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December 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine-year-old Alex Collins sent his mother into the office of Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh in West Chester earlier this month for what he thought was the last step in applying to win a hunting and fishing trip with a sheriff. But there was a problem. The contest was for kids almost 600 miles away, at the sheriff's office in Chester County, South Carolina. "He was very upset when he realized it was the wrong Chester County," said Alex's mother, Leslie. The family saw the contest on the Chester County Sheriff's Office Facebook page and assumed it was the Pennsylvania county.
SPORTS
December 22, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Devin Booker had 19 points, and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-44 victory over UCLA in Chicago on Saturday. Aaron Harrison added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most-lopsided losses ever. The first meeting between the storied programs in eight years turned ugly as soon as the game started, with Kentucky dominating UCLA in every possible way. Kansas 96, Lafayette 69 - Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Frank Mason added 14 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Kansas (9-1)
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 500 students in the West Chester Area School District will be asked to change schools next year under a redistricting plan approved by the school board. Passed Monday night, 8-1, the plan changes boundaries for the 16 district schools, with the goals of easing crowding and bringing more balance. It will affect less than 5 percent of overall district enrollment, officials said. "I feel good that it's behind us and I feel positive about the process," Superintendent Jim Scanlon said Tuesday.
REAL_ESTATE
December 15, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
This has been an interesting year in the housing market. It began with one of the worst winters in memory, which set the market back for the first quarter and a bit of the second. The effects were not universally shared. Walkable markets such as Center City and adjacent neighborhoods and emerging suburban boroughs such as West Chester still saw plenty of transactions. "We all have four-wheel-drive vehicles, so it hasn't been much of a problem," Kit Anstey, who sells out of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS)
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
The story of West Chester investment adviser Rich Weinstein shows that sometimes even the White House is no match for one angry citizen with a fast Internet connection and plenty of determination. Last week, Weinstein's relentless archive-diving on the intellectual origins of the Obamacare health insurance law helped put MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, often hailed as an "architect" of the plan, in the dock for hours of embarrassing interrogation from the U.S. House Oversight Committee.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CHESTER WAS a bustling port city on the Delaware River 103 years ago. It built sailing ships for the Navy. Horse-drawn wagons clattered over the streets. There were no airplanes in the sky; few cars on the streets. William Howard Taft was in the White House. And Ada Elizabeth Dawson was born. She was the fourth of the nine children of Samuel P. Dawson and the former Mary Johnson. She lived long enough to see men land on the moon, jet planes fly faster than sound, streets clogged with traffic - and a black man in the White House.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Jason Wolf, For The Inquirer
After Widener University was hammered 45-7 by Linfield College of Oregon in a NCAA Division III national quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in nearby Chester, Pride coach Mike Kelly took a shot at the head coach of the Eagles, who had allowed Linfield to prepare at the NFL team's practice facility. "Make sure you put in the paper that we thank Chip Kelly and I hope the Seahawks do well tomorrow," Mike Kelly said. "He was helping them out. Maybe somebody in Philadelphia ought to buy him a map so he knows where he lives now. But, go Seahawks.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roger A. Gibboni, 82, of West Chester, an aerospace engineer who helped design spy satellites during the Cold War, died Friday, Nov. 28, of kidney failure at Paoli Hospital. For 33 years, starting in 1960, Mr. Gibboni worked in the aerospace industry at various General Electric Co. installations in the Philadelphia area. He helped pioneer national satellite reconnaissance missions during the early 1960s, including the then-top-secret Corona photographic satellite. The program kept watch on the Soviets as a means of containing their nuclear threat, he told his family.
SPORTS
December 1, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
  Widener took a commanding third-quarter lead and held off a comeback attempt from visiting Christopher Newport (8-4) for a 37-27 victory in the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament. The Pride (12-0) will face Linfield Saturday at a site to be determined in the national quarterfinals.   Division II Concord (W.Va.) 51, West Chester 36 - Golden Rams QB Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) finished 25 for 43 for 341 yards and three TDs while Brandon Monk (Avon Grove)
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. Degnan, 77, of West Chester and North Wildwood, a teacher and lover of all things Irish, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, of cardiac arrest in the emergency room at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Degnan, known as "Degs" or "Bob," was born in Philadelphia. He never married and was devoted to his mother, Marge, until her death in 1998. Mr. Degnan graduated from St. Aloysius Academy in 1951 and Camden Catholic High School in 1955. He studied at various times at St. Charles College, a seminary in Catonsville, Md., and La Salle University, eventually earning a bachelor's degree in education.
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