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 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:01:24 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Kennett High School one of the best in the nation]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett High School has earned accolades for academic achievement, ranking it as one of the best in the nation.

Performance of standardized testing earned the school a profile score of 94.4 from the state Department of Education, said Barry Tomasetti, superintendent of Kennett Consolidated School District.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:09:58 -0400 2014-09-18T12:09:58-04:00 2014-09-18T12:10:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Spotlight of the Week: Kennett Y swimmer is All-American]]> HOCKESSIN, Delaware >> Alicia Diaz can't remember exactly when it was that she realized she was a really good swimmer, but she guesses it was when she was about 9 years old.

She was competing in a meet and won and was suddenly told afterward that her time had qualified her for district competition.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:04:16 -0400 2014-09-18T12:04:16-04:00 2014-09-18T12:04:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Aunt and uncle find worms in blackberries]]> A couple of weeks ago, I had my first opportunity to visit my aunt and uncle at their new "digs" at a retirement center near Princeton, New Jersey. Knowing how much I love gardening, before I left, they showed me their plot in the center's community garden. There wasn't much produce left at this time of year -- there were some zinnias, a few herbs and a dwindling squash vine -- but they had had a lot of fun and enjoyed some great vegetables from it earlier in the season.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:55:00 -0400 2014-09-18T11:55:00-04:00 2014-09-18T11:55:03-04:00
<![CDATA[EV-D68 hits Unionville-Chadds Ford School District]]> EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District confirmed Wednesday a high school student has contracted EV-D68, the virus that has been sweeping across the nation.

It was the first public announcement in Chester County of a student coming down with the virus that is characterized by coughing, a runny nose, sore throat and in some cases, a fever.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:47:37 -0400 2014-09-17T22:47:37-04:00 2014-09-17T22:47:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Is an elementary school redistricting in the future for U-CF?]]> Kennett Square >> The problem is present at Pocopson Elementary School and now the only question is whether a redistricting of the four elementary schools will happen in the Unionville-Chadds Ford district in the near future.

Just looking at the enrollment figures of the schools says it all.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:06:53 -0400 2014-09-17T10:06:53-04:00 2014-09-17T10:06:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Missed opportunities spell doom for Lincoln]]> LOWER OXFORD >> A little more than a week removed from a big win over arch-rival Cheyney in its season opener, a game played before a packed house and a national TV audience, Lincoln took the field against North Carolina Wesleyan in a downpour, before a sparse crowd.

There was a difference on the field as well as in atmosphere Sept.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:02:46 -0400 2014-09-17T10:02:46-04:00 2014-09-17T10:02:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Emergency notifications: No more government mandates!]]> Following an unprecedented water main break that left just about every household in Kennett Square without water last Sunday, residents are demanding emergency notifications be done in a better way.

Most residents of Kennett Square awoke Sunday morning to find little or no water pressure. Toilets wouldn't flush.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:01:02 -0400 2014-09-17T10:01:02-04:00 2014-09-17T10:01:05-04:00
<![CDATA[In any season, expanded Meadow Garden informs and delights]]>

This past June, with an appropriate amount of fanfare and celebration, Longwood Gardens opened the gate to its newest accomplishment: the expanded Meadow Garden. The meadow had always been there, but for those who wanted to enjoy Nature away from the crowds, there was nothing to do, really, but to walk the loop trail.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:57:40 -0400 2014-09-17T09:57:40-04:00 2014-09-17T09:57:45-04:00
<![CDATA[Water boiling stays in effect in Kennett Square]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Residents told council Monday night the borough's methods of notifying them to boil water after a water main break were ineffective.

"If my hair falls out, it's because I was drinking the water on Saturday and I didn't get the boil notice," resident John Thomas said of the borough's communication after Saturday night's water main break in the borough "The system didn't work right.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:05:26 -0400 2014-09-16T10:05:26-04:00 2014-09-17T10:08:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Unionville High School has record 19 National Merit Semifinalists named]]>

Unionville High School received news that 19 seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists.

This is the largest group of Unionville students to receive this recognition. These talented students scored in the top 1 percent in the country on their 11th-grade PSAT (Preliminary SAT).

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:50:34 -0400 2014-09-16T13:50:34-04:00 2014-09-16T20:05:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Under 26? Stay on your parent's health plan]]> In their quest to land a job, any job, many young adults will sacrifice what used to be called "fringe benefits" to gain a foot in the door. But many entry-level jobs either offer no healthcare benefits, or the employee's cost share is prohibitive for someone barely making minimum wage. Add to the equation that most 20-somethings are in good health and rarely visit the doctor and it's easy to see why many will forego health insurance in favor of paying other bills.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:02:15 -0400 2014-09-16T20:02:15-04:00 2014-09-16T20:02:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Former New Garden supervisor starts prison term]]> WEST CHESTER >> A contrite former New Garden supervisor was led from a Common Pleas Courtroom Tuesday by sheriff's deputies to begin serving a state prison sentence for possession of child pornography.

Warren Reynolds, 53, offered an apology to Judge Anthony Sarcione for his crimes and said that he was grateful to his wife, family, and other members of the New Garden community for standing by him since his arrest on the charges in June 2013.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:17:38 -0400 2014-09-15T23:17:38-04:00 2014-09-15T23:17:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Unionville spoils Avon Grove's homecoming]]> WEST GROVE >> On Saturday afternoon, there was excitement, energy and spirit all around Avon Grove High School's campus before kickoff due to Homecoming festivities. However, once the ball was kicked off, smiles turned to frowns as Unionville rolled to a 36-0 victory in the non-league contest.

The Indians dominated on defense and showcased how assertive their running game could be, racking up 279 yards on the ground.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:02:59 -0400 2014-09-15T23:02:59-04:00 2014-09-15T23:03:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Spotlight of the Week: Always just one of the boys]]> There was never a time Vanessa Robtison, 31, can remember when she wasn't involved in something sports, whether it was coaching, playing or even just attending for fun.

Growing up with an athletic older brother and two cousins, she almost had no choice.

Well, at least her brother had no choice but to let her play.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:08:55 -0400 2014-09-14T19:08:55-04:00 2014-09-16T20:05:46-04:00
<![CDATA[Thousands in Kennett Square without water after main breaks]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Thousands of Kennett Square residents were without water Sept. 14 after a water main located along East South Street near the front of the Kennett High School ruptured. Borough officials issued a boil water notice as a safety precaution.

The borough's public works department, along with outside contractors, worked all day Sunday to located the source of the leak and replace a 13-foot section of main that was located near three others, a sewer main and a gas line.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:40:21 -0400 2014-09-14T18:40:21-04:00 2014-09-16T10:06:57-04:00