Limerick community remembers the life of Bill Waltz |Mar 31, 2015

LIMERICK >> A pillar of the Limerick community is gone.

Gov. Wolf’s chief of staff touts tax relief package in upcoming budget proposal |Mar 31, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff visited the Daily Times, a sister paper to The Phoenix Reporter & Item, on Friday to tout the governor’s budget proposal, calling the plan the largest tax relief package in many years.

New census figures show growth in Chester, Montgomery counties |Mar 31, 2015

Chester and Montgomery counties added more new residents in the past four years than almost any other of the state’s 67 counties, growing at rates above 2 percent, far above the state average of 0.

Suspect arrested in Collegeville Wawa robbery |Mar 30, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> The man suspected of the armed robbery of the Wawa at 308 E. Main St. Sunday afternoon has been arrested.

Tossed cigarettes cause small mulch fire at KFC/Taco Bell |Mar 30, 2015

LIMERICK >> Some discarded cigarettes outside a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant started a small fire Sunday. No one was injured.

Killion, Tobash detail hybrid-style pension solution |Mar 27, 2015

MIDDLETOWN >> Delaware County state Rep. Tom Killion, at a forum Thursday, pushed to fortify a hybrid-style pension plan that failed to garner bipartisan support under former Gov. Tom Corbett.

AG: Montgomery County car dealerships violated consumer protection laws |Mar 27, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Court Wednesday against three county car dealerships and their president, alleging deceptive business practices, selling cars at inflated prices and selling cars deemed not road-worthy.

UPDATED: PennDOT announces 422 lane closure at Oaks Interchange next week |Mar 26, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that one lane will be closed westbound on Route 422 at the Oaks Interchange in Upper Providence from Tuesday, March 31, through Friday, April 3, from 9 a.

Molly Maguire’s donates golf benefit earnings to The Colonial |Mar 26, 2015

Molly Maguire’s Irish Restaurant and Pub presented a check for $3,070 to The Colonial Theatre Thursday morning. The money was raised during their 2014 Golf Tournament. The 2015 Molly Maguire’s Golf Tournament will benefit The Good Samaritan Shelter.

Calendar of Events |Mar 26, 2015

Ongoing Summer Afield Program: Calling all fourth to sixth graders! Do you like to investigate your world? Explore streams? Make observations and discoveries? Work on experiments? Make new friends? Have Fun? Then you’ll want to join Summer Afield and make this a summer to remember! Summer Afield is a week-long, half-day program for students who have finished fourth through sixth grade.

Five dogs rescued from Limerick house fire |Mar 25, 2015

LIMERICK >> Limerick firefighters helped rescue five dogs from a house fire on the 200 block of North Township Line Road Monday night. No injuries were reported.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area picks new director |Mar 25, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> A former state official with experience running a national heritage corridor has been named executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, which has its headquarters in Pottstown’s Riverfront Park.

Collegeville native begins service aboard advanced amphibious Naval warship |Mar 25, 2015

A 2010 Hill School graduate and Collegeville native is serving aboard the USS New Orleans (LPD 18), one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones.

Phoenixville man faces charges after police find cocaine in home |Mar 25, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Police arrested a Phoenixville man after a search warrant led them to a stash of packaged crack cocaine.

Spring-Ford artists bring home awards from two shows |Mar 25, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Three talented Spring-Ford Area High School art students recently placed in top spots in two local art shows.

Spring-Ford board member balks at special ed hire |Mar 25, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> The decision to hire a new special education teacher in the Spring-Ford Area School District did not come without its share of controversy.

Board lobbies Harrisburg for fair funding formula |Mar 25, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Local school officials are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to find a way to fund public education more fairly.

Collegeville police seek help identifying knife-wielding Wawa robber |Mar 25, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> The Collegeville Police Department is investigating a robbery at the Wawa located on E. Main Street, which occurred Sunday, March 22 at 3:35 p.m.

Graterford inmate sentenced to county jail for throwing liquid at corrections officer |Mar 24, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia man serving time at State Correctional Institute Graterford in Skippack for rape and robbery will go straight to county jail when his state sentence is complete.

Montgomery County Commissioners approve contract to begin text to 911 program |Mar 24, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> In May, those unable to call for help in Montgomery County will be able to text for it.

Traveling exhibit recounts Pennhurst history |Mar 24, 2015

WEST GOSHEN >> The complex and often tragic history of the Pennhurst State School and Hospital, located in East Vincent, is recalled in a traveling exhibit now on display at the Chester County Government Services center in West Goshen.

Phoenixville School District to file eminent domain documents for property |Mar 24, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District are trying to finish buying up pieces of land needed to prepare for the new Early Learning Center and Elementary School construction project.

Skippack district court to move to Harleysville |Mar 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County Commissioners Friday approved moving the district court in Skippack to Harleysville for more space at a lower cost.

Julianne Siller 5K remembers late teen; family finds strength from community |Mar 23, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> In the wake of the tragic death of 17-year-old Julianne Siller, the family of the teen has made it a point to honor her memory and help others pursue their dreams. As they continue to find strength from the community around them, their efforts have begun to pay off.

Woman dies after SUV hits her in Upper Providence |Mar 23, 2015

Upper Providence >> Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred at 8:42 p.m. Thursday at Mill Road and Cresson Boulevard.

Collegeville Inn sold for redevelopment; two plans considered |Mar 23, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The Collegeville Inn, a former smorgasbord restaurant and cafeteria training facility that closed several years ago, is under contract to be purchased by the Buccini/Pollin Group of Wilmington, Del.

Phoenixville School District officials, resident clash over Meadow Brook turf talks |Mar 23, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> In what’s quickly becoming a case of “he said, she said,” one resident said she’s tired of hearing mixed messages from the Phoenixville Area School Board about its plans for new turf fields.

More savings than first reported in Chesco bond refinance |Mar 23, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Oops. Chester County officials on Thursday were forced to acknowledge that a mistake was made when they announced the total amount of tax savings the county would realize in refinancing $110 million in bond issue debt this week.

Chesco open space grants top $5 million |Mar 23, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Residents of the Kennett Square area will be able to enjoy a pleasant time with their canine companions at a new dog park in Anson B. Nixon Park.

Upper Providence OKs funds to videotape meetings |Mar 23, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The township supervisors unanimously approved spending $83,707 for a comprehensive two-phase equipment, installation, website rental, and training solution so the township can record open meetings as video images for public viewing.

Upper Providence OKs subdivision near Trappe border |Mar 23, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The supervisors approved the Windbiel Tentative Subdivision Plan to for a mixed-zoned corner property near Trappe.

Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik has died at 89 |Mar 21, 2015

Chuck Bednarik, considered the greatest Eagles player ever, died this morning.

New SEPTA budget spares riders a fare hike |Mar 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> A budget proposal for SEPTA’s upcoming fiscal year projects an increase in spending by the regional transit authority, but no fare hike on any of its bus, train or trolley routes.

Veterans and VA leaders discuss issues at town hall meeting |Mar 20, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Leaders from the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Spring City Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic hosted a town hall meeting last week at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City.

PHOTOS: Holy Family School holds annual Living Stations of the Cross at St. Ann’s |Mar 19, 2015

Holy Family School held its annual Living Stations of the Cross at St. Ann’s Chapel in Phoenixville Wednesday. Student Cole Tyrell played the part of Jesus in the reenactment of the story of the crucifixion.

Hoops tourney at Phoenixville YMCA helps kids ‘Kick Butts’ |Mar 19, 2015

SCHUYLKILL >> The theme of the day was to stop smoking. Either do not start or quit, and encourage others, both young and old, to do the same thing.

Calendar of Events |Mar 19, 2015

Ongoing Summer Afield Program: Calling all fourth to sixth graders! Do you like to investigate your world? Explore streams? Make observations and discoveries? Work on experiments? Make new friends? Have Fun? Then you’ll want to join Summer Afield and make this a summer to remember! Summer Afield is a week-long, half-day program for students who have finished fourth through sixth grade.

Phoenixville police nab 3 in undercover drug bust |Mar 19, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Three suspects are off the streets for selling drugs in the borough, wrapping up a months-long sting operation, Phoenixville police announced Wednesday.

Maris Stella Birth presents ‘Pints with Papas’ at Molly Maguire’s |Mar 18, 2015

Maris Stella Birth is partnering with Molly Maguires to bring a new kind of childbirth education for expectant dads for the first time March 26, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Spring-Ford bus policy change would allow pickup on private roads |Mar 18, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Citing student safety concerns, the Spring-Ford Area School Board may change a long-standing policy that prohibits buses from picking up students on private roads.

Cups more than half full at St. Patrick’s Day bash |Mar 18, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> It was a sea of green as patrons packed inside Molly Maguire’s Pub on Bridge Street for some St. Patrick’s Day merriment Tuesday.

Lower Providence church thief headed to state prison |Mar 17, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A former Lower Providence church bookkeeper is on his way to state prison for stealing more than $156,000 from church coffers.

East Vincent kiltmaker has international reputation |Mar 17, 2015

East Vincent >> There’s something about the sound of bagpipes and the sight of a kilt that either speaks to you — or doesn’t. Those sights, sounds and the Celtic heritage speak loudly to Rocky Roeger, co-owner and kiltmaker at

Phoenixville police: Bridge Street calls lower than first reported |Mar 17, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The number of emergency calls out of Bridge Street is lower than first reported, according to officials, but the need for more police still persists.

Phoenixville School Board prepares to take next steps at Meadow Brook site |Mar 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The school board will take action on March 19 on a number of agreements connected to the new early learning center and elementary school, including awarding a contract for environmental remediation on the former Meadow Brook Golf Club site.

Phoenixville Borough Council OKs Wolf Baldwin as solicitor |Mar 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Are residents in the borough footing a larger bill in order to settle a political dispute?

Spring City antique shop aids ghost hunters seeking “trigger items” |Mar 16, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Halloween may be long over but the ghost hunt has just begun.

Montgomery County Court House to beef up security |Mar 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The days of Montgomery County employees bypassing security in the courthouse are coming to an end.

Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele kicks off campaign for DA |Mar 16, 2015

CONSHOHOCKEN >> The lone Democratic candidate running for Montgomery County district attorney in the primary race in May kicked off his campaign on Thursday night outside of the Spring Mill Fire Company in Conshohocken.

PHOTOS: High school students compete in Montgomery Science Research Competition |Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Brull, of the Spring-Ford Seventh Grade Center, sets up a project during the 58th annual Montgomery Science Research Competition held at Ursinus College March 9, 2015. The event allows high school students to research and conduct experiments in various scientific categories.