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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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December 11, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michelle Kichline, a former Tredyffrin Township supervisor, will be Chester County's newest commissioner. Chester County judges selected Kichline on Tuesday to replace Ryan Costello, who is scheduled to be sworn in as Sixth District congressman on Jan. 6. Costello, the board chairman, will formally resign Monday. Kichline and the judges will determine when she will join the board. She will finish Costello's term, which expires in early 2016. Since the outgoing commissioner is a Republican, replacement candidates also had to be Republicans, according to Pennsylvania law. After Kichline joins the board, she and Commissioners Terence Farrell and Kathi Cozzone will vote to determine the chairman.
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December 10, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pedro Lopez and Beatriz Balbuena, a committed couple in their 30s, showed up early Monday night and grabbed seats in the front row of a church basement in Phoenixville. He is from Guatemala. She is from Mexico. Both are undocumented immigrants. Their son, Pedro Jr., was born here in 2009. The evening's topic - President Obama's controversial executive action on immigration - drew about 80 people to an information session in this town of 16,500, where the immigrant support group Alianzas de Phoenixville estimates "several thousand" residents are from Latin America.
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December 7, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County rolled out a plan Friday to reduce health disparities, increase awareness of its health services, create safe and healthy environments, prevent disease, and coordinate services that address both physical and behavioral health needs. Officials unveiled the Community Health Improvement Plan to about 100 community leaders, county department heads, and others at the Government Services Center. The plan is a culmination of the county's RoadMAPP to Health initiative begun in 2011.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have identified two people who died in a Chester County home early Saturday in a fire that was complicated by hoarding. A. Katherine Schade, 64, and Gary Robert Schade, 67, were found on the first floor of their ranch-style house on Harmonyville Road in Warwick Township. They were pronounced dead at the scene. "The extreme hoarding conditions inside the home and heavy fire load created many challenges and prolonged the firefighting efforts," Jason Brooks, deputy chief of the Twin Valley Fire Department, said in a statement.
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Katie O'Brien and her 11/2-year-old son have bounced among family and temporary housing for the last two years. Now she has a permanent home of her own for the holidays. With the help of several agencies in Chester County, O'Brien, who is pregnant with another son, moved into an apartment in West Chester in June. "I live like a normal human being. Before, I didn't even know how I was going to feed my son," said O'Brien, 29, who works at a restaurant on East Market Street. "Me and my children [will]
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
An international con artist who stole $260,000 from an elderly East Caln man was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison Friday. Jack Mayer, a 43-year-old Italian who says he is a French citizen, stole nearly a half-million dollars from elderly Americans in 2010 through a complex scheme that convinced victims they had won $3.5 million in a sweepstakes. After running the racket with Costa Rican conspirators, fleeing England as a fugitive, and being arrested in the Dominican Republic, Mayer was convicted and sentenced in Chester County more than three years after the scam began.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shire P.L.C. , the drugmaker that prospered by persuading Americans to use amphetamines like Adderall and Vivance to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, plans to move its headquarters and more than half the 970 jobs there from the Chesterbrook Corporate Center near Valley Forge to Lexington, Mass., workers were told in a meeting Wednesday. Just two years ago, the company, incorporated on the island of Jersey, a British tax shelter, announced plans to build a larger Philadelphia-area campus, under then-chief executive Angus Russell . But Shire's current boss, Flemming Ornskov , a Harvard graduate, prefers the Boston area.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
An official trust fund has been set up to benefit the 6-year-old brother of Scott McMillan, the 3-year-old Chester County boy police say was beaten to death two weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend. DNB First, a bank based in Chester County, will handle the details of the trust account for the brother, who also suffered abuse in the household. Donations can be sent to Chester County Angel Trust, DNB First Wealth Management, 410 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, Pa. 19341. The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County and the county's District Attorney's Office made the announcement Thursday.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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