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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.

BVA and RCVA announce merger |Oct 30, 2014

KENNETT >> The Brandywine Valley Association and Red Clay Valley Association members formally voted to merge the two organizations during the BVA annual meeting at the Mendenhall Inn on Oct. 22.

Election 2014: Rzucidlo hopes third time’s the charm |Oct 29, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Susan Rzucidlo is hoping the third time is the charm.

Election 2014: Barrar’s priorities: Jobs, veterans, education |Oct 29, 2014

PENNSBURY >> When Steve Barrar brought a state House hearing to consider a bill that would authorize volunteer fire companies to bill for “actual and reasonable costs” to Kennett Square recently, it wasn’t an election ploy.

Election 2014: Whitney Hoffman favors funding for education, infrastructure |Oct 29, 2014

KENNETT >> Whitney Hoffman believes government should be more transparent, and it’s one of the reasons she is running against Republican Steve Barrar in the 160th district.

Election 2014: Schott challenges Lawrence for 13th House seat |Oct 29, 2014

Retired school teacher Ann Schott of London Grove is challenging state Rep. John Lawrence for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 13th District.

Election 2014: Ross back in race; says he has unfinished business |Oct 29, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> After Cuyler Walker unexpectedly withdrew as the Republican endorsed candidate for the 158th district, committee members went knocking on incumbent Chris Ross’ door. Ross announced his retirement earlier this year, but when he, and not Roger Howard, was asked to run, Ross immediately accepted.

Regional police plan proposed for Kennett area |Oct 28, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> A study to determine whether four municipalities – home to 35,000 people – should form a regional police authority was completed this week, and if it gets a good public reception, regional policing could be in place sometime next year.

Race Through the Grapes |Oct 28, 2014

FRANKLIN >> As cross country runs go, the Race Through the Grapes 5K was a sweet one.

Even in Chester County, Ebola is a concern |Oct 26, 2014

As national concern continues to grow over the Ebola virus’ appearance in the United States, area officials are taking precautions to ensure that the virus does not gain a foothold in the region.

New solar panel at C.F. Patton will provide more food for Kennett Food Cupboard |Oct 24, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> A new solar array panel at C.F. Patton Middle School that will enable the school’s vegetable garden to grow produce nine months of the year was dedicated Friday morning.

Unionville continues to fight against bullying |Oct 22, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> It may have been some time since the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board has made mention of bullying, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t continued to work on it.

Council waives road fees for library |Oct 22, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough Council voted to waive the road opening fees for the Oxford Public Library expansion project and took a small step toward putting a crosswalk in front of the location.

Pitts, Houghton spar in Lancaster debate for Congress |Oct 22, 2014

LANCASTER >> U.S. Rep. Joseph Pitts said he represents his constituents in the halls of government.

Kennett area man survives Alaska train derailment |Oct 21, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> A township man has recovered from his injuries and says he’s lucky to be alive after the train he was riding on earlier this year in southeast Alaska derailed, sending him into the icy waters of a huge lake.

Kennett Township may take ownership of Chandler Mill bridge |Oct 21, 2014

The fate of the Chandler Mill bridge remains a controversy, but a definitive step toward a final resolution is set for the near future.

It’s official: Ross will be on ballot |Oct 21, 2014

HARRISBURG>> Republican State Rep. Chris Ross will stay on the ballot for the 158th state House race in November after Commonwealth Court rejected an appeal that objected to Ross replacing former candidate Cuyler Walker.

Council ponders parking expansion |Oct 15, 2014

OXFORD >> Public comment centered around parking and traffic filled the first hour of the Monday, Oct. 13, Oxford Borough Council meeting before any of the business items could be addressed.

New strategic plan for Avon Grove schools |Oct 15, 2014

PENN >> The focus of the Oct. 9 Avon Grove School Board meeting was a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Margaret Sharp of the completed draft of the district’s new comprehensive strategic plan.

Kennett Square centenarians celebrate birthdays |Oct 15, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Leena Caudill was born in 1911, the same year as Lucille Ball, Vincent Price, Ginger Rogers and Ronald Reagan. Dorothy Edinoff was born in 1912, the same year as Gene Kelly, Karl Malden and Danny Thomas.

Oxford seeks members for Architectural Review Board |Oct 14, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> State Senator Andy Dinniman announced last week that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission officially certified the historical significance of the Oxford Borough Historic District, according to a press release from his office.

Unionville man paints his truck pink in tribute to his wife |Oct 14, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Pink is all the rage this month. Pink T-shirts, pink ribbons, pink socks — all to call awareness to celebrate survivors in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

John Wood remembered as a ‘visionary’ |Oct 14, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> When John Wood had a vision that ultimately helped to form Kennett’s After The Bell Program, he knew the focus had to be on volunteerism and community spirit.

John Cotton Wood of Kennett Square |Oct 14, 2014

John Cotton Wood, a resident of the Kendal Community in Kennett Square, died on Oct. 9, 2104, at the age of 97. Born in New York City on March 8, 1917, he grew up in areas around Boston and San Francisco and summered in Europe.

Future growth depends on preservation, says study |Oct 13, 2014

EAST WHITELAND >> Economic growth for Chester County is as dependent on preserving natural beauty as encouraging business growth, said a new report to guide planning over the next 10 years.

Bette comes home |Oct 13, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Bette, the pig that was maliciously shot by an archer at the Chenoa Manor animal sanctuary, has returned home and is recovering nicely from her wounds, thanks to the skilled veterinary care at New Bolton Center.

Embreeville developers continue challenge in West Bradford |Oct 13, 2014

West Bradford >> The zoning hearing board received opening statements Wednesday in a dispute with a developer on whether the township meets its “fair share” obligation for housing growth.

Penn settles on ambulance funding formula |Oct 12, 2014

PENN >> Ensuring the safety of township residents has a price. At its Oct. 1 meeting, the Penn Township Board of Supervisors voted to approve a formula for funding the West Grove Ambulance service.

Oxford Library breaks ground for expansion |Oct 12, 2014

A project that some thought was dead in the water and gained new life and taken wing.

New firearms ordinance enacted in Kennett Township |Oct 10, 2014

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Supervisors have amended the township’s controversial firearms-use ordinance in hopes of finally arriving at regulations that can promote safety, avoid unreasonable restrictions, and survive legal scrutiny in a shooter-friendly state.

Panel hears responders’ thoughts on bill to aid fire companies |Oct 9, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Members of the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met Tuesday in the borough to consider a bill that would authorize volunteer fire companies to bill for “actual and reasonable costs,” excluding manpower.

Companion pig helps in rescue of pig shot with arrow at animal haven |Oct 9, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Chenoa Manor’s Bette is “some pig” — a friendly and inquisitive, tan, 600-pound pet that could very easily have assumed a role in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.

Kennett council says goodbye to borough manager |Oct 9, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Council started the process of saying goodbye to outgoing Borough Manager Brant Kucera at its Monday night meeting, and it also started the process of finding Kucera’s successor.

Cops: Alleged New Garden thieves distract victims |Oct 8, 2014

New Garden >> Township police are investigating a burglary after three men used a distraction technique during a Friday afternoon incident in the 100 block of Ewart Road.

Ross nomination as Walker replacement comes under fire |Oct 8, 2014

Harrisburg >> Several people are challenging Chester County Republicans’ nomination of Chris Ross to replace former candidate Cuyler Walker in the 158th state House race.

Oxford celebrates its homecoming |Oct 5, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Area High School held its annual Homecoming festivities on Friday, Sept. 26. The parade featured the high school band, cheerleaders, fire trucks and floats.

Kennett Democrats Facebook page hacked |Oct 2, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> With just weeks until the general election, the Facebook page of the Kennett Area Democrats was hacked and deleted, and some Democratic leaders say the timing of the crime is more than a coincidence.

Board sees results of community input |Sep 30, 2014

PENN >> As a part of the Sept. 25 school board meeting, Avon Grove Assistant Superintendent Margaret Sharp and via Skype, consultant Dr. Andy Hegedus, gave a presentation on the results of the recently completed co-labs process.

Longwood Garden’s bathrooms may be best in country |Sep 30, 2014

At Longwood Gardens, the nation’s most visited public garden, everything is beautiful — even the restrooms.

Local comic-videographer crosses the country |Sep 29, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> When Dan Knabb set out to walk across America in 2007, he wasn’t really certain what to expect or even why he was doing it.

Ex-candidate’s lawyer says Walker faces criminal probe |Sep 29, 2014

Former Republican state House candidate Cuyler Walker, who declined to provide an explanation in Commonwealth Court for withdrawing from his race, is facing a police investigation related to what his attorney claims to be “intense negative rumors and innuendos.

Republicans appoint Chris Ross to fill 158th District vacancy |Sep 28, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> State Rep. Chris Ross was selected as the Republican candidate to run in the 158th district Sunday night, replacing Cuyler Walker who resigned for personal reasons.

Oxford teacher creates video with class |Sep 28, 2014

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> Fortunately for the students of Oxford High School, education is more than reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. One notable addition is the subject that Chris Pierdomenico teaches: Video and Communications.

Stink bugs making a big comeback locally |Sep 27, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> They’re back, and this year their numbers are bigger than ever.

Court approves Walker’s withdraw |Sep 27, 2014

Harrisburg >> Commonwealth Court Friday approved Cuyler Walker’s request to withdraw from the 158th state House District race. Now, county Republicans are set to meet Sunday to select his replacement on the ballot, with the current officeholder the most mentioned possibility, according to some political observers.

Leonard Moseley Sherman of Kennett Square |Sep 27, 2014

Leonard Moseley Sherman, 90, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Sept. 16, 2014, at his home in the Crosslands Community. He was the husband of Katherine Kennedy Sherman, whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Kennett Square Borough Manager Brant Kucera accepts job in Oregon |Sep 26, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Borough Manager Brant Kucera is leaving Kennett Square for the west coast.

Kennett Homecoming King and Queen! |Sep 26, 2014

P.J. O’Sullivan and Kirsten Sharp were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during homecoming festivities Friday night at Kennett High. The homecoming court: KHS 2014 Homecoming Court: Boys: Justin Hall, Timmy Louie, Nick Meola, P.