HANK MERGES
MERGES: Independence Day inspires patriotism

06/25/2014 09:24 AM EDT
Terrorism is huge in the news again ... a new, more violent form of terrorism not only sweeping Iraq but vowing to bloody western Europe and America. 
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MERGES: More peaceful times
06/24/2014 07:16 AM EDT - As the nation gasps from an endless stream of disquieting news about crime, immigration, marriage and quarreling politics . Full Story

MERGES: Local youth head to Carnegie Hall
06/19/2014 08:30 AM EDT - Local youth ... 111 members of the York County Senior Honors Choir ... will be singing in Carnegie Hall tomorrow and Saturday. Full Story

MERGES: Sports benefit kids later in life
06/17/2014 07:00 AM EDT - Studies clearly demonstrate that youngsters who play sports can reap very positive results later in life. Full Story

Changing tax structure could burden families
10/01/2013 10:51 AM EDT - In an effort to eliminate real estate taxes but recoup that revenue loss, state Rep. Keith Gillespie is pushing legislation to hike both personal income tax and the Sales and Use Tax. Full Story

York Rotary seeks $200,000 for clean water project
10/03/2013 10:53 AM EDT - For a moment, close your eyes and imagine that the City of York has 10 schools ... and the schools have no toilets. Full Story

More people in need in York County
10/09/2013 11:16 AM EDT - "The poor are plentiful in York City and the number is growing." "The August food run proved it," according to Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Full Story

Yorkers take to the streets to pray for peace, return hope
10/10/2013 11:42 AM EDT - In York, people are taking to the streets to pray for peace in the community. For the last two months, a group has been gathering weekly to raise their voices in prayer. Full Story

Time to thank the clergy
10/15/2013 10:59 AM EDT - October is "Clergy Appreciation Month." So, have you taken time yet to give your pastor, priest or rabbi leaders an encouraging word? Full Story

WellSpan, Ephrata embrace new health care alignment
10/17/2013 10:50 AM EDT - Recognizing the changing nature of medical services, WellSpan and Ephrata Community Hospital have just "aligned" their resources to meet the challenge of future medical care. Full Story

Police: Utah suspect swallows stolen ring

OREM, Utah (AP) — Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it. Full Story
(Andrew Medichini/AP)
VENICE WATCH: McDormand hails female stories

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Full Story