RSS Feed from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: The latest news from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: website: all stories The Southern Chester County Weeklies Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:05:40 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Football: Running game, Dunleavy powers Blue Demons]]> LONDON GROVE >> Two teams that had very tough 2013 campaigns showed the rest of the Ches-Mont League that things may be different this season. Kennett and Avon Grove put on a spirited show of hard-nosed football Friday night in nonleague action.

Kennett took the opener behind a very strong running game and a junior quarterback, Nick Dunlevy, who ran the Blue Demon option offense to perfection as the visiting Blue Demons downed a very game Avon Grove team, 28-13, in opening night action.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:24:01 -0400 2014-09-01T12:24:01-04:00 2014-09-01T14:51:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Lightning strike possible in New Garden barn fire]]> 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. Avondale was among the fire companies responding to the fire.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:50:21 -0400 2014-09-01T14:50:21-04:00 2014-09-01T14:50:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Nancy A. Taylor of Ocean Pines, Maryland]]> 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.

She was born in Newburgh, New York, and was the daughter of Dorothy E. Potts Taylor and the late Wallace Goodwin Taylor.

She graduated from Kennett Consolidated High School in Kennett Square, received a B.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:28:04 -0400 2014-09-01T12:28:04-04:00 2014-09-01T12:28:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Wackerman retires from Kennett Senior Center]]> 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.

Harry Wackerman capped off his 11 years of running the Book Shoppe, Sunday dinners and Friday night bingo by circulating the room and thanking all of the 100-plus guests who came to honor him.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:26:53 -0400 2014-09-01T12:26:53-04:00 2014-09-01T12:27:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Unionville survives slugfest against Garnet Valley]]> In another classic between the host, Unionville, and Central League opponent Garnet Valley, nearly 45 minutes of unrelenting defense by both teams boiled down to a fourth-and-goal from the Unionville five yard line.

As Garnet Valley's Conner Flanagan rolled to his right, Unionville sophomore Shane Jones, who entered the game two plays prior, wrapped the senior quarterback's legs, forcing him to heave the ball straight up in desperation.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:25:27 -0400 2014-09-01T12:25:27-04:00 2014-09-01T12:25:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Get ChescoReady!]]> 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.

At the first gusts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Amer lost power at her family's home in Valley. Her mother and son were forced to shower and sleep at a nearby fire station, and even though she works at the county Department of Emergency Services (DES) as a community outreach coordinator, she had no more inside information on when PECO would get around to restoring her electricity than any of her neighbors.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:18:20 -0400 2014-09-01T12:18:20-04:00 2014-09-01T12:18:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Unionville High School named as one of the best schools in nation]]> EAST MARBOROUGH >> Unionville High School once again has been ranked as one of the very best high schools in the nation.

This time, the ranking comes from the Daily Beast, which also owns Newsweek Magazine. It is the second time this year Unionville High School was recognized for academic excellence.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:57:02 -0400 2014-09-01T11:57:02-04:00 2014-09-01T12:15:07-04:00
<![CDATA[U-CF, Kennett score well on school performance]]> 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.

The School Performance Profile scores for 2012-13 show several school districts in Chester County performed very well, including Unionville-Chadds Ford, Kennett Consolidated and Downingtown.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:21:30 -0400 2014-08-30T16:21:30-04:00 2014-08-30T16:21:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Let the club do some work!]]> You paid all that money for those clubs. Let them do some of the work in your swing! On the left side, you can see this student's left arm starting to bend at the elbow as the club enters the impact zone. You may have heard this called 'the chicken wing" motion through impact. He was fighting right shots that take off to the right of the target and then go farther right.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:19:25 -0400 2014-08-30T16:19:25-04:00 2014-08-30T16:19:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Kennett Square Newcomers Club offers women a chance to bond]]> Sometimes is can be hard to make new friends in a new environment, but the Kennett Square Area Newcomers Club is looking to change that for residents in the area.

The organization, which has been around for almost 40 years, offers a variety of events and activities for women -- and men also -- not only in Kennett Square, but also southern Chester County, southwest Delaware County and parts of northern Delaware.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:10:43 -0400 2014-08-30T16:10:43-04:00 2014-08-30T16:10:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Drowning victim just started his senior year at Avon Grove]]> 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.

Steve Melton, chief of Kennett Fire Co. No. 1, said the drowning is being classified as an accident.

The teen went into the pond to retrieve a soccer ball just after 8 p.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:45:20 -0400 2014-08-29T13:45:20-04:00 2014-08-29T14:40:43-04:00
<![CDATA[La Comunidad hosts business skills workshop]]> Kennett Square >> For the second year, La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) is hosting a series of workshops for Latino entrepreneurs.

"The first series of seminars was successful last year," said Margarita Mirkil, president and chief executive officer of LCH. "The workshops will give valuable information on those wanting to start a business or wanting to improve their existing venture.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:53:40 -0400 2014-08-29T13:53:40-04:00 2014-08-29T13:53:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Off-road riders gather for fellowship and fun]]> OXFORD >> Country Chrysler was the place to be on Friday for folks who consider Jeeps and ATVs to be part of the family.

The evening of country music, fireworks and displaying their adored vehicles was the idea of Gordon Atkisson, president of the company. He said he knew lots of customers and other members of the community are fond of fixing up their wheels and riding around on rugged territory, so it was only natural to offer them a pleasant night together at no cost to them.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:33 -0400 2014-08-29T13:51:33-04:00 2014-08-29T13:52:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Sports are more than Friday night lights]]> In 1973, Sports Illustrated magazine featured on its cover the photo of a 3-year-old male horse -- Triple Crown Winner Secretariat. ESPN named him the 35th best athlete of the 20th century and he is still remembered fondly.

Last week, 41 years later, that magazine placed on its cover 13-year-old, female Little League player Mo'ne Davis, who pitched her team to the semifinals of the national championships at Williamsport in the World Series.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:38:58 -0400 2014-08-29T13:38:58-04:00 2014-08-29T13:39:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Teen drowns chasing ball into pond at Kennett park]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> A 17-year-old man drowned Thursday evening in a pond at Anson B. Nixon Park.

Officials were not able to identify the dead teen late Thursday, but workers could be seen retrieving the body from the water. Efforts were made to revive the man after he was pulled from the pond.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:48:04 -0400 2014-08-28T23:48:04-04:00 2014-08-29T13:49:16-04:00