July 10, 2015 |
The message was familiar, but the turf was different. And to hear Gov. Wolf tell it, that's because the legislature's Republican majority - which has so far rejected many of Wolf's budget priorities - are divorced from life outside the Capitol. "I want to be where reality actually is," he said during an afternoon news conference in front of Downingtown Middle School. "We have a choice to make. That's what my budget is about, and I came here because I think I can make that statement more clearly in front of real people than I can in Harrisburg.
July 9, 2015 |
The head of the Concept School in Chester County was arrested in connection with allegations that he sexually abused a student, the Chester County district attorney said Tuesday. G. James Symonds, head of school and a teacher at the private school in Thornbury Township, was arrested Friday and charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault, and related charges. He is accused of contacting a male student almost daily between May 2014 and February 2015 while the student was in the eighth and ninth grades at the school.
June 30, 2015 |
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.
June 27, 2015 |
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.
June 25, 2015 |
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.
June 24, 2015 |
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.
June 23, 2015 |
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.
June 15, 2015 |
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.
June 12, 2015 |
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.