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April 27, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER A vacant 1930s-era school is about to gain new life as an upscale apartment building in the City of Chester, according to a Chester Upland School District official. The Wetherill School, a classic stone building on East 24th Street, recently was sold at auction for $200,000 to Best Homes Co. of Glenolden, which plans to undertake the conversion, Chester Upland Solicitor Leo A. Hackett said Thursday. Two other vacant school district structures also have been auctioned. "That building is a fortress," he said, adding that the project would be a massive undertaking.
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fatal shooting occurred in Chester at around 11 a.m. Thursday at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue near the Widener University campus. The shooting did not involve anyone from the Widener community, police said. However, as a precaution, Widener sent a message to students and staff at 11:01 a.m. that shots were fired and to shelter in place. The lockdown ended at 11:27 a.m. "You exercise caution in a situation like that," said University spokesman Dan Hanson. This is the second time the university has told the campus community to stay indoors because of a shooting.
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester University official Thursday called it a coincidence that four sexual assaults have been reported on campus in four weeks, while urging students to be vigilant. "They need to be on the lookout and report anything they think is suspicious or anything that has happened to them," spokeswoman Pam Sheridan said. In the latest assault, reported Wednesday afternoon, a student said she was at the Frances Harvey Greene Library when she noticed an older man lurking in nearby bookshelves and staring at her. A few minutes later, she felt something touch her leg, looked down, and saw the man had his hand on her thigh, the police said.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
FORMER DARBY Borough Council president Nick DiGregorio was shot in the face by a stray bullet Monday afternoon while driving on a Chester street. Nick DiGregorio, 66, a Vietnam War veteran who was once a cop and a prison warden, was released from a hospital yesterday, but said the bullet remained lodged in his left cheek. "I don't think it's really hit me altogether yet, but another couple inches, the bullet would have hit my throat or my brain or my heart," DiGregorio said in a phone interview yesterday.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The coaches at West Chester University are not looking to upgrade to Division I or to leave the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. What they are doing as a group is supporting legislation that would take West Chester out of the state's higher education system. The real hope for the coaches is that West Chester gains autonomy in making decisions regarding athletics, and maybe that could result in more resources. Almost every Division II college, and the vast majority of those in Division I, could use more athletic revenues.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
One prosecutor put it bluntly: Robert Landis is the worst drunk driver in Chester County. He's been arrested eight times since 1981, half with his blood-alcohol triple the legal limit. In 2010, Landis promised a judge he had found sobriety through prayer. "This disease," he said, "is out to kill me. " But first, it led him to kill someone else. On Monday, Landis admitted causing the death of a motorcyclist last year in Westtown Township. Prosecutors are seeking up to 17 years in prison.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Chuck Lindsay lovingly calls the members of his West Chester East girls' softball team "goofy. " The coach's characterization isn't off base. Sophomore second baseman Olivia Francomano laughed before admitting that the description fits. Freshman Amilia Andraos is pretty good at mimicking Lindsay, according to Francomano, and the whole team in general has a loose and comfortable demeanor. "They are goofy in the greatest way possible," Lindsay said. "Nothing bothers them. " But the laughing and joking isn't all that the Vikings (5-1, 4-1 Ches-Mont National)
NEWS
April 13, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tara Fontaine was recovering from gastric bypass surgery in the fall of 2011 when a flier arrived at her doorstep. It was an invitation to a new health and fitness program that the Chester Housing Authority was organizing for its residents. "And I'm like, oh my goodness," said Fontaine, who at the time weighed 385 pounds. "Free exercise, healthy, this is what I need. " The exercise and nutrition classes helped her lose 100 pounds and change her eating habits. As the program enters its third year, Fontaine, 53, is earning a stipend as a community health worker organizing classes and encouraging others to join.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER The historic Deshong Mansion of Chester is no more. Wrecking crews late last month razed the 164-year-old Italian Renaissance-style mansion, which had begun to fall apart after years of neglect. "It was just a public-safety hazard," said J. Patrick Killian, director of the Delaware County Commerce Center, which oversees the Delaware County Industrial Development Authority and controls the property. The mansion, at 10th Street and Avenue of the States, was home to Alfred O. Deshong, a wealthy industrialist with an extensive art collection.
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