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November 6, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
  With Ryan Costello's win Tuesday in the Sixth District congressional race, Chester County is on the hunt for a new member of its board of commissioners. On Thursday, Costello submitted his resignation to Chester County Court, effective Dec. 15. Costello, who is serving his first term as a county commissioner, will represent parts of Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lebanon Counties when he replaces Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa). Costello, a Republican, is the commissioners' chairman.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and then committed suicide Monday evening near a busy YMCA in Chester County, the district attorney said. About 6 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting outside the YMCA in West Brandywine Township and found the woman dead in a parking lot about 100 yards from the building, said Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. The man was still at the scene, and police ordered him to show his hands. "He then fired a shot into his own head, killing himself," Hogan said.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County is the latest government in the region to sue some of the nation's largest banks to recover millions of dollars in recording fees for mortgage assignments. The Chester County Recorder of Deeds filed a lawsuit Oct. 10 against several banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, and Bank of America, in County Court. The county says the banks used a members-only electronic registry system, created by the banking industry, to track mortgage assignments among themselves.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plans for expanded parking, higher platforms, improved waiting areas, and other upgrades at train stations along the 104-mile Keystone Corridor will move forward within the next few years, a Pennsylvania transportation representative said Friday. Five of the 12 train stations on the Keystone Corridor, which stretches from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, are in Chester County. "A lot of these stations, nothing has been done with them since my grandfather came home from World War II," said Jennie Granger, director of aviation at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
It turns out that Chester County is an auto-body trainee's idea of utopia. High-income residents, expensive cars, and winding rural roads add up to a lucrative place for collision-repair specialists to make six-figure salaries. And 45 students at Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine are on their way there, learning the magic of making dents - or worse - disappear. But along the way, the teens are doing a good deed. Students at the Downingtown school are the first high schoolers in the nation to participate in a program that repairs older vehicles to be donated to needy families and charitable groups.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
For as long as Jay Blake can remember, he longed to work on race cars. But when a forklift accident in May 1997 left him blind, Blake wondered whether he would work at any job again. Then, a year after the accident, friends invited Blake to a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) race near Reading. Despite protests that, without his sight, he could not follow the action, Blake's friends persuaded him to go. And his life was changed - again. "I realized that even though I couldn't see, I could still tell what was going on," Blake said.
NEWS
September 29, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walt Moore's 850 cows lounge on beds of soft sand. They are cooled by spritzes of water and breezes generated by fans. They eat a custom-blended diet of gourmet grains that a computer tells Moore will suit them best. He orders sophisticated analyses of their rations and manure, getting the results on his iPhone, synced to his watch. Each cow wears a collar with a computer chip that keeps track of her milk production, nearly four times that of the cows his father once tended, not to mention those his great-grandfather started the family farm with in 1909.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Labor shortages and rising costs are some of the challenges farmers face locally and nationally. That's what local farmers and a representative from a national agricultural agency said at a Chester County farming forum Wednesday morning. The group gathered to discuss the latest Census of Agriculture figures. Chester County is first in the nation in the value of greenhouse, nursery, floriculture, and sod sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The county is first in the state in the market value of crops, and 28th in the nation.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A wooded swath between subdivisions and a school in western Chester County could soon claim a renewable-energy first. Thousands of solar panels planned for the property will churn enough power to run Coatesville Area High School. The developer says it will likely be the only school in the country to run entirely on solar power, albeit with a little help on cloudy days. But the project has drawn fire from unlikely foes: environmentalists. Their concern - clearing forest in the name of innovation - pits one green interest against another, and raises a question that has complicated other projects nationwide: What is more valuable, solar power or the trees that block it?
BUSINESS
September 12, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Chesterbrook-based drugmaker that sells testosterone-replacement and other treatments for men with erectile-dysfunction issues, says it has cut 30 percent of its staff and consolidated its three sales forces into two. The company said it hopes the cuts will save $75 million a year so it can speed development of therapies for other conditions. "Auxilium has faced significant challenges this year, in particular a dramatic decline in the testosterone-replacement therapy market," chief executive officer Adrian Adams said in a statement.
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