Building Community One Story at a Time

Local News

Updated 9-1-1 law comes with surcharge hike

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation into law on Monday, June 29, to update and enhance Pennsylvania's 9-1-1 emergency communications law, said a press release from State Rep. Steve Barrar, R-160. The legislation, sponsored by Barrar, brings fiscal stability and greater financial accountability to county 9-1-1 centers, which initiate an emergency response after someone ...

 
 

Pocopson, Conservancy awarded state grants

Pocopson Township and the Brandywine Conservancy have been awarded state grants for historic projects, according to a press release from state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester. The grants, released by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, are intended for the preservation, rehabilitation and restoration activities of historic sites that are eligible ...

 

Township saves the chickens

_1JF3177-Matt-and-katharine-2

Chadds Ford’s Katharine King had a dilemma. She was tending to a new batch of baby chicks when the power went out Tuesday. The chicks had been shipped from Colorado and were less than a week old. Nutrient from the yolk sustains them for shipping, but after that, and at less than a week old, they needed to be kept in an area where the temperature was between 90 and 95 ...

 

Power back up for many; others hopeful

_1JF3135-Ring-Road

Updated at 4 p.m. with road closures in Kennett Township The scene across the area was pretty much the same everywhere. Trees were down on the back streets and traffic was heavy on the major arteries. And power was out from Kennett Square to Concord Township and beyond for more than 24 hours. PECO said more than 250,000 customers were affected during the height of ...

 

Storm wallops region; recovery begins

It’s a mess out there: If you can stay put, officials recommend doing so. Numerous roads in the greater Chadds Ford area remain closed due to fallen trees and limbs, many of which took out power lines. As a result of closures on sections of Route 926 and Oakland Road, detours have produced gridlock on the roads that are open, including Route 202. And drivers who ...

 

Barnard House project on forefront of light meeting

Pocopson Township supervisors passed a resolution authorizing the grant contract closeout for the Pocopson Township Trail Related Support Facilities Project. The vote was 3-0. The grant involved phase 1 of the Barnard House project, according to Supervisors’ Chairman Barney Leonard. He said the township applied for the $250,000 grant in July 2013 for the development ...

 

Winning project shows perils of jaywalking

PennDOT has recognized an innovative Chester County program to improve pedestrian safety, said District Attorney Tom Hogan. The Chester County Highway Safety Project received the 2015 Project of the Year Award from PennDOT, said a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. The honor cited the “Cops in Crosswalks” program, an initiative to stop car collisions ...

 

Committee passes three Barrar bills

During a Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting that state Rep. Steve Barrar, R-160, Chester/Delaware, held this week, three bills benefiting both veterans and emergency responders were unanimously approved. The bills now await a vote by the full House. “As majority chairman of the committee, I am pleased that the committee continues to be ...

 

Proposed legislation addresses digital assets

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing to take testimony regarding Senator Dominic Pileggi’s  legislation addressing the management and disposition of digital assets after death, according to a press release from the senator. Senate Bill 518 would establish the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, giving people the power to plan for their digital ...

 

Growing for ‘The Carve’

HG_1JF2907

It might be too soon for most people to think about pumpkins, but it’s not too soon for the man who grows the gourds for the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Great Pumpkin Carve. H.G. Haskell is already on the job. Haskell, owner of Hill Girt Farm in Pennsbury Township, just finished planting seeds for this year’s crop dedicated to the joys of carving Jack O’ ...

 

Chadds Ford banker discovers theft of $439K

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced in a press release that a former Iron Workers bank employee is facing multiple felony charges for stealing more than $430,000 over a 10-year period from elderly bank customers and from the estates of the deceased. The announcement comes at the conclusion of a three-month-long investigation conducted by Det. ...