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Four competing for Unionville Fair princess title |Sep 24, 2017

East Marlborough >> Four girls are competing to become Unionville Community Fair Princess at the 93rd annual Unionville Community Fair pageant Thursday, Sept. 28 at Unionville Elementary School.

Unionville school directors take aim at pedestrian safety |Sep 23, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville-Chadds Ford School District directors this week voted unanimously on a project that will dramatically improve pedestrian safety along Route 82 in front of both Unionville High School and C.

Mushroom industry seeks new hires at upcoming job fair |Sep 22, 2017

West Grove >> The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the region’s first Job Fair of its kind Sept. 29 from 9am to 3pm at their headquarters in West Grove, to fill a diverse range of jobs in the mushroom industry, including machine operators, supervisors, packers and administrative roles.

Kennett School District supporting students impacted by DACA |Sep 22, 2017

Kennett Square >> Kennett Consolidated School District directors announced this week that they will support and defend students affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

17 Unionville seniors named National Merit semifinalists |Sep 22, 2017

East Marlborough >> Seventeen Unionville High School seniors have been named as 2018 National Merit semifinalists. They are:

Local firm donates new home comfort system to Kennett cancer victim |Sep 22, 2017

Kennett Square >> Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning will donate a complete home comfort system, including a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner, to Robert Melchiorre, who is battling cancer in Kennett Square.

Two Kennett High seniors named Merit semifinalists |Sep 21, 2017

Staff Report Kennett Square >> Kennett High School seniors Benjamin A. Jordan and Sarah E. Ploener have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

West Whiteland Police: Missing Chester County teen located |Sep 21, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> A missing Chester County teen has been located, according to police.

12 sickened after chemical spill at mushroom facility |Sep 20, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE>> Twelve people were hospitalized following a chemical spill at Kaolin Mushroom Farms Inc. in the 600 block of West South Street at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday.

Police searching for missing 15-year-old girl |Sep 20, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> The West Whiteland Police Department is attempting to locate a 15-year-old juvenile, who was last seen Wednesday at West Chester Henderson High School in West Chester. Police said Victoria Lynn Grimaldi is currently being treated for depression and bipolar disorder.

Leslie Brennan named Employee of the Month at Kennett YMCA |Sep 20, 2017

Kennett Square >> Leslie Brennan, who heads up Group Exercise at the Kennett Area YMCA, has been named Employee of the Month.

Thousands expected for Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix this Saturday |Sep 19, 2017

Coatesville >> Thousands of people are expected for the Second Annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix this Saturday, Sept. 23 beginning at 7 a.m.

Kennett school directors approve new hires, resignations |Sep 19, 2017

Kennett Consolidated School District board members approved the following

Piano concerts celebrate life of Ann Wyeth McCoy |Sep 19, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Few people know that Ann Wyeth McCoy -- sister of world-famous painter Andrew Wyeth, daughter of American painter N. C. Wyeth, and wife of painter John McCoy -- was a composer and accomplished pianist in addition to being a gifted painter.

Medical marijuana dispensary Keystone Shops CMO optimistic about future of cannabis treatments |Sep 19, 2017

ARDMORE >> Prescribing medical marijuana for pain relief rather than opioids may be a way to help fight the opioid addiction crisis.

Register now for 12th annual Kennett Square Halloween Parade |Sep 17, 2017

Kennett Square >> Kennett Square’s 12th Annual Halloween Parade will take place Sunday Oct. 29, at 3 p.m

Aldi Supermarket scores huge victory; gets conditional use to open store in East Marlborough |Sep 17, 2017

East Marlborough >> A proposed new supermarket for East Marlborough just scored its first win in the approval process.

Women’s club celebrates 50-year anniversary |Sep 15, 2017

POCOPSON >> Fifty years is a long time to keep a tradition alive, but that’s just what’s happened for the Chadds Ford Women’s Club.

New middle school is recommended |Sep 15, 2017

NEW LONDON >> Building a new middle school, and expanding the high school by building a core to connect it with the Fred S. Engle Middle School building could be projects coming to the Avon Grove School district at a cost of $126 million.

Lindenlauf retires |Sep 15, 2017

The members of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department would like to congratulate PFC Gerard “Gerry” Lindenlauf on his retirement. A ceremony will be held at the New Garden Township regular meeting on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.

Work begins on Route 41 in Chatham |Sep 14, 2017

The Wolf Administration announced that construction is beginning on a project to improve travel and safety along Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) on the approach to the Route 841 (Chatham Road) Intersection by constructing a gateway at the north and south ends of the Village of Chatham in London Grove Township, Chester County.

UHS aide’s sex trial put on hold |Sep 12, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The attorney for a former teacher’s aide at Unionville High School accused of having sex with two students there on Monday asked the Common Pleas Court judge overseeing her upcoming trial to keep the prosecution from presenting evidence that she allegedly smoked marijuana with one of teenagers.

After The Bell plans Block Party |Sep 9, 2017

Staff Report Kennett Square >> The local Kennett Square community is invited to join in the fun of After-The-Bell at the After-The-Bell Block Party on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.

Kennett Square inks deal selling land to Kennett Library at below-market rate |Sep 8, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Square officials on Sept. 6 officially sold a parcel of land it owns in the center of its business district to the Kennett Library, setting the stage for construction of a state-of-the-art library that could house an auditorium.

Hyatt hotel plan for Kennett Square shot down |Sep 8, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Council unanimously shot down a proposal to build a seven-story, 105-room hotel in the heart of Kennett Square, after hearing from more than a dozen residents that the proposed location was ill-suited to the character of the borough.

Kennett Township drafts ordinance regulating marijuana facilities |Sep 8, 2017

Kennett Township >> Nobody wants to grow, distribute, or sell medical marijuana in Kennett Township. Yet.

Parade ushers in a weekend of festivities in Kennett Square |Sep 8, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Ushering in a weekend of food, rides, demonstrations, craft vendors and music, the Mushroom Parade marched up State Street on Friday evening in honor of the festival to follow.

Unionville partners with Texas school district in lesson on kindness |Sep 7, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville High School Principal Jimmy Conley’s is using the disaster in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey to teach his students a lesson in kindness.

DACA decision could devastate local economy, officials claim |Sep 6, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Rosedo Billafuerte, a laboratory technician from Avondale who graduated with honors last year from Immaculata University, broke out in tears in front of his boss when he learned the news that he may soon be deported to Mexico.

Kennett Square bursting at the seams with unpredecented growth |Sep 6, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> It seems everybody wants to live or own a business in Kennett Square.

Holliday honored for 20 years of service as Kennett Square’s finance director |Sep 6, 2017

Kathy M. Holliday, who has worked as finance director in Kennett Square for the past 20 years, was honored at the Sept.5 council meeting for her dedicated service. She recently announced her retirement.

Driver of passenger vehicle killed in crash with school bus on Route 113 |Sep 5, 2017

UWCHLAN >> A driver was killed Tuesday morning following an accident involving a school bus, according to police.

Community pitches in to send RV to family in Houston |Sep 4, 2017

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> A local family is raised more than $5,000 in one day to get their recreational vehicle up and running, and it’ll be making a journey to Houston, Texas this week to aid a family of three who lost their home during the recent floods there.

PennDOT plans $835 million project to reconstruct Route 30 Bypass, including widening to 6 lanes on eastern side |Sep 1, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> Rush hour on the Route 30 bypass can be brutal, especially eastbound from the Reeceville Road interchange in Caln to Route 322 in Downingtown. On some mornings, it’s a parking lot.

Route 162 to close for utility improvements in West Chester |Sep 1, 2017

West Chester >> Aqua Pennsylvania is scheduled to close Strasburg Road weekdays between Bradford Avenue and Everhart Avenue in West Chester Borough, Chester County, on Tuesday, September 5, through Friday, September 22, from 9 a.

Habitat to hold dinner event at Portabellos in Kennett Square |Sep 1, 2017

Kennett Square >> On Wednesday, Oct. 4, Portabellos of Kennett Square will host a chef’s progressive dinner to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, called Harvest for Homes.

Chesco first responders team up for Harvey relief effort |Aug 31, 2017

West Chester >> Heart‐wrenching images of the devastation in Texas have struck a nationwide chord of compassion while prompting a recurring question: What can people do from afar to help?

West Chester native flies Navy’s newest, most advanced helicopter |Aug 31, 2017

Mayport, FL >> A 2011 Devon Preparatory School graduate and West Chester, Pennsylvania native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter.

Leach reintroduces bill for $15 minimum wage |Aug 31, 2017

Harrisburg >> State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced his bill to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $15. The bill would also index the minimum wage to inflation and eliminate the tipped minimum wage.

Attorney General visits Kennett to wage war on opioid crisis |Aug 31, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Determined to curb an opioid epidemic that is now the leading cause of death for all Americans under age 50, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro came to Kennett Square to discuss the crisis with state lawmakers, municipal officials and law enforcement officers.

Library staff members learn about Naloxone and how to administer it |Aug 31, 2017

PENN >> Chester County Drug and Alcohol Program Specialist Catherine Vaul told an audience on Thursday that it occurred to her only recently that libraries are vital areas where staff must to understand how to handle drug overdoses.

Kennett Square officials put priority on pedestrian safety |Aug 30, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Known and celebrated for its wide variety of festivals throughout the year, Kennett Square officials are developing plans to make it safer for pedestrians.

Katlyn Hicks named employee of the month at Kennett YMCA |Aug 30, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Katlyn Hicks has been named employee of the month at the Kennett Area YMCA.

Clydesdales coming to downtown West Chester this Thursday |Aug 29, 2017

West Chester >> The fuzzy-footed giants are back!

Rest in peace, Tony. We’ll miss you |Aug 28, 2017

Tony Talamonti, a mainstay of Kennett Square culture and a heavy element in the soul of the borough, died Saturday night at 72 of kidney cancer that had spread throughout his body. For some people, 72 years is enough, but for Tony there were still a lot of things he wanted to do, just as he had been doing for the past seven decades.

Avon Grove school official charged with domestic abuse |Aug 28, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> An administrator with the Avon Grove School District is facing criminal charges stemming from an alleged domestic assault on his wife at their home, according to court documents.

Opioid crisis: It’s killing young people at an alarming rate |Aug 26, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Last week, a West Goshen police officer saved the life of a 26-year-old woman by using Narcan, an FDA-approved nasal spray used to treat opioid overdose. For police departments in Chester County, it’s a common occurrence.

Downingtown woman to celebrate her 105th birthday |Aug 26, 2017

Downingtown >> Justina Sue Payne was born the same year as Julia Child, Gene Kelly, Perry Como, Lady Bird Johnson. Karl Malden, Pope John Paul 1, Pat Nixon, Art Linkletter, Danny Thomas and Minnie Pearl.

A place where everyone can find peace in Kennett Square |Aug 26, 2017

Kennett Square >> The specter of nuclear war between the United States and North Korea. The aftermath of a deadly gathering in Charlottesville of neo-Nazis and white separatists and the people protesting them.

Daytime lane closures set all week on Route 1 |Aug 26, 2017

New Garden >> Right lane closures are scheduled on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 between the Route 10 (Limestone Road) and Route 896 (Newark Road) interchanges in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County, on Monday, August 28, through Thursday, August 31, from 7 a.