Chesco celebrates Planning Month

Chester County Commissioners present a Community Planning Month proclamation to members of the Chester County Planning Commission. (Left to right): David Ward, Assistant Director of the Chester County Planning Commission; Matt Hammond, Chair of the Planning Commission; Commissioner Terence Farrell; Brian O’Leary, Executive Director of the Planning Commission; and Chester County Commissioners...

GOP, Dems spar over campaign materials

Updated 9 a.m. 10-17: Confirms Reif’s title is Controller By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Margaret Reif (left) and Norman MacQueen The county’s Democrats are taking Controller Norman MacQueen to task for citing achievements on Republican Party campaign literature that Democrats say are “outrageous” and “imagined” while GOP officials say challenger Margaret Reif is being dishonest...

Chester Co. aims for one billion steps in 2017

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone (center front) are joined by county health department staff and community partners to celebrate walking one billion steps in just six months. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners and Health Department threw down the gauntlet and Chester County residents “stepped up” to the challenge – walking one...

County: Landscapes3 continues to make progress

Chester County is continuing to advance development of Landscapes3, the next long-range comprehensive plan. As part of this process, Chester County Commissioners unveiled a video series about the plan, the Planning Commission released an analysis of the public survey results, and the Landscapes3 Steering Committee began to conduct meetings.

Chesco planning launches survey on Chester Valley trail expansion

The Chester County Planning Commission launched a public opinion survey about a plan to extend the popular Chester Valley Trail westward across the county. The goal is to extend the Chester Valley Trail west of Downingtown and ultimately connect with the future 29-mile multi-use Enola Low Grade Trail located just outside of Atglen in Lancaster County. The Chester Valley Trail West project includes...

Tower complete purchase of four Chesco hospitals

Four Chester County area hospitals, Brandywine Hospital, Jennersville Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital and Pottstown Hospital officially have new owners. Reading Health System has completed the acquisition of five hospitals and their associated assets from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems. The acquisition was finalized on Friday, with an effective date of October 1, 2017. The newly formed...

Sheriff: Phone scam artists are back

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh has reissued a warning to county residents following repeated reports of jury service scams in Chester County. Bogus calls to county residents, claiming to come from the Sheriff’s Office, note failure to report for jury duty, resulting in the threat of an arrest warrant. The caller, who typically uses the names of real Chester...

‘Operation Silent Night’ returns, 40 arrested

COATESVILLE — With urban crime again on the rise around the country, local and county law enforcement moved to bring back “Operation Silent Night” in an attempt to stem violent crime and drug dealing in the city, with this summer’s operation leading to the arrest of 40 people. Chester County district Attorney Tom Hogan announced the results of the reconstituted program, Tuesday,...

Elected officials, students mark 230 anniversary of signing of Constitution

: Legislators, dignitaries and students gather to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. WEST CHESTER — On September 17, 1787, eleven years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, 39 delegates came together to sign the United States Constitution. On September 18, 2017, more than 50 students came together to commemoratively sign it again at...

Pryor announces bid for 74th District state house seat

Frank Pryor EAST FALLOWFIELD — A township man announced Wednesday he will seek the 74th District State Representative seat in 2018. Frank Pryor said he would seek the democratic nomination for the seat currently held by State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74). “As State Representative, I will advance opportunities for jobs & economic development, advocate for quality education and state of the...