Solanco High School students are getting ready for their annual homecoming celebration.
Activities will begin Tuesday, October 15.
The homecoming queen will be crowned at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 18, before the start of the Solanco-Elizabethtown football game.
The king will be crowned at the homecoming dance on Saturday, October 19.
If it rains Friday night, the homecoming queen will also be crowned during the dance.
This past summer, members of the New Providence Church of God's senior youth group spent a week at a work camp in Newfane, N.Y., helping families fix their homes.
The work camp in New York came as a surprise to leader James Ballantyne.
It can't happen here.
Many residents of sparsely-settled Southern End communities think their rural environment protects them from disasters and catastrophes.
Bart Township Emergency Management Director Mike Hoover knows differently.
Fire destroyed a tobacco barn and most of its contents Tuesday afternoon, September 24.
The fire broke out at the Emanuel Esh farm, 132 Academy Rd., Colerain Township, shortly after noon.
By the time family members noticed the blaze, it had begun to engulf the barn.
Responding volunteers could see a column of black smoke from five miles away and called for additional equipment before the first apparatus arrived.
Firefighters prevented the flames from igniting an adjacent building and saved several stacks of lumber behind the barn.
The fire was ignited by a kiln used to dry the lumber, Chief Welk said.
The 50 foot by 70 foot barn was destroyed by the flames. Family members, neighbors, and firefighters managed to pull some equipment from the barn before they were driven back by the fire.
The fire caused an estimated $45,000 damage to the building and its contents, Quarryville Fire Chief Jamie Welk said.
Volunteers and equipment from Bart Township, Oxford, Robert Fulton, Refton, Cochranville, Willow Street, and Elkton, Md., assisted at the scene.
About 100 volunteers had the fire under control by 2:25 p.m.; firefighters remained on the scene until 4:05 p.m.
One family member sustained minor burns to his right arm. He was not transported to a hospital for treatment.
Getting around bridges with new, lower weight limits will be inconvenient and expensive, local trucking firm officials say.
The new limits PennDOT plans to list for ten Southern End bridges will send trucks on lengthy and expensive detours, truckers said.
The new weight limits could also delay responding emergency equipment.
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Applying lessons learned from their inaugural run, organizers hope to attract more runners to Union Presbyterian Church's second annual Run A Good Race.
They have hired professional timers because they were told that would attract more runners, organizer Lori Kelley said. "We had 152 people last year," she said. "We would like to see 300 this year."
The race began as a way to draw younger people to the church. "This is a family event. We will have music, refreshments, and other activities," Kelley said."We started it as a way to get people here and they really enjoyed it."
For the third time in as many years, the Southern End Community Association is looking for a new director.
Glenn Koehler, SECA's executive director since November, 2011, left in August.
The parting was amicable, said April Pierson, president of SECA's board of directors.
Five days a week, Solanco's elementary schools make sure their students have enough to eat.
The Solanco Food Bank handles the weekends with its SWEEP program.
The food bank began the school year providing weekend meals for 231 students from Solanco's four elementary schools. The food bank also packs 19 meals for pupils who attend Martic Elementary School in the Penn Manor School District.
People who lost items in recent burglaries are invited to come to the state police barrack, 2099 Lincoln Highway East (Rt. 30) to help identify their property.
The items, recovered after the September 10 arrest of a suspect, will be available at the barrack from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 13, and from 6a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 14.
Thousands of exhibits, ranging from show cattle and goats to canned beans, antique tractors, and new farm equipment, will be spread across dozens of acres when the Solanco Fair opens on Wednesday, September 18.
Just getting around to the displays can be tiring, or even impossible, for spectators who are disabled or elderly.
The Wakefield Lions Club has come up with a way to help the mobility-challenged tour the fair.
The Lions are bringing walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, and canes to the fair and making them available to anyone who needs help getting around.
Bart Township Fire Co.,
Sept. 1: 3:28 p.m., medical assist, White Oak Rd. at Georgetown Rd., Paradise Township; three volunteers were in service 15 minutes.
Sept. 2: 2:26 p.m., medical assist, Valley Rd., Bart Township; two volunteers were in service one hour and 37 minutes.
Sept. 3: 7:52 p.m., medical assist, Noble Rd., Bart Township; two volunteers were in service 13 minutes.
Two people were charged with assault following an incident in the 1100 block of Slate Hill Rd., Drumore Township, at 11:45 p.m. on August 22, Trooper Aaron Davis reported.
According to the trooper, A 19-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, both from Quarryville, tried to smash a mailbox. The property owner retrieved the bat and followed the teens, damaging their vehicle with the ball bat, the trooper said.
When the work began last year, organizers expected repairs to the granite pillars at Quarryville's Memorial Park would cost about $6,000.
That estimate was low.
"We're close to $25,000 now," said Joanne Black, chair of the Quarryville Lions Club committee that's overseeing the work.
The two granite pillars and the patios around them were in much worse condition than originally thought.
Karl Muller plans to bring one of his Packards to the inaugural car show at Little Britain Presbyterian Church this coming Saturday.
Muller, a member of the church's mission committee, is working with evangelism committee member Tom Brown to organize the show.
The idea was first presented to the church's trustees several years ago, Brown said.
"We're looking for ways to get people to come to church," he said.
Owners brought their dogs to the SECA Pool in Quarryville on Saturday, September 7, for an end-of-season fundraiser.
The new medical center in Bart Township will open next week.
A family health practice, a diagnostic service, and a medical laboratory will open September 9.
Spectators are accustomed to people handing out bags of chips, bottles of water, and other items from floats and commercial entries in the annual Solanco Fair parade.
This year, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries wants to reverse the process.
"We're asking for people to pay it forward," said board member Marlin Nafziger. "We're asking them to give, not to get."
Members of the ministry want spectators to bring canned and other nonperishable food items to donate to the Solanco Food Bank, one of the nonprofit's outreach programs.
Ken Hash and Bob Bistline love their work.
They just don't want to keep their jobs.
"I'm doing my best to work myself out of a job," the Rev. Hash said.
That is his job, he added. He and the Rev. Bistline are serving as interim pastors in Southern End churches. The Rev. Hash came to St. Paul's Church, Quarryville, on June 1. The Rev. Bistline came to Zion United Church of Christ, New Providence, late last year.While they serve different congregations, they have nearly identical goals.
"We're responsible for all the pastoral services from preaching to visitation. It's our job to keep the congregation stable while they're looking for a full-time minister," the Rev. Bistline said.
Ken Work won't be wearing a police uniform and a pistol this week. Instead, he'll be dressed in a new uniform - a dark shirt and khaki pants.
That will mark his transition to the position of borough manager. He will still be the police chief, a position he has held for a dozen years, but he will not be going on patrol.
Work was appointed borough manager last month. He replaces Alfred Drayovitch Jr., who retired August 30. For the past month, Drayovitch has been helping Work make the transition.