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 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:46:42 -0500 60 <![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[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[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[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
<![CDATA[My Two Cents: How to get a GOP victory in 2016]]> Election night was a good night for the national GOP: victories all across the nation.

The people have spoken, and I believe what they were saying is for the new GOP Congress to get us out of this horror movie aka Obamacare, make our borders secure, no legalizing of illegal aliens, and stop ISIS in its tracks before they come here.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:09:58 -0500 2014-11-18T18:09:58-05:00 2014-11-18T18:10:02-05:00
<![CDATA[College Basketball: Lincoln men fall at home in opener]]> LOWER OXFORD >> Lincoln men's basketball coach John Hill knew well ahead of time their home opener was going to be a tough one. The Lions, with a much different cast than a year ago, would have to start finding their own identity in a hurry, as coming right out of the gate, they'd be squaring off against one of the very best teams in Division II in East Stroudsburg.

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:51:57 -0500 2014-11-17T11:51:57-05:00 2014-11-17T11:51:59-05:00
<![CDATA[Basketball: Lincoln looks to continue progress]]> LOWER OXFORD >> To get an idea just how much progress the Lincoln men's basketball program has made under John Hill, consider this: the 2014-15 squad must replace its top three scorers and yet the Lions were picked to finish second in the CIAA Northern Division in the preseason coach's poll.

"Our conference opponents are starting to appreciate the kind of basketball we've played over the last few years," said Hill, who is entering his fifth season at the helm.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:15:32 -0500 2014-11-14T17:15:32-05:00 2014-11-14T17:15:55-05:00
<![CDATA[Road cleanup helps family of fallen Avondale trooper keep his memory alive]]> AVONDALE >> The family of a local state trooper who died six years ago at the hands of a drunken driver were out in force Sunday morning picking up trash alongside the road where the crash happened.

"This is all about family, and it's making a difference each time we're out here," said Ken Iwaniec, father of Kenton Iwaniec, who was hit head-on in March 2008 by a drunken driver on Route 41 near Mosquito lane after finishing his shift and on his way home to Lancaster.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:10:03 -0500 2014-11-14T17:10:03-05:00 2014-11-14T17:10:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Oxford Council will hasten complaints to zoning officer]]> OXFORD >> Oxford Borough has an ordinance to protect residents from disruptive neighbors at rental properties, but to get help, a police report on complaints is required to start the process. Residents from South Street came to the Nov. 10 borough council meeting asking for help, contending that police have been called for noise and other complaints.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:00:38 -0500 2014-11-14T17:00:38-05:00 2014-11-14T17:00:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Scouts retire old flags at evening ceremony]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Streaks of red and blue in the western sunset sky, reminiscent of the colors in Old Glory, showcased the flag retirement ceremony at the Kennett Fire Company on Sunday evening.

There, dozens of old and tattered flags received an honorable end as they were placed in a fire by members of Scout Troop 53.

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:50:31 -0500 2014-11-12T16:50:31-05:00 2014-11-12T16:51:23-05:00