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March 18, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The headline on the real estate listing read "Million Dollar View," and to Donna Moetsch, the description was right on the money. She bought the home on Meadowbrook Lane, just outside Phoenixville, 15 years ago, and eased into an idyllic suburban lifestyle - hopping into her cart and crossing a narrow road to play golf as many as five times a week at the neighboring Meadow Brook Golf Course. Today, the Chester County homeowner isn't attacking the greens, but joining with her neighbors in what may be a last-ditch stand to scale back the Phoenixville Area School District's plan to build six playing fields on the now-closed golf course.
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March 6, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Wolf went to the state's top-rated high school Wednesday to push his plan to radically overhaul Pennsylvania's tax structure - and push back against Republican legislators who had immediately labeled his budget proposal dead in the water. "How can be it dead in the water when it's something that every single Pennsylvanian tells me it's what they want?" Wolf asked reporters after touring the Downingtown STEM Academy. The first-term Democrat touted the benefits of his $29.9 billion spending plan, a budget that would sharply increase state aid to education and cut property and corporate net income taxes, in return for a hike in the state's personal income and sales taxes, as well as a new tax on natural gas extraction.
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February 21, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a cul-de-sac in Malvern, one of the street's two dozen houses has been getting special deliveries to its door: stacks of skivvies. "I'd come home, and there would be piles of underwear on the front porch," Barbara Casey said. Casey started her drive for drawers last month for local children whose cash-strapped families must focus more on keeping them warm, housed, and fed than worrying about undergarments. Many people donate their previously worn clothes. But they leave out used underwear, which is not generally accepted because of sanitary concerns.
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February 14, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents won't have to look too hard to spot a county bus in Chester County from now on. They will just need to glance around for the splash of lime green in the middle of traffic. The two non-SEPTA bus lines that serve Chester County have been given a makeover and a new name, Chescobus, by the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC). The changes are an attempt to attract riders and make the four buses more identifiable in a part of the county where there are few mass-transit options.
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February 13, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most of what Glenn McClintock knows about the day his heart stopped, he pieced together later. But what the 62-year-old grandfather knows for sure is that first responders saved his life with CPR and at least five shocks from an automated external defibrillator before he arrived at the hospital. McClintock met the first responders Wednesday for the first time since they helped save his life in October. "It's important to encourage those people and thank those people for their service to others who they don't even know," said McClintock, of Glenmoore.
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February 7, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a century after being built between two country roads, the one-lane Chandler Mill Bridge is largely unchanged. The rest of Chester County, however, has changed. Minutes away from the Kennett Township structure, cars and tractor-trailers rumble along Route 1. Developments are multiplying. It's no surprise that old and new interests collided at the picturesque bridge, but the outcome was unlikely. Last month, the township supervisors agreed to spend $1 million to acquire and preserve the bridge as a pedestrian walkway, scuttling a county plan to demolish it and replace it with a two-lane thoroughfare.
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January 28, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sue Miller loves hanging out in her cheese cave. "Sometimes I get attached to certain wheels of cheese," said Miller, co-owner of Birchrun Hills Farm, a dairy farm in Chester Springs. "And my husband says, 'You know, it's meant to be sold.' " She knows. Her love of cheese grew out of necessity. About nine years ago, declining milk prices and rising costs had Miller and her husband, Ken, worried they might lose the small farm they hoped one day to pass on to their two sons.
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January 21, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his stepfather in a June 2013 argument. After a weeklong trial in West Chester, the jury also convicted Deviane Scott, 21, of Caln, of aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Durham. Jurors deliberated for about five hours Friday night before returning the verdict after 10 p.m.In reaching its decision, the jury rejected the prosecution's recommendation of a first-degree murder conviction and the defense's request for an acquittal.
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January 15, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a recording of Michele Durham's 911 call played in the silent courtroom, mother and son wiped tears from their eyes. When she made the call, Durham, whose son is accused of killing her husband, did not know that the fistfight she was reporting would turn deadly. It was the most emotional moment during the first day of a Chester County Court murder trial in which Deviane Justin Scott, 21, is charged in the 2013 shooting of Joseph Durham, 36. As the trial opened Tuesday in West Chester, the prosecutor called it a family fight that spiraled out of control.
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January 14, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jury selection opened Monday for a Chester County man accused of killing his stepfather in a June 2013 argument sparked when the stepfather asked him to walk the family dog. Deviane Justin Scott, now 21, allegedly shot Joseph Durham, 36, multiple times before fleeing the house naked, police said. Scott is charged with first- and third-degree murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and related charges. Jury selection occurred Monday in front of County Court Judge David Bortner.
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