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January 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Jenkins is still thinking about last winter. The 26-year tree-service veteran saw crushed homes, smashed vehicles, and a lot of property damage after February's epic ice storm. "It seems like it took us all year to get everybody cleaned up that had damage in our specific area," said Jenkins, owner of Top Notch Tree Service in Downingtown, Chester County. For the rest of the year, he saw about a 20 percent hike in business from customers looking for preventive tree work, he said.
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December 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine-year-old Alex Collins sent his mother into the office of Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh in West Chester earlier this month for what he thought was the last step in applying to win a hunting and fishing trip with a sheriff. But there was a problem. The contest was for kids almost 600 miles away, at the sheriff's office in Chester County, South Carolina. "He was very upset when he realized it was the wrong Chester County," said Alex's mother, Leslie. The family saw the contest on the Chester County Sheriff's Office Facebook page and assumed it was the Pennsylvania county.
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December 7, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County rolled out a plan Friday to reduce health disparities, increase awareness of its health services, create safe and healthy environments, prevent disease, and coordinate services that address both physical and behavioral health needs. Officials unveiled the Community Health Improvement Plan to about 100 community leaders, county department heads, and others at the Government Services Center. The plan is a culmination of the county's RoadMAPP to Health initiative begun in 2011.
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December 2, 2014
A caption Sunday with a story on the 76ers' losing streak misstated the team's prognosis. The Sixers are on track for even fewer wins this year than last. A headline Monday with the "Philly Deals" column wrongly located Chesterbrook. It is in Chester County. A story Monday about Timbuctoo village in Westampton misspelled the name of the lead archaeologist, Chris Barton.
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November 16, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a Chester County official signed a friendship agreement in May with leaders in the Yongchuan district of China, the group had broad plans to work together for both regions' mutual benefit. But they lacked details. Now, after another trip to China last month, officials are starting to formulate specific objectives: Officials hope to entice Chinese investors to help fund projects in the county. Lincoln University's president signed a student-exchange agreement with two Chinese universities to help his students be more competitive in the global workforce.
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November 16, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to 114 schools and municipalities, including 17 in the Philadelphia region, to cover the cost of hiring resource and police officers in schools this year. Under the grant program, signed into law last year, schools and towns can receive up to $60,000 for a resource officer and up to $40,000 for a police officer. Recipients are required to fund the positions for at least two years. Priority for funding is given to schools and municipalities that employ officers who have completed training related to children and adolescents within a school setting, the state said.
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November 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester and Delaware County teachers and support staff working without contracts rallied Thursday to draw attention to what they say are stalled negotiations. "It's not that they're just unsettled," said Zeek Weil, southeastern representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). "School boards cancel meetings, reject proposed dates that we offer, come unprepared, hold 30-minute bargaining sessions, and then just want to go home. So it's very frustrating to our members.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Republicans won the two most hotly contested House races in the Philadelphia area Tuesday, holding onto seats in Bucks and Chester Counties that Democrats had hoped to take away. U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) defeated Democrat Kevin Strouse in a closely divided district based in Bucks County, and Republican Ryan Costello beat Democrat Manan Trivedi in a Chester County-based race. Costello, a Chester County commissioner, will replace Republican Jim Gerlach, who did not seek reelection.
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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.
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