Amish in the News
Is light requirement proof Ohio Amish are being targeted for religious reasons?| May 4, 2023
Members of several strict Amish denominations throughout Ohio religiously object to battery-powered flashing lights. That fact did not stop Ohio House Bill 30, legislation requiring that they be mounted on buggies, to be signed into law June 1, 2022.
In Wake of Accident That Killed 2 Amish Children, Local Couple Makes Signs to Raise Awareness| May 1, 2023
A Northern Michigan mom who witnessed a deadly buggy crash that killed two young Amish children is trying to raise awareness so nothing like that happens again.
Amish communities are using a surprising new kind of vehicle to travel long distances: ‘It’s a lot quicker’| April 24, 2023
Electric bikes, as many have discovered in recent years, are a highly convenient mode of transportation. Theyre much cheaper than electric vehicles, faster than walking, and less physically arduous than riding a regular bike.
Do the Amish pay taxes?| April 21, 2023
Ashland County Amish community members appear in court to answer for buggy violations| April 14, 2023
More than 20 members of the Amish community were in court on Friday in Ashland County after refusing to comply with a new state law that makes flashing yellow lights on their horse-drawn buggies mandatory.
Minnesota Amish seek OK from appeals court to ditch septic systems| April 11, 2023
The Minnesota Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a long-running dispute between members of a southern Minnesota Amish community and state and county regulators who say the community cannot refuse to install septic tanks.
Amish at work rebuilding barn in northeast Allen County| April 3, 2023
HARLAN, IN - It didnt take long for the rebuilding to begin in areas hit by powerful storms and tornadoes that raked parts of the Midwest, including northeast Indiana and Allen County.
Crash that killed two Amish children raises questions about buggy safety| March 24, 2023
MANTON, MI — A wagon bearing two small caskets covered in tarp rounded the corner, leading a funeral procession for two young Amish children just outside the small town of Manton, north of Cadillac.
Believe it or not, the Amish are loving electric bikes| March 12, 2023
Electric bicycles have been finding favor in a growing number of communities. From hunters to surfers and even soldiers, e-bikes and their low-cost, far-reaching transportation options have permeated a surprising number of different groups.
Amish neighbors credited with saving 4 lives| February 22, 2023
TOWN OF ROSSIE, NY - Amish neighbors are getting the credit for saving the lives of 4 people in the town of Rossie.
4 teens, 1 adult charged in crime string targeting Amish| February 6, 2023
MERCER COUNTY, PA – Four juveniles and one adult were charged last Thursday after a string of burglaries, thefts and criminal mischief incidents that targeted Amish communities, according to a report.
Are the Amish Planning a Mass Exodus From New York?| January 25, 2023
A family member who lives in an Upstate New York community where there are several Amish families recently asked me if I knew that many of the Amish in New York are planning a mass exodus as soon as this spring.
'I'd rather take the jail:' Amish refuse to pay buggy fines in court hearing| January 12, 2023
ASHLAND, OH — A group of eight Amish people refused to pay their fines for their violations of Ohio's new buggy law in a fines and costs hearing in Ashland Municipal Court on Thursday.
Six fire departments battled blaze in Laurel Co. Amish community| January 11, 2023
LAUREL COUNTY, KY - Crews responded to a fire along Callahan Road in Laurel County on Tuesday.
Weather radios eyed for Amish communities| January 4, 2023
In the wake of flash floods and tornadoes that have devastated Kentucky over the last few years, several meteorologists and emergency management directors are working to make sure communities that shun some forms of technology for religious purposes
2022 in Review: Leaving the Amish was like 'going to another country'| December 27, 2022
ROCHESTER It is perhaps not surprising the fascination that exists for Eddie Swartzentrubers story, a one-time Amish youth who fled his Harmony-based religious community to live a new life in the modern world.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Auction to help Amish woman raises more than $50,000| December 21, 2022
ROSE - It was a labor of love, for the Amish and their Englisher friends and neighbors.
Old Order Amish man sheds light on Swartzentruber defiance to Ohio's new buggy law| December 20, 2022
Eli Yoder left the Old Order Amish way of life when he was 18-years-old, after getting caught riding a bicycle.
Commissioners raise price on buggy plates| December 13, 2022
The Daviess County Commissioners unanimously approved an increase for buggy plates in the county next year.
Lifetime movie 'An Amish Sin' aims to shed light on child sexual abuse victims: ‘There’s always hope’| October 29, 2022
Joanna Yoder is hopeful that a new Lifetime film will raise awareness on a case she’s been attempting to spotlight for years.
16 years since Lancaster County Amish schoolhouse shooting| October 2, 2022
NICKEL MINES, PA — Sunday, Oct. 2, marks 16 years since the shooting at an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Lancaster County that killed five girls.
Amish help New Jersey dairy farm get back on its feet after tornado| September 27, 2022
In less than a minute, shortly after 6 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2021, a tornado spawned from the remnants of Hurricane Ida devastated Wellacrest Farms, the largest dairy farm in New Jersey.
Holden community holds welcome home parade for little girl injured in horse and buggy crash| September 24, 2022
A homecoming celebration was held in Holden, Missouri, Saturday, for a little girl injured in a horse and buggy crash.
The Joy of the Johnsonburg Awakening| August 31, 2022
News sometimes travels very fast among Amish folks! So perhaps you’ve already heard about the Johnsonburg Awakening. I’ve been blessed to have witnessed it from the day it began, which was January 31st of this year.
State wins appeal, safety case reopened in Amish farm death| August 30, 2022
A mid-Michigan organic dairy farm is fighting state safety regulators, five years after a 19-year-old family member was fatally electrocuted while removing a metal pole from a grain bin.
Law Requiring Flashing Lights on Amish Buggies Takes Effect Aug. 31| August 26, 2022
A new Ohio law requiring Amish buggies and other animal-drawn vehicles to display a yellow flashing light while driving on public streets goes into effect Aug. 31.
Dekalb County looking at buggy tax| August 25, 2022
AUBURN, IN – Leaders in DeKalb County are looking at a buggy tax.
Device gives Amish teen second chance at life| August 25, 2022
KANSAS CITY, MO - A teen from Jamesport, Missouri, needs a new heart.
How an Ex-Amish man went from first phone to TikTok star| August 23, 2022
Eddie Swartzentruber was just 17 years old when he abandoned the only way of life he had ever known. Now, at 25, Swartzentruber is a business owner who has started to blow up on TikTok after sharing why he left the Amish community.
Amish Boy, 4, Dies Day After Brother's Funeral Following Central PA Farm Tractor Rollover| August 5, 2022
Another member of a local Amish family has died following an accidental farm tractor rollover, authorities say.