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USPS to honor Andrew Wyeth’s birth with release of Forever stamps |Jun 27, 2017

Chadds Ford>>The United States Postal Service has announced that it will issue a pane of stamps in 2017 inspired by the art of Andrew Wyeth to commemorate the centennial of the artist’s birth.

Four municipal police departments launch digital crime-fighting tool |Jun 27, 2017

KENNETT TOWNSHIP>>Four municipal police departments in Chester County have joined a statewide digital Crime Watch program that gives people who use social media and mobile devices an easier and more effective way to fight crime and to be aware of criminal activity in their community.

Kennett woman accused of being a Mexican by men wearing bulletproof vests and badges lodges complaint |Jun 27, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> When Brenda Flax heard a loud knock on her door last Friday at 6:15 a.m., she feared the worst. Her husband, who works as a police officer in Harrisburg, had left the house at 5 a.

Chester County Fund for Women and Girls awards grants |Jun 26, 2017

WEST CHESTER>>The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG)’ Grants Allocation Committee (GAC) has awarded $193,000 in grants to 20 non-profit agencies serving the needs of women and girls throughout Chester County.

Chester County officials urge residents to take survey guiding future growth |Jun 22, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Chris Alonzo, a lifelong resident of Kennett Square and third generation mushroom farmer, remembers a time when there was only one traffic light in town.

Sam’s Club pulls plug on Exton location |Jun 22, 2017

West Whiteland>>The unexpected announcement from Sam’s Club Wednesday that it is closing its Exton location drew a large but disappointed crowd to the store Thursday.

Sandy Hayes named Employee of Month at Kennett YMCA |Jun 22, 2017

Kennett Square>>Sandy Hayes has been named Employee of the Month at the Kennett Area YMCA. She has been with the Kennett Y since 2007.

Unionville adopts budget with tax hike; average homeowner will pay $191 more per year in taxes |Jun 22, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville-Chadds Ford school directors this week approved a $84.9 million budget that calls for a weighted tax increase of 2.6 percent.

Kennett Square, Kennett Township agree to partner on economic development |Jun 22, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Square and Kennett Township officials have agreed to partner to hire a new director of economic development, a move that will help guide future growth in both municipalities.

For local nature lovers, more land to enjoy |Jun 22, 2017

Kennett Township>> At the 82-acre Stateline Woods Preserve, there are activities such as hiking trails, biking trails, horseback riding, bird watching and even cross-country skiing. And on Friday afternoon, June 23, there will be three more acres of land for nature lovers to enjoy.

Officials probe if spectator recorded portion of Bill Cosby trial |Jun 22, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials are investigating reports that a member of the public who attended the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial allegedly audiotaped a portion of the trial and took photographs from inside a satellite courtroom that broadcast the proceedings.

Judge releases identities of jurors at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 21, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial released the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations, but jurors will be limited in what they can speak about publicly.

It may soon cost $1 per hour to park in Kennett Square |Jun 20, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE>> It could soon cost a quarter more per hour to park in Kennett Square.

Multiple house fires reported in Chester County after thunderstorms |Jun 20, 2017

POPCOPSON >> Chester County firefighters were kept busy battling three fires after a late afternoon storm passed through the area Monday. The first call was for a home on McCormick Way in New London, which was reported struck by lightning at about 4:20 p.

BVA free Summer Music Series begins June 29 |Jun 20, 2017

Pocopson>>The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance announces the line-up for the Sounds Under the Stars summer music concerts. Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a picnic dinner to the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance’s Myrick Conservation Center and listen to music under the stars in a beautiful country setting.

Judge weighs media requests to identify jurors at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial took under advisement a request by media outlets to release the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations.

Dr. Pete Soraruf, Kennett area family physician, to retire after 40 years |Jun 20, 2017

Kennett Square>>Dr. L. Peter Soraruf is hanging up his stethoscope and retiring from his Kennett Square family medical practice after 40 years this July 4.. He was known just as Pete by his many patients and friends.

Local Girl Scouts help new mothers in Kennett Square |Jun 19, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE>>Local Girl Scouts from Cadette Troop 492, Brandywine Valley Service Unit, volunteered to take on the Baby Bundle Community Service Project. Stationed at Kennett Square CVS and Walgreen stores, the Girl Scouts from Patton Middle School, were overwhelmed with donations from the community.

Luxury apartments for millennials proposed in West Chester |Jun 19, 2017

WEST GOSHEN>>Westrum Development Company plans to build 189 luxury apartments at the site of the Agway hardware store at 956 S. Matlack St.

Kennett Township, East Goshen lauded for improving transportation |Jun 19, 2017

EAST WHITELAND>>Kennett Township and East Goshen Township were among recipients of awards for work officials there did to improve transportation and transportation services, and to include Transportation Demand Management strategies in their communities.

Wawa in Concord held up twice in two days; teen held |Jun 19, 2017

CONCORD >> A local Wawa was held up at gunpoint twice over the weekend, and a teenager is now in custody in connection with the pair of heists.

New Garden residents band together is attempt to eradicate mushroom flies |Jun 18, 2017

NEW GARDEN >> Residents of several housing developments in the southern part of the township are conducting their own scientific research on the pesky flies that have invaded their homes for about three years.

Bikers will deliver goods to Oxford on July 1 |Jun 18, 2017

Have you seen bikers spending their weekends standing in front of Walmart, Redner’s, Dollar Store in Oxford? Giant in Jennersville? Acme in Avondale or other stores?

Historic Kennett Square named one of best in Pennsylvania as downtown continues to thrive |Jun 17, 2017

Kennett SQuare>>Historic Kennett Square has placed fourth in Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s list of best performing Main Street Programs of 2016.

Genesis finalizes agreement with Department of Justice |Jun 17, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE>>Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute care, has finalized its previously reported agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and related government agencies to resolve a legacy Sun Healthcare therapy matter in Georgia, a Skilled Healthcare therapy matter related to certain facilities in the Midwestern United States and a Skilled Healthcare hospice matter related to the Las Vegas Creekside Hospice False Claims Act litigation pending in federal court.

Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sex-assault case; Prosecutors will retry |Jun 17, 2017

By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-centurymedia.com

Spectators react to mistrial at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> “It’s a blessing!” a Bill Cosby supporter shouted as the entertainer emerged from the Montgomery County Courthouse on Saturday after a mistrial was declared at his sexual assault trial.

Audevard named new principal at Hillendale Elementary School |Jun 16, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH>>Michael Audevard, who began his career in education at Chadds Ford Elementary will be returning home as he has been named the new Hillendale Elementary School principal, pending school board approval.

Kennett school directors approve resignations, new hires and more |Jun 15, 2017

Kennett Consolidated School Directors approved the following:

Bill Cosby jury deadlocked but will continue deliberations |Jun 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Despite telling a judge they were deadlocked earlier in the day Thursday, the Montgomery County jurors weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby at his sex assault trial indicated they will return Friday to continue deliberations.

LIVE: The wait continues in Day 9 of the Bill Cosby Trial |Jun 15, 2017

Bill Cosby is waiting on the jury at his sex-abuse trial and we are there live. Follow reporters Eric Devlin (@Eric_Devlin) and Carl Hessler Jr. (

Family Promise gets grant from CCFWG |Jun 15, 2017

Avondale>>Family Promise of Southern Chester County (FPSCC) was recognized and rewarded for its efforts to alleviate family homelessness by the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG).

Scores of runners beat Beethoven’s ‘5th’ |Jun 14, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> It was not necessary to keep in step with Beethoven’s “5th Symphony,” but the runners needed to go fast.

Montgomery County defense lawyers: Lengthy jury deliberations bring ‘anxiety,’ hand-wringing |Jun 14, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Veteran Montgomery County lawyers said a lot of hand-wringing occurs when juries undertake lengthy deliberations.

Costello, Meehan avoided baseball practice shooting by stroke of fate |Jun 14, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA. >> U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, a regular on the GOP baseball team due to play a charity game against House Democrats, said he was “in a state of shock” after hearing of the shooting that took place at a practice field Wednesday just outside of Washington, D.

Dying Kennett mushroom worker gets lifelong dream of becoming a legal U.S. citizen |Jun 14, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> For the longest time -- and especially ever since Donald Trump became president earlier this year -- Joaquin Ayllon Cordova wanted to be an American citizen. He took citizenship classes at South Mill Kaolin Mushroom Farm, the same place that was raided by customs officials a couple of months back.

Local boy, 8, named ‘police chief’ for a day |Jun 14, 2017

Willistown>>Willistown Township Police Department hosted eight-year-old Asher Callan as their “Chief” for a Day on June 6. He was awarded the position through an auction at the Spring Fair benefiting the General Wayne Elementary School PTO.

LIVE: Bill Cosby Trial Day 8 |Jun 14, 2017

Bill Cosby is waiting on the jury at his sex-abuse trial and we are there live. Follow reporters Eric Devlin (@Eric_Devlin) and Carl Hessler Jr. (

WCU named one of the safest colleges in America |Jun 14, 2017

West Chester >> West Chester University (WCU) has been named one of the Safest Colleges in America for 2017 by The National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association comprised of home security professionals from across the United States with headquarters in Washington, DC.

Kennett school directors create new position |Jun 13, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Amid an unusually technology-oriented agenda, the Kennett Area Consolidated School District created a new position Monday night: director of curriculum in math and science.

First Cat Café in Chester County to open in Kennett Square |Jun 13, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> In the past few years, cat cafes have sprung up in New York, Baltimore, California and in Washington, D.C.

Two local homeless shelters merge |Jun 13, 2017

Phoenixville>>Two established non-profits that serve the homeless population of Chester and Lancaster Counties announced a merger that uniquely positions the organizations to provide emergency shelter, rapid re-housing and permanent housing for homeless men, women and children.

Royal Farms eyes new store at Route 202 and Smithbridge Road |Jun 12, 2017

CONCORD >> Royal Farms’ self-proclaimed “World Famous Chicken” will soon be available close to home.

Kennett students honored for academic achievement |Jun 12, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> The Kennett Education Association (KEA) held its 26th Annual Scholarship and Awards Reception, May 30, to recognize outstanding students for their academic merit and school citizenship.

Baily’s Dairy will start selling soft serve ice cream this weekend |Jun 12, 2017

POCOPSON >> Ever since Dairy Queen moved out of Kennett Square, residents have had to travel quite a distance to get soft-serve ice cream. But starting this weekend, Baily’s Dairy of Pocopson Meadow Farm will start serving soft-serve ice cream in seven flavors.

LIVE: Day 6 of the Bill Cosby trial |Jun 12, 2017

Bill Cosby heads to trial on sex-abuse charges and we’ll be there live. Follow reporters Eric Devlin (@Eric_Devlin) and Carl Hessler Jr. (

Funding approved for traffic safety in Chester County |Jun 9, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced that three municipalities in Chester County will receive funding for Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) projects. In total, 21 municipalities will receive $6 million in ARLE funding to fund 27 safety projects statewide.

Kennett seniors told to dream big, and make a difference |Jun 9, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> About 300 Kennett High School graduating seniors were told not to wait until mid-life to try to achieve happiness and the American Dream.

County will replace Avondale’s deficient bridge |Jun 9, 2017

AVONDALE >> The State Street Bridge, having been declared deficient for almost a decade, will finally be replaced by the county.

New Chaplain for Kennett Square Police |Jun 9, 2017

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