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February 18, 2016
A Chester County man was arrested and charged with simple assault and other offenses after an alleged road-rage incident Monday, West Whiteland Township police said Tuesday. Scott Sanford, 49, of Exton, allegedly tailgated a car on East Swedesford Road, pulled in front of that vehicle, stopped, and got out of his car with a retractable baton in his hand, police said. He allegedly approached the other car wielding the baton, at which point the driver backed up and Sanford drove off. The other driver's son, in the car with him, recorded the incident on his phone, police said.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The Main Line could soon be losing yet another historic landmark and gaining yet another chain drugstore - though not without a fight. This time, past and future are clashing at the busy corner of Lancaster Avenue and Old Eagle School Road in Strafford, Chester County, where a plain-Jane fieldstone building has stood since at least the late 1700s. Once a tavern along the nation's first turnpike, today it houses a high-end furniture showroom. But in its glory years, lasting most of the 20th century, it was the Old Covered Wagon Inn, a Main Line institution and maker of memories.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A handful of schools in the suburbs are opening late on Wednesday. The districts and private schools with delayed openings are mostly in Chester County. A full list of school closing and delays is at http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/school-closings . Philadelphia public schools are opening on time. A small band of snow flurries is moving through the region Wednesday morning after snow fell around the area Tuesday. Chester County got the brunt of that snow, with 6.5 inches in Eagle, 6.1 inches in Elverson, 5.9 inches in West Caln Township and 5.7 inches in Lionville, according to the National Weather Service.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Chester County moved a step closer Tuesday to joining several other Pennsylvania counties that charge additional fees for vehicle registrations. State law allows counties to impose a $5 fee for registrations not considered exempt. Counties can use the funds for transportation improvement projects. The law took effect in January 2015. Philadelphia and Bucks County are among at least six that have approved the fee. Montgomery County is considering it. The Chester County commissioners discussed the fee at a meeting Tuesday and will vote Thursday on whether to impose it. County officials expect fees for approximately 440,000 eligible vehicles to generate about $2.2 million, which they will use for bridge repairs.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Chester County is taking notes from business owners as it tries to create a 10-year road map for the growing county. A survey open to all county businesses will attempt to gather information - perhaps for the first time - about the priorities and struggles of local companies and why they choose to do business in Chester County. "The business community is the economy," said MaryFrances McGarrity, director of business development at the Chester County Economic Development Council, which worked with the county commissioners and area chambers of commerce to create the survey.
NEWS
January 29, 2016
An article in Thursday's Inquirer incorrectly referred to former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne. Michael Bilandic, not Byrne, was ousted amid city anger over snow cleanups. An article Monday on the fate of Hershey's Mill Dam, in Chester County, misstated the distance from the dam to Greenhill Road. The dam is less than 200 feet from the road. An article Thursday misrepresented remarks by Evan Malone, founder of NextFab, at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce event on manufacturing.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Nearly half of Pennsylvania's registered Democrats support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, according to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll being released Thursday. When Democratic voters were asked whom they'd vote for if the state's April 26 primary were held now, they favored Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 46 percent to 29 percent, the poll found. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had just 2 percent; 16 percent said they were undecided.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | BY MARI A. SCHAEFER, Staff Writer
A CHESTER COUNTY man has been charged with murder after he allegedly injected cocaine into his girlfriend in what he called a Romeo and Juliet-style suicide pact, then changed his mind after watching her die. Anthony Michael Noble, 27, of Phoenixville, is also charged with drug delivery resulting in death, tampering with evidence, and related crimes, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said. He was arraigned and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility without bail awaiting a preliminary hearing in the case.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Counselors at an after-school homework program in Coatesville say that in two instances, they heard young people discussing suicide and were able to intervene to prevent tragedies. They used techniques they had learned recently in a program called Mental Health First Aid. More than 500,000 people nationwide have completed the training, and over 900 of those are teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, police officers, high school students, and community members in Chester County.
REAL_ESTATE
January 18, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
It has been more than 80 years since an Italian immigrant named John Pia moved his family from California to Chester County and began growing mushrooms as a sharecropper. Four generations later, the Pias - specifically, Michael Pia Jr., John's great-grandson - are planting more than mushrooms in the soil of Kennett Square at the edge of Kennett Township. Their South Mill Mushroom Sales Inc. is the third-largest in the country, producing 1.3 million pounds a week, Pia said. Kaolin Mushroom Farms, their compost supply operation, serves mushroom growers.
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