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Amish In Midst Of Oil World They Seek To Escape

January 20, 2013

Pennsylvania - As oil companies move into Amish communities to extract oil through hydraulic processing, residents are speaking up, calling out oil companies for carrying out a long-term plan of deceit and manipulation. But not all Amish are in the same boat, with some benefiting from larger leasing payouts than their neighbors who signed onto contracts years ago.

Shunned by Amish, pastor now pointing them to the Gospel

January 20, 2013

Kirksville MO -- Sam Burkholder and his wife Barbara are former members of the Old Order Amish Church who saw in their Christian relatives "a peace and joy that the Amish didn't have."

Shunned by Amish, pastor now pointing them to the Gospel

January 20, 2013

Formerly Old Order Amish, Sam Burkholder now works on lawn mowers to make a living while leading Fairview Baptist Church in Pollock, Mo., as a bivocational pastor and serving the Rays of Hope ministry to the Amish that he and his wife founded.

6-Year Sentence In Amish Attacks

January 18, 2013

DECATUR, Indiana - An Adams County woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for her role in robbing Amish.

A look at the real people behind the characters of 'Amish Mafia'

January 11, 2013

Lancaster PA -- If a violent group of Amish "protectors" exists in Lancaster County as represented on a hit reality television series, Steven Echternach and Jonathan Heisse would know about it. The two local cops are District Attorney Craig Stedman's liaisons to the Amish community, working with local Anabaptist groups on crimes of all sorts.

Bipolar disorder more common among the Amish

January 10, 2013

Eastern Mennonite University: The link between genetics and mental illness continues to engage Abram Hostetter, a psychiatrist in his fourth decade of world-recognized research into why Old Order Amish are more susceptible to bipolar disorder than the general population.

Samuel Girod

January 10, 2013

I was born in 1982 into the Swiss Amish culture. My parents and grandparents were born and raised in the Swiss culture also. My grandfather moved out of Adams County, Indiana where there is a large Swiss settlement. I was an Amish single man, 30-years-old, who had everything any Amish man wanted of what their culture allowed. But often I was unhappy and depressed. I tried not to show it, because I knew it would worry my parents.

A Year After Attacks, an Amish Community Grapples With Its Future

January 9, 2013

Bergholz OH, More than a year before the violent beard-cutting assaults spread terror among the Amish of eastern Ohio, several followers of Samuel Mullet Sr., the leader of an insular settlement in Bergholz, used similar practices on each other. Left, a barn on the Mullet family compound is being renovated.

For fast-growing Amish, a changing life

January 1, 2013

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — For Jacob Beachy, life moves along much as it always has. Every day, there are the 35 cows that need tending, and 90 acres of farmland. His isMILLERSBURG, Ohio — For Jacob Beachy, life moves along much as it always has. Every day, there are the 35 cows that need tending, and 90 acres of farmland. His is the life of an Amish farmer, in which family, work and faith intertwine on one plot of Ohio land.

Newtown could look to Amish, Bentzel for healing help

December 17, 2012

York PA -- As those touched by the tragedy journey toward healing, they could look to our community in south-central Pennsylvania for help. The obvious place to start is in Nickel Mines, Lancaster County, where a young man shot 10 innocent Amish school children, killing five. The forgiveness shown by that religious community was astonishing in its immediacy.

Suspect held in torture of three elderly Mennonite women

December 14, 2012

Lancaster PA -- An intruder with a "rage" against the Mennonite religion invaded a rural Clay Township home and assaulted and tied up three elderly women on Friday, police said. The women, all between 84 and 90 years old, remained hospitalized Saturday after the incident in the 300 block of Indiantown Road.

Amish Mafia is a shameful, unrealistic portrayal of plain people

December 13, 2012

If anyone thinks that the Discovery Channel is about actual discovery of, say, science, history, space, or tech, as their Web site claims, think again. Or if you think that its sister company, The Learning Channel (TLC), is about learning new insight or information, you are mistaken.After TLC’s first run of the reality television show “Breaking Amish,” with paid persons assuming the roles of rebellious ex-Amish, the Discovery Channel has produced a more scripted “Amish Mafia,” admitting on their site that scenes are reenacted. The show, which airs in early December, brags a behind-the-scenes “first-ever look at the men who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish.”

An Amish bishop behind bars

December 4, 2012

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Sam Mullet, the renegade Amish bishop convicted on federal hate crime charges for his role in a series of beard-cutting attacks last year, has earned an unlikely nickname in prison. Among his fellow inmates at Northern Ohio Correctional Center, the towering 67-year-old with wire-rimmed glasses, pudding-bowl haircut and retro facial hair is known simply as “O.G.”

Amish Man Sentenced For Fraud

November 30, 2012

In a two-day jury in October, Paul A. Graber, 46, was found guilty by a 12-member jury on two counts of fraud on a financial institution. In Kosciusko County Circuit Court today, approximately 20 members of the Amish community were present for Graber’s sentencing. One man said loudly in the courtroom before the judge entered, “Jesus Christ is Lord.”

Jailed Amish can't attend wedding: Five convicted in beard and hair-cutting attacks can't leave jail

November 23, 2012

CLEVELAND — Defendants convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish lost a bid Wednesday to leave jail to attend a family wedding after prosecutors argued they might flee or commit similar attacks while on furlough. U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster, who presided at the trial of 16 Amish convicted in the attacks, ruled against requests by five of the nine locked-up Amish, who are awaiting sentencing on Feb. 8. Seven other defendants remain free pending sentencing.

Man jailed for attempted robbery of Amish-owned store

November 21, 2012

A Kirkwood man will spend up to five years in prison for attempting to rob an Amish-owned grocery store last year — and leaving empty-handed. A female clerk at the Colerain Township store refused Matthew Larrabee's demands for cash but Larrabee is still headed to state prison, a judge ordered Monday.

I Will Always Miss You Dad And Mom

November 19, 2012

Samuel Girod was Amish for 30 years. He was in a business partnership with his dad and owned two properties. He had everything an Amish man could ever want; however, deep down he felt a void -- a void that would finally drive him to leave his family, community and all that he owned.

Amish sect moving on

November 16, 2012

After a 15-year stay in northwestern Cambria County, the Swartzentruber Amish are moving on. We expect they will leave behind many friends they made in Barr and Blacklick townships. And hopefully they are taking with them more fond memories than those of conflict and confrontation with agencies and the county courts. The ultraconservative sect of Anabaptists are migrating to what they hope will be greener pastures.

In My Heart, I Was Crying Out For Help!

November 10, 2012

I grew up in an Old Order Amish setting where I still live, and I thought I had a fairly normal life. I am the oldest of eleven children, and I probably got more privileges because of that. Our family got along reasonably well, except for the fact that Dad struggled with controlling his temper. This resulted in much tension in the home. In spite of this, I took pride in the fact that I was able to handle it well. I was seldom irked or upset by anything, but I was never happy either even though it might have appeared like it to people around me because I did a lot of whistling.

Garfield Heights man honors an Amish 'buddy' he never knew for Veterans Day

November 10, 2012

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Mike Prorock slowly walked through an Amish cemetery nestled in an area of Middlefield where "Share the road" buggy signs outnumbered political placards last month. Clenched in his fist were small American flags, tokens of respect to be placed at the grave of a fellow World War II veteran.

Amish Breaking Free

November 2, 2012

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - There's a part of our Wabash Valley community that leaves many answers unsolved. That community; the Amish. Hundreds live among us, with several families in Parke County, Indiana. However, for most people, how the Amish live is a mystery. What you're about to see is a rare glimpse of Amish life from a family now excommunicated from the Amish order.

Amish culture and breaking free

November 2, 2012

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - There's a part of our Wabash Valley community that leaves many answers unsolved. That community; the Amish. Hundreds live among us, with several families in Parke County, Indiana. However, for most people, how the Amish live is a mystery.

Amish man asks for safety upgrades to keep buggies safer

November 1, 2012

"...if he can help it, Emanuel doesn't want want to go heaven by Highway 38. "They've come up on us around the curve and they're up on us. You can hear the tires squeal sometimes," says Emanuel."

LETTER: Spanking data questionable

November 1, 2012

If spanking has all the negative effects that these researchers say that it does, why is it that the Amish people and the conservative Mennonites (those OK with automobiles and electricity) who spank their children without hesitation have a much lower rate of all those items such as aggression, violence and delinquency?

To Our Dearest Lost Brother

October 31, 2012

I will try to write a few lines with a very sad breaking heart. John we still can’t believe that you have left us and most of all have let yourself down that far that you had to choose this very dangerous path. Never did we think or believe that you would choose that dangerous path in these last trying times.

Amish community remains close, yet fearful after Samuel Mullett and others were convicted of hate crimes

October 22, 2012

BERGHOLZ, Ohio -- Inside a one-room schoolhouse, Lizzie Mullet pulls her attention away from her students and focuses on the biggest issue facing them: their families. "We're doing the best we can to keep our spirits up, but we're worried about what will happen next," Mullet said.

TN's rural areas provide fertile ground for the Amish

October 12, 2012

Ethridge TN -- Diann Pollack isn’t exactly sure when the Amish first came to Ethridge. Some locals say it 1942. Others say 1944. “When I give a tour, I just say it was in the mid-1940s,” said Pollack, manager of the Amish Welcome Center along Highway 43 in Ethridge.

Marie Byler

October 11, 2012

I was born and raised Amish. I was raised on a dairy farm in Mesopotamia, OH. I am in the middle of six boys, three older and three younger. My sister is the oldest and I was very sheltered. I don’t remember seeing a television until I was about sixteen or seventeen. When I was seventeen, I was allowed to date. That meant that I was allowed to go out all weekend and did not have to report to my parents. It was scary having been so sheltered my whole childhood and then suddenly be able to have the freedom to go out all weekend and not have to come home until early Monday morning.

What do the Amish think of a Mormon presidential candidate?

October 9, 2012

Mr Romney, who is trailing in the polls in Pennsylvania, should not pin too much hope on the Amish vote, though. Perhaps a thousand are registered to vote, I was told.

Growing Up Gay and Amish

October 6, 2012

James Schwartz was raised in an Amish community in Michigan. In a segment on HuffPost Live, he shared his struggle to fit into this group when he realized he was gay. "If an Amish youth comes out to his parents and says 'I'm gay', then they really don't have any choice," he said. "They're going to have to leave. Unless they choose, of course, to stay in the closet."
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