February 25, 2014 |
Straddling the western border of Chester County where the imposing mansions of the Philadelphia exurbs surrender to rolling hillsides and lush green horse farms, the Octorara Area School District is situated in one of the region's most pastoral settings. It also has been a battleground, where property owners have learned that open space can come with a price. With thousands of acres designated as "farmland," off-limits to taxation, the district has some of the highest property tax rates in the region.
March 19, 1989 |
In a rash moment during the recent contract negotiations, Roger Tauss, president of Transport Workers Union Local 234, claimed that SEPTA created the state's tax surplus. Tauss' reasoning is that the surplus came from increased growth in the Philadelphia region and that growth is created by SEPTA. Horsefeathers. In Chester County growth has come despite SEPTA, not because of it. And, growth has come to areas which SEPTA either doesn't serve or serves badly. The fact is that dishwashers in Chester County can't be found, even at the unusually high price of $6 an hour, because there is no public transportation to most of Chester County.
June 15, 2012 |
Standing at second base, C.J. Young tracked the ball. He watched it fire off pitcher Anthony Scafidi's right hand, spin through the air, skid off the dirt, and squirt through the catcher's legs. The ball clanked off the chain-link backstop, and Young knew the game was over. Prescott Bliss scored from third on the passed ball. After about five more steps, he fell to the Ashburn Field dirt, the victim of a dog pile as Chester County celebrated a 9-8 victory Thursday against Suburban One National/Bicentennial in the second round of the Carpenter Cup baseball tournament.
June 14, 1994 |
Displaying a potent offense, sound defense and overpowering pitching, Chester County cruised to a 14-2 win over Delaware Blue yesterday in the opening round of the ninth annual Carpenter Cup Classic high school tournament at Veterans Stadium. Now comes the hard part. Instead of a postgame congratulatory speech, coach Bob Gottschall spent the moments after the win pleading with his Chester County players to show up for tomorrow's second-round meeting with the New Jersey squad from the Tri-County Conference and Cape-Atlantic League.
December 7, 1998 |
The global economy is right at home in Chester County, judging from a new publication listing 225 county business operations that stem from parent corporations abroad. Compare that to the approximately 50 such Chester County enterprises that a similar state survey found in the mid-1980s, and the growing impact of globalization is clear, said Chester County Commissioner Andrew E. Dinniman. "That's the part that I found so intriguing," said Dinniman, the driving force behind the current survey.
February 19, 2015 |
A Chester County company that assembles surgical carts used in medical facilities faces more than $42,000 in fines for exposing workers to chemical hazards, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Following a complaint in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Seitz Technical Products in Oxford did not properly label hazardous chemicals, provide eye wash stations, train employees in use of hazardous chemicals or maintain a library of chemical safety sheets.
August 23, 2012 |
The state Attorney General's Office filed charges Wednesday against 25 members of an alleged drug-trafficking ring, based in Chester County, that prosecutors say sold pills at area universities. The group sold prescription pills, including OxyContin and Xanax, as well as cocaine and marijuana around the Philadelphia region and in Delaware, prosecutors said. Thomas Donnelly, 33, of Exton, was a central figure in the organization and made from $2,000 to $3,000 in profit weekly, prosecutors said.
March 24, 2013 |
The 2013 annual nationwide count of homeless people, taken on the night of Jan. 30 and 31, found fewer individuals in Chester County and more in Bucks County than were tallied in January 2012. Comparable figures for the nation, as well as for Philadelphia and for Delaware and Montgomery Counties, are not yet available, officials there said this week. The 625 people counted in Chester County this year compared with 666 found there in 2012. But the 476 recorded in Bucks County on the same January night this year were more than the 422 in the 2012 survey, due to a change in how information is gathered.
June 10, 2015 |
A suspended Chester County priest pleaded guilty Monday to federal child pornography counts and charges of destroying evidence. Mark Haynes, 56, previously of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, admitted trading hundreds of pornographic images of children over Instagram and enticing teenage girls he met online to send him explicit photos of themselves. He contacted the teens while posing online as a 16-year-old girl named Katie Caponetti between 2010 and 2014. "He has accepted responsibility for what he has done," said Haynes' lawyer, Alan J. Tauber.
June 12, 1991
After a recent Inquirer series pointed out how cavalierly Chester County's court system deals with a big population of Spanish-speaking mushroom workers, the official response could have taken one of two directions - denial and resistance, or a let's-do-better willingness to change. So far, we're happy to report, county authorities are taking the second path. Throughout the county - and especially in the courts around Kennett Square where one in four cases involves a Hispanic as victim or defendant - the top court administrator has ordered district justices to have an interpreter on hand.