Local News Kennett

Farmers sow seeds of optimism

Businesses try to maintain a sense of normalcy even in tough times. They have to. It's a common concern, but it becomes more so in times of uncertainty. Even for businesses that provide necessities, like farmers. Consider Randell Spackman, of Thornbury Farm in Thornbury Township in Chester County, and H.G. Haskell, of Hill Girt Farm in Pennsbury. They grow and sell ...

 
 

Kennett BoS planning online meeting

Kennett Township supervisors will be holding an online public meeting on April 15. The logistics of how the public can virtually join that meeting, as well as offer comment on anything the supervisors discuss or vote upon, are still being worked out, Kennett Township Manager Eden Ratliff said in a digital update Wednesday. Those details will be sent out to township ...

 

Non-essential meetings on hold in Kennett Twp.

Kennett Township is canceling non-township meetings held in the township building and also non-essential “large group” meetings. It is part of their response to the novel coronavirus, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. “Many of the precautions we are putting in place mirror those taking place in other townships throughout the ...

 

Kennett fires top cop

Kennett Township supervisors voted Wednesday to fire the township police chief, who was investigated by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office for a sexual assault allegation but ultimately not charged, and who was the subject of an internal township investigation as a result. The supervisors also voted to make the police department’s second-in-command, Sgt. ...

 

New owners for Dilworthtown Inn

After almost a year, the Dilworthtown Inn has new owners. Frank Rupp, a member of the board of Chadds Ford Business Association, and his wife Susan made settlement earlier this month for the inn and sister properties, the Blue Pear Bistro and the Innkeeper’s Kitchen. The restaurants have been closed since the death of Jim Barnes in April of 2019. Who will eventually ...

 

Kennett Twp. offers severance to three

Three more employees were let go in Kennett Township. It marks the second time in less than 48 hours that township Manager Eden Ratliff has announced staffing changes as part of the township’s ongoing restructuring effort. The restructuring of Kennett Township follows the discovery and subsequent investigation last year that former township Manager Lisa Moore ...

 

More changes in Kennett government

Kennett Township Manager Eden Ratliff on Monday addressed the absence of the township police chief and the restructuring of township staff. Chief Lydell Nolt is “part of an ongoing personnel investigation,” Ratliff said in an email to news outlets Monday afternoon. Ratliff also announced that three administrative employees were let go Friday as part of a ...

 

Kennett recoups $80K of $3.2 million

Kennett Township has recovered to date about $80,000 of the more than $3.2 million that was allegedly embezzled by the former township manager and has filed a claim on a $1 million surety bond that Lisa Moore had when she worked for the township. Both the recovery and the claim processes are in the early stages, current Township Manager Eden Ratliff said at ...

 

Leff to chair Kennett Twp. Board

Richard Leff was named the new chairman of the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors on Monday night. In nominating Leff, former chairman Scudder Stevens mentioned Leff’s increased role in the months following the start of the investigation into former township Manager Lisa Moore’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. “Last April when we discovered the ...

 

No tax increase in Kennett Township

In 2020, Kennett Township supervisors will help support the new library construction — but without the use of a tax increase. But sewer rates are going up. The supervisors unanimously approved the township’s 2020 budgets in a special meeting Monday night. The township will still contribute toward the new library, but the money in 2020 will come from an expected ...

 

Supervisors’ competence challenged

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night to demand answers from the Kennett Township supervisors about why it took so long to discover the former township manager’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. The Red Clay Room was standing-room-only for the almost four-hour-long meeting. Many in the audience called for the supervisors to resign and questioned ...