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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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June 30, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Chester County brothers are fighting back against federal regulators. The Powhatan Energy Fund, owned by Malvern natives Richard and Kevin Gates, made millions in the energy market in 2010. The government said it was too much. Late last month, federal regulators hit their energy fund and its associates with a $34.5 million fine for market manipulation. But the identical twins, who graduated from Conestoga High School in 1990, say they plan to ignore the fine, which will likely force the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take them to federal court.
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June 27, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fred White used to have trouble getting to medical appointments. The 79-year-old, who lives alone in Kennett Square and uses a wheelchair, had to ask his neighbors and friends to drive him. But he did not want to bother them, and public shuttles were not convenient for him. Now he gets rides through a Kennett Area Senior Center program. Volunteers in the Neighbors in Action program, which began in 2009 and serves 191 people, also deliver groceries, perform minor home repairs, offer companionship, and provide other services designed to help seniors stay in their homes.
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June 25, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents in nine municipalities in Chester County and six in Delaware County know that Sunoco Logistics plans to run its latest pipeline project through their towns, neighborhoods, and yards. Construction of at least one new pipeline to transport liquefied natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to Marcus Hook is scheduled to start in early 2016. The newest phase of the energy company's Mariner East project will follow the same route as the first, an 84-year-old pipeline Sunoco Logistics repurposed to transport the gas. But before construction can start, the company must acquire land rights in each municipality along the route.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Duncan said he doesn't want you to drive far to see his staff if you live in southern Chester County. So Duncan, the president and CEO of Chester County Hospital & Health System, recently opened a $28 million medical facility in West Grove. The addition came after a 2010 study showed that many southern Chester County residents were forced to travel out of their areas for health services. That indicated to Chester County Hospital that there was a need for more physicians in the West Grove area.
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kwesi Koomson has spent his whole adult life teaching at Westtown School. He met his wife, Melissa, there. This month, the couple quit their jobs with the support of their Quaker school's community to head to a school in a small village in Ghana on the northwest coast of Africa. Koomson, 40, founded Heritage Academy in 2004 in Breman Essiam, the village where he grew up and where his family still lives. Its tin-roof homes are made of cinder blocks, and most of the families in the rural village of about 5,000 earn no more than $2 a day. The Koomsons usually visit twice a year.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prospect of layoffs at a Chester County helicopter manufacturer means more than a lost job for Brian Newhouse. "I love it," he said of his work. "It's a passion. " An Alabama native with a salt-and-pepper beard, Newhouse served in the military and moved around the South before starting at Sikorsky Global Helicopter in Coatesville eight years ago. "I've been here long enough to love the area, to make new friends and get to know people I consider family, and I would hate to leave," the 51-year-old said.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A social studies teacher at The Phelps School has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a student, the Chester County District Attorney said Wednesday. Matthew Scavitto, 31, is accused of abusing a male student at the Malvern boarding school starting in May 2013 and continuing through the following school year, when the victim was a senior. Scavitto was arrested Tuesday on charges of institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with minor and endandering the welfare of children, police said.
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June 12, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County residents streamed into Brandywine Manor House in Honey Brook on Wednesday to tell Sunoco Logistics their objections to its plans to pursue additional rights of way for new pipelines in their neighborhoods. About 150 people came to an open house hosted by the energy firm to hear about the Mariner East 2 project, the second phase of a plan to transport liquefied natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region to Marcus Hook. The new project would largely follow the path of the company's first Mariner East project, which repurposed an 84-year-old pipeline.
NEWS
June 7, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A team of sixth graders in Chester County is to go up against 19 other teams this month in a national competition that asks students to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve problems in their communities. The three East Vincent Township students, who studied the quality and taste of their school's drinking water, are the only Pennsylvania students in the national contest. The other national finalists in the Northeastern United States are from Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Lewis, an Army veteran, lost his job as a security guard, and then his home, when the osteoporosis in his feet prevented him from standing for long periods. He lived on the streets of Coatesville, his hometown, because he did not want to burden his family. The Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center housed him temporarily and helped him find work at a warehouse. This year, he set a goal to celebrate his birthday in his own home. Lewis turned 50 on Saturday, a week after moving into his new two-bedroom apartment in Coatesville.
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