School boards have been known to do goofy things, like signing six-year contracts and then waiting five and a half years to begin negotiations.But Downingtown's school district topped all these goofy moves recently by announcing on Monday that it would be on strike Tuesday, thus giving its 11 to 12 thousand students a day to ponder an extra vacation falling out of the sky, and parents time to figure out how or what they're gonna do with the kids suddenly home. Help!

Coatesville budget talks are still dragging on but Council is surprisingly ahead of time with the sale of the Flats property providing extra income for the city.

The sale provides bonus money for City Manager Harry Walker III and Finance Manager Rickie Dean, and covers up the 2007 budget gamble of including $1.92 million for the sale of city property. The Flats sale gets Walker and Dean off the hook and gives them a chance to draw a deep breath of relief. Now Walker doesn't have to jump off any bridges because the budget fell short of expectations.

Coatesville police reportedly are still investigating a shooting that occurred last weekend outside a West End bar. A long lost relative was involved in an accident involving beer when he was run over by a Budweiser truck.

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