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AG Charter Microfarm welcomes a new lamb |Apr 22, 2018

LONDON GROVE >> The sheep herd at the Avon Grove Charter School increased by one last week as Lollipop the ewe gave birth to a baby lamb. The female, born pre-dawn on Tuesday has yet to be named, but the kids have all kinds of ideas and have been invited to submit them.

‘Mary Poppins’ wows the Avon Grove audience |Apr 22, 2018

LONDON GROVE >> The “Mary Poppins” audience at Avon Grove High School got their money’s worth from the students’ performances last weekend.

The truth behind Kennett Township’s Open Space plan: ‘You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone’ |Apr 20, 2018

Editor: At a recent meeting of Kennett Township’s Board of Supervisors, several angry residents took aim at the Township’s Land Conservation (aka ‘Open Space’) program, claiming it costs too much and is ‘irresponsibly’ driving the Township into debt by acquiring ‘too much’ open space.

Rash of car break-ins reported in Kennett Square |Apr 20, 2018

Kennett Square >> Thieves are targeting unlocked cars in Kennett Square.

Unionville students walk out of class to protest gun violence |Apr 20, 2018

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Students calling for an end to gun violence walked of Unionville High School Friday morning, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo.

Kennett and Devon senior centers get $57,000 in funding from Pa. Lottery |Apr 20, 2018

West Chester >> State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that two senior community centers in Chester County will receive more than $57,000 in total state funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Local volunteers plant 1,000 trees to aid environment |Apr 20, 2018

Avondale >> Stroud Water Research Center celebrated National Volunteer Week on a chilly but sunny Friday afternoon by restoring 2.75 acres along two swales that transport rain water into Buck and Doe Run.

Unionville-Chadds Ford school directors OK new four-year teacher contract |Apr 19, 2018

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville school directors Monday night approved a new four-year “early bird” teachers’ contract that runs through June 30, 2023. The vote was unanimous.

Officials weigh proposal for 254 new townhouses off Route 202 |Apr 19, 2018

CONCORD >> Council began the first night of hearings Tuesday regarding a conditional use application from Pulte Homes to construct a 254-unit townhouse community on Route 202 near Glen Eagle Square.

Emily Houck named Kennett YMCA Employee of the Month |Apr 19, 2018

Kennett Square >> Emily Houck, member services employee at the Kennett Area YMCA, has been named Empoyee of the Month. She works at the front desk.

Avory Hughes, 14, wins gym championship in regional competition |Apr 19, 2018

Kennett Square >> Avory Hughes, an eighth-grade student at Fred S. Engle Middle School in Avondale, won first place at gymnastic regionals in her division during a meet in Virginia earlier this month.

Kennett Township residents question tax hike, costs for police force |Apr 19, 2018

For Digital Fist Media Kennett Township >> For the second time, a number of residents have shown up at a Kennett Township public meeting to complain about a recent tax hike.

Parents seek answers about threats to Oxford school |Apr 19, 2018

OXFORD >> Parents attended the Tuesday. April 17, school board meeting looking for answers related to threats against the high school the previous week.

PUC to investigate PECO rate hike request |Apr 19, 2018

Harrisburg >> The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to investigate PECO Energy Company’s recent request for a rate increase. The commission voted unanimously to investigate the request.

Kennett Demon Robotics team to compete for world title in Detroit later this month |Apr 17, 2018

KENNETT SQUARE >> Dan Folmar thinks Kennett High School students are among the most ingenious and the most creative in Chester County.

Kennett High inducts National Honor Society members |Apr 16, 2018

Kennett Square >> The Kennett High School Blue and White Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed the 2018-19 inductees at a ceremony and reception on April 4, 2018. The ceremony had been previously scheduled for March 21, but was postponed due to snow.

Beethoven and Bellinis: A review |Apr 16, 2018

KENNETT >> The Kennett Symphony’s “Beethoven and Bellinis” program on Saturday afternoon at the Mendenhall Inn was a concert that combined the pleasures of music, food, drink and conviviality all in one event.

After 475 percent tax hike, residents plan protest in Kennett Township |Apr 16, 2018

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> After being hit with a 475 percent increase in property taxes this year, a group of Kennett Township residents plans to petition supervisors to rescind the tax increase, and put a lid on future spending.

Hardy souls show up to gather trash along the Red Clay |Apr 15, 2018

KENNETT SQUARE >> The volunteers who committed to clean up the land around the Red Clay Creek on Sunday morning didn’t back out on their promise, even though the weather took a nose dive overnight.

Mobile Agriculture Lab comes to Elk Ridge Elementary |Apr 15, 2018

OXFORD >> Like the robins of spring, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Science Lab showed up a Elk Ridge Elementary School to help the kids learn more about agriculture.

Downingtown pastor resigns; financial improprieties probed |Apr 15, 2018

DOWNINGTOWN >> Parishioners at St. Joseph’s Church in Downingtown were told Sunday that their popular pastor, Monsignor Joseph McLoone, had recently resigned his position after being placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese following the discovery of alleged financial and personal improprieties.

Volunteers needed for Red Clay Valley Clean Up this Sunday, April 15 |Apr 13, 2018

POCOPSON >> More than 700 volunteers are needed for the annual Red Clay Valley Clean Up to be held on Sunday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. The clean up is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRC) and the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) to sweep 90 miles of stream and road ways along the east and west branches of the Red Clay Creek, including Kennett Square going south through Yorklyn and Hockessin, Delaware and ending at Kirkwood Highway and Route 52.

County awarded $766,000 for affordable housing in Chester County |Apr 13, 2018

West Chester >> State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that three Chester County organizations were awarded $766,000 in total state funding to combat homelessness and improve and expand affordable housing options for those in need.

Three ‘Felony Lane’ gang members arrested at Paoli bank |Apr 12, 2018

TREDYFFRIN >> Three members of the infamous “Felony Lane Gang” were arrested and hit with various charges, including felonies, at a Paoli Bank of America.

Kennett students honored for assisting elderly man on their way to school |Apr 12, 2018

KENNETT SQUARE >> Bernardo “Junior” and Jonnatan “Jonny” Escobar-Bernal, students at Kennett High School, were taught by their parents since they were toddlers to always treat others with respect, help those in need, and be compassionate.

30 years of EMC duty for Freese |Apr 12, 2018

WEST GROVE >> “Who you gonna call?” is a question folks ask when the sky starts falling down around them. And in southern Chester County that answer is often “Chuck Freese.

UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal West Chester shooting |Apr 11, 2018

WEST CHESTER >> A man was fatally shot on a borough street Tuesday night, officials said.

Kennett school officials approve resignations, new hires |Apr 11, 2018

Digital First Media Kennett Square >> The Kennett Consolidated School Board approved the following:

Kennett school officials considering 2.27 percent tax hike; will cost average homeowner $123 more per year |Apr 10, 2018

Kennett Square >> Kennett Consolidated School District taxpayers could see a tax increase of up to 2.27 percent under a new budget adopted by the district.

Wawa Day means free coffee this Thursday |Apr 10, 2018

Wawa >> Coffee will be free at all Wawa stores this Thursday, April 12.

Hankin Group Welcomes Magic Memories to Weatherstone |Apr 10, 2018

Magic Memories Child Development Center is scheduled to open in the Hankin-developed Weatherstone community in Chester Springs, PA in Fall 2018. Magic Memories has offered families high quality programs incorporating learning through socialization and play for over thirty years.

Scouts retire hundreds of flags at flag-burning ceremony in Kennett Square |Apr 9, 2018

KENNETT SQUARE >> Hundreds of flags, many of which flew at the graves of local servicemen and servicewomen, were retired Sunday at a flag-burning ceremony hosted by Boy Scout Troop 53 of Kennett Square.

Route 30 bypass ramp to Route 202 reduced to one lane for 9 months starting Wednesday |Apr 9, 2018

Exton >> The ramp from eastbound U.S. 30/Exton Bypass to northbound U.S. 202 north in East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships, Chester County, will be reduced from two-lanes-to-one for approximately nine months beginning Wednesday morning, April 11, following a rescheduled operation to set a new traffic pattern and begin replacement of the ramp’s deteriorated concrete pavement, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced.

Lions baseball team welcomes accident victim in ceremony |Apr 9, 2018

LOWER OXFORD >> The Lincoln University Lions baseball players welcomed 9-year-old Austin Willis to their team at a signing ceremony on Sunday at the Manuel Rivero Hall.

Shortage of foreign seasonal labor hurting local landscapers |Apr 7, 2018

COATESVILLE >> Local landscape companies are considering scaling back operations, and some may even go out of business, because they can’t acquire enough legal, seasonal workers to supplement their workforce.

Bill Cosby lawyers seek removal of a juror in last minute court filing |Apr 6, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A day after Bill Cosby’s jury was seated for his sexual assault retrial, his lawyers are trying to get one male juror removed, claiming he “may hold a fixed opinion” about the case, according to court papers.

Challenges to Embreeville zoning ordinance denied; plan would turn former state hospital into huge housing complex |Apr 6, 2018

WEST BRADFORD >> The zoning hearing board members on Wednesday declined the Embreeville developer’s challenges to the zoning ordinance, which claimed that the township does not allow for its fair share of future housing.

Octorara student arrested after threatening to bring gun to school; references Parkland |Apr 6, 2018

WEST FALLOWFIELD >> A 15-year-old Octorara High School student was arrested Wednesday at the school after he told teachers there that he was going to bring a gun to school, and referenced the deadly massacre at a Florida high school in which 17 were killed.

Vandals cause $40,000 damage to pipeline equipment |Apr 6, 2018

West Whiteland >> West Whiteland Township Police Department Det. Mike Buchmann reported that vandals performed what Sunoco staffers reported was about $40,000 of damage to pipeline-related equipment.

Police find gun, shell casings during routine traffic stop in New Garden |Apr 6, 2018

Digital first media New Garden>> Javier Flavio Rico, Jr., 22, of Newark, Del. was arrested by Southern Chester County Regional Police and charged with DUI and with carrying a firearm without a license, after the 2006 Ford he was operating was stopped for swerving in and out of its lane of travel.

Mushroom Festival reaches $1 million milestone in giving back; 52 local non-profits receive grants |Apr 6, 2018

Kennett Square >> Mushroom Festival officials on Thursday awarded 52 local non-profits with grants, reaching a $1 million milestone in giving back.

Brandywine Valley Chorale plans concert May 5 |Apr 5, 2018

East Marlborough >> The Brandywine Valley Chorale will continue in celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary Season in presenting “Jubilee DEO,” an uplifting and inspiring work by acclaimed composer, Dan Forrest.

Kennett Township residents complain about massive tax hike |Apr 5, 2018

Kennett Township >> Several residents questioned the need for a massive tax hike approved last year, and some said the news hit them by surprise.

26 speeding citations issued in West Grove traffic safety blitz |Apr 5, 2018

WEST GROVE >> In a blitz to increase safety, and to reduce aggressive driving, the Southern Chester Regional Police Department issued more than two dozen tickets for speeding in West Grove Thursday morning.

VILLANOVA PARADE: ‘Nova’s true blue faithful throw another party in Philly |Apr 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA >> This is getting to be old hat for Villanova fans.

Easter Bunny ‘egg-cites’ staffers, patients at Chester County Hospital |Apr 4, 2018

West Chester >> An employee exiting the elevator at Chester County Hospital on Thursday, March 29, let out a muffled shriek that quickly morphed into laughter. Down the hall, a colleague rounded the corner, paused, and let out a sigh of relief.

DA: Valley Township employee embezzles $264,000, goes on shopping spree |Apr 4, 2018

WEST CHESTER >> A Valley Township employee has been arrested after the Chester County District Attorney’s office said she embezzled more than a quarter of a million dollars from the township, and used the money to go on a shopping spree.

Distracted driving citations grow significantly over 5 years in Pa. |Apr 4, 2018

Distracted driving has become a more serious concern for Pennsylvania law enforcement over the past several years as the number of citations related to the problem continues to climb.

Delaware bomber DiVincenzo boosts Villanova to another national title |Apr 3, 2018

SAN ANTONIO >> Villanova is going to need a bigger trophy case in the Davis Center.

Woman, 107, prepares to return to Barclay Friends Senior Living in West Chester, which reopens Saturday |Apr 3, 2018

West Chester >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, recently recognized Gertrude Faillaci on her milestone 107th birthday as she prepares to return to Barclay Friends Senior Living, which opens this Saturday, April 7.