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October 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a third straight year, Chester County will not raise property taxes in 2015, according to a preliminary budget unveiled Tuesday that officials developed to align with the county's strategic goals while adjusting for economic challenges. Those challenges include the county's two main revenue streams: its tax base and state and federal grants, which are expected to stay relatively flat. County officials also said they worked to keep cost increases for employees' medical plans at a minimum.
NEWS
October 28, 2014
ISSUE | PLATFORMS Read up on it As far as his plan to improve Pennsylvania's taxes and expenditures, Tom Wolf has said over and over that he'd have to see the figures before he could comment. But the state's tax receipts and expenditures are online, and they're listed in enough detail that Wolf could give at least a cogent answer to these questions. As a past state revenue secretary, he's also familiar with state budgets. And as a candidate, he should certainly have done some current research.
NEWS
October 22, 2014
A story Tuesday on the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery attributed a statement on behalf of McCaffery to his lawyer, Dion G. Rassias. Spokesman Frank Keel, who e-mailed the statement Monday night, said Tuesday that the remarks should have been attributed to him and blamed the mistake on "some miscommunications in the heat of the moment. " A story Tuesday wrongly described Republican Sixth District congressional candidate Ryan Costello as the only area congressional candidate to receive campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of the Keystone Valley Fire Department got lucky a few months ago when a Parkesburg man let them smash windows and fill with smoke the dilapidated house he was planning to demolish. Opportunities like that make for great training, but they're rare. "I'm trying to find a structure now, and I just . . . I can't," Chief Raymond Stackhouse said. Firefighters and police officers in Chester County often have to leave the county to train or rely on props and their imaginations.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Some people use the terms Glen Mills and Thornbury Township - the one in Delaware County - interchangeably. Inaccurately, too: A good portion of the township is in the Thornton zip code, 19373. (Thornton is a historic section of Thornbury Township.) Plus, the Glen Mills zip code, 19342, covers five other townships including Thornbury Township, Chester County, as well as the Borough of Chester Heights.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
  In counties across the Philadelphia region, officials are casting a watchful eye on the Ebola outbreak that has already claimed one life in Texas. Representatives from Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester Counties, as well as two South Jersey counties, said Tuesday that they were keeping in close contact with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and area hospitals. "A contagious virus is only a plane ride away," Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle told reporters after the first meeting of a county task force on Ebola and infectious diseases.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill expected to pass this week in the legislature would gut protections for Pennsylvania's cleanest streams, critics say. The proposal, which would remove a requirement that developers leave a 150-foot forested buffer along some streams, has drawn the opposition of environmental groups, land conservancies, and wildlife groups such as Trout Unlimited. It is backed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association and officials in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, who say that the requirement is arbitrary and that they need flexibility.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The treasurer of a Chester County fire company was charged Wednesday with stealing $300,000 from the station by forging checks, stealing from the firehouse safe, and manipulating bingo records. Hower Smith III, 57, allegedly stole the money from Coatesville's Westwood Fire Company between 2006 and 2012. Smith, who lives in Coatesville and was a member of the company for about 40 years, was removed from his post and came under investigation in 2012 after he charged $2,000 to a fire company credit card while on vacation in Hawaii, officials said.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County officials and business leaders Tuesday unveiled a 10-year economic development plan - which the county says is unprecedented in scope - that calls for a balance of growth and preservation. The so-called VISTA 2025 initiative includes more than "180 strategies" to guide short- and long-term spending and development projects. The county has had business plans in the past, but officials say this represents the first comprehensive economic-development strategy, which was formed through a partnership of public and private groups.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet. In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.
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