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Spring-Ford, teachers to go to fact-finding over contract |Aug 28, 2014

LIMERICK — With the latest round of contract negotiations again ending in a stalemate, a state fact-finder will be brought in to try to help determine a contract for Spring-Ford Area School District teachers.

Car enthusiasts flock to Al Laskey Memorial Auto Show in Perkiomen |Aug 28, 2014

PERKIOMEN TWP. — Whether rolling through for a quick glimpse of highly tuned hot rods, or setting up a tent and hanging out all day, spectators and enthusiasts alike enjoyed blue skies and red Chevys at

Phoenixville superintendent gets new contract, raise |Aug 28, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Alan Fegley will continue as Phoenixville Area School District’s superintendent until at least 2020.

East Pikeland man charged in marijuana growing operation |Aug 28, 2014

EAST PIKELAND — More than 50 live marijuana plants were seized last week during a raid at a townhome on Stirling Court in the Kimberton Knoll development, according to township police.

Spring City police raid alleged drug house; 3 arrested |Aug 28, 2014

SPRING CITY — After resident complaints prompted a two-month investigation, borough police and other agencies raided a suspected drug house early Monday afternoon.

New changes likely for Phoenixville community budget committee |Aug 28, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Further changes are likely coming for Phoenixville Area School District’s Community Budget Advisory Committee.

Woman hospitalized after bite from pet forest cobra |Aug 28, 2014

SKIPPACK — A woman bitten by her family’s cobra was rushed to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center Sunday morning.

Local sports notices for Aug. 31 |Aug 28, 2014

SOCCER The Valley Forge Christian College will have a free soccer clinic on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the VFCC Back Field, located at 1401 Charlestown, Rd., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460.

Collegeville man launches write-in campaign for Pa. governor |Aug 28, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A new contender has thrown his hat into the ring with Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf in the 2014 race for governor of Pennsylvania. Dave Naples, a Montgomery County resident, has begun a write-in campaign that relies solely on social media and word of mouth and, in open contradiction to his competitors, no campaign contributions.

Pa. officials show off forensic vehicle in battle against child predators |Aug 27, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane showed off a new forensic vehicle in Upper Providence on Wednesday following a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement on how to best stay on top of and capture child predators in the commonwealth.

|Aug 26, 2014

ROYERSFORD — Spring-Ford Country Club (SFCC) recently presented a check to the Keystone Wounded Warriors (KWW) organization for $3,700.

Auto Racing: Stillwaggon wins first at Selinsgrove |Aug 25, 2014

Selinsgrove Following a string of strong finishes at Selinsgrove Speedway in recent years, Robbie Stillwaggon Burlington, N.J., scored his first career victory at the Snyder County ahlf-mile oval in the Aug.

Perkiomen Valley has a lot of new faces |Aug 25, 2014

GRATERFORD — The lights shone brightly on Perkiomen Valley’s football team a year ago as the Vikings finished 7-2 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference and 10-3 overall with a rush to the District 1 Class AAAA semifinals in their postseason playoff run.

Quarter Midget Racing results |Aug 25, 2014

Chesco library system launches new mobile app |Aug 22, 2014

The Chester County Library System, with financial support from the Chester County Library Trust, has launched a new mobile app for its libraries that will provide quick and easy access to library accounts and many of its services for residents.

5-mile paddle to raise funds for Schuylkill Canal Association |Aug 22, 2014

MONT CLARE – Take it Outdoors Adventures is sponsoring a five-mile loop paddle along the Schuylkill Canal and Schuylkill River to benefit the Schuylkill Canal Association on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.

Phoenixville moves ahead with school project on golf course |Aug 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Further steps are being taken toward constructing the new school complex on the grounds of the Meadow Brook Golf Club.

Phoenixville pet store robber caught quickly |Aug 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — A man who robbed a pet store on Nutt Road in Phoenixville Tuesday afternoon was almost immediately apprehended by police searching the area.

Limerick man gets jail time for threatening to burn down house |Aug 22, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Limerick man who threw his wife and daughter out of the house before threatening to burn it down in November pleaded guilty Tuesday and was given jail time at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

Phoenixville TEDx focuses on ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ |Aug 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — TEDx Phoenixville wants to throw the idea of the boring conference with droning speakers out the window.

Montco to spray for adult mosquitoes in Collegeville, Upper Providence |Aug 21, 2014

The Montgomery County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes in Upper Providence and Collegeville Thursday, Aug. 28, weather permitting, from approximately 8 to 11 p.m. The date for spraying in case of inclement weather is Thursday, Sept.

Spring-Ford School Board discusses eliminating per capita taxes |Aug 21, 2014

LIMERICK — Spring-Ford Area School Board discussed the per capita tax at a workshop meeting Monday night before a surprise motion to eliminate it was voted down.

Citizen scientists wanted for Summer of Bugs event at Valley Forge park |Aug 21, 2014

VALLEY FORGE — Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are partnering in the Summer of Bugs, a summerlong inventory of the park’s terrestrial invertebrates, better known as land bugs.

Phoenixville artist won’t let vandals stop him |Aug 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Local artist Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg may be best known as the organizer of the annual Firebird Festival, but his art extends to many different places.

Perkiomen Valley reaches tentative contract deal with teachers |Aug 20, 2014

PERKIOMEN — The Perkiomen Valley School District and the union representing district teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement, the school board announced Tuesday afternoon.

Breisblatt has agenda for Phoenixville football |Aug 20, 2014

By Barry Sankey bsankey@21st-Century

Local players part of Northeast Irish Rugby Club 10’s |Aug 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — The Northeast Irish Rugby Club hosted its inaugural 10-year-olds’ tournament on Aug. 9. Men’s and women’s clubs from across the region played in an all-day tournament in a round-robin style.

Local sports notices for Aug. 24 |Aug 20, 2014

FOOTBALL The Henry J. Bernat Stadium Fund has been established.

Auto Racing roundup: Shock over Tony Stewart |Aug 20, 2014

By Ken Johnson For 21st Century Media

PAPA basketball crowns champions |Aug 20, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE - Three age group team champions were crowned in Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives (PAPA)/Board of Recreation (PBRD) basketball action for boys and girls on Aug. 17 at Reservoir Park.

Man attempts to escape Royersford Police during drug arrest |Aug 20, 2014

ROYERSFORD — Police arrested a man who allegedly struggled and attempted to run from police after an officer tried to arrest him for having marijuana.

Security fence for Phoenixville Police mulled |Aug 19, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Addressing security concerns of borough police, council voted last week to put together a request for proposal for a fence around the back of the Phoenixville police station and district court office.

Montco Quarter Midget racing |Aug 19, 2014

(Updated) Raise would bump Phoenixville superintendent’s annual salary to $230K |Aug 18, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — With his contract set to expire next summer, the Phoenixville Area School Board announced that it has begun negotiating a new contract with Superintendent Alan Fegley.

Royersford Fire Department invests in multi-purpose truck |Aug 18, 2014

When it comes to saving borough taxpayers money, Royersford Fire Department is thinking outside the box.

Montco projects $1.5M deficit by 2015 |Aug 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN — The delayed sale of the Parkhouse Geriatric Facility and a winter of heavy snowfall are to blame for a projected deficit of about $1.5 million by year’s end, according to Montgomery County officials.

Upper Providence OKs roof replacement for township building |Aug 18, 2014

By Leslie Lighton-Humphreys 21st Century Media

Trial for former GOP chairman Kerns scheduled for November |Aug 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN — Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the assault trial against the former head of the Montgomery County Republican Party on Nov. 24, according to paperwork filed with the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Friday.

Phoenixville paving project delayed |Aug 18, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Since bids received were unsatisfactory to borough administration, road paving which was hoped to be completed before the 2014-15 school year began will have to be pushed back.

Former Schwenksville Item owner/editor Bruce MacBain passes away |Aug 15, 2014

When opportunity knocks, answer the door.

Route 422 West ramp to be closed Aug. 22-25 |Aug 15, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE — PennDOT has annouced that the westbound U.S. Route 422 off-ramp at Trooper Road (Route 363) will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, for reconstruction and resurfacing.

Zoning change approved for former Trappe school |Aug 15, 2014

PERKIOMEN – The Perkiomen Valley School Board approved a “restrictive covenant” for its First Avenue Trappe building Monday night which allows a zoning change conducive to what the property’s buyer hopes to construct.

Phoenixville appoints planning commission member |Aug 15, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — After borough council deadlocked Tuesday on appointing a new planning commission member, Mayor Mike Speck reluctantly cast the deciding vote for Deb Johnson.

‘Orange Crush’ tennis tourney concludes |Aug 15, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE - The annual “Orange Crush” Tennis Tournament capped off another year of week-long activity with finals in several youth divisions at the Leo J. Scoda Tennis Courts on Aug. 7.

Upper Providence asks residents for feedback in emergency services survey |Aug 15, 2014

Do you know how many fire calls/year there are in Upper Providence Township?

Good Samaritan Shelter seeks to offset roof replacement costs |Aug 15, 2014

A Phoenixville nonprofit that helps community members in need now finds itself in need of the community’s help.

Police release details of Phoenixville pedestrian crash |Aug 14, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Borough police Wednesday released information on a two-vehicle crash Tuesday which sent a pedestrian to the hospital along with some occupants of the vehicle that hit him.

Limerick man charged with touching girlfriend’s daughter |Aug 14, 2014

LIMERICK — A 17-year-old girl was allegedly touched inappropriately by her mother’s boyfriend while they were alone and waiting for the woman to return from work.

Man uses SUV without permission in East Pikeland, lands in jail |Aug 13, 2014

EAST PIKELAND — After potentially violating a restraining order, police arrested a man for DUI while driving a vehicle for which he did not have permission to be behind the wheel.

Tree limb causes loss of power to 800 in Linfield area |Aug 13, 2014

LIMERICK — Approximately 800 people, mainly in Limerick and East Coventry townships, had their power restored shortly after they lost it Tuesday, according to PECO representative Greg Smore.