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July 18, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
Tia Manon trudged through the swampy cemetery of the old Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, looking for two names belonging to one man. Perry Ringgold was a slave who escaped the South on the Underground Railroad. James Williams was the free man he became after he was harbored by a Quaker family in Exton. According to family lore, this relative of Manon's helped found the East Whiteland church in 1832, but none of the stone markers bore a trace of him, by either name. She did come across one name she recognized, a Reason - William Reason.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A unit of Prudential Financial Inc. has acquired a pair of senior housing communities, including one in Chester County's Willistown Township, from a venture involving Radnor-based Shelbourne Capital L.L.C. PGIM Real Estate purchased The Solana Willistown, along with The Solana Roseland in the New York suburb of Roseland, N.J., Prudential spokesman Brendan Duffy said in an e-mail on Tuesday. Formation-Shelbourne Senior Living Services sold the communities as a package for $98.3 million, according to a release from commercial real-estate services firm HFF, which marketed the properties.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Supporters of the Paoli Battlefield are a step closer to persuading Washington to designate the Main Line site - an encampment that swam in patriot blood on a September night in 1777 - a national historic landmark. The research and documentation they submitted have put the 40-acre Chester County tract into contention for the nation's highest historic designation, according to the National Park Service's National Historic Landmark Program and the American Battlefield Protection Program.
NEWS
July 2, 2016
The slaying of a 62-year-old Berwyn woman in her Main Line home two weeks ago was a "targeted attack," Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday. Denise Barger, a recent widow, died of blunt-force trauma. Her body was found on the morning of June 17 by a relative who had gone to Barger's Heatherstone Drive residence to check on her, the District Attorney's Office announced June 18. Her death was the first homicide this year in Tredyffrin Township, the most populous town in Chester County with about 29,500 people.
REAL_ESTATE
June 27, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. John Duffy recalls that when the opportunity arose in the 1970s to build new in Uwchlan, his then-partner decided that the Chester County township was just too far away. A few years later, an appraiser that Duffy, owner of Duffy Real Estate in Narberth and St. Davids, worked with stopped by his office and said, "You would never believe where I have been appraising lately. " If you said Uwchlan Township, you hit the nail right smack on the head.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Prompted by residents' complaints about the increased use of digital billboards, a state senator announced Friday that he had introduced a bill that would toughen regulations on companies that want to erect the brightly lighted signs. Applicants would have to meet with representatives from PennDot and the proposed site's town, and approval would be subject to hearings under the bill, sponsored by Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester). The bill, introduced Monday, would amend what he called the outdated Outdoor Advertising Control Act of 1971.
NEWS
June 9, 2016
By Michelle Kichline Chester County is one of the wealthiest, one of the best educated, and yes, even one of the healthiest counties in the nation. But we are not immune to the heroin and opiate epidemic. We face the same crisis that is creating significant issues - and causing deaths - across Pennsylvania and America. Recently, Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh asked me to testify at one of his community meetings on the crisis - to confirm that prescription medications and heroin are as much a problem in places like Chester County as they are in Center City.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A York County woman was sentenced to 9 to 23 months in prison Thursday for a mass art theft from the award-winning Chester County photographer who snapped National Geographic's famous Afghan Girl portrait. Bree DeStephano, 33, of York, pleaded guilty in April to three felony charges related to theft and conspiracy for stealing more than $650,000 worth of prints and books by Steve McCurry. "This defendant engaged in a calculated, systemic theft from her trusted employer," said Chester County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Noone.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Police in Chester County are searching for a Philadelphia man who they say tried to run over an officer with a stolen vehicle. Tyrell A. Winchester, 28, of the 2000 block of South 20th Street, was charged Thursday with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and related offenses. According to a criminal complaint, a Willistown Township police officer ran a registration check on a silver 2000 Mercury sedan on Thursday around 4 p.m. The officer found it had been reported stolen from a man in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
One person was killed and four others injured in a multi-vehicle crash Friday night in Chester County, authorities said. The accident occurred on the westbound side about 9:10 p.m. on the Route 30 bypass west of Downingtown in Caln Township, a county dispatcher said. The westbound lanes were closed for an investigation and cleanup and heavy delays were reported on the eastbound side. No further information was available on the victims. - Robert Moran  
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