One of the final pieces to fully connect the York County Heritage Rail Trail will officially open with pomp and circumstance Wednesday.
The newly constructed 2.5-mile section of the rail trail just north of York City will connect with the trail’s northern extension and all but connects with the trail’s southern portion.
The new section runs from the intersection of Route 30 and Loucks Mill Road in Springettsbury Township north along the east side of the Codorus Creek to Emig Road in Manchester Township.
Gwen Loose, executive director of the rail trail authority, did a final walk-through of a new trail bridge at Emig Road that ties the new section to the northern extension and was met by people already traversing the trail.
An autopsy Tuesday morning on the body of 21-year-old Samantha “Sami” Young determined she died of multiple stab wounds, according to the York County Coroner’s Office, which has ruled her death a homicide.
Samantha Young’s former boyfriend was covered in blood when police went to his Wrightsville home Sunday afternoon.
Marcus James Bordelon admitted to officers that he and Young had been in a domestic dispute inside his home Saturday evening, and admitted he “did use a knife to keep her from leaving the residence” about 4 a.m. Sunday, according to charging documents.
Bordelon claimed a large blood stain on his floor came from a cut on his own hand, police said.
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Thousands got their first peek at the long-awaited first eaglet Tuesday morning when one of the parents stood up in its nest high in a tree near Codorus State Park in York County.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s live-streaming video on its phenomenally popular Eagle Cam captured the moment. To watch live, click here.
Shortly after 8 a.m., the two eagles did what is known as a nest exchange, altering incubating duties. When one of the adults moved out of the way, a wet gray blob was revealed, partially still in the egg split in half. The adult eagles were vocal right before the eaglet is exposed.
“I saw it wiggle around in the nest. So cool,” exclaimed a viewer on the Hanover Eagle Watch Facebook page. More than 60,000 people have joined that online group to experience the drama playing out in the Eagle Cam nest.
Instead of the first capital, York should be called the trash capital of the United States, one resident told the City Council on Tuesday night.
Soiled diapers, cat waste and other household garbage pile up in alleys and on sidewalks, creating horrendous odors and an appalling situation across the city, said Teresa Johnescu, who lives at 31 S. Queen St.
Two other Olde Towne East residents spoke during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s council meeting, urging council members to address the city’s trash problem.
“I’ve never seen trash like it anywhere else,” Judy Fry said after she addressed the council. Fry, who lives on East Locust Street, said she recently came home and found plastic foam packing materials, paper plates and plastic bags strewn all over the alleyway behind her house.
A new report gives the York area high marks as a place for locating a distribution center.
Access to a rail line and the Port of Baltimore and comparatively low labor costs make the area one of the best places in the U.S. for siting a distribution center, according to a report from The Boyd Company, a Princeton, N.J.-based firm that advises companies on where they should locate.
Click on link and scroll to bottom of the page to find live video feed for the eagles. There are two eggs in the nest so there is always an eagle to watch right now :) I just saw the parents switch places and got to see both eggs. Pretty cool! Beautiful birds.
For Joshua Hankey, Wednesday was about as big a day as they come.
Only minutes after closing a deal on one key property — The Weinbrom Jewelers building at 58 W. Market St. — Hankey presented his $11.7 million plan to redevelop Market Street to a packed audience at the Yorktowne Hotel Ballroom.
The 36-year-old president and CEO of Royal Square Development and Construction presented his vision of a transformed Market Street to about 180 Rotarians and guests, a crowd that included business owners, clergy, attorneys, doctors and other prominent citizens.
The vision, Hankey said, is to breathe new life into the Market Street corridor, so that it serves to link thriving commercial areas on Beaver Street and the Royal Square neighborhood Hankey’s company is redeveloping.
The JCPenney at York Galleria will close for business around April 4.
Sarah Holland, JCPenney spokeswoman, said via email that the York Galleria store is one of 39 locations nationwide that will close. Throughout Pennsylvania, JCPenney is also closing stores at the Chambersburg Mall in Chambersburg, Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummels Wharf, Granite Run Mall in Media and Nittany Mall in State College.
Holland said the closures are part of ongoing efforts to meet goals for company growth.
“We continually evaluate our store portfolio to determine whether there’s a need to close or relocate underperforming stores,” Holland said. “While it’s never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision.”
Wednesday was a typical day for York City Firefighter Clifton Frederick IV: He helped install smoke detectors in a house, responded to a medical call and continued to familiarize himself with where equipment is stored at the Vigilant Fire Station.
Then he was laid off.
But he remains hopeful that he will return to the City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Services.
“Eventually, I’ll be back,” the 31-year-old said during the last few hours of his shift on New Year’s Eve.
A Spring Garden Township businessman was put in charge of the York City School District on Friday and tasked with implementing a financial recovery plan that could see all district buildings turned into charter schools run by an outside company.
York County Judge Stephen Linebaugh on Friday granted a petition from the state education department to name David Meckley as receiver for the city school district, which gives Meckley all of the school board’s powers except for levying taxes.
Meckley, who has been the state-appointed chief recovery officer for the district for about two years, guided the creation of a financial recovery plan for the district. The plan, adopted in 2013, called for internal reform but included a path to charter conversion if progress wasn’t made.
The state, in its request for receivership, said the school board wasn’t following the plan for reasons including that the school board tabled a decision in November on turning all district schools into charters next year after Meckley directed them to approve it. The board also approved a new teachers’ contract that was inconsistent with the recovery plan, the state said.
Take a step back in time this holiday season, and tour some of York’s oldest homes in the Avenues neighborhood, set aglow with festive lights, beautiful décor, food, music and hodgepodge of holiday traditions.
Nine Avenues neighborhood homes will open their doors and spread some holiday cheer to the public next weekend for open house holiday home tours on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Developed in the 1800’s, by a Civil War solider, the York County Avenue homes were some of first homes developed outside the core of downtown York. Shortly after the neighborhoods initial development, it became well known for it’s very fashionable Victorian and prairie style mansions and architectural design to love.
Every year when Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station shuts down one of its reactors for maintenance, several thousand workers flock to Peach Bottom Township in south York County.
The workers pour money into local businesses, but there aren’t nearly enough hotel rooms.
Peach Bottom Township’s one hotel, the Peach Bottom Inn & Restaurant, stays booked, but thousands more outage workers drive to hotels in Aberdeen or Bel Air in Maryland.
Meanwhile, some area businesses and residents have tapped into the need for lodging by renting campsites and rooms.
Some say the region could do more to capitalize on the workers’ need for lodging and other needs. But with little else driving people to the region, others say that south York county is already doing all it can.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
York’s budget woes have set off a scramble to find ways to save positions in the departments that could face the deepest losses — police and fire — and triggered a whirlwind of questions about what would happen to the city if a balanced budget can come only at the cost of cutting public safety personnel.
Mayor Kim Bracey‘s budget, which she introduced Tuesday, would cut 46 positions in the police department and eight fire-fighting jobs, and would cut the city’s work force from 412 employees in 2014 to 315 next year, documents show. Bracey said she was faced with few options and asked community partners, legislators and the county for outside help.
As of Friday, “no one has knocked on the door,” she said.
She has called for union concessions. Bracey said she will meet with fire union President Fred Desantis on Monday, and the city already is in negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police. Police union president Mike Davis said he is “committed” to reaching an agreement before the end of the year.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hours after York Mayor Kim Bracey outlined her proposal to dramatically reduce the city’s work force, including deep cuts to public safety forces, in order to close an anticipated $7 million budget gap, public backlash began.
“I’m ashamed for the city,” said James Waughtel during public comment at a City Council meeting Tuesday night, calling the potential loss of police and fire personnel “extremely devastating.”