October 30, 2014 |
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.
October 29, 2014 |
TO ALL THOSE folks who figured the selection committee for that new four-team playoff was going to somehow reinvent the wheel - and you know who you are - it might be time to reconsider. I keep hearing how the panel, which is down to 12 members now that Archie Manning has taken a leave of absence due to health issues, will be able to weigh all the information differently than the way voters and the even-more-dreaded computers did before. And thereby, I'm assuming, come up with better answers/solutions.
October 29, 2014 |
A CHESTER COUNTY priest who has been charged with posting child pornography to Instagram admitted during questioning that he'd once posed as a teenage girl online to engage in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents. When Chester County detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding two photos of a naked, underage girl that were posted to Instagram in April, they tracked the IP address to Ss. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester.
October 24, 2014 |
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.
October 21, 2014 |
Don G. Stout, 68, of West Chester, who sold commercial printing and volunteered for various causes and once received $10,000 on behalf of the Salvation Army, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at home of appendiceal cancer. In December 2007, Mr. Stout was serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer outside the Boscov's store in Exton when a man approached and passed him a hand-written note. The letter explained how the Salvation Army had provided him with coffee and doughnuts 40 years before while he served at his military post.
October 18, 2014
A real estate broker from West Chester has been charged with wire and mail fraud for cheating investors out of more than $2 million in a real estate ponzi scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Marie Mikesche Bontigao, 43, persuaded people to invest in her real estate projects and then used the money to pay personal expenses and operate her business between 2007 and 2013, according to court records. She has franchise locations of EXIT Realty in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware.
October 5, 2014 |
Rachal Toppi (Glassboro) recorded three goals in the first half to propel the West Chester field hockey team (7-1, 5-1 PSAC) to a 6-1 victory over visiting East Stroudsburg (4-5, 3-3 PSAC) Friday night. La Salle 2, VCU 1 - Kendall Kreider struck for both goals as the host Explorers upended the Rams in Atlantic 10 action. La Salle (5-4, 2-1) stayed perfect at home. Emily Vasey (Central Bucks East) assisted on Kreider's game winner. VCU (1-8, 0-3 A-10) broke up the shutout bid in the 57th minute.
October 2, 2014 |
Sophomore Brielyn Hackett scored the winning goal with 2 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the second overtime, lifting No. 16-ranked East Stroudsburg to a 2-1 upset at No. 6 West Chester on Tuesday in women's soccer. The win moved the Warriors into a tie for first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference standings. East Stroudsburg (7-1, 7-1 PSAC) set a school record with its seventh consecutive conference victory, rallying from a 1-0 halftime deficit as senior Courtney Keller scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 79th minute before Hackett delivered the game-winner.
September 30, 2014 |
More than one-third of students who start out as freshmen at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities drop out before they reach junior year - a statistic that hinders the viability of the system, which has bled enrollment in recent years. "We simply have to do better," said Frank T. Brogan, who on Oct. 1 will mark his one-year anniversary as chancellor of the 112,000-student Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Brogan knows money woes, academic struggles, and family issues are among the reasons students take a break or drop out altogether, but to address the problem, he says a deeper understanding is needed.
September 29, 2014 |
West Chester (4-0, 2-0 PSAC) scored touchdowns on its first three offensive possessions and built a 34-0 halftime lead en route to beating visiting Millersville, 62-7, on Saturday. Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) completed 18 of 25 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Golden Rams, who are ranked 10th in the nation in Division II, totaled 338 passing yards. Myron Myles (Wissahickon) led Millersville (0-4) with 58 yards rushing on 17 carries.