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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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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
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.
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.
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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November 17, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
At shorter than 5 feet tall, Florence Beard, 78, cannot reach the light fixtures outside her house to change the lightbulbs - even when she stands on her step stool. And at her age, she said, she is scared to get on a ladder. "I had a heck of a time trying to get a bulb in that one," Beard said, pointing to a spot above her front door. So she called Granny Handymen Inc. Two Iraq war veterans founded the nonprofit in January to help senior citizens and people with disabilities with simple jobs around the house - free.
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November 16, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a Chester County official signed a friendship agreement in May with leaders in the Yongchuan district of China, the group had broad plans to work together for both regions' mutual benefit. But they lacked details. Now, after another trip to China last month, officials are starting to formulate specific objectives: Officials hope to entice Chinese investors to help fund projects in the county. Lincoln University's president signed a student-exchange agreement with two Chinese universities to help his students be more competitive in the global workforce.
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November 15, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Agents raided a Chester County golf club Wednesday morning and seized a large stock of alcoholic beverages that allegedly was being sold illegally, state police reported Thursday. Officers of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed a search warrant at the French Creek Golf Club in Elverson Borough following an undercover operation prompted by a complaint about illegal sales. State police officers reported confiscating 575 bottles of wine, 610 bottles of liquor, 2,687 cans and bottles of beer, seven kegs, and records believed to be related to the alleged illegal sales of alcohol.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester and Delaware County teachers and support staff working without contracts rallied Thursday to draw attention to what they say are stalled negotiations. "It's not that they're just unsettled," said Zeek Weil, southeastern representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). "School boards cancel meetings, reject proposed dates that we offer, come unprepared, hold 30-minute bargaining sessions, and then just want to go home. So it's very frustrating to our members.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
The lunch crowd at Italiano's in Marcus Hook was buzzing Thursday with news of a massive expansion of the Sunoco Logistics complex down the street. "There's a lot of commotion," owner Mario Giambrone said. "It's going to be something real big here. " Giambrone relies on Sunoco Logistics employees as customers and was happy to hear that the site of a former oil refinery, now repurposed as the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, would continue to expand as a hub for transporting Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Ryan Costello's win Tuesday in the Sixth District congressional race, Chester County is on the hunt for a new member of its Board of Commissioners. On Thursday, Costello submitted his resignation to Chester County Court, effective Dec. 15. Costello, who is in his first term as a commissioner, will represent parts of Chester, Montgomery, Berks, and Lebanon Counties when he replaces Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa). Costello, a Republican, is the commissioners chairman. He chose to make his resignation effective after the Dec. 9 meeting, at which the commissioners plan to approve the budget.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a killing described as "an American horror story," a man and his girlfriend were charged with murder for beating her 3-year-old son to death in their West Caln mobile home, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday. Hogan said his office would seek the death penalty against Gary Fellenbaum, 23, and Jillian Tait, 31, for torturing Tait's son Scott McMillan to death over three days with a homemade whip, a curtain rod, a piece of aluminum siding, and their fists, at one point while he was taped to a chair.
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November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and then committed suicide Monday evening near a busy YMCA in Chester County, the district attorney said. About 6 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting outside the YMCA in West Brandywine Township and found the woman dead in a parking lot about 100 yards from the building, said Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. The man was still at the scene, and police ordered him to show his hands. "He then fired a shot into his own head, killing himself," Hogan said.
NEWS
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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