January 23, 1995 |
The Norristown boys' basketball lineup shouldn't be memorized, unless a computer with plenty of megabytes is available. Through 17 games this season, coach Tom McGee has been forced to use 17 combinations. Reserve senior forward Jeff Butler was killed in a car accident last month before he ever got in a game. Somehow, even though they were still emotionally reeling, the Eagles managed to keep winning. But injuries have piled up in recent weeks, and coaching decisions by McGee have also resulted in various lineups.
July 29, 1987 |
Gordon of Philadelphia, a nationally-known manufacturer of traditional women's clothes, is being closed by its parent company. The Norristown firm, which employs about 80 people here and 10 in its New York showroom, is being phased out because "it has continued operating at a level that is not satisfactory, despite an intense, 18-month program to redirect the products and market thrust of the company by its management," said Linda Kyriakou, spokeswoman...
May 6, 2010 |
Norristown softball coach Jon Kandrick didn't want a repeat of his team's earlier meeting with Wissahickon in a Suburban One League American Conference game. The Trojans won that first game, and sophomore lefthander Katie Ziegler limited the Eagles to two hits. Thursday, the Eagles resorted to their slapping and bunting offense and earned a 7-0 victory that kept them in the driver's seat in the conference. "I told them we needed to get on base and score runs any way we could," Kandrick said after the Eagles improved to 10-3 overall, 9-2 in the conference.
June 17, 2012 |
If there was any question that the sweeping four-column monument in Norristown emblazoned with the word King was a tribute to the civil rights leader whose nonviolent movement transformed a nation, a new addition should erase any doubt. A bronze relief depicting the face of the slain Nobel Peace Prize winner was dedicated at the park named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his elder son stood in front of the memorial Saturday to say thank you. "It is wonderful to name things in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., but what is most important is that we continue the work that is not fulfilled yet," Martin Luther King 3d said before a crowd of more than 100. The ceremony came 25 years after officials, clergy, and residents of the Montgomery County municipality joined in 1987 to develop a park in King's honor on Oak Street.
March 14, 2013 |
After three years at Church Farm, Howard Sellars decided to play his final season of high school basketball at Coatesville. "Coatesville is where I live," the 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior guard said. "I just wanted to come home and give the city what they haven't seen in years. " Wednesday night, with Sellars as the catalyst, the Red Raiders moved closer to their first PIAA Class AAAA state title since 2001 with a 58-52 victory over Norristown in a second-round game at Spring-Ford.
April 11, 2006 |
Former Norristown Mayor Ted LeBlanc, facing the financial collapse of the pub he owned, sold out his constituents for $10,000, federal prosecutors said yesterday in the first day of LeBlanc's fraud, corruption and tax-evasion trial. "LeBlanc betrayed the trust of the citizens of Norristown for a bar," assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray said during opening statements at the U.S. District Courthouse in Philadelphia. LeBlanc, 68, theoretically faces up to 171 years in prison on the charges stemming from his actions between December 2002 and July 2004.
March 12, 1987 |
Adrift in a $2.2 million sea of red ink, Norristown officials last week gave up the zoo. Turning the buildings and animals over to a private society, they argued, would save about $20,000 in the first year alone. Mayor John Marberger was unimpressed. "Twenty thousand is just nothing," he said in an interview last week in his newly redecorated office. "It's just a spit in the ocean. " Besides, the mayor added, "I love the town, and I love the zoo, and the zoo is one of the few things that we have left here.
December 14, 1987 |
When Fred Michini first saw the historic Simpson Grist Mill, on a hillside overlooking a grimy section of Norristown's west end, he looked beyond the charred beams, the warped floorboards and the grain scattered about and envisioned, instead, a cozy, old-world Italian restaurant. "The outside of it reminded me of an old country inn in Italy," said Michini of the four-story, 19th-century stone structure, which overlooks Stony Creek near the busy commercial corner of Marshall and Markley Streets.
October 25, 1992 |
Punches were flying, hundreds of teenagers were yelling and chaos reigned supreme on the corner of Chestnut and Cherry Streets in Norristown on the night of Oct. 26, 1991. Suddenly, a brick hurled in the air struck Stephen Jackson in the head. Who threw it? According to the 12-member Montgomery County jury, it wasn't Kenneth J. Jones. Jones, 21, of Norristown, was found not guilty Wednesday of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The two-day trial culminated in Jones' attorney, Saul Solomon, asking the jury to dismiss testimony by Jackson's girlfriend and her best friend, which was the only testimony that identified Jones as the brick hurler.
September 23, 1996 |
Norristown has been on both sides of a rout this season, and there is little doubt that the Eagles preferred Friday's 40-14 crushing of host Bensalem to the drubbing they took the previous week at the hands of Central Bucks West. "Oh, it felt good," Eagles senior Lafton Thompson said. "It felt real good to come back like this. " Thompson led an offense that amassed more than 350 yards by rushing for 162 yards on 19 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Thompson, who had one 100-yard-plus rushing game last season, and Eagles coach Roger Grove credited strong blocking by the offensive line for making the difference against the Owls.