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Get ChescoReady! |Sep 1, 2014

WEST GOSHEN >> Amy Kate Amer knows what it is like to suffer through a natural emergency, and wants residents of Chester County to have a small bulwark against that possibility.

Unionville High School named as one of the best schools in nation |Sep 1, 2014

EAST MARBOROUGH >> Unionville High School once again has been ranked as one of the very best high schools in the nation.

Wackerman retires from Kennett Senior Center |Sep 1, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The man who gained the affection of area residents for his leadership at the Kennett Senior Center was honored with a large banquet on Thursday.

Nancy A. Taylor of Ocean Pines, Maryland |Sep 1, 2014

Nancy A. Taylor, 64, of Ocean Pines, Maryland, and formerly of Bel Air, Maryland, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the Coastal Hospice, At The Lake, in Salisbury, Maryland.

Lightning strike possible in New Garden barn fire |Sep 1, 2014

Fire tore through a barn near the intersection of Newark and Buttonwood roads in New Garden on Sunday. A witness said the blaze may have been caused by a lightning strike, though that could not immediately be confirmed with fire officials.

U-CF, Kennett score well on school performance |Aug 30, 2014

The state Department of Education has released school district academic performance scores that Gov. Corbett had wanted to use to determine how schools spend state block grant money. The action was made possible by right-to-know requests.

La Comunidad hosts business skills workshop |Aug 29, 2014

Kennett Square >> For the second year, La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) is hosting a series of workshops for Latino entrepreneurs.

Drowning victim just started his senior year at Avon Grove |Aug 29, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The 17-year-old who drowned at Anson B. Nixon park Thursday night was Raziel Mireles, who had just started his senior year at Avon Grove High School.

Police urge caution on roadways during Labor Day weekend |Aug 28, 2014

As the summer’s final holiday weekend approaches police are stepping up traffic safety enforcement in an effort to reduce the number of deaths on the state’s roadways.

Brothers not guilty in gang stabbing |Aug 28, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas Court jury on Friday acquitted two brothers of a stabbing at a New Garden party that had overtones of gang-related tensions, concluding a five-day-long trial that featured dueling accounts of who initiated the violence at a child’s party.

Teen feared to have drowned at Anson B. Nixon Park pond |Aug 28, 2014

Kennett Township >> Police and rescue personnel were called Thursday night to a pond at Anson B. Nixon Park.

Teen drowns chasing ball into pond at Kennett park |Aug 28, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> A 17-year-old man drowned Thursday evening in a pond at Anson B. Nixon Park.

Avon Grove graduate competes in IRONMAN Lake Placid |Aug 28, 2014

It was something Mike Rogers has hoped to do since he was a kid and, finally, in the summer after he graduated from Avon Grove High School, he took the chance to become an Ironman.

Students return to Chester County schools |Aug 27, 2014

August still has a week to go, but the yellow buses are running and students are back to school in eight of the county’s 12 public school districts. With many districts forced to push back graduation and the end of school to later than usual in June because of the excessive number of snow days, summer vacation was abbreviated on each end.

Store plans service to honor worker killed in accident |Aug 27, 2014

East Marlborough >> A memorial service is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northbrook Marketplace to honor the memory of a 24-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning.

2 injured after crash at School House Road and Route 926 |Aug 27, 2014

Chester County rescue crews were called to School House Road and Route 926 in East Marlborough for a accident with entrapment about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Many gather to remember man killed in bicycle hit-and-run |Aug 27, 2014

POCOPSON >> More than 100 people turned out Wednesday night at a memorial service for a beloved bicyclist who was killed over the weekend in a hit-and-run crash.

Arrests made at Parkesburg DUI checkpoint |Aug 26, 2014

Avondale >> Six people were arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and three others were charged with drug offenses during a sobriety checkpoint Friday night on Route 41.

Lawrence wants cigarette tax to go statewide |Aug 26, 2014

All the talk about hiking the cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help fund city schools has some state lawmakers wondering, what about the rest of the state?

Veterans groups replace stolen cemetery markers |Aug 26, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The Kennett Square American Legion and VFW have joined to replace 157 veterans markers that were stolen from local cemeteries in mid-July.

New Garden gang members go to trial for alleged stabbing |Aug 25, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Jury selection began Monday for two men accused in an alleged gang-related stabbing at a New Garden birthday party.

Co-workers mourn friend killed in bicycling accident |Aug 25, 2014

East Marlborough >> State police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that took the life of a 24-year-old bicyclist early Saturday morning on Route 926 near Schoolhouse Road.

Oxford woman elated over receipt of royal letter |Aug 25, 2014

OXFORD >> Sis Ennis has had a lot of dreams come true in her 95 years, but few experiences rank as high on her scale as the day she got the card from England’s Royal Family on July 29.

West Grove woman will work in Philadlephia school through Americorps |Aug 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA >> As her fifth year at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Philadelphia draws near, principal Lisa Ciaranca Kaplan isn’t holding her breath over district funding. Her after-school Spanish and Mandarin programs are immune to budget woes, thanks to a partnership with University of Pennsylvania.

Kennett man killed riding bicycle along Route 926 |Aug 25, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> A 24-year-old Kennett Township man was killed early Saturday morning while riding his bicycle on Route 926 in East Marlborough Township.

Mudderella draws thousands to Unionville |Aug 22, 2014

Unionville >> It was time to get down and dirty at the Plantation Field as nearly 5,000 people came out for the 2014 Mudderella PA Aug. 16.

Hacking puts patient information at risk at 4 area hospitals |Aug 21, 2014

Community Health Systems, which operates several hospitals in the Chester County area, said a cyberattack believed to be from China may have compromised patient information.

Ivan Stoltzfus arrives in California |Aug 21, 2014

Ivan Stoltzfus, the Honey Brook man who in late April rode through southern Chester County on his tractor en route to the Pacific Ocean, arrived at his destination a little over a week ago.

Local volunteers, veterans to get recognition at Kennett football games |Aug 21, 2014

Kennett Square >> Emergency responders, police, fire volunteers, school administrators and local veterans are among those who will be honored at halftime of every Kennett High School home football game this year, except homecoming.

Embreeville developers argue against ordinance change |Aug 20, 2014

West Bradford >> Developers with housing plans at the former Embreeville State Hospital property challenged a recent change to a township zoning ordinance, arguing the township is not meeting its “fair share obligations” for regional growth.

Robert Scott Neville |Aug 20, 2014

Robert Scott Neville passed away on Aug. 11, 2014, at home after a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 60. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Fitz Charles Neville, and their daughter Laura Neville Bryant, with whom he shared his life and his home, most recently in Pearl River, Louisiana.

Voting begins for Reader’s Choice Awards |Aug 20, 2014

Polls are now open for the Daily Local News’ annual Reader’s Choice awards. From clothing to food, from banking to schools, we want to know your favorite shops and services in the area.

Avon Grove School Board prepares student athletic policy |Aug 19, 2014

PENN >> School is not open yet, but student athletes are already getting ready for the fall season with practices and training camps.

U-CF district ready to welcome back students |Aug 19, 2014

Kennett Square >> Things were a little bit chilly at the end of the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board meeting Aug. 18.

Stephanie Gulden Jackson |Aug 19, 2014

Stefanie Gulden Jackson, beloved sister, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014, in Corte Madera, California, after a courageous two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

Kennett Square bank robbed |Aug 19, 2014

Kennett Square >> Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that a bank robbery took place at the Santander Bank, 313 W. Cypress St. in Kennett Square on August 15. A 5’6” male with medium build entered the bank at approximately 8:50 A.

Discovering the healing power of herbs |Aug 15, 2014

I’ve always thought of herbs as something to spice up savory dishes, to soothe a headache or rash, or to delight the nose. It turns out that herbs can do even more than that. Here’s a story I received from Sally Hammerman, of West Chester.

Corn harvest begins for Chester County Food Bank |Aug 15, 2014

HIGHLAND >> It’s a little late this year, but corn is now on the menu for participants in the services of the Chester County Food Bank.

Local woman helps pass anti-ivory legislation |Aug 15, 2014

Landenberg >> Jen Samuel said when she was growing up in Landenberg she loved animals — especially dolphins and butterflies. Then in college she learned about elephants — an endangered species with so many unique and impressive qualities that she decided to do something to ensure their survival.

Guests search history at Primitive Hall |Aug 15, 2014

Visitors explore local history at Primitive Hall

Oxford Council hears speeding complaints |Aug 15, 2014

OXFORD >> In July, residents came to borough council complaining about speeding on Mt. Vernon Street. Their complaints were heard again this month, along with other residents who have concerns about speeding on North Third Street and overall throughout the borough.

New scouting option starts to take shape |Aug 15, 2014

I received the following information from Victoria Grimme, a mom in Oxford. She is the parent who is starting the new Baden-Powell Service Association troop here in southern Chester county. For more information on Baden-Powell, visit BPSA-US.

Kennett Symphony Delivers Glorious Program |Aug 15, 2014

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County had an absolutely marvelous evening of music last weekend. The weather was perfect, and a big crowd came -- so many, in fact, the line waiting to get in to the theatre extended up the hill toward the Peirce house.

Here’s Credit 101 for Your College Freshman |Aug 15, 2014

To parents with a freshman entering college this fall: You’re probably expecting to shell out major bucks for tuition, room and board and a million other necessities over the next few years. But before you send your kid off, make sure you share one gift likely to steer him or her along the road to financial security – a sound understanding of how credit works.

Evelyn Swenssen tells of ‘Life with Music’ |Aug 15, 2014

We are all on a journey, and composer/ musician/performer Evelyn Swensson, formerly of Chadds Ford, known for her involvement in the music world, has created a road map of her incredible journey and success.

Anderson’s hard work earns Girl Scouts Gold Award |Aug 14, 2014

The Girl Scouts Gold Award suggests a minimum of 80 hours of work on a project, but rising Kennett senior Kierstin Anderson went well over that - by 220 hard hours.

Two arrested for dealing heroin, cocaine in Kennett Square |Aug 14, 2014

A New York man and a Delaware man were arrested for distributing heroin in Kennett Square following a two-month investigation by Kennett Square police.

The freestones are coming |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- If ever there was a good week to follow the doctorsí nutritional advice, itís now.

Open for guests |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- The dreams of a little boy are blossoming into full flower in the form of Chenoa Manor, an animal sanctuary owned and operated by veterinarian Rob Teti. There on a 25-acre farm that sits on the line between London Grove and New Garden, about 230 animals live in peace, never having to worry again about predators, the slaughter house or starvation.