Election results? Thanks to heavy mail-in use, not so fast

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you were expecting to see results this morning of the many contested primaries in and around Chester County — you may need a bit of patience. And any candidate declaring victory might be a bit premature. More than half of the voters in Chester County used Vote-By-Mail — while 63,583 votes were cast at the polls Tuesday, about 72,000 ballots...

County continues Webinar series Thursday with focus on restoring consumer confidence

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force will be continuing a series of webinars for county businesses and organizations looking to reopen, revise or even expand operations due to the impact of the coronavirus. The next webinar, scheduled for Thursday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m., focuses on how businesses can build consumer confidence as they increase public interaction during...

Kerslake, Friel Otten call out dark money PACs attacks; say they’re related to pipeline opposition

Two Democratic primary candidates — one an incumbent State Representative — say they’re being targeted dark money political action committees, neither of which appear to have filed required campaign finance reports. Two Super PACs have launched television ads attacking environmental leaders State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten and Ginny Kerslake. The SuperPACs are registered at the same address,...

Chesco adds additional ballot drop off locations

The Chester County Board of Elections approved today the addition of five secure drop-off locations for mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 Primary Election.   These additional sites have been created to accommodate voters who are concerned that their mail-in ballot may be returned too late by the postal service to be counted. The five new drop-off locations are added to the drop-off location...

Commissioners announce government reopening plan as Chester County moves to Yellow

WEST CHESTER — Twelve weeks after moving to essential services-only, Chester County Government and Courts are preparing to open the doors once again of county facilities on Market Street and Westtown Road, as well as the Magisterial District Courts throughout the county.  But, officials note, the doors will be open with caution and with some restrictions, to ensure the safety of staff and the...

COVID-19 Update, May 29: Shusterman pushes for hair salons to reopen in Yellow Status; Wolf signs budget

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa As parts of the state move to Green status and eight more counties move to Yellow — with Chester County just one week from moving into Yellow — a local State Rep. is asking Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his limit on hair salons in areas with a Yellow status. As of right now, only areas in Green status are permitted to have barbers and hair salons...

COVID-19 Update, May 28: Outdoor dine-in coming back to Chesco next week

By Mike McGann, Editor The Times @mikemcgannpa If all goes as planned, by the end of next week, folks in Chester County may be able to enjoy a sit down meal — outdoors — and argue about the Eagles’ prospects for the coming season, after a series of adjustments in rules for areas in Yellow and Green status counties, announced Wednesday afternoon by Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf’s orders will allow...

Commissioners unveil ‘Restore Chester County’ Web site to help transisition from shutdown

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners announced today the launch of RestoreChesterCounty.org, a comprehensive online toolkit that offers guidelines specifically designed for Chester County’s 15,000+ businesses and 525,000 residents as they move from the red phase to the yellow phase on June 5th. “As we surveyed Chester County’s businesses, organizations and residents over the...

COVID-19 Update, May 27: Local legislators ask Wolf to allow restaurants, hair salons to partially reopen under Yellow status

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa As much of Pennsylvania edges toward reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic, some local legislators are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to amend his rules for counties in Yellow status and allow a limited reopening of some restaurants and hair salons. State Rep. Joe Ciresi — along with State Rep. Dan Williams (D-73), Christina Sappey (D-158) and State Rep. Melissa...

COVID-19 Update, May 26: Wolf seems to throw cold water on HS graduations, pro sports restart

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa As Gov. Tom Wolf thanked Pennsylvanians for doing their part to drive down the number of new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, he seemed to throw cold water on the idea of high schools holding graduation ceremonies and a restart of pro sports in the Keystone state any time soon. Responding to a question during Tuesday’s press conference, referencing moves...