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Local police review excessive force policies |Dec 19, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Some local police departments are reviewing policies on use of excessive force following nationwide media attention in Missouri and New York in which some have claimed officers were overzealous.

Kennett band ‘Rose Project’ to perform locally |Dec 19, 2014

Kennett Square area band “The Rose Project” is stepping up to perform at local venues in 2015. Local musician Bill Rose has taken his band with the eponymous name “The Rose Project” to new levels to include Bill Rose on guitar and vocals, Al Hahn on Bass and Keyboard, Dave Walker on Guitar, and Steve K.

Unionville students pitch in to make Christmas bright for needy |Dec 17, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Unionville High School student council members made Christmas a lot brighter for local needy families last week.

Local schools create ornaments for trees at Longwood Gardens |Dec 17, 2014

East Marlborough >> When the wide-eyed little boy from Rainbow Elementary School first saw Longwood Gardens all gussied up for the holidays, all he could manage to blurt out was, “This is a wonderland!”

School board honors retiring principal Harvey |Dec 17, 2014

PENN >> A touching moment of the Dec. 11 Avon Grove School Board meeting was recognition of retiring Avon Grove Intermediate School principal Todd Harvey.

St. Rocco celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe with music and prayer |Dec 17, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> Several thousand members of St. Rocco Church in New Garden marked the anniversary of an appearance by the Virgin Mary during services on Friday.

Impoverished Kennett area family finds generosity in community |Dec 8, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> Christmas came early for one of the poorest families in Chester County.

Share the warmth: Family of six gets heat repaired in their home |Dec 8, 2014

Brian is a senior citizen and has become the household lead for his family of six, consisting of his wife, daughter and three pre-teen grandchildren. Brian’s income consists of social security and a nominal pension.

New Garden woman homeless after fire destroys mobile home |Dec 3, 2014

New Garden >> A woman is homeless after a fire destroyed her trailer in the 100 block of Santilli Road in the Eastridge Trailer Park Tuesday morning.

Kennett High’s new club adding a voice to the student body |Dec 3, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> It turned into a little debate between the Kennett Consolidated school board members, but when all was said and done, they unanimously approved the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club at the high school during their regular board meeting Dec.

Kennett Square man gets Purple Heart after 44 years |Dec 2, 2014

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Kennett Area Food Cupboard gears up for expansion |Dec 1, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The Kennett Area Food Cupboard will more than double in size after the purchase of an adjoining house is finalized.

Stabbing subject gains parole |Dec 1, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> One of two brothers acquitted earlier in a stabbing at a New Garden party that had overtones of gang-related tensions has been paroled from Chester County Prison.

Kennett teacher wins coffee for a year in Channel 6 holiday contest |Dec 1, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Erika Smith has never won a contest in her life, but she hit the jackpot Thanksgiving Day when she learned she was the grand prize winner in Channel 6’s holiday contest.

Remember winter’s cold? Share the warmth |Nov 25, 2014

Last February, thousands of Chester County residents got a taste of misery.

Lincoln U. president resigns over controversial remarks |Nov 25, 2014

The president of Lincoln University, under fire for months for remarks about sexual assault made to a group of female students, has resigned, it was announced Monday.

New group aims to end homelessness in southern Chester County |Nov 25, 2014

A new nonprofit organization aimed at ending homelessness in southern Chester County has already garnered more than 100 volunteers, who hope to have everything up and running sometime next year.

Do, Lindner to run on nonpartisan ticket with Brookes for U-CF school board |Nov 24, 2014

CHADDS FORD >> The elections may be two weeks old, but it’s never too early to start preparing for next year and on Tuesday, Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education members Kathleen Do and Gregg Linder announced their plan to run on a nonpartisan tickets with Beverly Brookes in the Region C race in 2015.

Walks raise awareness of plights of the homeless |Nov 24, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE>> Two walks to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness were held in the borough Wednesday, part of a coordinated county-wide campaign with rallies also staged in Coatesville, West Chester, Jennersville and Paoli.

Police say Kennett man a fugitive in child-porn case |Nov 24, 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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seventh-grade Kennett Middle student charged in bomb threats |Oct 30, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> Criminal charges have been filed against a seventh-grade Kennett Middle School student who police say made two separate bomb threats at the school in the past several weeks. Because she is a juvenile, her name is not being released.

NOPE urges action on drug overdoses |Oct 30, 2014

PENN >> It was a sad evening in Penn Township Park on Sunday when friends and relatives gathered to remember loved ones who had died from drug abuse and overdoses.

Live round found in Kennett Middle School classroom |Oct 30, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> A live rifle round was discovered in a sixth-grade classroom at Kennett Middle School by the cleaning crew early Wednesday morning, prompting a soft lockdown as a safety precaution.