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Local coat drive means winter warmth for hundreds |Nov 20, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Organizers of a local coat collection drive that met with overwhelming success celebrated the effort at a Thanksgiving service on Sunday evening at Unionville Presbyterian Church.

Hammaker is employee of the month at Kennett Area YMCA |Nov 14, 2017

Kennett Square >> Sharon Hammaker, assistant teacher at the Montessori School at the Kennett Area YMCA, has been named employee of the month

Police probe report of indecent exposure on Route 41 in New Garden Township |Nov 14, 2017

The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department is investigating an indecent exposure which occurred Nov. 9, on Rt. 41 at Newark Road in New Garden Township, Chester Co. just north of the Delaware state line at approximately 4:30 p.

Kennett Consolidated school directors say goodbyes |Nov 14, 2017

Kennett Square >> In an otherwise routine meeting, the Kennett Consolidated School District’s Board of Directors took time on Monday night to say their goodbyes. It was the first meeting since the recent election, and several members took some time at the end to express their appreciation to those who were leaving, who included President Kendra LaCosta, Heather Schaen, Janis Reynolds, and Robert Norris.

Police say boy, 11, showed sexually explicit images of 15-year-old girl to his friends at Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center |Nov 13, 2017

An 11-year-old male from Honey Brook allegedly exhibited sexually explicit images of a 15-year-old female from Honey Brook to other students at the Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center on Dorlan Mill Road in Uwchlan Township, police said.

Families plant 50 trees at Anson Nixon Park |Nov 13, 2017

Kennett Square >> The Longwood Rotary Club partnered with the Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA) to sponsor a family “Plant-A-Tree” day this past weekend at the Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square.

Adam Swope remembered by friends, coleagues |Nov 13, 2017

Adam Harrison Swope of Malvern, a tireless campaign activist and strategist in state, county, and local politics, died on Saturday afternoon in an automobile accident. He was 38 years old.

Chesco Dems mourn ‘hero among activists’ killed in fiery Route 202 crash |Nov 12, 2017

West Goshen >> Adam Harrison Swope, 38, of Malvern, chair of the Willistown-Malvern Democrats and executive assistant to Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, died in a fiery accident on Route 202 Saturday afternoon.

Burton’s Barber Shop celebrates 125 years with day-long festivities |Nov 11, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Joe Hughes sat in the barber chair for probably the longest haircut he ever had. That was because his barber, Bob Burton, kept greeting guest-after-guest at his shop’s 125th anniversary party and had promised he was not going to stop cutting hair while it was going on.

Community comes together for Veterans Breakfast |Nov 11, 2017

OXFORD >> When it appeared last year that there would be no veterans breakfast, the community pulled together and produced a first class gathering early in November.

Plenty of freebies for active and retired veterans on Saturday |Nov 10, 2017

Staff Report The following restaurants and retail establishments are offering local veterans, active and retired, free of deeply discounted food and merchandise. In some cases, veterans must be in uniform, and in all cases, veterans must present proof of service (includes: permanent or temporary US military ID cards, a DD 214, veteran’s card).

Genesis in Kennett Square says restructuring will help bottom line |Nov 10, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Genesis HealthCare announced it has reached agreements with several landord and credit parties that will allow it to reduce fixed charges and improve cash flow.

TE teachers get new 3-year pact |Nov 9, 2017

Tredyffrin Township >> The Tredyffrin/Easttown Board of School Directors approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Tredyffrin/Easttown Education Association (TEEA) Wednesday night that calls for salary increases in each year and no overall change in health care.

Southern Chester County contested races results |Nov 8, 2017

All results are unofficial until confirmed by Chester County Voter Services

LIVE: Follow along with #chescoelect on this Election Day |Nov 7, 2017

Here we are at another Election Day. Follow along with all that’s happening around Chester County above or on Twitter using #chescoelect. Tweet out your voting number. How are the lines this year? Are you surprised by the turnout?

Police officers, firefighters, retirement community partner for coat drive |Nov 7, 2017

Kennett Square >> Kennett Township Police Department and Longwood Fire Company embarked on its first ever Warm Coat Drive. The coat drive turned out to be great success with the help from the local townships and multiple nonprofit organizations in the area.

Online used auto sales plan stalls out in East Marlborough |Nov 7, 2017

East Marlborough >> The East Marlborough supervisors called John Jaros “an extremely gifted and imaginative lawyer” even as they made his life harder Monday night.

Replogle named Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Teacher of the Year |Nov 7, 2017

Kennett Square >> Kennett Consolidated School District science teacher Michael Replogle has been named the 2017 Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Teacher of the Year. Replogle, who teaches both Earth and Space Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science, has been on the high school faculty for twenty-two years.

Kennett High fall play ‘Almost, Maine’ set Nov. 17, 18 |Nov 7, 2017

Kennett Square >> Kennett High School proudly presents Almost, Maine on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18.

Chester County CONTESTED School Board Races |Nov 6, 2017

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Chester County CONTESTED DJ, mayoral and municipal races |Nov 6, 2017

District Judge Races District Judge 15-1-01

Students eager to solve traffic challenge with math |Nov 6, 2017

OXFORD >> Three algebra classes had the opportunity to play highway intersection designer/planners on Friday at Penn’s Grove School.

Touches of past, present and future at the Hunt Cup races |Nov 5, 2017

WEST MARLBOROUGH >> Past, present, and future blended together in the rolling hills of Chester County at the 83rd annual Pennsylvania Hunt Cup on Sunday.

Downingtown West senior earns Eagle rank |Nov 4, 2017

Jesse E Cook III, a member of Hopewell Troop 8 in Downingtown, recently received his Eagle Scout rank. As an Eagle scout, Cook has earned 21 merit badges and has served his troop in a variety of leadership roles.

Mother Nature brings perfect race weather |Nov 4, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> If love is lovelier the second time around, the same can be said for year two of the Mushroom Cap Half Marathon on Saturday.

Former U.S. official vindicates Pearl Harbor scapegoats in speech at veterans event |Nov 3, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Addressing an audience of about 150 local veterans and their supporters, former U.S. Army counterintelligence agent and journalist Samuel L. Waltz Jr. described his efforts in vindicating the two commanders at the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, who had been widely scapegoated for a lack of preparedness.

State Police Reports from Southern Chester County |Nov 2, 2017

State Police Avondale Barracks Domestic assault >> On Sept. 16 police responded to a domestic incident that got physical in East Marlborough Township involving a 24-year-old and a 55-year-old male.

Kennett seniors named National Merit Commended Students |Nov 2, 2017

Kennett Square >> Kennett High School has announced that seniors Jake A. Kalscheur, Nicole C. Huff, Nathan E. Dight (sitting, from back), Ryley W. Harris, Abigail D. Duckworth, Kathleen M. Schuetz, and Claire M.

Downingtown woman to face alleged eighth DUI charge |Nov 2, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> Police asked a Downingtown woman to turn herself in because she had a warrant for a DUI charge, but a week later she was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence again.

Kathleen Kane’s driver loses appeal, ordered to jail in email snooping case |Nov 1, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A onetime member of former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s security detail will spend the holidays behind bars after losing the appeal of his contempt conviction for accessing email messages related to a grand jury that investigated Kane for grand jury leaks.

No solutions yet for phorid fly invasions |Oct 31, 2017

NEW GARDEN >> For the residents of Harrogate development, the biblical prophecies of locust swarms have nothing on them.

Unique real estate model offers Chesco homeowners $1,000 to list their homes |Oct 31, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Because of recent growth in the Chester County housing market, a Philadelphia brokerage firm has expanded into Chester County, and is paying qualified homeowners $1,000 cash just to list their home.

Hundreds of volunteers fuel the success of local family homeless program |Oct 30, 2017

NEW GARDEN >> Alyssa had her first child at age 17. Three years later, she had her second.

POLICE REPORTS FROM SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY |Oct 28, 2017

State Police Avondale Barracks One car >> Eduardo Aguirre, 25, of Newark, Del., was not injured when he lost control of his car on a curve and hit a stone wall on New London Road in London Britain Township on Oct.

Avondale woman charged after trying to smuggle drugs to her son in prison |Oct 27, 2017

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) >> Delaware officials say a Pennsylvania woman has been charged with trying to smuggle drugs to her son in prison.

Kennett Run Charities awards more than $56,000 in grants to local nonprofits |Oct 27, 2017

Kennett Square >> More than $56,000 was donated to local charities earlier this week during the Kennett Run distribution of funds held at the Genesis building in Kennett Square. More than 50 nonprofit organizations received funding.

Burton’s Barber Shop will celebrate 125 years |Oct 27, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Like the mythical Boston bar Cheers, Burton’s Barber Shop is a place where “everyone knows your name.” In effect, getting a haircut on State Street is almost like stopping at the local pub for conviviality and good chats about baseball.

Big-name country music festival coming to Chester County next year |Oct 26, 2017

Ludwig’s Corner >> A three-day country music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country music will be coming to Chester County next year, organizers announced Thursday.

Successful fundraiser for Strode’s Mill |Oct 26, 2017

The non-profit Friends of Strode’s Mill held a successful fundraiser Oct. 22 raising money to support the restoration of the East Bradford Township-owned Strode Scrapple and Sausage Barn. Selective Demolition is complete on the barn and the community will now help support the cost of roof replacement and other period appropriate restoration work as well as creation of an eight-acre open space park.

Charter School breaks ground on $6.9 million project |Oct 26, 2017

FRANKLIN >> Avon Grove Charter School celebrated the expansion of its Kemblesville Early Learning Center with a groundbreaking on Friday.

Kennet Square grower breaks ground on Chinese mushroom plant |Oct 26, 2017

Chis Alonzo’s newest venture is taking him far from his southern Chester County roots. But it is keeping him in the roots of the area’s deepest agricultural roots.

Police chief, former chief organize effort to help U.S. troops abroad |Oct 25, 2017

WEST CALN >> When West Caln Police Chief Curt Martinez discovered that his old friend Pete Mango, the former police chief in East Fallowfield, was gathering supplies for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, he knew he had to help.

Hillendale Elementary staff, parents honor Dissinger at ceremony |Oct 25, 2017

Kennett Township >> Former Hillendale Elementary School principal and current Patton Middle School principal Steve Dissinger came back to his former school for a visit and found himself in front of students, teachers, parents, and staff who surprised him with a ceremony to recognize his commitment, passion, and the impact he had on the school by naming an outdoor classroom kiosk in his honor.

Coatesville man aims to ‘clean up’ after getting patents |Oct 25, 2017

COATESVILLE >> Chris Cummins was taught as a young child that hard work pays deep rewards. And after 64 years of work, mostly in the cleaning business, the rewards may be coming his way.

Michael Iacocca earns highest award in scouting |Oct 24, 2017

East Marlborough >> Michael A. Iacocca, son to Mary and Al Iacocca, brother to Anna and Patrick, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Oct. 19.

Motorcyclist, 31, killed in accident at intersection |Oct 24, 2017

New Garden >> A 31-year-old man was killed Monday morning when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car driven by a 77-year-old from Landenberg.

Barto native pens book on history of scrapple |Oct 24, 2017

“For a long time, anytime I had the opportunity to write about Pennsylvania Dutch culture and the food of my culture – I would,” said Amy Strauss, food and drink writer. Her first book, “Pennsylvania Scrapple: A Delectable History” hit bookshelves on Monday, Oct.

Two killed in three-vehicle accident on Route 272 in West Nottingham |Oct 23, 2017

WEST NOTTINGHAM >> Two people were killed early Sunday morning in a three-vehicle accident on Route 272 in West Nottingham Township, according to state police at Avondale.

Kennett area families invited to plant trees at Anson Nixon Park |Oct 20, 2017

Kennett Square >> The Longwood Rotary Club has partnered with the Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA) to sponsor a family “Plant-A-Tree” day to support the ongoing beautification of the Anson B.

Dinniman: Equine industry provides huge economic boost to Chester County |Oct 20, 2017

Kennett Square >> The equine industry spends $546 million annually on goods, services, wages and salaries in Southeastern Pennsylvania, according to a new study conducted by Delaware Valley University.