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December 11, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The regional government agency responsible for protecting the Delaware River watershed approved a water company's plan to pump from a Chester County well at its meeting Wednesday after the commission addressed many concerns from residents. Residents and environmentalists worry that the water company's plan could dry up their personal wells and damage federally protected streams. Based on some of their suggestions, the Delaware River Basin Commission added safeguards to the plan. Artesian Resources Corp., a water company based in Delaware, has said its pumping will not harm the environment.
NEWS
December 10, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County physician who sold OxyContin, Vicodin, Adderall, and other drugs to undercover officers was sentenced Wednesday to 10 to 20 years in prison. Lawrence Wean, 61, of Media, who had an office in the 600 block of Baltimore Pike, Springfield Township, was found guilty in October of writing unlawful prescriptions and filing false insurance claims. Wean had rejected a more lenient plea deal before going to trial. The term imposed by Delaware County Court Judge Anthony Scanlon was steeper than the one requested by the prosecution.
NEWS
December 9, 2015
Mayor Michael Speck asked the Phoenixville Borough Council again Tuesday night for something that has been on the Police Department's wish list for more than five months: a drone. Speck and the police failed to get their wish as council members voted, 5-3, to deny the department's request for a drone. Borough police received a donation in July to buy one, but council members expressed doubts about the need for it and apprehension over potential liabilities and privacy concerns.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County officials announced Thursday they will immediately stop payments to the state until legislators pass a budget, following the lead of Bucks County. Other counties have threatened similar actions. The county has been using its reserves to pay for human services. But as of Jan. 1, there will be no more funding for human-services providers, the county commissioners said. "Even for Chester County, we are at the breaking point," Commissioner Michelle Kichline said. The county's solicitor will investigate legal actions the county can take against the Commonwealth for failing to provide funding, they said.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County's first proposed tax increase in four years has generated virtually no comments heading into a final vote this month. The 9.8 percent increase, which would raise the average homeowner's bill by $51.85 a year, is needed to fund rising costs for debt service, general-fund expenses, and the employee pension fund, county officials say. At two hearings Thursday, no one showed up to debate or comment on the budget. "I think I've received two emails. . . . One that was supportive, and one that included several Bible verses," said Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro, a Democrat.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Betsy Huber joined the Grange when she was 5, a girl growing up on a Chester County dairy farm. Sixty-three years later, she has been elected national president of the agriculture group. "It's been a long journey," Huber said. She is the first woman to serve as president of the 150-year-old organization, which advocates for farming and agriculture, and has chapters nationwide. "I kind of dreamed about it, I guess, but I never thought it would actually happen," said Huber, who also was the first female president of the Pennsylvania Grange, serving from 2002 to 2010.
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three boys harassed and distributed explicit photos of a 13-year-old classmate, her life as a freshman at Conestoga High School became "a living hell," in the words of the Chester County district attorney. But she was able this fall to take advantage of a new state law - one that placed her classmates under a court order barring the boys from any contact with her. Following the lead of other states, Pennsylvania's Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation law for the first time expands traditional court-ordered protection from its typical targets - such as ex-spouses and relatives - to acquaintances and strangers.
REAL_ESTATE
November 30, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   We have been down this road before, in a sense. East Nantmeal, a township of 1,858 people scattered over 16.4 square miles, is lumped into the Chester Springs zip code, 19425, with fellow Chester County communities West Pikeland, Upper Uwchlan, Wallace, and West Vincent Townships. Two years ago, a visit to Chester Springs and its component parts found, as in many other areas of the Philadelphia region, a housing market on what real estate agents were calling "the comeback trail.
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Narberth Councilor Gigi Tevlin-Moffat wore jeans to a council meeting after a day of working at the food bank she runs, a resident told her to dress more appropriately. When Mary Fuller was elected to the Lansdale Borough Council in 2009, a male administrator patted her on the shoulder and wondered if "all the big numbers" confused her. And when Haverford Township Commissioner Jane Hall introduces a new proposal, she knows one vote she'll never get - that of a commissioner from her own party who routinely opposes her because of her gender, she believes.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the sheriff of Chester County, S.C., sits down to Thanksgiving dinner, he will be surrounded by family, and to him that includes a 10-year-old boy from Chester County, Pa., he met last year. "It's just like he's mine, just like my own son," Sheriff Alex "Big A" Underwood said. The pair met after Alex Collins, now nicknamed "Little A," wrote a letter to Underwood asking to go on his annual hunting trip with area children. Alex, who lives in West Goshen Township, read about the outing on Facebook and never imagined there was more than one Chester County.
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