Accused Pottstown gang rivals involved in ‘war’ await verdict |Oct 27, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The fate of two alleged Pottstown gang members is about to be placed in the hands of jurors after a week-long trial at which prosecutors argued they engaged in all-out “war” in the borough.

Temporary Rt. 422 off ramp to open at Armand Hammer Boulevard |Oct 27, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> PennDOT announced Wednesday it will open a temporary off-ramp from Route 422 west to Armand Hammer Boulevard on Thursday around noontime.

Philadelphia region celebrates the arts |Oct 27, 2016

The arts are alive throughout the Philadelphia region. Check out these upcoming and ongoing events.

Milne, Denham compete for 167th District |Oct 27, 2016

With the seat for the 167th House District up for grabs this election cycle, incumbent state Rep. Duane Milne, R-167, of Willistown, is attempting to defend his seat from his Democratic challenger, Joe Denham.

Limerick Generating Station donates $90,000 to Limerick Police |Oct 27, 2016

LIMERICK >> The Limerick Township Police Department will be able to purchase two new SUVs thanks to a $90,000 donation from Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station. Exelon representatives met with the police department at the Oct.

VIDEO: Norristown police seek public’s help to identify armed robbers |Oct 27, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Norristown Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify two male suspects involved in an armed robbery on the 700 block of Kohn Street on Oct. 22.

PHOTOS: Phoenixville gets in the Halloween spirit |Oct 26, 2016

Hundreds of spectators took to Bridge Street as the many participants of the annual Phoenixville Halloween parade showed their spirit.

54 new citizens take the oath at Pottsgrove High School |Oct 26, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The roll call was like a geography lesson as James Graham called out the names — Bangladesh, Belarus, Congo, Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Boznia-Herzegovina, South Korea, People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Russia.

College fair scheduled at Exton Square Mall |Oct 26, 2016

WEST WHITELAND >> High school students and their parents are invited to attend a college fair Monday at the Exton Square Mall.

Police: Armed robbers ransack Upper Uwchlan home |Oct 26, 2016

UPPER UWCHLAN >> Two masked armed robbers both allegedly displayed a handgun in front of a family in their home, and ordered them into their living room before ransacking the residence at about 9:30 a.

WTIM: Music Around Town Oct. 26 edition |Oct 26, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Phoenixville district agrees to retest neighbor’s well water |Oct 26, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Area School District officials have agreed to retest the well water at a residence after the homeowner claims it’s been contaminated by a nearby district construction project.

Phoenixville borough, developer agree to land swap |Oct 26, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> After nearly 34 months of negotiations, a real estate developer and the borough have agreed to a land swap, the borough announced Wednesday afternoon.

Giant/Martin’s alerts customers to voluntary recall of Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast and Sea Salt |Oct 26, 2016

CARLISLE >> Following a recall by Crider, Inc., GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast & Sea Salt due to the possible presence of food grade rubber particles in the can.

Preliminary budget for Chester County includes slight tax increase |Oct 26, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County property owners would see their county taxes increase slightly if a preliminary budget unveiled at Wednesday’s commissioners meeting is adopted later this year.

THE YANKEE CHEF: ‘Tis the season for some apple cider donuts |Oct 25, 2016

These truly are fantastic, cake-like donuts (yes, DONUTS, not DOUGHNUTS) that almost have you welcoming the fall weather to come. A word of note, if you are using an electric mixer of any kind, add another ¾ cup flour.

Royersford officials looking to determine cause of blaze |Oct 25, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> What sparked a weekend blaze that sent one person to the hospital is still under investigation, authorities said Monday.

Man jumps into Schuylkill river to evade police |Oct 25, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A wanted man was taken into custody after trying to elude police by jumping into the Schuylkill River Monday afternoon. Shortly before 3 p.m. Norristown Police say they received information that 25-year-old Randall Falana — a fugitive with warrants for his arrest out of Upper Merion and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office — was in the area of Main and Noble streets.

Ex-AG Kane faces up to 23 months in jail for perjury |Oct 25, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Finding former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s actions were “deliberate, calculated and vengeful,” a judge imposed a jail sentence against the onetime top law enforcer on perjury and abuse of power charges.

SUV loses control at Rt. 422 off ramp in North Coventry |Oct 25, 2016

NORTH COVENTRY >> Traffic was slowed on eastbound Route 422 Monday afternoon after an SUV ran off the road into a wooded area at the Keim Street off ramp. Two people suffered injuries but were treated at the scene, according to a report at the scene.

WATCH: Legoland Discovery Center breaks ground at Plymouth Meeting Mall; 50,000 Lego bricks dumped |Oct 25, 2016

PLYMOUTH >> Children wearing Lego helmets could barely contain themselves Tuesday as a construction vehicle dumped more than 50,000 Lego bricks outside the Plymouth Meeting Mall, marking the ground breaking of the first ever Legoland in Pennsylvania.

Consultant proposes expanding Route 422’s Sanatoga interchange project |Oct 24, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Having successfully obtained a $2.1 million grant to help cover the costs of doing half the work necessary to improve Route 422’s Sanatoga interchange, a consulting firm said Thursday night it makes sense to expand the project to do all the work at the same time.

PSSA test results show 50% improvement from last year |Oct 24, 2016

Results from the 2016 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment show every school in the our area saw its scores improve by at least 50 percent from last year. Over a quarter of the scores increased by 100 percent.

Scores of runners take on the vineyard |Oct 24, 2016

FRANKLIN >> The annual Race Through the Grapes might not be the most heavily attended of the county 5Ks, but it ranks up there with one of the most picturesque. It begins and ends at the Paradocx Winery on Flint Hill Road and travels through beautiful forests and vineyards.

Jill Biden, Anne Holton stump for Clinton in Phoenixville |Oct 23, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Two Democratic Party luminaries — Jill Biden and Anne Holton, wife of vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine — campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the borough Sunday focusing on education and the economy.

Spay & save: Ernie needs a loving home |Oct 23, 2016

My name is Ernie, and some bad people severely hurt my tail. The nice people at Spay and Save rescued me and arranged for surgery to have my tail removed since it was so badly damaged. According to the doctor I am ready for a new home.

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents ‘Love, Sex and the IR$’ through Oct. 30 |Oct 22, 2016

Love and laughter take the stage when Fleetwood Community Theatre presents “Love, Sex and The IR$,” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore, Oct. 20 through Oct. 30.

Couple draws jail in straw purchase for Pottstown shooter |Oct 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Concerned about straw purchases that allow guns to get into the hands of “bad people,” a judge sent a couple to jail for their roles in the illegal transfer of a handgun to a North Coventry man who was involved in several Pottstown shootings.

Weeks after rollout, Montgomery County public safety radios found to be defective |Oct 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Weeks after the first radios were distributed in Montgomery County’s $36.6 million public safety radio upgrade project, officials began to realize there was a problem.

Royersford man charged with 17 burglaries in Chester, Montgomery counties |Oct 21, 2016

Police filed charges against a Royersford man Wednesday after they found he was tied to multiple burglaries in Chester and Montgomery counties.

APSCUF strike: Strike continues, WCU subcontracts athletic trainers |Oct 21, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> As the strike continues, the majority of classes on West Chester University’s campus, along with the other 13 universities in the state system have largely stopped, but the university’s homecoming celebration will continue.

A true e-meow-gency: First-responders rescue a cat in West Vincent |Oct 21, 2016

WEST VINCENT >> There’s no place like home.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Oct. 23 |Oct 20, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

LIVE: Teachers, students, organizations react Thursday to APSCUF strike |Oct 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system.

ELECTION 2016: Hendricks, Toepel vie for 147th District seat |Oct 20, 2016

This year’s election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 147th District is between Democrat Rachel Hendricks and incumbent Republican Marcy Toepel, who has held the seat since 2010.

Pa. pulling academic scores from website for further review |Oct 20, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Wednesday it is pulling the academic data from its school performance profile report card website for further review.

110,000 students affected as union for Pennsylvania state system universities goes on first-ever strike |Oct 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department arrests 9 on domestic violence warrants, delinquent child support |Oct 20, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Nine alleged domestic violence offenders and deadbeat parents were arrested overnight Tuesday into Wednesday as part of a roundup by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

Book signing in memory of Robert Lukens to take place at Chester County Historical Society |Oct 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> In an effort to help preserve the memory of her husband and to raise awareness for the disease that killed him, Rebecca Lukens will host a book signing Nov. 5 at the Chester County Historical Society for her deceased husband and former historical society president, Robert Lukens.

Foundation donates $1 million to area organizations |Oct 20, 2016

As of Sept. 15, the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation has awarded a select group of grantees a combined amount of $1,059,500. Since 1998 when PCHF was first started, they have granted more than $31,600,000 back to the greater Phoenixville region.

Think about it: It’s Just at the Barn |Oct 19, 2016

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your mother told you to.” — Anonymous

Flying Colors fall art show set for Oct, 28-30 |Oct 19, 2016

Flying Colors Fine Artists will hold its annual art show Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at the Montgomery School, Route 113, in Chester Springs. An artists’ reception with live music and refreshments will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.

Driving Away The Cold Program brings coats to area children |Oct 19, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Area car dealerships are helping kids get a jump on the cold weather this year and they came prepared with just over 45,000 coats.

UPDATE: Faculty union goes on first-ever strike, 111,000 students affected |Oct 19, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system.

More sleep for Philly area students? Facts to know about later school start times |Oct 19, 2016

Several schools in the region have been discussing later start times. This has spurred a lot of discussion about the sleep schedules and logistics about a later start times for middle and high school students.

New $3.5M Limerick firehouse to break ground |Oct 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> Big things are coming down the pike for the Limerick Fire Company as construction on its new headquarters gets underway in just a few short weeks.

Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary at Montgomery County Community College |Oct 19, 2016

WHITPAIN >> Hundreds of supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton packed Parkhouse Hall at Montgomery County Community College Tuesday afternoon to hear former president Bill Clinton’s pitch to voters on why his wife, the former Secretary of State and senator from New York, should be the nation’s next president.

With Election Day approaching, registration numbers show Chester County Dems gaining ground, but GOP still tops |Oct 19, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> Kara Rahn has heard the stories about the presidential election of 2008 in Chester County.

Malvern artist to host exhibit |Oct 19, 2016

MALVERN >> Artist Randall Graham is hosting an opening reception at his “Gallery 222” studio for his art exhibit.

Learn the history of Halloween traditions at ‘A Hopewell Halloween’ |Oct 18, 2016

An evening of Halloween traditions and historical folklore will be hosted by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Historic games, crafts, and folktales from the different cultural groups that worked at Hopewell Furnace will be featured.