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    • GUEST COLUMN: Be vigilant against child abuse, even in the church August 18, 2018
      Although the grand jury report's findings have been speculated upon for months, the details it reveals of systemic and widespread sexual abuse of children by priests - and the cover-up of that abuse - in six dioceses in Pennsylvania are shocking and deeply offensive. Childhood should be a time of innocence.
    • Former Daniel Boone superintendent hired by western Pa. school district August 18, 2018
      AMITY >> It was a whirlwind week for James P. Harris.On Monday, Aug. 13, Harris turned in his resignation as superintendent of the Daniel Boone Area School District, effective Friday, Aug. 17.The move came hours before the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Daniel Boone Area School Board, where board members had little information about Harris' future […]
    • Chester County Sheriff's Office nabs 9 fugitives August 18, 2018
      West Chester>> The Chester County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit had a busy July, apprehending nine fugitives for offenses ranging from failure to pay child support to failure to appear at trial. Three may face additional charges for attempting to hide.. On July 3, 2018, sheriff's deputies arrested Ashley Mastrangelo, 29, of Phoenixville, at an […]
    • Area congregations schedule special services and events August 18, 2018
      Bethel UMCSpring City: Doug Hughes, Registered Nurse and active with Troop 4 Boy Scouts will be the speaker during the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday at Bethel United Methodist Church, 952 Bethel Church Road.First PresbyterianPottstown: There will be a service of Thanksgiving and Caring for Creation with a Blessing of the Animals at 7 […]
    • Congregation Hesed Shel Emet offers new membership options August 18, 2018
      Congregation Hesed Shel Emet in Pottstown recently announced its new membership options. Membership is now based on a "voluntary giving" concept, as opposed to the traditional income-based model which has been used by most synagogues since the mid-1960s.Rabbi Ira Flax has been the spiritual leader of the congregation since 2015.
    • Act II Playhouse presents 'Biloxi Blues,' Aug. 28 to Sept. 23 August 18, 2018
      Act II Playhouse presents Neil Simon's Broadway comedy Biloxi Blues, on stage in Ambler from Aug. 28 to Sept. 23.In this dramatic comedy, inspired by Simon's own life, young soldier Eugene Morris Jerome goes to boot camp and learns about sex, love, and war. It's the second of Simon's autobiographical comedies, following Brighton Beach Memoirs, […]
    • Saturday's Sound Off August 18, 2018
      How stupid people can be when they go drive through high water risking their life, risking their $15,000 or $20,000 car that's ruined for just a little detour they could go around for maybe 15 minutes. Just beyond belief.It's time we stop tearing our country apart and come together. We need to strengthen and protect […]
    • In a comeback season for Hollywood, a summer without bombs August 18, 2018
      NEW YORK - Have you noticed something oddly tranquil about this summer movie season? For the first time in recent memory, there hasn't been one major bomb.Usually by now, there would be blockbuster-sized craters left on the charred summer-movie battlefield, the inevitable toll of Hollywood's most high-stakes season.
    • Construction of new Auto Zone on Route 422 expected soon August 18, 2018
      The Amity Township Supervisors signed the land development plans for Auto Zone on Aug. 15, clearing the way for construction on a 5-acre site along Route 422.Construction can begin as soon as the developer secures a building permit from the township.The board approved the plans in July 2017 for Auto Zone, along with two quick-service […]
    • High Flyin' Boy Scouts get scoop on aviation at Chester County Airport August 18, 2018
      VALLEY TOWNSHIP >> A bunch of Boy Scouts had their heads in the clouds Friday, even with their feet firmly planted on the ground. Officials at Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport welcomed more 100 Boy Scouts to the airport Friday, allowing them to get up close and personal with how things work at the airport […]

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    • Phoenixville eyeing 30 acres for new school August 16, 2018
      EAST PIKELAND >> The Phoenixville School Board will hold a special public meeting Thursday, Aug. 16, regarding the potential purchase of 29.5 acres of land at 622 Hare's Hill Road.The hearing starts at 6:45 p.m. and will be held in the meeting room at 386 City Line Ave.Part of the reason for the meeting is […]
    • Spring-Ford will allow teacher who wrestles as a Nazi to remain in class August 16, 2018
      A Spring-Ford School District sixth-grade teacher investigated by the district for his side job as a professional wrestler in which he portrays a Nazi will continue to teach there this school year.According to an Aug. 8 letter sent home to parents by Superintendent David Goodin, teacher Kevin Bean, who
    • Limerick grants preliminary approval to 450-unit town center project August 16, 2018
      LIMERICK >> With no comment or discussion, the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the preliminary site plan for 30-acre project that will bring more than 450 new residences and a traffic circle to the intersection of Ridge and Swamp pikes.The is a large development project with more than 300 senior living units and […]
    • Task force looks to return rail service to Phoenixville August 16, 2018
      PHOENIXVILLE >> Five days after Chester County released a transportation study that cited the return of commuter rail service to Phoenixville as a "long-term-goal," a task force put together by Mayor Peter Urscheler heard from a consultant who said it can be accomplished in the short term.
    • Phoenixville Police respond to 127 calls for service in 7 days August 16, 2018
      PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Police responded to 127 calls for service including four traffic incidents, between July 31 and Aug. 6. The following is a brief summary of some of those incidents as reported by Phoenixville Police on their Facebook page:. On July 31 at 9:56 p.m., police responded to a home in the 200 block […]
    • Boy, 12, saved from Pickering Creek during flooding August 16, 2018
      PHOENIXVILLE >> A boy was rescued from dangerous waters Monday after being stranded in the middle of Pickering Creek.Crews were called to Pickering Creek near Pickering Dam Road and Peaks Pike Road in Phoenixville at 3:25 p.m. to rescue a 12-year-old boy who became stranded in the middle of the creek, according to Friendship Fire […]
    • Royersford Fire Department receives two grants for over $169,000 August 16, 2018
      ROYERSFORD >> The Royersford Fire Department has received two separate grants in the amount of $169,100.The first grant, which was awarded as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency program called Assistance to Firefighter Grants, totals $166,100. The money from this program will be used to replace the department's aging self-contained breathing apparatus, which are […]
    • Ursinus College announces new scholarship program August 16, 2018
      COLLEGEVILLE >> Ursinus College has established a new scholarship award that provides financial assistance to students from low- and middle-income families from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.The first eight Abele Foundation Scholars Award were awarded to seven incoming first-year students and one continuing student.
    • AT THE TABLE WITH: Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg August 16, 2018
      When first meeting Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg, I felt like I met the wind. A wind can be gentle and calming or a force to be reckon with.In 1988, Henrik traveled from his homeland of Denmark to the United States for a one-year visit, always looking to broaden his horizons and wanting to experience what the […]
    • Saxton: Stewart, Abreu returning for 4th annual Thunder Cup at Grandview August 12, 2018
      When the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series heads to Grandview Speedway on Thursday, August 23, three-time NASCAR Cup Champion Tony Stewart and two-time Chili Bowl Nationals champion, Rico Abreu, will strap into a 410 sprint car and compete with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.