Local News Kennett

Topping off ceremony planned for library

Construction of the new Kennett Library & Resource Center is about to reach a new milestone with the placement of the last steel beam.  All are invited to join us as we celebrate the tradesmen who have been hard at work on this new building for the last eight months. This event marks the “topping off” of this project that has been planned for more than 20 years ...

 
 

Kennett honors Juneteenth

The Creamery in Kennett Square paid homage to Juneteenth Saturday with a program of music, reenactors, and discussions about emancipation and the end of slavery. Juneteenth, which became a Pennsylvania holiday in 2019 and a federal holiday in 2021, commemorates the emancipation of the slaves at the end of the Civil War. It marks the anniversary of Union Army Gen. ...

 

Insurance settlement in Kennett

The insurer for Kennett Township’s former auditing firm will pay the township $735,000 in a dispute related to the $3.2 million embezzlement by the former township manager. The Kennett Township board of supervisors unanimously approved adopting a settlement, in which both sides “without admitting or conceding any liability or wrongdoing … have determined that it is ...

 

Memorial Day traditions

Memorial Day traditions continued Monday with a ceremony at Brandywine Baptist Church in Chadds Ford Township and a parade in Kennett Square. The ceremony at the church kept its format of Boy Scouts from Troop 31, bringing in the colors, a retelling of how Memorial Day came to be — how it began as a way to remember the Civil War fallen with Decoration Day, which ...

 

Kennett committee supporting Ukraine

International news can sometimes have an impact on local news. The latest example of that is the war in Ukraine and how it’s influencing this year’s Kennett Beautification Committee Plant Sale, which is a little more than two weeks away. “These people are farmers,” said committee member JoAnn Donlick in a press release, “and they cannot plant this year.” Those people ...

 

Investigation: No conflict of interest

An independent investigation commissioned by the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors found no merit to the conflict-of-interest complaints by a township resident against township Manager Eden Ratliff, reaffirming the findings of the state ethics commission. Blank Rome LLP, an outside law firm hired by the township in 2019 in the wake of the Lisa Moore embezzlement, ...

 

Kennett audit improved

Kennett Township’s 2020 audit looks a lot different than the previous years. The audit, performed by Maillie LLP and presented at the March 16 supervisors’ meeting, identified two material weaknesses and two recommendations. The 2019 audit, according to township Finance Director Amy Heinrich, “identified eight material weaknesses and three other recommendations,” ...

 

A coat of arms for Kennett Twp.

Kennett Township residents can vote on a shield and coat of arms for the township between now and March 15. Send an email to Kennett.twp@kennett.pa.us to vote for one of four options, which can be found on the township website and Facebook page and will be discussed at their March 16 meeting. The township is asking residents to vote on two things: the shield design, ...

 

Former mayor eyes statehouse

Former Kennett Square Mayor Leon Spencer announced his bid to seek the Republican Party nomination for state representative for the 158th Legislative District. Spencer announced his bid on the steps of Kennett High School on a cold and blustery Feb. 19 morning. Former state Rep. Eric Roe introduced Spencer, referring to him as “one of the most decent men I’ve ever ...

 

Police training exercise in Kennett Twp.

If you’re driving through Kennett Township today and see emergency response vehicles and police in tactical gear, don’t panic. And if you hear what sounds like shooting, don’t panic. It’s a training exercise, according to Kennett Township Police. That’s the message from the police department, which sent out an email to residents advising them of a live training ...

 

Conflict of interest alleged in Kennett

A Kennett Township resident asked supervisors Wednesday night about the status of several Right-to-Know requests regarding the current township manager. “We are continuing to pursue our own inquiries into Eden Ratliff’s [alleged] conflict of interest,” Peter Doehring said during public comment at Wednesday’s supervisors’ meeting, alleging that “Eden is now delaying ...