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SPORTS
November 9, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
West Chester running back Brandon Monk (Avon Grove) rushed for a career-high 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead West Chester (9-1, 8-1 PSAC) to a 35-24 victory over host East Stroudsburg (6-4, 5-4) Saturday. Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns. Widener 55, King's 6 - The unbeaten Pride (9-0, 8-0 MAC) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a rout of the host Monarchs (3-6, 3-5). Brandon Harper (Highland) led the defense with seven tackles.
SPORTS
November 1, 2014 | By Joe Clancy, For The Inquirer
The sun will come out from behind the trees soon, but a chill still hangs about in the shadows atop a hill in Chester County Sunday morning. A hillside over, some cows moo. Closer, geese take flight with great ha-honks, and a hawk drops from a tree and soars out of sight. The horse is off in the distance and down the hill, invisible, but out there. Hardest Core, upset winner of the Grade I Arlington Million in August, will have his final prerace training session for Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf on this morning.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fred Pickett, a longtime boys' basketball coach at Chester High, died Wednesday at 61 after a battle with cancer. In charge of the Clippers from 1995 to 2008, Pickett compiled a record of 331-80 (.805 winning percentage), earned eight PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championships, and won three state titles. Pickett was a lifelong resident of Chester. Family, friends, and former players gathered at his home Wednesday afternoon to pay their respects. Meghan Sgro and Pickett were coworkers in the Delaware County Juvenile Court and Probation Services Department.
NEWS
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 25, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the guilty verdict was announced Thursday in a Delaware County murder trial, the mothers of both the defendant and victim were brought to tears. One cried because her son was convicted; the other shed tears for her dead son, and for the loss the defendant's mother will suffer knowing he probably will spend his life behind bars. It took a jury less than four hours to convict Jamir Williams, 29, of first-degree murder in the July 2010 shooting death of Rahim Hicks, 21, outside a Chester restaurant.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Days after Rahim Hicks was shot dead outside a Chester restaurant, Kandie Meinhart gave police a statement implicating Jamir Williams, her child's father, as the shooter. Less than two weeks ago, she met with prosecutors to prepare for his trial. But in testimony Wednesday in Delaware County Court, Meinhart said she could not remember many details - even after prosecutors played her taped statement for the jury. The sudden bout of forgetfulness from what was supposed to be a key witness frustrated Assistant District Attorney Sandra Urban, who asked that Meinhart be treated as a hostile witness on the second day of Williams' trial.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Cuprak was able to salvage a few chunks of coal. The facilities manager at West Chester University put them in a small box - for posterity - and took them to a celebratory event on campus Wednesday. The university was formally decommissioning its coal-fired boiler plant, which for more than 50 years provided steam heat for the campus. It was replaced by a more-efficient geothermal system. The old anthracite plant hasn't been used since May, Cuprak said. But officials wanted to make sure the new system was working perfectly before they made the formal switch.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marie Louise Ludwig founded a nonprofit five years ago to buy a house where her autistic daughter could have a fulfilled adult life and live after she and her husband, Andy, died. "I'm just a mom who had a dream," said Ludwig, 53. Two weeks ago, Ludwig moved 22-year-old Stephanie Kier into the Chester Springs house the nonprofit, Stephanie's House, bought a year ago. Gayle Eddy moved in, too, as Kier's caregiver and manager of the house. "It's just - it's home," Eddy, 65, said of the two-story blue house at the end of a well-groomed cul-de-sac.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rahim Hicks loved to fish, enjoyed NASCAR, had an entrepreneurial streak, and was a junior member in a volunteer fire company. Jamir Williams failed to finish eighth grade, never learned to read, was found to have ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder, and, according to his family, was profoundly affected by his brother's unsolved killing. Prosecutors say the paths of the two Chester men intersected at 3:30 a.m. July 24, 2010, in the doorway of J&S Seafood on Kerlin Street. Words were allegedly exchanged and five shots fired.
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.
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