August 16, 2014 |
George H. Barnhart Jr., 83, a longtime volunteer with the La Mott Fire Company in Elkins Park, died Sunday, Aug. 10, at his daughter's home in West Chester. Formerly of Oreland, he died from heart failure, said his son-in-law, Brian Burlingame. Mr. Barnhart had wanted one last trip to the Jersey Shore and got his wish. His family went with him to Ocean City for a week on the beach. A local hospice attended him, and the Ocean City firefighters helped carry him up and down stairs.
August 7, 2014 |
A Chester County man injected a kitten with heroin and choked it with a rope, police say. James P. Myers, 24, of West Chester, was arrested Tuesday on charges of animal cruelty, drug possession, and other offenses. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan called his alleged crime "a singularly depraved act. " According to an affidavit, a West Whiteland Township police officer patrolling around 4:40 a.m. Sunday noticed a man sitting in a car parked in the middle of Dunwoody Drive.
August 6, 2014 |
About an hour in, Theresa Grentz saw the sweat mark on the back of a player's T-shirt. "I want to see if I can get the shirts totally soaked," Grentz said. Renting space from a flooring company in a West Chester industrial park, Grentz and her husband had designed a basketball court, a space to work with small groups. Outside, there's a piece of paper in a window: Grentz Elite Coaching. The logo shows a whistle hanging from a pearl necklace. Nothing fancy about the signage, but there's truth in the advertising.
August 1, 2014 |
ON LABOR DAY 1998, William Bonie was shot in the back and paralyzed in a holdup in West Philadelphia. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, a condition that might have discouraged a lesser man. Not William Edward Bonie Jr. "That never stopped him from doing what he wanted to do," his family said. "He never had a negative word to say about anyone. He never complained. " William, a Coast Guard veteran and a man of many talents and strong opinions, died July 21 of cardiac arrest.
July 30, 2014 |
The West Chester Area school board decided Monday how it will redraw its voting boundaries into regions, marking the latest step in the district's move away from the at-large system it has used since its consolidation in 1966. The board voted, 6-2, to approve the new map, which divides the 75-square-mile district into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. It keeps West Chester Borough in one region, a previous point of contention. Approval of the map means the new voting system could be in place in time for next year's primary elections in the district, which has almost 12,000 students.
July 18, 2014 |
I MIGHT HAVE been the luckiest player in pro football history. Unfortunately, there are two kinds of luck. My "Walter Mitty" career began as an undrafted free agent with the 1980 Eagles. Fresh out of Memphis State (now the University of Memphis), I was a converted power forward on the basketball team who chose football in his senior year as a last chance at realizing my childhood dream of being a professional athlete. You see, the NBA wasn't looking for any 6-6 white centers, but the NFL did have a need for 245-pound tight ends who could run a 4.6 40-yard dash.
July 15, 2014 |
Every week, bags of trash wait on curbs in Coatesville to be carried away. Inevitably, some of the muck ends up on the street. The city partially blamed that garbage for the flood of feral cats that invaded Coatesville at this time last year. So, within the next week, residents will receive two new 96-gallon bins for their trash and recyclables - with a lid that will keep everything inside and, city officials hope, make Coatesville a little cleaner and more attractive to visitors.
July 14, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she was going to be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
July 13, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she will be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
July 12, 2014 |
The former director of a now-defunct West Chester charter school is being investigated for theft after an employee reported finding scores of questionable transfers in the school's bank accounts, court documents show. LaMont McKim, who in 2005 founded Sankofa Academy Charter School with his wife, had sole control of finances at the grades 5-12 institution, a board member told borough police. Police executed a warrant last week to seize the school's financial records. McKim does not have a publicly listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.