News

Kennett Township digs into reserve to cover McCarthy’s paid leave |Apr 26, 2015

KENNETT TOWNSHIP>> Residents are getting 100 hours of police coverage weekly in wake of Police Chief Albert McCarthy being placed on paid administrative leave.

Sharrett to retire after 23 years at St. Patrick’s in Kennett Square |Apr 24, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>The pastor of St. Patrick’s church in Kennett Square is retiring next month, which marks 50 years since he was ordained a priest.

Fun, games and a good time at Kennett Prom |Apr 24, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> “Promposal” was all the rage this year for the Kennett Prom, and is culminated in a good time Friday night at the DuPont Country Club in Delaware, site of the Kennett Prom.

Mushroom Festival awards $80,000 in grants to 47 local organizations |Apr 22, 2015

On April 17, the Red Clay Room filled with Mushroom Festival supporters for this year’s Spring Gala, the event where the Mushroom Festival awards the grants to local non profit organizations.

House arrest for local man who fired handgun inside his home |Apr 22, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Thirty days of house arrest followed by a year of probation has been ordered for a southern Chester County man who police say admitted accidentally firing a handgun inside his home when his 14-year-old daughter and wife were present.

Plan would delay opening time for Unionville High School |Apr 22, 2015

EAST MARLBOROUGH>> Citing health benefits, Unionville-Chadds Ford school directors are considering a proposal to start the school day for high school students up to an hour later.

Four Unionville teens from Troop 22 earn Eagle status |Apr 21, 2015

Boy Scouts of America Troop 22 in Unionville honored four scouts last Sunday when they received the rank of Eagle. Troop 22, chartered in 1924 was begun by P.S. du Pont, who hired the first Scoutmaster.

Kennett YMCA recognizes Genesis HealthCare |Apr 21, 2015

Genesis HealthCare, Inc. (Genesis), one of the largest post-acute care providers in the United States, today announced that Genesis received the Kennett Area YMCA’s Annual Corporate Sponsorship Plaque for their ongoing commitment to the Kennett Area YMCA.

Victory opens second brewpub in Kennett Square |Apr 21, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>Two years after borough council created an ordinance specifically allowing brew pubs in town, Victory Brewing Co. opened this week in Kennett Square at the corner of Cypress Street and Mill Road.

Police Reports |Apr 17, 2015

State Police Avondale DUI >> Melissa Murphy Ludwig of Cochranville was arrested for DUI following a crash at Ewing Road east of Barnsgate in Londonderry Township on April 2 at 7:35 p.m., police said.

Kennett teacher is Citadel finalist |Apr 16, 2015

Michael Kelly is the finalist for the Kennett Consolidated School District in Citadel’s Heart of Learning Program. He was given his finalist award at the Kennett High School faculty meeting on Monday, April 6, by representatives from the Oxford Branch of the Citadel Federal Credit Union.

Kennett antique store like stepping back in time |Apr 14, 2015

Look to your right, for instance, and you can’t help noticing there’s a dressmaker’s dummy there, with a formal dress on it and ropes of pearls.

Construction of new Route 926 bridge in Pocopson delayed |Apr 11, 2015

POCOPSON>>Construction to replace the deteriorated bridge on Route 926 near Pocopson Road that spans the Brandywine Creek which was supposed to take place later this year has been delayed until March of 2016.

Police seek two in early-morning armed robbery |Apr 11, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> Police are looking for two men who robbed a store at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

Little Black Dress a girls’ night out to support a great cause |Apr 10, 2015

Tick Tock Early Learning Center’s fifth annual Little Black Dress event is on Saturday, April 18 in Kennett Square. Several fun and exciting new vendors and artisans will bring the latest designs in fashion jewelry and many other accessories for women of all ages.

Plan calls for 175 luxury apartments in downtown Kennett Square |Apr 10, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>Borough officials are considering a plan that would bring 175 luxury apartments and a pub restaurant to the western section of town.

Police Log |Apr 9, 2015

New Garden: Traffic Stop >> On March 18, 2015 at 12:50 a.m., police observed a vehicle with an equipment violation at Baltimore Pike and Newark Road. A traffic stop was conducted in the 1300 block of Newark Road.

Charges dismissed in Tick Tock science kit, donation case |Apr 9, 2015

New Garden >> The Chester County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed charges against former Tick Tock Early Learning Center Director Jackie Maas.

Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point |Apr 9, 2015

Pocopson >> Easter is a time for family, and family was a key word at the Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point Races Sunday.

Longwood executive director receives a top garden tourism award |Apr 9, 2015

East Marlborough >> Longwood Gardens Executive Director Paul B. Redman is the recipient of the 2015 Person of the Year award from the International Garden Tourism Network.

Penn Township roads deemed in good shape |Apr 9, 2015

Penn >> Before the township solicits bids for road work for the year, Supervisor William Finnen wants the board to get together and take a look at the entire township

Local DJ, photographer arrested on child porn and related charges |Apr 9, 2015

WEST BRADFORD >> A local DJ and photographer who made a living working at weddings, parties, and school dances was arrested on over 300 felony charges related to alleged sexual misconduct and possession of child pornography on Tuesday following an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Criminal charges filed against Kennett bus driver who left child on bus 6 hours |Apr 9, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>Criminal charges were filed Thursday against a bus driver who left a 7-year-old Kennett student on a bus for nearly six hours unattended.

Clarke named police chief in East Marlborough |Apr 7, 2015

Robert Clarke—until Monday night the lieutenant and officer in charge of the East Marlborough Township police department—can now simply be called “chief”.

Kennett student left on bus for 5 hours; probe begins |Apr 7, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>Police and school officials are working to determine how a seven-year-old student was left on a bus for more than five hours unattended.

Police Log |Apr 6, 2015

New Garden: Traffic Stop >> On March 18, 2015 at 12:50 a.m., police observed a vehicle with an equipment violation at Baltimore Pike and Newark Road. A traffic stop was conducted in the 1300 block of Newark Road.

Lawmakers applaud Lincoln attempts to hold down costs |Apr 2, 2015

Lower Oxford >> Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly applauded Lincoln University’s efforts to keep tuition affordable and limit college debt. These statements were made by representatives of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees during the budget hearings in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

New Wegmans in Chadds Ford has 500 job openings |Mar 27, 2015

What management there wants from its workers is vitality, an aptitude to serve and openness to grow for those interested in working for what the magazine has listed as one of the top “100 Best Companies to Work For.

Victory Brewing Co. on verge of opening in Kennett Square |Mar 27, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>Victory Brewing Co. in Kennett Square will open sometime in April, a little more than two years after local officials created an ordinance specifically permitting brew pubs in town.

Maye, Barber win 2015 Keystone Press Awards |Mar 23, 2015

Fran Maye, editor of the Kennett Paper, and Chris Barber, editor of the Avon Grove, won professional Keystone Press Awards this week.

Kennett humanitarians help celebrate Happiness Day |Mar 20, 2015

The Kennett High School Humanitarian Club helped students celebrate the United Nations International Day of Happiness on Friday, March 20, by decorating each and every student’s locker with a message to inspire happy thoughts.

Gerald Davis honored for decades of service as police chief in New Garden |Mar 20, 2015

NEW GARDEN>> Former New Garden Police Chief Gerald Davis always believed technology could be the police department’s best friend.

Tick Tock clears air over theft case where former director charged |Mar 20, 2015

The Board of Directors of Tick Tock Early Learning Center has released the following statement regarding a legal matter involving a former employee:

Joan Holliday named 2015 Outstanding Citizen of the Year |Mar 20, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>For the first time, the recipient of the Southern Chester County Outstanding Citizen of the Year was unable to accept the award.

Police Reports |Mar 17, 2015

State Police Avondale car search >> On March 7 at 6:26 p.m. Police stopped a car on Gypsy Hill Road in Franklin Township to investigate DUI and drug paraphernalia. Jody Dale Jordan, 44, of Landenberg and a 17-year-old male from Avondale were arrested.

‘Happiness’ being spread in Unionville, Kennett |Mar 17, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>Nancy Pia doesn’t believe in the pursuit of happiness.

Unionville teachers and school board far off on contract talks |Mar 13, 2015

EAST MARLBOROUGH>>The Unionville-Chadds Ford School board and the teachers’ union have been meeting every two weeks since the first of the year trying to hammer out a new contract, but so far the two sides are very far apart.

Police Reports |Mar 12, 2015

State Police Avondale Jewelry taken >> Someone broke into a home in the 100 block of Hess Mill Road in Franklin Township on March 4 in the morning and took jewelry and then fled, police said.

Potholes creating brisk business for local service stations |Mar 10, 2015

WEST CHESTER>>If you think the pothole problem is especially bad this year, you’re right.

Oh, What a beautiful production at Kennett High School |Mar 10, 2015

By Caryl Huffaker Two rehearsals and one performance had to be cancelled because of the ice and snow, but opening night of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” at Kennett High school was electric.

Unionville mourns Mark Powers, 47, URA ambassador |Mar 9, 2015

UNIONVILLE>>A fund established to help pay for the college education of a Unionville man who died last week after dedicating his life to helping youth at the Unionville Recreation Association, has raised more than $20,000 in just three days.

Kennett Square funds senior center for first time |Mar 6, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> After watching neighboring municipalities for years help fund the Kennett Area Senior Center, Kennett Square council has decided it’s high time they do so as well.

Galer Estates Winery wins ‘Best in Class’ nationwide award for its Chardonnay |Mar 5, 2015

By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com @kennettpaper on Twitter

7 municipalities interested in regional policing |Mar 4, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>A plan to form the largest regional policing agency in Chester County has expanded to include seven municipalities.

Church thefts draw prison sentence for New Garden man |Mar 4, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A New Garden man who served as the bookkeeper of a Kennett Square church for more than 25 years was sentenced to prison Tuesday for stealing almost $60,000 from its bank accounts after he got into financial problems stemming from bad financial decisions.

Chicks arrive at Oxford Feed and Lumber |Mar 3, 2015

OXFORD >> It’s a sure sign of spring when the chicks arrive at Oxford Feed and Lumber, and last week, they arrived.

Chester County priest arrested, charged by FBI for child porn |Mar 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The FBI has arrested and charged the former Ss. Simon and Jude parish priest who was accused last year by local authorities of sending and receiving child pornography on a popular social media site, on which he pretend to be a 16-year-old girl.

Body of man, 55, found after firefighters extinguish house fire in New Garden |Feb 28, 2015

A 55-year-old man was found dead inside a house in New Garden Township Saturday morning shortly after local fire companies extinguished a fire there.

Unionville seniors earn Eagle Scout rank |Feb 27, 2015

Boy Scout Troop 22 in Unionville recently honored two new Eagle Scouts, William Randolph McNew and Evan Clinton Grimes, at a special Court of Honor held at the Unionville Presbyterian Church. They both joined Pack 22 as Tiger Cubs in 1st grade and continued their Scouting careers together, joining Troop 22 in 2008.

Former Kennett football great faces sex charges |Feb 27, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> A former star football player for Kennett High School was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor he met at the Kennett Area YMCA.