  • ER Ephrata Library Story Nov. 13 2014
    Ephrata library announces cuts to programs, hours, staff

    It’s no fairy tale; toddler story time will vanish Nov. 17 at the Ephrata Public Library. Aslo gone beginning Monday is the Lego Builder’s Club, Ephrata Writers Group, Inspirational Movie Night, and at least 11 part-time workers....

    • Posted November 12, 2014
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    Wolf wins; local Dems pack it in

    Local Democratic candidates correctly sensed a voter backlash on Gov. Tom Corbett. The party perceived a vulnerability in the state House and Senate and possibly even an opportunity to derail Congressman Joe Pitts’ bid to return to...

    • Posted November 5, 2014
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