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KENNETT SQUARE >> Officials are still working to determine the cause of a house fire that destroyed a historic house in Kennett Square earlier this week.

The massive brick building at 220 N. Union Street built in the 1880s sustained major damage and officials are unsure how much of it can be salvaged.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:26:10 -0500 2014-11-21T16:26:10-05:00 2014-11-21T16:26:43-05:00
<![CDATA[Police say Kennett man a fugutive in child-porn case]]> Kennett Square -- A 45-year-old man is on the run after state investigators discovered he was using a home computer to view and share child pornography, according to state police.

Police said Jeffrey Matthew Ball, of Kennett Square, abandoned his wife, children, and home after investigators from the state police's Bureau of Computer Crime obtained an arrest warrant following a months-long investigation.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:46:32 -0500 2014-11-21T14:46:32-05:00 2014-11-21T14:55:27-05:00
<![CDATA[Eagle project honors World War II Defense Women]]> OXFORD >> When Derrick Maule went to work on his Eagle Scout project, he did not know that he was going to learn about his own family history as well. Maule created a memorial garden at the Oxford Memorial Park in honor of the World War II Defense Women.

At dedication ceremonies Saturday, Nov 15, he explained that in the process of doing the research for the project, he learned that his own grandmother had been a defense worker.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:32:23 -0500 2014-11-20T11:32:23-05:00 2014-11-20T11:32:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Why did they vote Republican?]]> Anyone who has followed the most recent mid-term election knows that the Republican Party picked up enough votes to gain control of the U.S. Senate and retain control of the House of Representatives.

During the last election, the Democrats had the representation enough to control the Senate, but not the House.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:25:19 -0500 2014-11-20T11:25:19-05:00 2014-11-20T11:25:21-05:00
<![CDATA[Unionville, Kennett schools rank among elite in the nation]]> EAST MARLBOROUGH>>The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is the 15th best school district in the nation, and Kennett Consolidated the 42nd best in the state, according to a national ranking agency that rates both hard data and student surveys. In Pennsylvania, only Lower Merion School District, which placed fourth out of more than 13,000 public school districts, bested Unionville and Kennett.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:19:13 -0500 2014-11-20T11:19:13-05:00 2014-11-20T11:19:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Grant to be used for Anson Nixon Park upgrades]]> A two-acre dog park at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square is just one of the many improvements that is scheduled to be completed sometime next year.

Kennett Square was among several municipalities and land conservation organizations in Chester County, as well as the county itself, to be awarded state grants this month from the state Community Conservation Partnerships Program, or C2P2.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:13:45 -0500 2014-11-20T11:13:45-05:00 2014-11-20T11:13:48-05:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: Time to focus on holiday outdoors gifts]]> As I sit here writing this week's column, I am about 75 miles due north of southern Chester County, visiting my parents, and there is snow on the ground. Hard to believe. And I'm not sure I'm ready for this. But, with the holiday season upon us, I suppose it's time. And, given the choice, I would much prefer cold, crisp weather even with some snow on the ground, compared to the cool, damp, rainy Thanksgiving and Christmas Days we've had in the past.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:46:12 -0500 2014-11-19T19:46:12-05:00 2014-11-19T19:46:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Unionville considering school redistricting plan]]> EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville-Chadds Ford School District board members will hear a presentation from McKissick and Associates on elementary school enrollment projections next month. Results of that study will guide the board and administration on whether or not plans to redistrict four elementary schools should go forward.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:43:53 -0500 2014-11-19T19:43:53-05:00 2014-11-19T19:43:55-05:00
<![CDATA[Scotty McMillan's story touches hearts worldwide]]> It's hard for many to imagine, looking at the photos of an innocent Scotty McMillan, that the red-haired, blue-eyed toddler would in his short life become the subject of a horrific news story that has captured the attention of people around the world.

But that is what happened to the 3-year-old western Chester County boy who police say was beaten and tortured by those who were supposed to protect him from harm: his mother and her live-in boyfriend.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:22:27 -0500 2014-11-19T19:22:27-05:00 2014-11-19T19:42:39-05:00
<![CDATA[Blaze breaks out in historic Kennett Square house]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at a historic borough structure on Wednesday. The fire broke out at 3:35 p.m. in a house at 220 N. Union St. known as the Chalfant House.

With temperatures in the 20s, firefighters battled heavy flames on arrival as they got occupants out of the building.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:41:32 -0500 2014-11-19T19:41:32-05:00 2014-11-19T19:41:35-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Avon Grove Board addresses communication issues]]> PENN >> When the Avon Grove School Board met on Thursday, Nov. 13, it was at the Avon Grove Intermediate School (AGI), the same building that was evacuated because of a bomb threat exactly one week earlier.

Superintendent Christopher Marchese highlighted those events in his report at the meeting.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:19:52 -0500 2014-11-19T19:19:52-05:00 2014-11-19T19:19:54-05:00
<![CDATA['Shakespeare in Hollywood' plays at Unionville]]> Shakespeare in Hollywood Plays at Unionville

The Unionville High School players had a high old time presenting "Shakespeare in Hollywood" by Ken Ludwig last weekend. Based loosely on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night's Dream," it is a lightweight spoof of the heavy weight stars in Hollywood just before World War II.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:26:14 -0500 2014-11-18T18:26:14-05:00 2014-11-18T18:26:18-05:00
<![CDATA[16 historic buildings on Candlelight Christmas tour]]> Visitors to the Brandywine Valley know that the region holds many treasures, including its historic houses: long-standing structures many with rustic springhouses, some of which date back over 300 years. Driving the countryside, you can see these old friends on back country roads, where intersections are marked by the end of a stone wall built many decades ago, still standing as they signify a property line demarcated when our republic was young.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:20:48 -0500 2014-11-18T18:20:48-05:00 2014-11-18T18:21:10-05:00
<![CDATA[Avon Grove teachers rally for contract settlement]]> PENN >> Avon Grove School District teachers braved sleet and chill on Thursday as they rallied for a new contract along Route 796 in front of the elementary school complex and district office.

Their previous two-year contract ended in June, and they have been working under the terms of the old one since then.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:16:04 -0500 2014-11-18T18:16:04-05:00 2014-11-18T18:16:16-05:00
<![CDATA[West Grove 'caretaker' sentenced for molesting boys]]> WEST CHESTER >> A man convicted of molesting two children in West Grove was sentenced to 83 to 166 years in prison, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Robert Jackson, 51, who had previously been convicted of sexually abusing children in 1988, was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge William Mahon.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:12:03 -0500 2014-11-18T18:12:03-05:00 2014-11-18T18:12:05-05:00