• The historic former Sprecher Hardware building on East Main Street (now Hometown Refurnishing) is part of the Oct. 22 tour.
    A ‘magical history tour’

    Multiple local anniversaries will be celebrated with Oct. 22 event The architecture and history of Ephrata is front and center on Saturday, Oct. 22 for the biennial walking tour of the Historic Preservation Trust (HPT) of Lancaster...

    • Posted October 6, 2016
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  • Micah Martin
    Ephrata student named National Merit semi-finalist

    Micah Martin, an Ephrata High School senior, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program semi-finalist. Martin is among nearly 16,000 semi-finalists nationwide, of whom 7,500 are estimated to move on as finalists and earn the Merit...

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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  • Caitlyn and Joshua Ackley
    Bride and groom postpone wedding due to brain surgery

    Two weeks later, ceremony is on When the bride and groom took to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife just last week, their guests cheered. It wasn’t the fancy footwork demonstrated by newly...

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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  • The homecoming court at Ephrata High School includes (from left) Meredith Fagan, Anna Brubaker, Amber Dietrich, Johanna Hoffer, Annie Vogt and Jordan Welsh. Photo by Jeremy Bischoff
    Ephrata homecoming queen will be crowned Friday

    Ephrata High School will crown its 2016 homecoming queen at its football game with Garden Spot. The game starts at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Field. Members of the homecoming court are: Anna Brubaker is the daughter...

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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  • 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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