• Local voters respond to livestream debate of First Smucker-King

    Civility ruled among a crowd of about 50 watching the live feed of 11th Congressional district candidates debate at Ephrata Public Library Exploratorium Monday. The event, between incumbent Republican Lloyd Smucker and Jess King, a Democrat newcomer,...

    • Posted October 10, 2018
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  • Homecoming weekend kicks off with queen crowning Friday night

    It should be an exciting Homecoming weekend in Ephrata, starting Friday night when the Mountaineers try to keep their turnaround season going in a big game against Lebanon that could have playoff implications. Then at half-time, all...

    • Posted October 10, 2018
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  • New media center unveiled at Ephrata High School

    Staff at Ephrata High School are not only preparing students for the future, they’re ushering them through that door and giving them figurative VIP passes. The newly renovated media center at the high school acts as a...

    • Posted October 10, 2018
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  • Fern takes a selfie in the early days of his journey at the state line in New Mexic
    EHS grad walks across country to raise awareness for childhood cancer

    Kevin Fern has walked in the sweltering temperatures of the Mojave Desert, through torrential downpours in West Virginia, and desolate places where it was just him and the hard pavement under his aching feet. There were many...

    • Posted October 10, 2018
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  • Duo to entertain at Halloween party

      A Halloween party will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the American Legion ballroom, 300 Cocalico St., Ephrata. Entertainment will be provided by the Den and Terry Duo. Den and...

    • Posted October 10, 2018
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  • After the storms cleared town by Friday, the 100th Ephrata Fair midway was packed throughout the weekend. Here is a view from the top of East Main Street Saturday night. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer
    Great weekend ends 100th Ephrata Fair on a high note

    Seemingly rising out of the macadam on Monday night, the 100th Ephrata Fair took shape downtown in and around a chaos convoy of trucks, cars trailers, and determined wrench-wielding workers raising trailers and arranging tanks, stoves, grills,...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • Five employees of the Pancake Farm, who combined, have over 100 years of service to the beloved restaurant. (Top row, left to right) Patty Pletz (20 years), Connie Donmoyer (28 years), Katie Seibel (25 years). (Bottom l-r) owners Kathy Styer (36 years), Beth Buchter (36 years). Photo by Cory Van Brookhoven
    Griddled with memories

    Longtime owners of The Pancake Farm to close iconic business Dec 1. It’s the end of an era. After nearly four decades, the Pancake Farm, an iconic eatery in Ephrata which has served customers for generations, will...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • A tough call for parade directors

    Randy and Betsy Leinbach had a very tough decision to make and by lunchtime last Tuesday, they were pretty sure which direction they were leaning when it came to possibly canceling the massive Ephrata Fair Parade for...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • Scott and Carla Sweigart pose with one of their signature steak sandwiches. According to Scott, this will likely be the last time the familiar sandwich will be served at the yearly Ephrata Fair. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    Sweigart’s last stand?

    This one’s for you, “BIP!” That’s the message posted to the Sweigart’s Steaks 2018 Facebook page. But this is no regular mom and pop business­this is an Ephrata icon. Members of the Sweigart family say they may...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • Wawa to close for 30-day renovation

    Gas pumps to remain open Wawa officially confirmed Tuesday that it will close its busy Ephrata location for a 30-day extensive renovation project. Lori Bruce, Wawa spokesperson, confirmed Tuesday that its renovation schedule at 602 S Reading...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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