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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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May 7, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The three women killed in a Chester County fire Monday were described as "pillars of the community" who went out of their way to help others. Sally Diane Rimel, 52, and Rolanda L. Rimel, 58, were sisters. Angel Maria Rimel, 37, was Sally Rimel's daughter. They died after being unable to exit the rear deck of the home in a blaze caused by "carelessly discarded smoking materials," Police Chief Curt Martinez said in a statement Tuesday. Two male adults and two children, a boy and a girl, escaped the fire after attempting to rescue the victims from the home in the 300 block of Hill Road in West Caln Township, authorities said.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three women were killed Monday afternoon in a fire that destroyed a home in a rural area of western Chester County, officials said. Four other people, including two children, escaped the blaze in the 300 block of Hill Road in West Caln Township, said Police Chief Curt Martinez. Everyone in the home at the time of the fire was related, Martinez said. A firefighter was treated for exhaustion, but was able to remain at the scene, said Wagontown Volunteer Fire Company Chief Todd Ziegler.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the Downingtown High School West marching band to Nashville recording studios, it's been a trajectory of long odds - and long hours - for Liz Longley and Sarah Zimmermann. The Chester County natives met in the marching band as clarinet-playing sophomores, and spent their high school years singing and playing guitar at every gig they could book in the Philadelphia region. But both had bigger dreams after their 2006 graduation. And in March, just days apart, each released albums with Nashville record labels.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
At stake is a claim to the historic origins of the musical instrument that bellows "oompah" at parades and halftime shows, and for the Philadelphia band the Roots. Who built the first sousaphone, the largest member of the tuba family, named for patriotic-music icon John Philip Sousa? For decades, the issue has been in dispute, with the choice between a music publisher in Exton, Chester County, and an instrument manufacturer in Elkhart, Ind. More than a century after the first instrument was crafted, a Harleysville pastor and a Kentucky collector have stepped into the debate, adding a previously unknown piece of information they believe helps to firmly place the sousaphone's 1890s beginnings in Pennsylvania with music publisher J.W. Pepper Co. "There's no doubt," said Dave Detwiler, a pastor at LCBC BranchCreek church in Harleysville.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County man was charged with murder Wednesday for allegedly causing the death of his elderly father by neglect. Edward O'Brien III, 61, of West Whiteland Township, was arrested in the death of his 92-year-old father, who was found dead at the son's residence in September 2013, the District Attorney said. After the son neglected to continue his father's prescription medication and medical care, Edward O'Brien Jr. died due to built-up fluid in his lungs that stopped him from breathing, officials said.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Pelcin and Kristina Griste dipped the Aqua Tweeter into water, and the flood-detection device posted to Twitter: "At least three inches of water. Is your sump pump working?" Last week, the "flood" was just a pool set up in Gavin Speirs' classroom at Downingtown High School West. But soon, Aqua Tweeters are to be set up in flood-prone Downingtown Borough, allowing people to monitor water levels in public places via Twitter. Pelcin, Griste, and classmate Andrew Kim invented the device in Speirs' Introduction to Engineering Design class.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
  For opponents of Sunoco Logistics' plan to expand its pipeline operation in Chester County, last week's meeting in West Goshen Township was a small victory of sorts. After hearing residents' concerns about health issues and further pipeline construction, township supervisors on Tuesday held off on deciding whether to sign a settlement agreement with the pipeline company, surprising those gathered for the vote. The meeting was a fleeting victory for local critics, who are part of a wider fight against pipelines, because they see few major victories as development nationally shows no signs of slowing.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Berwyn dentist has been arrested and charged with illegally prescribing narcotics to his wife, other staff members, and a juvenile, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Chad Gretzula, 44, and his wife, Rebecca, 32, of Yellow Springs Road in Malvern, were arrested Tuesday for the distribution of narcotics at the dental office where they worked. He is charged with 174 counts of possessing a controlled substance, theft, reckless endangerment, and related charges.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Republican leaders railed Friday against Gov. Wolf's budget proposal, saying that it would force four-fifths of the school districts statewide to pay more and that county residents would have to shell out $177 million more in new taxes than they might save in property-tax relief. Gathering at the county courthouse in West Chester, the state and county representatives said they might be willing to consider one aspect of Wolf's plan - a severance tax on natural gas drilling that he has said could generate $1 billion for public schools.
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