Heartbreaking end for Chadds Ford castle

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Smoldering remains of the castle

When a Delaware County woman got the news early on Tuesday, Jan. 12, that Rocky Hill Castle, her former home, had been gutted by fire, she was devastated. “It’s just a terrible, terrible loss,” said Lois Saunders. “It was a unique, historic resource, a one-of-a-kind place; they don’t build them like that anymore.” Saunders said when she met the man who would become her husband,…

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Boy, 5, hit by car as he runs to bus stop

A 5-year-old Kennett Square boy who reportedly darted across the street to get to his bus stop, was struck by a car early Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, at 8:10 a.m., police said. Police said the kindergartner, who is not being identified by police, was transported to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children with injuries to his lower extremities that did not appear life-threatening. Kennett Square…

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Fire destroys 200-year-old Chadds Ford home

An overnight blaze destroyed the almost 200-year-old home “Rocky Hill Castle” at 119 Bullock Road in Chadds Ford. An investigation into the blaze is continuing, but according to Township Fire Marshal and Concordville Fire Company Chief Tom Nelling, the cause of the fire is as yet unknown and may never be determined. “The third floor is in the basement,” he said, adding that investigators might…

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U-CF to consider program cuts

No specific proposals were made, but the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District administration will look at possibly cutting or changing some programs so that next year’s budget can be enacted without the need to go to a referendum for tax increases. As discussed during the Jan. 11 school board work session, the proposed preliminary budget calls for tax increases beyond the Act I limit. The state-mandated…

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Op/ed: Newlin needs simple horse sense

Chester County’s agricultural and equine heritage has helped make it what it is today – one of the most desirable places to live in the commonwealth and the nation. If not for the equine agriculture, horse farms, and horse lovers, there is no question that the area’s rolling hills, lush open spaces and unfettered horizons would look a lot different. While the horse community continues…

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Library board nears vote on new leadership

On the heels of a year punctuated by turnover and turmoil for the Kennett Public Library Board of Trustees, its first meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, could represent a turning point. Board members, half of whom are new within the past year, are scheduled to vote on a slate of officers for the board’s Executive Committee. Susan Mackey-Kallis, the outgoing board president, had…

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