Stories about York County, Pa., for better or worse, go around the world every day

Santa Claus listens to the Vienna Boys Choir duirng a lunch break at the York Galleria Mall on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Santa, whose known as Richard Meadow in the off season is at the mall daily throughout the holiday season.  Jason Plotkin -  Daily Record/Sunday News
This view of  Santa from the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News was picked up by media across America earlier this month. Every day, whether good news or bad, stories and photos from York County media are shared to newspapers and websites, really, around the world. See this photo gallery of Santa at the Galleria. Also of interest:  A hot York County news cycle that will live long in memory and York, Pa., no hardscrabble here: ‘It’s a midsize city with an interesting history.’

About six months ago, a guest columnist in the York Sunday News pulled three stories out of his Google searches and commented that York County has to tell a better story to the world.

He pointed to stories about a woman who bit off a piece of his girlfriend’s ear, a stabbing linked to an ‘American Idol’ finale and a local group fighting against an education initiative to create national math and reading standards.

Those crime stories are memorable, but the fact is that every day dozens of stories of varying stripes about York County go out.

Some reflect positively on the community, others are tough to take and still others are good or bad, depending on where you’re sitting. Day in, day out, the county’s story is not.

In the list below of just one daily Google News web search, notice  the story about American Revolution POW Camp Security’s land preservation made the Washington Post. Good news for preservationists. But if you’re a Springettsbury Township resident concerned about taxes, you might lament that a taxpaying entity will never locate there.

Such is news. You never know how it will be received.

But to any claim that York County’s message to the world is skewed to the negative, check out the list below. And set up your own Google search, so you can see how York County presents itself to the world.

Our story is often quite good because we live in an area with a high quality of life – a great place to raise a family.

This is a lightly edited and excerpted lineup of one day’s stories from Google using a “York, Pa.” search, aggregated from the York Daily Record/Sunday News and other newsfeeds.

1. Pa. teen’s display attracting national attention San Francisco Chronicle
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Caleb Linburg’s hobby lights up the neighborhood for the holidays. Caleb, 15, is presenting his fifth annual “Linburg Lights” display, which …
See all stories on this topic » (AP picked up a York Dispatch story here. Here’s the Daily Record story from last year:  Linburg Lights come down after holiday.)

2. AP WAS THERE: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor The Times Herald
… Arvin smiles during the Pearl Harbor/Battle of the Bulge remembrance ceremony in the White Rose Room at the York Expo Center in York, Pa., Friday, Dec.
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3. Washington Post
Pa. township takes title to British POW camp land Enquirerherald
Springettsbury Township, a suburb of York, received the deed from the Conservation Fund to the land that once held Camp Security. The transfer occurred after …
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4. Pa. woman jailed, charged with burning beau’s home WHP Harrisburg
December 06, 2013 06:56 … She remained jailed Friday in York County, unable to post bond. Police say …
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5. KioWare License Server Now Available IT News Online
York, PA, December 05, 2013 –(PR.com)– Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) has released KioWare License Server for online management of KioWare …
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6. York steam whistle concert will be held on Christmas morning York Daily Record
The concert will be held in a new location this year because New York Wire … Fund, York County Community Foundation, 14 W. Market St., York, PA 17401 or …
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7. Mercyhurst wrestling moves into Top 10 GoErie.com
The Lakers opened the season 4-0 with a dominating 32-9 win over York (Pa.), followed by wins over Waynesburg (36-6), Wheeling Jesuit (41-3) and Ohio …
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8. LawyersandSettlements.com
Our take: White rose and thorns York Daily Record
Speaking of which: Please consider making a donation to the York Daily Record … to: York Traditions Bank, 235 St. Charles Way, Suite 150, York, PA 17402.
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9. Santa’s Playlist? The Spokesman Review (blog)
Santa Claus listens to the Vienna Boys Choir during a lunch break at the York Galleria Mall in York, Pa. on Thursday. Santa, who’s also known as Richard …

In another matter … .

Join us at Irvin’s on Dec. 19!

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About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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