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Four families displaced by Kennett Square fire |Nov 21, 2014

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Police say Kennett man a fugutive in child-porn case |Nov 21, 2014

Kennett Square — A 45-year-old man is on the run after state investigators discovered he was using a home computer to view and share child pornography, according to state police.

Why did they vote Republican? |Nov 20, 2014

Anyone who has followed the most recent mid-term election knows that the Republican Party picked up enough votes to gain control of the U.S. Senate and retain control of the House of Representatives.

Eagle project honors World War II Defense Women |Nov 20, 2014

OXFORD >> When Derrick Maule went to work on his Eagle Scout project, he did not know that he was going to learn about his own family history as well. Maule created a memorial garden at the Oxford Memorial Park in honor of the World War II Defense Women.

Unionville, Kennett schools rank among elite in the nation |Nov 20, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH>>The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is the 15th best school district in the nation, and Kennett Consolidated the 42nd best in the state, according to a national ranking agency that rates both hard data and student surveys.

Grant to be used for Anson Nixon Park upgrades |Nov 20, 2014

A two-acre dog park at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square is just one of the many improvements that is scheduled to be completed sometime next year.

Avon Grove Board addresses communication issues |Nov 19, 2014

PENN >> When the Avon Grove School Board met on Thursday, Nov. 13, it was at the Avon Grove Intermediate School (AGI), the same building that was evacuated because of a bomb threat exactly one week earlier.

Blaze breaks out in historic Kennett Square house |Nov 19, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at a historic borough structure on Wednesday. The fire broke out at 3:35 p.m. in a house at 220 N. Union St. known as the Chalfant House.

Scotty McMillan’s story touches hearts worldwide |Nov 19, 2014

It’s hard for many to imagine, looking at the photos of an innocent Scotty McMillan, that the red-haired, blue-eyed toddler would in his short life become the subject of a horrific news story that has captured the attention of people around the world.

Great Outdoors: Time to focus on holiday outdoors gifts |Nov 19, 2014

As I sit here writing this week’s column, I am about 75 miles due north of southern Chester County, visiting my parents, and there is snow on the ground. Hard to believe. And I’m not sure I’m ready for this.

Unionville considering school redistricting plan |Nov 19, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville-Chadds Ford School District board members will hear a presentation from McKissick and Associates on elementary school enrollment projections next month. Results of that study will guide the board and administration on whether or not plans to redistrict four elementary schools should go forward.

16 historic buildings on Candlelight Christmas tour |Nov 18, 2014

Visitors to the Brandywine Valley know that the region holds many treasures, including its historic houses: long-standing structures many with rustic springhouses, some of which date back over 300 years.

‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ plays at Unionville |Nov 18, 2014

Shakespeare in Hollywood Plays at Unionville

Avon Grove teachers rally for contract settlement |Nov 18, 2014

PENN >> Avon Grove School District teachers braved sleet and chill on Thursday as they rallied for a new contract along Route 796 in front of the elementary school complex and district office.

My Two Cents: How to get a GOP victory in 2016 |Nov 18, 2014

Election night was a good night for the national GOP: victories all across the nation.

West Grove ‘caretaker’ sentenced for molesting boys |Nov 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> A man convicted of molesting two children in West Grove was sentenced to 83 to 166 years in prison, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

College Basketball: Lincoln men fall at home in opener |Nov 17, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> Lincoln men’s basketball coach John Hill knew well ahead of time their home opener was going to be a tough one. The Lions, with a much different cast than a year ago, would have to start finding their own identity in a hurry, as coming right out of the gate, they’d be squaring off against one of the very best teams in Division II in East Stroudsburg.

Road cleanup helps family of fallen Avondale trooper keep his memory alive |Nov 14, 2014

AVONDALE >> The family of a local state trooper who died six years ago at the hands of a drunken driver were out in force Sunday morning picking up trash alongside the road where the crash happened.

Basketball: Lincoln looks to continue progress |Nov 14, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> To get an idea just how much progress the Lincoln men’s basketball program has made under John Hill, consider this: the 2014-15 squad must replace its top three scorers and yet the Lions were picked to finish second in the CIAA Northern Division in the preseason coach’s poll.

Route 52 roundabout will open by end of year |Nov 14, 2014

POCOPSON >> Construction of the $2.1 million roundabout in Pocopson Township will finish by the end of the year, officials from the state Department of Transportation announced this week.

Oxford Council will hasten complaints to zoning officer |Nov 14, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough has an ordinance to protect residents from disruptive neighbors at rental properties, but to get help, a police report on complaints is required to start the process. Residents from South Street came to the Nov.

Kennett School Board votes against banning book |Nov 12, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> It’s a topic no parent wants to ever hear on the television or read in the paper, but the number school of shootings and active shooters have risen over the years from six in 2000 to 16 incidents in 2013, with 24 percent of those happening in educational environments, according to a recent report released by the FBI.

Book ban vote in Kennett: Censorship dies an ugly death |Nov 12, 2014

The Kennett Consolidated School board made the correct decision Monday night when they voted not to ban Jodi Picoult’s best-selling book “Nineteen Minutes” from the Kennett High School library.

UHS student passes on brushes for spray cans |Nov 12, 2014

Christopher Shaw’s brother used to joke that he couldn’t even draw a stick figure.

Scouts retire old flags at evening ceremony |Nov 12, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Streaks of red and blue in the western sunset sky, reminiscent of the colors in Old Glory, showcased the flag retirement ceremony at the Kennett Fire Company on Sunday evening.

Oxford driver guilty in fatal crash |Nov 11, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Did a southern Chester County woman lose her life in a motor vehicle crash because an Oxford man was — figuratively speaking — dying of thirst?

Senior Center honors veterans at luncheon |Nov 11, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Senior Center Veterans Luncheon Speaker Hank Detering told his those in attendance that modern education neglects the proud stories of people who fought for America’s freedom.

Editorial |Nov 10, 2014

Several weeks ago we got the announcement that Oxford had received official state certification of the significance of its historic district.

State official speaks in Kennett about $64,000 grant that will help elderly |Nov 10, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> By next year, one out of four Pennsylvanians will be 60 or over, and 70 percent will need long-term care at some point in their life.

West Grove selects new police chief |Nov 10, 2014

WEST GROVE >> The borough has named a new interim police chief to replace Errol Galloway, who retired in September.

Group home measure adopted in Kennett Square |Nov 10, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The borough’s zoning ordinance that addresses group homes was amended this week to bring it into compliance with federal standards, ensuring the borough doesn’t miss out on any community development block grants.

Ice Hockey: Little luck, lot of work gives Downingtown East first win |Nov 10, 2014

WEST GOSHEN >> Highly ranked Downingtown East took the ice on Friday in search of its first win while Unionville, on the other hand, was trying to prevent a losing skid for the first time this season.

Boys Soccer: Unionville edged by Reading |Nov 7, 2014

REIFFTON >> Rich Garber only had one question for his Unionville team immediately after its season came to an end.

Field Hockey: Unionville ousted in second overtime |Nov 7, 2014

AMBLER >> District 1 champion Unionville had its chances in the Nov. 4 PIAA Class AAA first-round field hockey contest against Cumberland Valley at Wisshickon High School. Unfortuantely for them, not enough went in.

Ross defeats Rzucidlo in 158th District race |Nov 5, 2014

Rep. Chris Ross has retained his 158th District state House defeating Democrat Susan Rzucidlo in Tuesday’s elections

Ice Hockey: Unionville’s goaltender steps up in win |Nov 4, 2014

WEST GOSHEN >> It may only be the first full week of the EPIHA Ches-Mont hockey season, but it was still a big game between Unionville and the defending State Champion West Chester Rustin boys teams Friday night.

Pitts wins 16th Congressional District with help from Lancaster County |Nov 4, 2014

Congressman Joe Pitts, R-16, of East Marlborough Township held onto his seat after 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, but not before fending off a strong challenge by former state Rep. Tom Houghton of London Grove Township.

Oxford hosts Halloween extravaganza |Nov 3, 2014

OXFORD >> Anyone looking for a good Halloween parade was well satisfied in Oxford on Thursday.

Field Hockey: Unionville rolls to district title |Nov 2, 2014

AMBLER >> It was the third time in four years that Unionville was at Wissahickon High School playing for the District 1 Class AAA field hockey crown. The first two trips brought nothing but heartache, as Unionville had to settle for runner-up finishes each time, most recently, falling to Central Bucks South in overtime in 2012.

Girls Cross Country: Unionville, Conestoga second at PIAA meet |Nov 2, 2014

Hershey >> On Saturday morning some of the local high schools put their best foot forward in the PIAA Cross Country Championships at the Parkview Cross Country Course.

Girls Ice Hockey: Unionville rolls over W.C. East in opener |Nov 1, 2014

WEST GOSHEN >> She may be new to the Unionville girls hockey team, but there wasn’t a single person who didn’t learn Madison Douchette’s name by the end of the night Friday.

Football: Johnson, Buchholz shine for Great Valley |Nov 1, 2014

EAST WHITELAND >> Great Valley’s running back River Johnson and defensive end Ryan Buchholz dominated their senior night.

Football: Unionville seals winning season with win over Oxford |Nov 1, 2014

OXFORD >> A week removed from a loss that knocked them out of playoff contention for the first time in years, Unionville didn’t have much to play for when they traveled to Oxford on Friday night.

Time running out for Pa. property tax reform |Nov 1, 2014

HARRISBURG >> A bill that would eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania is one step closer to a full vote by the state Senate.

Regional police force plan appears solid |Nov 1, 2014

There’s a plan that would create a regional police force in four municipalities — Kennett Square, Kennett Township, London Grove Township and New Garden Township. A study has already been completed, and public comment on the plan at each municipality is expected by the end of the year.

West Grove Fire Company teaches kids safety |Oct 31, 2014

NEW LONDON >> The West Grove Fire Company went all out this year to mark Fire Prevention Month and teach kids what to do if they meet a crisis. On Oct.22, firefighters Lisa Glass and Mike Miller drove over to yet another southern Chester County school — the New London Christian Preschool — to demonstrate what they do when they fight the flames and what the trucks are equipped with.

Field Hockey: Freshman puts Unionville in district final |Oct 31, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The seniors on Unionville’s field hockey team know what it’s like to play in a District 1 final. Unfortunately, they don’t yet know the feeling of winning one, having fallen in the championship game twice when they were freshmen and sophomores.

Boys Soccer: Top-seeded Unionville upended in semifinal |Oct 31, 2014

Souderton >> Thursday night’s District 1 Class AAA boys soccer semifinal between top-seeded Unionville and No. 4 Central Bucks East appeared to be close in the beginning. However, that all changed when the Patriots’ Evan Vare exploded for four goals in the second half, en route to a 4-1 upset over the Indians at Souderton High School Oct.

Robert Kennedy Jr. honored for environmental efforts |Oct 31, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Robert Kennedy Jr. received a standing ovation by about 300 enthusiastic admirers at the Stroud Water Research Center’s annual gala on Thursday at Longwood Gardens.

Bancroft students collect 2,300 cans of food for local needy |Oct 31, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Nearly 9 percent of families and 1,903 children ages 5 to 17 live in poverty in the Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove, Unionville-Chadds Ford and Oxford Area school districts, according to a recent report on the poor and homeless.