(Photos by Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
Classifieds and the Classroom: How York schools use advertising to support programs

12/09/2014 12:58 AM EST
York County schools are opening their doors to banners, billboards and signs in an effort to have advertisers supplement what state funds and local taxes struggle to cover, as perhaps one of the last untapped revenue sources for public school districts. 
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Special report: Cyber school scores lag behind York schools, cite challenges
12/01/2014 11:26 AM EST - The scores of cyber charter schools across the state are "very concerning" to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, according to Tim Eller, spokesman for the department. Full Story

Hope Street Garden: An outdoor education in York City
10/23/2014 08:32 AM EDT - Two years ago, it was an empty lot. This piece off land, located in York City, is now a classroom, a place for students to learn about urban gardens, reading, writing, math and science. Full Story

Dipping into savings: York schools balance budgets with surplus funds
01/30/2014 11:05 AM EST - Increases in pension payments, special education and other costs are forcing school districts in York County to take a serious look at using money stashed in savings accounts to cover upcoming budget deficits. Full Story

Grocery prices keep climbing; up 7 percent in last year
10/06/2014 03:22 PM EDT - Mary Bouras never expected to get sticker shock from a pound of butter. But when the grocery staple reached more than $5 a pound at most stores, the 66-year-old Dover resident said it was hard not to. Full Story

Number of York County residents working past 65 at record high
03/31/2014 05:49 PM EDT - The sound of a hydraulic press rumbles in the background as Bud Butera fixes pads and wedges in a pair of orthopedic shoes. Full Story

Special report: Tax caps limit increases in York, but hikes still present
07/29/2014 12:36 PM EDT - York County homeowners don't have to reach too far into their memories to recall paying school property tax increases of 8 to 10 percent nearly every year. Full Story

Special report: Yorkers see little tax relief from slots revenue
07/30/2014 03:11 PM EDT - When the debate over allowing slot machines was in full force in 2004, proponents of the bill promised $1 billion of that revenue per year would go toward property tax relief. Full Story

Grocery bills on the rise in York County
04/16/2014 02:40 PM EDT - Brigitt Rees was exhausted as she loaded groceries into her car. But it wasn't the weight of the canned goods that had her down. Full Story

LIU offers another York County option for cyber education
12/19/2013 11:14 AM EST - School districts that want to save costs but don't have an in-house cyber school program of their own can cooperate with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, a regional educational service to the public school districts. Full Story

To ring in New Year, town will drop a giant nail

WEST FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year's Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion. Full Story
(Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
York City entrepreneurs are perfecting the pretzel

Philip Given, co-owner of the York City Pretzel Co., has a passion for dough. If asked about the quality of his company's pretzels, Given can wax poetic about the juxtaposition between the airy white dough innards compared to the dark brown outside. Full Story