• This image from the top of East Main Street shows the crowd filling the space between vendors on Saturday night. This was a typical scene throughout what appeared to be a record week for many.
    Crowds Swarm 98th Fair

    It isn’t every day that the Hillbilly Express toot-toots its way around a quiet, tree-lined street in Ephrata, surrounded on either side by stately Colonial homes — and that’s what makes it so much fun. The 2016...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Gina Miller has focused and dedicated her performances to finding Toni Lee Sharpless, who went missing in August 2009 after leaving a party at the home of NBA star Willie Green in Gladwyne, near Philadelphia. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer
    Country Singer advocates for missing woman

    Brings focus to Toni Lee Sharpless, missing since 2009 On a dark night in August 2009, Lancaster General Hospital nurse Toni Lee Sharpless left a party, got in her car, and drove off. She was never seen...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Janice Ballenger as deputy coroner was photographed praying following her experience at the West Nickel Mines Amish school massacre. Photo courtesy of The Washington Post
    Ten years later: Remembering the Nickel Mines Amish school massacre

    On Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, I stood inside the West Nickel Mines Amish one-room school house, desperately searching for one square tile on the floor that didn’t have a speck of bright red blood on it. I...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Development in Clay Township still having problems

    Clay Township’s Wildflower Pond Development continues to have problems, and nobody wants to pay for them. Sidewalks are cracked and uneven, making it difficult to navigate, especially for the disabled. Street lights are missing, driveways are too...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • The Ephrata House was still in its glory during the '40s.
    1941 turns murderous: Chamber hosts historical murder mystery dinner

      Michael Showalter went back in time to find inspiration for his upcoming murder mystery dinner. The event, which kicks off at EPAC at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 1, will raise money for the Ephrata Area Chamber of...

    • Posted September 22, 2016
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  • Stevie the Wonder steer has a forever home in Clay.
    Stevie the Wonder steer finds a forever home in Clay

    Sale of blind animal benefits local disabled boy Stevie may be the world’s luckiest and most blessed steer. Born blind on a farm in Indiana, he was four months old in July 2015 when a fierce storm...

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • Crowds pack the midway at the 2015 Ephrata Fair.
    Time-Lapse Video of the Ephrata Fair 2016

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • Rider Zane Bradley of New Hampshire gets some air during the Dialed Action Sports BMX show Tuesday night in Tent City
    Stunt bikes thrill Tent City as 98th fair gets underway

    For the first time in 40 years, children attending the Ephrata Fair didn’t dive in the dirt dashinig after a greased pig on a lighted baseball field surrounded by packed bleachers at Tent City. Instead, a smaller...

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • Crowds pack the midway at the 2015 Ephrata Fair.
    Early fair arrives again Tuesday

    It’s the earliest the Ephrata Fair can begin. Because of “the rule” that it must be held only in the month of September, the fact that the final Friday of the month is Sept. 30, means the...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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