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Kennett Twp. gets update on closed bridge

In April 2014, PennDOT  informed Kennett Township that it was closing the bridge on Burnt Mill Road between Spring Mill Road and Norway Road because the span's I beams contained so much rust that holes had formed. Since then, PennDOT's weekly updates on area roadwork have listed the closure with an "indefinite" estimate for the reconstruction; however, work has been ...

 
 

Fatal courthouse shooting ruled justified

The fatal shooting of a Coatesville man by a deputy sheriff on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Chester County Justice Center has been ruled justified, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said on Thursday, Aug. 27. “The deputy sheriffs responded appropriately and professionally to this attack,” said Hogan in a press release. He said it was regrettable that “a man has ...

 

DelCo Council: Storm-damage aid is available

Two months after a severe thunderstorm ripped through Delaware County, causing extensive damage, County Council welcomed news that storm-ravaged areas are now eligible for state assistance. County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. announced Wednesday, Aug. 26, that Gov. Tom Wolf had issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency Aug. 24 that enables the county and ...

 

New photo book on Chadds Ford history

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Phyllis Recca wasn’t quite satisfied with a photo exhibit that had been on display at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. So, she decided to do something about it. The exhibit was a series of photographs that showed scenes from around Chadds Ford during the early and middle parts of the 20th century, but that was as far as it went. Recca, who runs the society’s store ...

 

Deputy recovering; courthouse reopens

On June 27, a 34-year-old Coatesville man who died Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Chester County Justice Center, altered his Facebook page. Curtis Smith changed his profile picture to a roaring lion and his cover photo to a white dove accompanied by the word “shalom.” The apparent contradiction represents one of many lingering questions about Smith’s state of mind ...

 

Fatal shooting closes Chesco Justice Center

Rebecca Brain (right), a Chester County spokeswoman, stands outside the Chester County Justice Center after Tuesday morning's fatal shooting.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. A Coatesville man who reportedly jumped over a White House fence in March attacked a deputy sheriff at the Chester County Justice Center on Tuesday, Aug. 25, and was fatally shot by another deputy, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. Hogan said about 11 a.m. Curtis Smith, 34, pulled a knife on a deputy sheriff working at the ...

 

Fuel spill on Route 202

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Traffic on northbound Route 202 approaching Dilworthtown Road was backed up for a few hours this morning following a fuel spill. According to Chadds Ford Township Supervisor Samantha Reiner, the first Chadds Ford responder, a Rick’s Tree Service truck rear-ended a Brandywine Fuel truck carrying 2,800 gallons of diesel fuel. The accident caused a spill of about ...

 

Ferraris and Jaguars and ‘Vettes, oh my

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People love all kinds of things. Among those things are cars. And some love to show off their pride and joy. Penns Wood Winery, on Beaver Valley Road in Concord Township,  gave car lovers a chance to do just that with the winery’s fifth annual car show. The name has been changed, though. What was once just a show for Ferraris, is now open to all types of classic, ...

 

At brewery, crops – and youth – taking root

Too blemished for eating, these tomatoes are ripe for squishing as a group of teens extracts the seeds for next year's crop at Victory Brewing Company's organic garden in Parkesburg.

The overripe tomato quickly surrendered to the boy’s strong grip, its insides spurting out in multiple directions, ultimately landing in a colander below. Initially, only one participant in Chester County’s Evening Reporting Center (ERC) program, an initiative of Pocopson Township’s Chester County Youth Center, had accepted the challenge of tomato-squishing, but as ...

 

FBI seeks leads on stolen N.C. Wyeth paintings

The kind of brazen derring-do one might associate with the subjects of N.C. Wyeth’s paintings began playing out in real life two years ago, and now the FBI is seeking the public’s help to conclude a major art theft case. According to an FBI press release, the agency is offering a $20,000 reward for information that helps locate two stolen N.C. Wyeth paintings: “The ...

 

GSC starts work on charter, wants increased budget

Concord Township’s Government Study Commission began part two of its mission with a discussion on how the township might be sectioned into wards as part of a home rule charter form of government. Members also discussed the need for more money. In July, the commission voted to recommend the township operate under a home rule charter and is now tasked with writing the ...