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February 24, 1987 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
J. Curtis Joyner, the Chester County assistant district attorney whose appointment as a Common Pleas Court judge was held up for political reasons last year, won unanimous confirmation from the state Senate yesterday. Joyner, 38, a Republican, will become the first black judge in Chester County history. A West Chester resident, Joyner was nominated Oct. 13 to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of President Judge John E. Stively. "I'm glad it's over," Joyner said last night by telephone.
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May 28, 2010
Part of a former dairy farm in West Vincent Township is to be preserved as open space, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust announced Thursday. Longtime township resident Theodora Heathcote and her four children donated a conservation easement on 36 acres of what was once a 170-acre family dairy operation, said a news release. The scenic property, which is still leased for crop farming, sits at the intersection of two unpaved roads and features a spring-fed pond, adjacent wetlands and about 2 1/2 acres of woodland, the release said.
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December 22, 1993 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An unidentified Chester County man died yesterday in an early morning fire that destroyed the Highland Township home where he was staying. Trooper Richard O'Brien of the state police at Embreeville said authorities were still investigating the cause of a 3 a.m. blaze that destroyed the house in the 300 block of Martin Road. "By the time a neighbor spotted the fire and called the fire company, (the house) was completely gone," said Mary Griest, who owns the land with her husband, Harry.
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January 22, 1998 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Chester County commissioners have settled two lawsuits filed by former employees that will cost taxpayers nearly $93,000. The commissioners unanimously approved the settlements on Tuesday without discussion as part of their weekly finance agenda. "We took the action recommended by our solicitor in both cases," said Commissioners Chairman Colin Hanna. He declined further comment. Cynthia Gates, a former caseworker in the Department of Children, Youth and Families, will be paid $20,715 to settle her claim of improper discharge from her job. Gates, a civil service employee, could not be reached for comment.
SPORTS
June 19, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Chester County all-stars advanced to the semifinals of the Carpenter Cup Classic yesterday by beating the Catholic League, 10-5, at Penn's Meiklejohn Stadium. Chester County will face the Jersey Shore all-stars, who advanced by winning yesterday's second game, 6-2, against Suburban One National/Bicentennial. Chester scored five runs in the seventh inning, which was highlighted by a two-run double by Spring-Ford's Rick Gehman. Jersey Shore used sound pitching to win its game.
NEWS
October 9, 1998 | By Catherine Quillman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Grace H. Henkels DeCaro, 79, a longtime resident of West Chester who was known for her interest in Chester County history, died of cardiac arrest Saturday at Barclay Friends Hall, where she had lived for the last year. She had lived in West Chester since 1967. She and her husband, Thomas F. DeCaro Sr., a retired Lincoln University professor with whom she shared an interest in local history and collecting Chester County art and antiques, had been married for 48 years. Mrs. DeCaro was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Frankford High School in 1944.
NEWS
February 20, 1997 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry is planning a morning workshop March 3 for employers who want to know more about their rights and obligations under Pennsylvania's new workers'-compensation law. The program at the West Chester Holiday Inn will include discussion of guidelines for employee notification, new forms, insurance fraud, and medical standards for determining disability. The program should help employers save money by fully understanding the new law, said Robert Powelson, president of the chamber.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2005 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Willow Grove Bancorp Inc. said yesterday that it was buying Chester Valley Bancorp Inc. in a transaction valued at $152.5 million, to form what they say will be the fifth-largest bank based in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Willow Grove, which is based in Maple Glen, goes into the transaction with $975.6 million in assets, while Chester Valley, of Downingtown, has $645 million in assets. Donna M. Coughey, current president of Chester Valley, will become the new bank's president and chief executive officer.
SPORTS
March 6, 1990 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
Vince Spina, secretary of the Greater Philadelphia Bowling Association, called it an oddity. Judy Fitzcharles, manager of the Phoenix Lanes, called it "one for the book. " It was indeed a rare occasion on Feb. 22, as three bowlers in the Chester County Majors each rolled 300 games on adjacent lanes. Charley Ferguson of the Huddecheck Roofing team rolled his 300 on lanes 3 and 4 in the first game. Gary Simmons, the league president who rolls for Moore Wallpaper, got his in the second game on lanes 5 and 6. Mark Chiapetta, of Liberty Fire Co., shot his on lanes 7 and 8 in the third game.
NEWS
June 6, 2004 | By Susan Weidener INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Skip Huston was 10, he fell asleep on top of a boxcar in Middletown, Ohio, and woke up in Columbus. He tells the story, which reflects his lifelong passion for trains, with relish. "When the train stopped, my dog, Rusty, a cocker spaniel that I had dragged up on the boxcar with me, was barking. This big guy comes up, he grabs me by the ear, he's holding a club, and he wants to know where I'm from. He called my grandfather. I never forgot the greeting when I got home. " Huston's easygoing and unpretentious personality is part of his charm.
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March 19, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first blush, Upani Consultants of Chester County appeared to be a group of ambitious workers, mostly from India, who came to the United States on specialty visas to be employed as quality-assurance analysts and software engineers in information technology. But in fact, according to the guilty plea by Sudhakar Majety in federal court in Philadelphia late last year, the company he created a decade ago in Phoenixville ultimately exploited the H-1B "specialty occupation" visa program by using shell companies and sham contracts to give the impression that Upani needed staff.
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March 18, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The headline on the real estate listing read "Million Dollar View," and to Donna Moetsch, the description was right on the money. She bought the home on Meadowbrook Lane, just outside Phoenixville, 15 years ago, and eased into an idyllic suburban lifestyle - hopping into her cart and crossing a narrow road to play golf as many as five times a week at the neighboring Meadow Brook Golf Course. Today, the Chester County homeowner isn't attacking the greens, but joining with her neighbors in what may be a last-ditch stand to scale back the Phoenixville Area School District's plan to build six playing fields on the now-closed golf course.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Wolf went to the state's top-rated high school Wednesday to push his plan to radically overhaul Pennsylvania's tax structure - and push back against Republican legislators who had immediately labeled his budget proposal dead in the water. "How can be it dead in the water when it's something that every single Pennsylvanian tells me it's what they want?" Wolf asked reporters after touring the Downingtown STEM Academy. The first-term Democrat touted the benefits of his $29.9 billion spending plan, a budget that would sharply increase state aid to education and cut property and corporate net income taxes, in return for a hike in the state's personal income and sales taxes, as well as a new tax on natural gas extraction.
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February 21, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a cul-de-sac in Malvern, one of the street's two dozen houses has been getting special deliveries to its door: stacks of skivvies. "I'd come home, and there would be piles of underwear on the front porch," Barbara Casey said. Casey started her drive for drawers last month for local children whose cash-strapped families must focus more on keeping them warm, housed, and fed than worrying about undergarments. Many people donate their previously worn clothes. But they leave out used underwear, which is not generally accepted because of sanitary concerns.
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February 14, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents won't have to look too hard to spot a county bus in Chester County from now on. They will just need to glance around for the splash of lime green in the middle of traffic. The two non-SEPTA bus lines that serve Chester County have been given a makeover and a new name, Chescobus, by the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC). The changes are an attempt to attract riders and make the four buses more identifiable in a part of the county where there are few mass-transit options.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most of what Glenn McClintock knows about the day his heart stopped, he pieced together later. But what the 62-year-old grandfather knows for sure is that first responders saved his life with CPR and at least five shocks from an automated external defibrillator before he arrived at the hospital. McClintock met the first responders Wednesday for the first time since they helped save his life in October. "It's important to encourage those people and thank those people for their service to others who they don't even know," said McClintock, of Glenmoore.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a century after being built between two country roads, the one-lane Chandler Mill Bridge is largely unchanged. The rest of Chester County, however, has changed. Minutes away from the Kennett Township structure, cars and tractor-trailers rumble along Route 1. Developments are multiplying. It's no surprise that old and new interests collided at the picturesque bridge, but the outcome was unlikely. Last month, the township supervisors agreed to spend $1 million to acquire and preserve the bridge as a pedestrian walkway, scuttling a county plan to demolish it and replace it with a two-lane thoroughfare.
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sue Miller loves hanging out in her cheese cave. "Sometimes I get attached to certain wheels of cheese," said Miller, co-owner of Birchrun Hills Farm, a dairy farm in Chester Springs. "And my husband says, 'You know, it's meant to be sold.' " She knows. Her love of cheese grew out of necessity. About nine years ago, declining milk prices and rising costs had Miller and her husband, Ken, worried they might lose the small farm they hoped one day to pass on to their two sons.
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his stepfather in a June 2013 argument. After a weeklong trial in West Chester, the jury also convicted Deviane Scott, 21, of Caln, of aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Durham. Jurors deliberated for about five hours Friday night before returning the verdict after 10 p.m.In reaching its decision, the jury rejected the prosecution's recommendation of a first-degree murder conviction and the defense's request for an acquittal.
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January 15, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a recording of Michele Durham's 911 call played in the silent courtroom, mother and son wiped tears from their eyes. When she made the call, Durham, whose son is accused of killing her husband, did not know that the fistfight she was reporting would turn deadly. It was the most emotional moment during the first day of a Chester County Court murder trial in which Deviane Justin Scott, 21, is charged in the 2013 shooting of Joseph Durham, 36. As the trial opened Tuesday in West Chester, the prosecutor called it a family fight that spiraled out of control.
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