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West Chester boy, 11, gets jury summons after county changes vendors |Feb 16, 2018

WEST CHESTER >> Luke Fox has a really good reason to bail out of jury duty.

At age 104, woman runs out of money; fundraiser established |Feb 16, 2018

MEDIA >> It’s the problem most people fear when they get older – outliving their money.

New Commissioner in New Garden |Feb 16, 2018

New Garden’s newest Commissioner, Michael A. Ranieri. is sworn in by Judge Matthew Seavey on Feb. 15 at the Public Safety Commissioners meeting. He is replacing Commissioner Randy Geouque whose term has ended.

Scanlon: West Chester schools taking a number of security precautions |Feb 15, 2018

West Chester >> In wake of the school shooting at a Florida High School Wednesday, Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District, is reminding parents that the district has set in place a number of security provisions to keep students safe.

Mainstreet Inc. aims to boost the town |Feb 15, 2018

OXFORD >> Brian Wenzka became the new executive director at Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., (OMI) in September but some residents may not know him yet.

Summer 2018 driving season may be most expensive since 2014 |Feb 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA >> Like the stock market in recent weeks, gasoline prices across the region have been up and down over the last several months. And while prices may have dipped a bit in the last few days, AAA is forecasting a rise in prices — just in time for the summer driving season.

Christianna Hannum wins Winnie award for documentary on Nancy Penn Smith Hannum |Feb 14, 2018

Unionville >> Goodnight Ladies, a 37-minute documentary film about the world’s most famous Master of Fox Hounds, Nancy Penn Smith Hannum, has won a Winnie award at the Equus Film Festival for best of Equestrian History.

Kennett area household bombarded with six large take-out orders it never placed |Feb 14, 2018

KENNETT SQUARE >> A Kennett area home was deluged with food delivery orders over the weekend, orders they never placed.

Dane Decor in Downingtown up for sale |Feb 14, 2018

Downingtown >> The owners of Dane Décor will be selling their iconic property at 216 and 222 East Lancaster Ave, in Downingtown. The business will remain open while the property is listed.

LETTER: Unionville Indian mascot must be preserved |Feb 13, 2018

The Unionville-Chadds Ford students who are advocating the removal of our Indian Mascot are showing their historic ignorance and possibly their bigotry. The Lenape Indians lived in our region long before European immigrants arrived and slowly, mainly peacefully, push their Indian neighbors to the west.

Kennett school officials plan 2.2 percent real estate tax hike |Feb 13, 2018

Kennett Square >> Residents of the Kennett school district might see their real-estate taxes go up by 2.27 percent under a proposed preliminary budget.

No injuries in crash at Route 1 intersection in Concord during funeral procession |Feb 13, 2018

Concord Township >> No one was injured in a three-vehicle crash Feb. 3 when a car traveled through a green light and collided with a car in a funeral procession at the intersection of Route 1 and Cheney Road in Concord Township, police said.

Kennett High School’s Mini-Thon set for Feb. 23-24 |Feb 12, 2018

Kennett Square >> A dedicated and enthusiastic group of over two hundred KHS students will remain on their feet from 8 p.m. Friday, February 23, to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning for Mini-THON, an event to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease.

A new rectory for Assumption and St. Rocco |Feb 12, 2018

WEST GROVE >> Assumption BVM Pastor Father Scott Brockson has announced the sale of the old Blessed Virgin Mary Church complex that sits along Evergreen Avenue in the borough. In all it includes the church, the rectory and the convent, and it occupies 1.

Two killed in West Goshen crash |Feb 11, 2018

WEST GOSHEN>>Two West Chester residents were killed in a head on crash when a northbound 2018 Volvo S90 crossed into the southbound lane, just before midnight Saturday night, at 1000 Pottstown Pike.

Primo’s to open its 52nd Pa. store in Kennett on Tuesday; first 100 to get free hoagie |Feb 11, 2018

Staff Report Kennett Square >> On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 the Primo Hoagies organization will welcome their newest franchise to the Philadelphia market at 1278 Baltimore Pike, Toughenamon, PA.

Hundreds enjoy Chocolate Lovers Festival; winners announced |Feb 11, 2018

Kennett Square >> Hundreds of people attended the annual Chocolate Lovers Festival in Kennett Square Sunday, despite downpours at times.

Scores take the polar plunge; record funding achieved |Feb 10, 2018

WEST CHESTER >> About 100 people took the Polar Plunge Saturday morning, taking a dip in the icy Brandywine River, all to raise money to help the local environment. Now in its 10th year, more money was raised this year than in any other year.

Montgomery County DA: Bill Cosby’s claims of prosecutorial misconduct are ‘false’ |Feb 9, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> Prosecutors, in court papers, argued the accusations of prosecutorial misconduct leveled by Bill Cosby’s defense team are “misrepresentations and false claims” and urged a judge to deny a defense request that sex assault charges be dismissed against the actor.

Armed robber hits Jersey Mike’s in Chadds Ford |Feb 9, 2018

Chadds Ford Township >> The Pennsylvania State Police is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Feb. 8, 2018 at Jersey Mike’s Subs, which is located at 1700 block of Wilmington West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County.

Officials begin planning for roundabout in Kennett Township; cost pegged at $2.6 million |Feb 9, 2018

Kennett Township >> A near-capacity crowd gathered at Kennett Township’s municipal building Wednesday night to see if a roundabout was the answer to chronic congestion at the Five Points intersection.

Three Avon Grove seniors honored for saving life of elderly man |Feb 9, 2018

Jennersville >> Three Avon Grove seniors were honored Feb. 7 for saving the life of an elderly man at the Jennersville YMCA in December.

Landenberg woman announces candidacy for 13th District seat |Feb 9, 2018

COCHRANVILLE >> Sue Walker, a Democrat and a resident of Landenberg, has announced her candidacy for the state House of Representatives, 13th District. The seat has been held for the past eight years by Republican incumbent John Lawrence.

Funding approved for troubled Baltimore Pike-Newark Road intersection |Feb 8, 2018

NEW GARDEN >> Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects, including $2 million for improvements to the Baltimore Pike/Newark Road intersection in New Garden Township, will benefit communities in 22 counties through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Eagles safety Rodney McLeod appearing in Glen Mills Friday |Feb 7, 2018

Glen Mills >> Rodney McLeod, a safety for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, will be at the Smoothie King in Glen Mills Friday, Feb. 9, and will sign autographs.

Local attorney challenging Barrar for 160th state House seat |Feb 7, 2018

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Anton Andrew, a Kennett Township attorney, on Wednesday announced his intention to seek election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 160th district. Andrew, a Democrat, seeks to unseat Republican incumbent Stephen Barrar, who has held the seat for the past 21 years.

Bill introduced to raise minimum wage in Pa to $12 per hour; $9 for tipped workers |Feb 6, 2018

Harrisburg >> State Sen. Christine Tartaglione announced recently introduced legislation that proposes to raise Pennsylvania’s long-stagnant minimum wage. Surrounded by colleagues in the General Assembly, other workers’ advocates and members of Raise the Wage PA, Tartaglione announced the details of Senate Bill 1044 that would impact millions of low-wage Pennsylvanians.

54-unit development clears hurdle in East Marlborough |Feb 6, 2018

East Marlborough >> The East Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors has approved a conditional use order for a 54-unit twin-house development proposed by Doug White for a 22.6-acre tract located at the intersection of Gale Lane and Walnut Road.

No parade for West Chester students |Feb 6, 2018

West Chester >> Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District, said schools will not be cancelled in order for students to attend the Eagles Super Bowl parade in Philadelphia Thursday.

Garage Youth Center gets defib unit |Feb 6, 2018

WEST GROVE >> The Garage Youth and Community Center in the borough is a little bit safer these days now that it has a defibrillator.

Eagles win ultimate prize, beat Patriots in Super Bowl |Feb 5, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. >> The Eagles believed. Then they beat Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at their own game to register their first Super Bowl title.

Lifelong Eagles fan gets married all over again at Super Bowl |Feb 5, 2018

NEWTOWN SQUARE >> The Eagles team may be getting Super Bowl rings, but Teresa Wanum got a ring of her own Sunday at the big game in Minnesota.

Empty Bowls project supports Oxford Neighborhood Services |Feb 4, 2018

OXFORD >> There was a whole lot of volunteerism going on at the Empty Bowls luncheon on Saturday, all toward the goal of supporting the borough’s Neighborhood Services Center — often called “The Heart of the Cmmunity.

London Grove Friends Meetinghouse marks 200 years |Feb 4, 2018

WEST MARLBOROUGH >> Poets have said the best time for looking back is your birthday.

Final Jeopardy question stumps West Grove man on TV show |Feb 3, 2018

Culver City, California >> Nate Pochomis will never forget the origin of the first headquarters of Ore-Ida.

Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow: ‘Six more weeks of winter to go’ |Feb 2, 2018

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. >> Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog foresees no early end to winter.

Victoria Burto named Employee of the Month at Kennett YMCA |Feb 2, 2018

Victoria Burto, Youth Sports Lead Associate, at the Kennett Area YMCA, has been selected Employee of the Month.

Icy waters await die-hard Patriots fan if Eagles win |Feb 1, 2018

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> If the Eagles win the Super Bowl, Teresa Sheehan will have to put on her swimming suit and take a dip in the icy waters of the Brandywine River later this month.

Fire and explosive flare-ups damage Oxford Sunoco |Feb 1, 2018

OXFORD >> An Oxford landmark went up in flames early Tuesday morning as a fire consumed the truck bay of the Sunoco station on Third Street.

Kennett school directors honored |Jan 30, 2018

Staff Report Kennett Square >> Pennsylvania’s public schools educate nearly two million students, and 4,100 of them are in Kennett Consolidated School District. Each of those students has an individual story and is taking a different path into adulthood.

Kennett’s Jennifer Schael signs letter of intent for American University |Jan 30, 2018

Kennett High School Senior Jennifer Schaen has signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at American University. Schaen (sitting, middle) was surrounded by her parents Heather and Dave Schaen as well as (standing from left) Assistant Principal Jeff Thomas, Coach Carrie Killgore, Head Coach Dale Watkins, and Athletic Director Mr.

Fire, explosive flare-ups rock Oxford Sunoco |Jan 30, 2018

OXFORD >> An Oxford landmark went up in flames early Tuesday morning as a fire consumed the truck bay of the Sunoco station on Third Street.

Deadline looms for Equifax free credit monitoring |Jan 30, 2018

Harrisburg >> Wednesday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for signing up for free credit monitoring with Equifax following the company’s massive 2017 data breach.

Small Business Administration lending is up in first quarter of FY 2018 |Jan 29, 2018

PHILADELPHIA >> The Small Business Administration has set another record for lending to small businesses in the Philadelphia region.

Local student wins Farm Show award with rabbit |Jan 27, 2018

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> There are plenty of livestock certificates and ribbons on the wall of the Goldie household, and the most recent one came courtesy of an outstanding rabbit named Titan.

WalMart in Kennett rolling out new mobile app to pay and go; workers getting pay increase |Jan 26, 2018

Kennett Square >> WalMart in Kennett Square will be one of the first in the region to get its new Scan and Go technology, allowing customers to scan the barcode of items and pay for them directly through a dedicated mobile app.

Bill Cosby accuses prosecutors of misconduct, seeks dismissal of sex assault charges |Jan 26, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> Seeking a dismissal of the sexual assault charges lodged against him, Bill Cosby, through his lawyers, accused Montgomery County prosecutors of misconduct for allegedly failing to disclose they interviewed a potential trial witness and destroyed notes of that meeting.

DVRPC approves funding for bicycle, pedestrian trail in Kennett |Jan 26, 2018

West Chester >> The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has awarded $7.9 million to 10 local projects -- including two in Chester County -- in Southeastern Pennsylvania through the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program.

The Underdog is alive and well! Check out these and email in your own Eagles Underdog (or cat or person) |Jan 25, 2018

The Underdog Eagles will be playing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Now’s the time to get your Underdogs out and show off. Send a photo of your pet or you or a family member all decked out in Eagles gear to

Bill Cosby defense team says sex assault charges ‘must be dismissed’ |Jan 25, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> Just months before his retrial is to begin, Bill Cosby, through his lawyers, argued sexual assault charges must be dismissed against him because prosecutors cannot prove that the alleged incident occurred within the statute of limitations.