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July 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Story Slam was just getting started Tuesday night at the Side Bar & Restaurant when a telltale flicker came from the lights above, followed by darkness. For many of the 50-plus attendees at the monthly event, the drill had become as familiar as the crash of thunder. Restaurant staff brought out candles, and when the emcee asked whether the show should go on, the crowd started chanting, "Stories! Stories! Stories!" said Jim Breslin, an author who lives just outside the borough and who organizes the Story Slam nights.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the rural reaches of Chester County, a group of Democrats discontented with the direction of the county party has proposed a bold move: secession. It's a startling turn for a group that for decades has made inroads in solidly Republican territory. Their counterparts in Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks Counties have leveraged those gains and now boast the majority of registered voters. Chester County is growing at a faster clip than any of them, and the latest registration figures put the party within striking distance of the GOP. But a festering feud last month led to a shake-up among party's top leaders and sowed discontent at a time when some say the party needs to unite behind Tom Wolf's campaign for governor.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mosquito collected in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced Tuesday. The mosquito was trapped on June 24 in Uwchlan Township. The finding makes Chester County the tenth county in the state to find mosquitos carrying the virus this year. The others are Delaware, Berks, Franklin, Adams, Beaver, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Northumberland, according to the state. Two mosquitos have tested positive in Delaware County, one in Aldan Borough and one in Chadds Ford Township, officials there said.
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June 27, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying stricter federal nutrition guidelines are too much to swallow, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has decided to remove its 1,300 high school students from the program that is to go into effect next school year. In deciding last week that the students would not join the 31 million across the country who get free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, the district said its own food policies were healthy enough for its high schoolers. The district's middle school and four elementary schools will still participate.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Summer is here, and so are the first positive reports of West Nile virus in mosquitoes. A mosquito carrying the virus was reported in Aldan Borough last week, said Maureen Hennessey, director of the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health. It was the second case reported this year. A mosquito trap in Chadds Ford Township had a positive test result earlier in the month, she said. "We are finding a lot of our traps are pulling in big numbers" of mosquitoes, Hennessey said.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The story of Lincoln University's beginnings routinely highlights the benevolent white Presbyterian minister who founded the first degree-granting institution for African Americans. The Rev. John Miller Dickey started the historically black university in Chester County. James Ralston Amos and his brother, Thomas Henry Amos, were students, among the first to graduate. But in a retelling that shakes up a 160-year history, Cheryl ReneƩ Gooch, a dean at the school, elevates the Amos brothers' contribution.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
When officers found Andrea McQueen in a snowbank at the scene of a car crash in March, the Coatesville woman was calling out the same words again and again: "My baby. My baby. " Only after police searched along the Chester County road did they realize a child hadn't been ejected from the woman's vehicle. McQueen, who survived the crash, was screaming for the baby she had been carrying for 27 weeks and two days. The driver who hit McQueen while allegedly driving drunk at 113 m.p.h., Remington Simmons, now faces a charge several prosecutors said was rarely used by their offices: murder of an unborn child.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Because of field conditions and the threat of storms, the Carpenter Cup first-round games scheduled for Friday and early Saturday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia were postponed. The tournament will resume at 4 p.m. Saturday and pick up Sunday morning. The semifinals and championship are scheduled for next Thursday and Friday at Citizens Bank Park. Schedule FIRST ROUND All games at Ashburn Field in FDR Park. Saturday Tri-Cape vs. Philadelphia Catholic League, 4 p.m. Sunday Suburban One American/Continental vs. Berks County, 9 a.m. Mercer County vs. Jersey Shore, 12:30 p.m. Delaware County vs. Public League, 4 p.m. Monday Suburban One National/Bicentennial vs. Chester County, 9 a.m. Inter-Ac Independents vs. Delaware South, 12:30 p.m. QUARTERFINALS All games at Ashburn Field in FDR Park.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A delicate plan to save West Chester's Barclay Grounds from development suffered a setback Thursday when the Chester County commissioners pledged just a fraction of the grant money requested, leaving a $375,000 gap. The commissioners said they would consider giving more to preserve the land - a tree-shaded plot long used as a park - but only if the borough puts up its own cash for the project. "This is a highly unique situation, for us to even be involved in an open-space project in the borough," said Ryan Costello, commissioners chairman.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Atkins, 65, of Paoli, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who later became the director of emergency services for Chester County, died Monday, June 9, of a stroke at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Atkins' life was centered on family, and on serving his country and county. He grew up in Yardville, N.J., and in 1966 enrolled in Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. While at Stevens, Mr. Atkins enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program, and when he finished training was both honored as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned a second lieutenant.
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