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Bomb threat forces evacuation of courthouse |Jan 29, 2015

According to Frank Custer, director of communications of Montgomery County, a bomb threat was sent to the county courthouse Thursday morning shortly before 9 a.m.

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to take Leslie Richards’ spot on Montgomery County Board of Commissioners |Jan 29, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Judges of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Springfield Township Democrat Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to fill the vacant spot left by Leslie Richards on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

Ex-troop leader for Upper Providence Scouts accused of $10K theft |Jan 29, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Lansdale woman who led Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops based in Upper Providence faces charges she allegedly has “stolen from children” to the tune of more than $10,000.

Finalist in Super Bowl ad competition from Lansdale |Jan 29, 2015

LANSDALE >> A Lansdale native is among the finalists vying for a spot among this year’s Super Bowl commercials.

Route 422 restrictions at Route 363 Interchange in Montco for overhead bridge construction |Jan 29, 2015

KING OF PRUSSIA >> Daytime lane closures will be in place next week on Route 422 at the Route 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange in West Norriton and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County, for overhead bridge construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Calendar of Events |Jan 29, 2015

Ongoing Annual Prom Dress Boutique: Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School.

Valley Forge National Historical Park looks to rent commercial space in historic buildings |Jan 28, 2015

UPPER MERION >> How would you feel about heading over to Valley Forge National Historical Park for a double shot cappuccino and a blueberry scone — in a quaint café setting where memories fairly resonate off the walls?

Montco serial killer’s death sentence upheld by state Supreme Court |Jan 28, 2015

HARRISBURG >> A Montgomery County serial killer’s conviction and death sentence have been upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court with a harshly worded opinion that criticized the killer’s federal defenders.

Upper Providence ranked as one of the safest places in Pennsylvania |Jan 28, 2015

Upper Providence Township is one of six Montgomery County communities — including Lower Salford Township, Franconia Township, Upper Gwynedd Township, Towamencin Township and Upper Dublin Township — that are among the safest municipalities in Pennsylvania, according to a real estate company that examined recent crime statistics in the state.

Report: Pennsylvania must improve its highway safety laws |Jan 28, 2015

Pennsylvania is “advancing but has numerous gaps in its highway safety laws” that result in preventable deaths, injuries and costs, according to a newly issued report.

Becker to seek 4th term as Montco recorder of deeds |Jan 28, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Becker, who has held the office for the past 12 years, has announced she will seek re-election to a fourth term.

U.S. Geological Survey says minor quake felt outside Downingtown area |Jan 28, 2015

DOWNINGTOWN >> The United States Geological Survey recorded a minor earthquake Sunday evening a short distance outside the Downingtown borough.

Berks County man draws jail time for illegal possession of gun in Limerick |Jan 28, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Reading man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to illegally possessing a handgun taken from a Limerick residence he had been visiting.

Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announces bid for election |Jan 28, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Ten months after being appointed and sworn in to the post, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announced on Monday that he will be seeking election for a four-year term to the post.

Congressman Ryan Costello appointed to serve on two subcommittees |Jan 28, 2015

WASHINGTON >> Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th of West Chester, was selected to serve on two subcommittees under the House Committee of Veterans’ Affairs.

Phoenixville man starts sentence early in child porn case |Jan 27, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A Phoenixville man who had originally faced more than 100 charges of possession of child pornography was on Tuesday formally sentenced to jail on a lesser number of counts, a sentence he had voluntarily begun serving earlier this month.

RSVP of Montgomery County’s Help on Call program makes aging easier |Jan 23, 2015

Getting old isn’t for sissies! Aging can be extremely difficult. Health becomes a major factor in living a good life well after retirement, as does financial stability.

Rafferty bill to extend ignition interlock devices clears Senate panel |Jan 23, 2015

HARRISBURG >> The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation intended to reduce drunk driving offenses by making ignition interlock requirements mandatory for certain first-time offenders with high blood alcohol levels, while at the same time reducing suspension requirements in certain lesser cases.

Kane grand jury wants to narrow Pa. journalist Shield Law |Jan 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The statewide grand jury that investigated alleged leaks of grand jury information by Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking state legislators to narrow the Pennsylvania Shield Law that presently protect journalists from revealing confidential sources.

Upper Providence OKs zoning changes for Valley Forge Baptist Temple properties |Jan 23, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> By a 2-0 vote, the township supervisors on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to reclassify the zoning of three adjacent parcels.

Wawa offering customers rewards through new app |Jan 23, 2015

DELAWARE COUNTY >> Want a way to get something for free at Wawa?

PHOTOS: Bethel Baptist holds annual MLK tribute |Jan 22, 2015

The Dream Lives On: Phoenixville’s Bethel Baptist Church held its annual service remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, with guest speaker Minister Janis Ruise of Memorial Church of God in Christ and performances from The Inspirational Choir.

TeamChildren volunteers get to work on MLK Day |Jan 22, 2015

Audubon-based non-profit TeamChildren, whose mission is to close the digital divide, hosted volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday to help prepare computers for families that need them. The organization refurbishes old computers to give to families who need one but cannot afford it.

Two Republicans announce bids for Montgomery County commissioner |Jan 22, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Two Republicans have announced their intent to seek the county Republican Committee’s endorsement for county commissioner.

Calendar of Events |Jan 22, 2015

Ongoing Annual Prom Dress Boutique: Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School.

Early-morning crash in Upper Providence leaves one dead |Jan 22, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A one-vehicle crash on South Lewis Road early Thursday morning left one person dead after the vehicle struck a tree, police said.

Skippack man jailed for arson at unoccupied residence |Jan 21, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Skippack man is headed to jail after he admitted to setting fire to an unoccupied property in the township, causing more than $125,000 in damage.

Taste of Phoenixville sells out for biggest year yet |Jan 21, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Great food, live music and community cheer was in full swing Thursday night at Good Samaritan Shelter’s 13th annual “A Taste of Phoenixville.”

Congressman Ryan Costello reacts to State of the Union address |Jan 21, 2015

WASHINGTON >> Freshman Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th of Chester County, sat through his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, agreeing in part with what President Barack Obama’s policies presented.

Afternoon storm on Wednesday looks to make a messy commute |Jan 21, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> For those of you who don’t know – or don’t care – Alberta is a western province of Canada. And a “clipper” is a quick moving winter storm.

Two RE/MAX Achievers win Hall of Fame awards |Jan 21, 2015

RE/MAX Achievers real estate of Collegeville & Pottstown and Broker/Owner John E. Ohler congratulates John Chernesky and Peg Chism in earning the RE/MAX Career Hall of Fame award.

Work resumes on Arcola Road Bridge in Lower Providence |Jan 20, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Work on the Arcola Road Bridge will resume this week after a brief delay from finding lead-based paint on the bottom of the bridge in December.

Big Event contest winner announced |Jan 20, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> This year’s Big Event contest sponsored by The Mercury and the Phoenix Reporter & Item has made this year’s winner very happy. Phyllis Luft of Bechtelsville, a long-time subscriber of The Mercury, won a gift card valued at $500.

UPDATED: Molly Maguire’s closes Lansdale location |Jan 20, 2015

LANSDALE >> Six months after its owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has closed its Lansdale location.

Former Perkiomen man accused of pedestrian death loses bid to dismiss additional gun charge |Jan 20, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A former Perkiomen man awaiting trial on vehicular homicide charges in the death of a 16-year-old Lower Pottsgrove boy lost his bid to dismiss additional charges that he also illegally possessed a rifle.

Environmentalists challenging re-licensing of Limerick nuclear plant |Jan 19, 2015

LIMERICK >> Although the federal government renewed the operating license for Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station last October, the process is not quite over.

In Ian’s Boots gives back to community in memory of Scout killed sledding |Jan 19, 2015

LINFIELD >> Volunteers were busy Saturday working with “In Ian’s Shoes” at its warehouse, the “Linfield Shoebox” on Railroad Street. The volunteers were giving back as part of a community effort to clean, prep and inventory shoes and boots for the non-profit program started for the late Ian Miller, a North Coventry Boy Scout who was killed in a sledding accident.

Phoenixville VFW presents check to Forge Theatre |Jan 19, 2015

The Phoenixville VFW Post No. 1564 recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Forge Theatre to help the organization purchase a new piano it desperately needed. The theater found a piano for just $6,000 at the University of Valley Forge’s annual piano sale in November and raised the rest of the cost of the piano through the theater’s memorial fund.

Ex-Lower Providence man convicted of child sex assault |Jan 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A former Lower Providence man potentially faces jail time after he was convicted of charges he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at locations in the township.

Montco Controller Stewart Greenleaf will not seek re-election |Jan 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> With three years under his belt and one year left, Montgomery County Controller Stewart Greenleaf Jr. will stop acting as the county’s fiscal watchdog at the end of 2015.

Girl Scout cookie ordering goes high tech |Jan 19, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> The great part of the New Year that helps Americans break their health-based New Year’s resolutions is here once again.

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School holds annual science fair |Jan 19, 2015

The gymnasium of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School was filled with row upon row of innovative science on Jan. 8.

UVF’s first full semester as university begins |Jan 19, 2015

The University of Valley Forge began its spring semester on Jan. 11 by welcoming new and returning students to the snow dusted campus.

BNG donates Christmas party proceeds to Disabled American Veterans |Jan 19, 2015

The Business Network Group has donated $1,000 to Disabled American Veterans chapter 25. The money was the proceeds from the Christmas party the organization recently held at The Italian Bakery in Collegeville.

Praise for Lesie Richards at her last Montgomery County commissioners meeting |Jan 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Twice a month, for the past three years, Leslie Richards has taken her seat behind the long wooden table representing a third of Montgomery County commissioners.

Man accused of robbing undercover officer in Upper Merion pleads guilty |Jan 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> One of two men accused of robbing an undercover officer posing as a prostitute for an Upper Merion sting operation in June pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to county prison.

PHOTOS: Route 422 improvements continue in Lower Providence |Jan 16, 2015

A road crew braves the cold as improvements on Route 422 at the Trooper Interchange continue in Lower Providence Tuesday. Work on the project, which includes two additional ramps, retaining sound walls, widening and realignment of Trooper Road and the rehabilitation of the Trooper Road bridge, began in October and is expected to be finished in the fall.

Federal charges filed for string of bank robberies last year |Jan 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Two people were indicted on federal charges this week in connection to a string of bank robberies late last year in Chester and Montgomery counties, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Photos: Valley Forge promotes Montgomery County tourism |Jan 16, 2015

Kate Hammond, superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park, takes a jog with a group of runners Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, to promote the upcoming annual Revolution Run at the Park. The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board held an event at Valley Forge National Historical Park Thursday to announce winter tourism initiatives across the county, and a ribbon cutting took place at the newly unveiled VFT&CB’s information booth inside the visitors center, along with a sponsor check presentation from PECO for $2,000.

Montgomery County extends lease for Limerick district court |Jan 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners voted Thursday to extend the lease at a district court office in Limerick that needs thousands of dollars in renovations; however, the county will not pay the costs of those renovations.