• 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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  • Budget
    Borough cuts electric rates, hikes library funding & holds line on taxes

    Early presents Ephrata Borough Council made it official Monday night approving a no-tax-increase budget for 2015. But that vote was not unanimous as council president Dale Hertzog issued the only “no” vote on the adoption. Before the...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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  • Volunteers from Leo’s Helping Paws gather around the Christmas tree. The tree is covered with ornaments that list items needed by local rescues. The group encourages the public to come in and choose an ornament and make a donation. Shown (from left, front row) are: Kathy Styer, Beth Buchter, Spokesdog Leo, Deb Fisher, Joanne Ressler, and Katie Siebel; (back row) Joyce Wilhide, Dave Wilhide, Rick Ressler and Joyce Nettke.
    With a little help …

      A local organization is hoping Christmas will be going to the dogs this year. Leo’s Helping Paws is an all volunteer organization dedicated to helping puppy mill, abandoned, abused, injured and stray dogs. The group currently...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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    Winter’s coming?

    Don’t tell these guys that winter is only a little more than a week away – they seem ready to skip right to spring. This past weekend, dozens stopped by the new skateboard park adjacent to the...

    • Posted December 10, 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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  • Budget
    Borough not budging on library budget

    The Ephrata Public Library made headlines recently as funding challenges induced dramatic cuts in services, hours of operation, and staff. So, as expected, library leaders brought their case for additional funding to Ephrata Borough’s Budget and Finance...

    • Posted December 9, 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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  • Ephrata Borough Council man Robert Good will not seek reelection
    Good won’t seek re-election

    Daughter’s murder major factor in decision   The tragic loss of his daughter along with the exhaustion of his 12-year tenure have brought Ephrata Borough Councilman Robert Good to a decision: he will not seek re-election in...

    • 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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