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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.
NEWS
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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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.
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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.
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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October 26, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County is the latest government in the region to sue some of the nation's largest banks to recover millions of dollars in recording fees for mortgage assignments. The Chester County Recorder of Deeds filed a lawsuit Oct. 10 against several banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, and Bank of America, in County Court. The county says the banks used a members-only electronic registry system, created by the banking industry, to track mortgage assignments among themselves.
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October 19, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plans for expanded parking, higher platforms, improved waiting areas, and other upgrades at train stations along the 104-mile Keystone Corridor will move forward within the next few years, a Pennsylvania transportation representative said Friday. Five of the 12 train stations on the Keystone Corridor, which stretches from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, are in Chester County. "A lot of these stations, nothing has been done with them since my grandfather came home from World War II," said Jennie Granger, director of aviation at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
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October 18, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
It turns out that Chester County is an auto-body trainee's idea of utopia. High-income residents, expensive cars, and winding rural roads add up to a lucrative place for collision-repair specialists to make six-figure salaries. And 45 students at Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine are on their way there, learning the magic of making dents - or worse - disappear. But along the way, the teens are doing a good deed. Students at the Downingtown school are the first high schoolers in the nation to participate in a program that repairs older vehicles to be donated to needy families and charitable groups.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
For as long as Jay Blake can remember, he longed to work on race cars. But when a forklift accident in May 1997 left him blind, Blake wondered whether he would work at any job again. Then, a year after the accident, friends invited Blake to a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) race near Reading. Despite protests that, without his sight, he could not follow the action, Blake's friends persuaded him to go. And his life was changed - again. "I realized that even though I couldn't see, I could still tell what was going on," Blake said.
NEWS
September 29, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walt Moore's 850 cows lounge on beds of soft sand. They are cooled by spritzes of water and breezes generated by fans. They eat a custom-blended diet of gourmet grains that a computer tells Moore will suit them best. He orders sophisticated analyses of their rations and manure, getting the results on his iPhone, synced to his watch. Each cow wears a collar with a computer chip that keeps track of her milk production, nearly four times that of the cows his father once tended, not to mention those his great-grandfather started the family farm with in 1909.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Labor shortages and rising costs are some of the challenges farmers face locally and nationally. That's what local farmers and a representative from a national agricultural agency said at a Chester County farming forum Wednesday morning. The group gathered to discuss the latest Census of Agriculture figures. Chester County is first in the nation in the value of greenhouse, nursery, floriculture, and sod sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The county is first in the state in the market value of crops, and 28th in the nation.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A wooded swath between subdivisions and a school in western Chester County could soon claim a renewable-energy first. Thousands of solar panels planned for the property will churn enough power to run Coatesville Area High School. The developer says it will likely be the only school in the country to run entirely on solar power, albeit with a little help on cloudy days. But the project has drawn fire from unlikely foes: environmentalists. Their concern - clearing forest in the name of innovation - pits one green interest against another, and raises a question that has complicated other projects nationwide: What is more valuable, solar power or the trees that block it?
BUSINESS
September 12, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Chesterbrook-based drugmaker that sells testosterone-replacement and other treatments for men with erectile-dysfunction issues, says it has cut 30 percent of its staff and consolidated its three sales forces into two. The company said it hopes the cuts will save $75 million a year so it can speed development of therapies for other conditions. "Auxilium has faced significant challenges this year, in particular a dramatic decline in the testosterone-replacement therapy market," chief executive officer Adrian Adams said in a statement.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Saturday, Tara Toocheck hurried to log onto Skype and talk to her son, Nikolas, halfway around the world. "Mommy, I feel so great. I feel fresh," the boy, 11, told his mother back in Pocopson Township, Chester County. "Now, I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. " An hour earlier, Nikolas had crossed the finish line of a 26.2-mile race in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. Nikolas isn't old enough to join the cross-country team at his school. But when the preteen finished the Kazbegi Marathon, he accomplished in less than two years a feat most people don't in a lifetime: He had run a marathon on every continent.
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August 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lawrence Davidson was coordinator of West Chester University's veterans center, he called the Phillies for free tickets - even though the Iraq war veteran is a Yankees fan from outside Syracuse, N.Y. Call it an act of devotion to his fellow veterans. Davidson, who started as the new director of the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs early this month, said he planned to focus on strengthening a sense of community among the county's veterans, who numbered about 32,650 in 2012.
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