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 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:43:18 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Election 2014: Schott challenges Lawrence for 13th House seat]]> Retired school teacher Ann Schott of London Grove is challenging state Rep. John Lawrence for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 13th District.

Lawrence, a lifelong resident of Southern Chester County, is married with two young daughters. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in business, worked at JPMorgan Chase for 10-plus years.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:12:45 -0400 2014-10-29T12:12:45-04:00 2014-10-29T12:12:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Barrar's priorities: Jobs, veterans, education]]> PENNSBURY >> When Steve Barrar brought a state House hearing to consider a bill that would authorize volunteer fire companies to bill for "actual and reasonable costs" to Kennett Square recently, it wasn't an election ploy. Barrar, majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, is passionate about helping veterans and volunteer organizations.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:07:11 -0400 2014-10-29T12:07:11-04:00 2014-10-29T12:07:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Whitney Hoffman favors funding for education, infrastructure]]> KENNETT >> Whitney Hoffman believes government should be more transparent, and it's one of the reasons she is running against Republican Steve Barrar in the 160th district.

The 160th state legislative district covers Birmingham, Pocopson, Thornbury, Kennett and Kennett Square in Chester County.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:04:17 -0400 2014-10-29T12:04:17-04:00 2014-10-29T12:04:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Ross back in race; says he has unfinished business]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> After Cuyler Walker unexpectedly withdrew as the Republican endorsed candidate for the 158th district, committee members went knocking on incumbent Chris Ross' door. Ross announced his retirement earlier this year, but when he, and not Roger Howard, was asked to run, Ross immediately accepted.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:55 -0400 2014-10-29T12:00:55-04:00 2014-10-29T12:00:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Rzucidlo hopes third time's the charm]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Susan Rzucidlo is hoping the third time is the charm.

Rzucidlo, the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 158th district, ran for office and lost to Republican incumbent Chris Ross in the 2010 and 2012 district elections. This time, she's confident she has the support to win.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:51:33 -0400 2014-10-29T11:51:33-04:00 2014-10-29T11:51:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Regional police plan proposed for Kennett area]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> A study to determine whether four municipalities - home to 35,000 people - should form a regional police authority was completed this week, and if it gets a good public reception, regional policing could be in place sometime next year.

Last week, members of the state Department of Community and Economic Development met with elected officials in Kennett Square Borough, Kennett, New Garden and London Grove townships that are considering joining forces.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:53:12 -0400 2014-10-28T12:53:12-04:00 2014-10-28T12:53:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Race Through the Grapes]]> FRANKLIN >> As cross country runs go, the Race Through the Grapes 5K was a sweet one.

The event on Saturday morning ran through a brightly colored autumn landscape, and the weather cooperated with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.

Gregory DeSimone, in whose name the run was established, was an emergency room physician at Jennersville Regional Hospital who died suddenly last year.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:51:07 -0400 2014-10-28T12:51:07-04:00 2014-10-28T12:51:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Even in Chester County, Ebola is a concern]]> As national concern continues to grow over the Ebola virus' appearance in the United States, area officials are taking precautions to ensure that the virus does not gain a foothold in the region.

Last week the Chester County Health Department issued a warning to area health care professionals after the first Ebola diagnoses surfaced in Dallas, Texas.

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:52:10 -0400 2014-10-26T16:52:10-04:00 2014-10-26T16:52:59-04:00
<![CDATA[New solar panel at C.F. Patton will provide more food for Kennett Food Cupboard]]> EAST MARLBOROUGH >> A new solar array panel at C.F. Patton Middle School that will enable the school's vegetable garden to grow produce nine months of the year was dedicated Friday morning.

"This is truly a community project, a great project," said Sen. Dominic Pileggi, who attended the dedication along with Rep.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:03:21 -0400 2014-10-24T15:03:21-04:00 2014-10-24T15:03:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Pitts, Houghton spar in Lancaster debate for Congress]]> LANCASTER >> U.S. Rep. Joseph Pitts said he represents his constituents in the halls of government.

Challenger Tom Houghton said he'll be out with the people to speak for them.

Houghton, the underdog Democratic challenger in the 16th Congressional District, relentlessly tried to hammer that point in a 90 minute debate Tuesday.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:47:04 -0400 2014-10-22T13:47:04-04:00 2014-10-29T12:15:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Council waives road fees for library]]> OXFORD >> Oxford Borough Council voted to waive the road opening fees for the Oxford Public Library expansion project and took a small step toward putting a crosswalk in front of the location.

The actual amount of the road opening permit is uncertain, because it is calculated as a $100 base fee plus a charge for the square footage of pavement disturbed.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:55:19 -0400 2014-10-22T13:55:19-04:00 2014-10-22T13:55:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Unionville continues to fight against bullying]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> It may have been some time since the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board has made mention of bullying, but that doesn't mean they haven't continued to work on it.

"A goal that we have discussed before is the importance of bringing parents into the discussion," said board member Kathleen Do.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:51:20 -0400 2014-10-22T13:51:20-04:00 2014-10-22T13:51:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Kennett Township may take ownership of Chandler Mill bridge]]> The fate of the Chandler Mill bridge remains a controversy, but a definitive step toward a final resolution is set for the near future.

The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors announced at their regular meeting Oct. 15 that at their next meeting on Nov. 5 they would vote on taking over ownership of bridge from the county.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:41:23 -0400 2014-10-21T14:41:23-04:00 2014-10-21T14:41:28-04:00
<![CDATA[It's official: Ross will be on ballot]]> HARRISBURG>> Republican State Rep. Chris Ross will stay on the ballot for the 158th state House race in November after Commonwealth Court rejected an appeal that objected to Ross replacing former candidate Cuyler Walker.

"I'm disappointed that the court decided to ratify the Republican Party's last-minute switcheroo politics.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:33:01 -0400 2014-10-21T14:33:01-04:00 2014-10-21T14:33:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Kennett area man survives Alaska train derailment]]> NEW GARDEN >> A township man has recovered from his injuries and says he's lucky to be alive after the train he was riding on earlier this year in southeast Alaska derailed, sending him into the icy waters of a huge lake.

Robert Kratz and his family were on the train on a sightseeing adventure, as part of a cruise on the Norweigian Pearl.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:26:37 -0400 2014-10-21T14:26:37-04:00 2014-10-21T14:27:16-04:00