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, 21 Apr 2015 00:51:04 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Atlanta educators stuck between two bad choices]]> Last week 11 Atlanta, Georgia, teachers, administrators and test coordinators were taken to jail in handcuffs after having been convicted of racketeering. These individuals, who faced the same penalties as the folks who carry out organized crime, could be in jail for up to 20 years.

This is what they did: They altered the answers on their students' standardized tests so the kids would get higher scores.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:28:07 -0400 2015-04-09T11:28:07-04:00 2015-04-09T11:28:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Local DJ, photographer arrested on child porn and related charges]]> WEST BRADFORD >> A local DJ and photographer who made a living working at weddings, parties, and school dances was arrested on over 300 felony charges related to alleged sexual misconduct and possession of child pornography on Tuesday following an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:13:59 -0400 2015-04-09T10:13:59-04:00 2015-04-09T10:13:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point]]> Pocopson >> Easter is a time for family, and family was a key word at the Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point Races Sunday.

Set in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Myrick Conservation Center, the day of racing action had something for all ages, starting with the pony races for small, medium and large ponies, followed by a lead line pony race for tiny jockeys with parents leading them from start to finish.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:10:32 -0400 2015-04-09T10:10:32-04:00 2015-04-09T10:10:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Police Log]]> New Garden:

Traffic Stop >> On March 18, 2015 at 12:50 a.m., police observed a vehicle with an equipment violation at Baltimore Pike and Newark Road. A traffic stop was conducted in the 1300 block of Newark Road. Police contacted the driver, Joshua Hineman, 22, from Oxford. During the stop, police observed the driver to exhibit signs of impairment.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:06:57 -0400 2015-04-09T10:06:57-04:00 2015-04-09T10:06:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Longwood executive director receives a top garden tourism award]]> East Marlborough >> Longwood Gardens Executive Director Paul B. Redman is the recipient of the 2015 Person of the Year award from the International Garden Tourism Network.

Commonly known as IGTN, the group gives out its Garden Tourism Awards to organizations and individuals distinguishing themselves in the development and promotion of garden experiences as tourist attractions.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:02:58 -0400 2015-04-09T10:02:58-04:00 2015-04-09T10:02:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Penn Township roads deemed in good shape]]> Penn >> Before the township solicits bids for road work for the year, Supervisor William Finnen wants the board to get together and take a look at the entire township

"In years past, we went out with the roadmaster and made a complete tour of the township,"Finnen said. "We haven't done this in the last three or four years.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:59:14 -0400 2015-04-09T09:59:14-04:00 2015-04-09T09:59:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Charges dismissed in Tick Tock science kit, donation case]]> New Garden >> The Chester County District Attorney's Office has dismissed charges against former Tick Tock Early Learning Center Director Jackie Maas.

Maas had been accused by the center's board of withholding a $500 contribution she received and refusing to return $3,000 worth of science kits that were designated for the children who attend Tick Tock on Baltimore Pike in Toughkenamon.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:54:36 -0400 2015-04-09T09:54:36-04:00 2015-04-09T09:54:36-04:00
<![CDATA[Crowds turn out to catch the early fish]]> In the spirit of that sneaky Easter Bunny who hides eggy treasures to be tracked down by eager children on those traditional Easter Egg hunts, so does the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stock trouty treasures that await equally eager anglers on opening day. That opening day tradition took place in our corner of the commonwealth yesterday (Saturday, April 4) and Chester County trout fishermen took full advantage of the opportunity.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:49:23 -0400 2015-04-09T09:49:23-04:00 2015-04-09T09:49:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Lawmakers applaud Lincoln attempts to hold down costs]]> Lower Oxford >> Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly applauded Lincoln University's efforts to keep tuition affordable and limit college debt. These statements were made by representatives of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees during the budget hearings in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:12:15 -0400 2015-04-02T12:12:15-04:00 2015-04-02T12:12:15-04:00
<![CDATA['West Side Story' at Unionville is a real rumble]]> Unionville High School has a large stage, and they filled it with an enormous cast and enormous sets as they performed the blockbuster show "West Side Story." Its parking lot is also enormous, but it was almost filled a half hour before show time, but that happens when there are so many people involved in a production.

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:01:58 -0400 2015-03-17T14:01:58-04:00 2015-03-17T14:01:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Chicks arrive at Oxford Feed and Lumber]]> OXFORD >> It's a sure sign of spring when the chicks arrive at Oxford Feed and Lumber, and last week, they arrived.

Several heated bins greet customers when they come in, each bin holding a different breed of chicken.

The little ones stick close together, hop around and give out gentle "Peep, peep, peep" that can be heard throughout the store.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:15:53 -0500 2015-03-03T15:15:53-05:00 2015-03-03T15:15:53-05:00
<![CDATA[Flower Show has everyone's favorite movie]]> PHILADELPHIA >> As soon as the gates opened to the public at the Philadelphia Flower Show on Saturday, the crowds poured in and crushed together around exhibits -- as they have in every year past.

But those folks didn't just look and move on. In this age in which devices of digital communication have evolved and improved, just about everyone was taking pictures with one kind of camera or another.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:45:47 -0500 2015-03-03T13:45:47-05:00 2015-03-03T13:45:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Empty Bowls the latest successful fundraiser]]> There are many great fundraisers staged in southern Chester County. It's no wonder, considering nearly 9 percent of families and 1,903 children ages 5 to 17 live in poverty in the Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove, Unionville-Chadds Ford and Oxford Area school districts.

As startling as those figures are, they represent a 65 percent increase in childhood poverty in southern Chester County in the past five years.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:38:25 -0500 2015-03-03T12:38:25-05:00 2015-03-03T12:38:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Chester County priest arrested, charged by FBI for child porn]]> PHILADELPHIA >> The FBI has arrested and charged the former Ss. Simon and Jude parish priest who was accused last year by local authorities of sending and receiving child pornography on a popular social media site, on which he pretend to be a 16-year-old girl.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said Tuesday that charges had been brought against Mark Haynes, 55, of Egg Harbor, New Jersey, on Friday.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:26:14 -0500 2015-03-02T17:26:14-05:00 2015-03-02T17:26:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Performance Golf: Justin Martinson on The Big Break]]> I'm looking at the ice that has grown on my windows and wondering if golf season will ever get here … Luckily, my lovely wife has reminded me that I have neglected to let you all know about "The Big Break" -- Golf Channel's reality based show about golf competition. Otherwise, I might just go back to bed and pull the covers up over my head.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:30:32 -0500 2015-03-02T16:30:32-05:00 2015-03-02T16:30:32-05:00