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One dead in Lower Providence truck crash; roads to remain closed as investigation continues |Apr 27, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> One person is dead after a tractor-trailer and a tanker truck collided in the 700 block of South Park Avenue Monday morning.

Motorcycle crash in Lower Frederick leaves one man dead |Apr 24, 2015

LOWER FREDERICK >> A motorcycle accident on Zieglerville Road Friday has left one man dead.

Bridgework begins, construction continues |Apr 24, 2015

Work crews began their work on replacing the Valley Forge Road bridge by the Pickering Creek Dam Monday, closing off a heavily traveled portion of Route 23 in Schuylkill Township and causing major traffic jams throughout the Phoenixville area.

Limerick man charged with alleged indecent contact with child |Apr 24, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Limerick man previously arrested for allegedly placing cameras in a township residence to invade the privacy of others now faces additional allegations he had indecent contact with an underage girl and possessed child pornography.

Domestic assault case reversed |Apr 24, 2015

A state appellate court panel has reversed the decision of Chester County Common Pleas Court judge throwing out a Phoenixville man’s conviction for aggravated assault — a finding that could see the man face sentence of 25 years in state prison.

Spring-Ford may change rule for buses entering developments |Apr 24, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> A concern over the safety of a school bus stop has led to the Spring-Ford Area School District to reconsider its policy on entering developments without municipal roads.

KI tablets available for Chesco residents near Limerick nuclear plant |Apr 24, 2015

KIMBERTON >> The Chester County Health Department announced it will be making available free Potassium Iodide tablets for people who live within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant.

Probation ordered for North Coventry woman in bad check scheme at Limerick bank |Apr 24, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A North Coventry woman, one of four women accused of being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank, faces several years of court supervision after admitting to participating in the scheme.

Royersford Elementary considered for next hybrid learning center |Apr 24, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Royersford Elementary could be following in the hybrid footsteps of Spring City Elementary School.

PHOTOS: Chesterbrook Academy Pre-schoolers release ladybugs for Earth Day |Apr 24, 2015

Pre-school students from Collegeville’s Chesterbrook Academy gathered and released 3,000 ladybugs to celebrate Earth Day.

Montgomery County officials outline oil train disaster preparedness |Apr 24, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> In a briefing April 17 to address crude oil train derailment response, the Montgomery County commissioners assured those listening that the county was prepared for the worst, while noting that little could be done on their part to prevent it.

Philly Pretzel Factory locations celebrate the mighty pretzel |Apr 24, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> Pretzel lovers rejoice — Sunday is National Pretzel Day.

Spring-Ford student filmmakers take the 10 Day Film Challenge |Apr 24, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> A group of Spring-Ford students have stepped up to the challenge — the 10 Day Film Challenge that is.

Schwenksville prepares for 7th annual Community Day |Apr 23, 2015

SCHWENKSVILLE >> The Borough of Schwenksville will once again be hosting its annual Schwenksville Community Day Saturday, May 2.

UVF students volunteer in the Phoenixville area during Community Day |Apr 23, 2015

University of Valley Forge students could be seen around the Phoenixville area Wednesday participating in service projects as part of their annual Community Day, despite the temperamental weather.

Sacred Heart parish in Royersford holds grand opening of Fellowship Café |Apr 23, 2015

Sacred Heart parish in Royersford recently opened the Fellowship Café, a place for parishioners to gather for light refreshments. The parish mission to “Love God, Love Others, and Make Disciples,” is accomplished in the Fellowship Café each week.

Calendar of Events |Apr 23, 2015

Ongoing Skippack Spring Fest: Skippack Spring Fest, sponsored by Henning’s Market, is back again Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). This year’s Spring Fest will bring delicious food, an array of vendors and fun for the whole family.

RSVP of Montgomery County volunteers recognized with awards |Apr 21, 2015

RSVP of Montgomery County celebrated their extraordinary volunteers and the contributions they make to our communities daily with a recognition event on April 15 held at Meadowood in Worcester.

Montgomery County judge moves AG hearing to larger courtroom, bans electronic devices |Apr 20, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has ordered that the hearing to determine if Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated a court order by firing an attorney in her office who testified before a grand jury will proceed in a larger courtroom and without electronics.

Officials working to move forward with transportation improvements |Apr 17, 2015

State Sen. Andy Dinniman and Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck recently brought together PennDOT and local officials for a meeting on upcoming transportation improvement projects in Phoenixville.

6 PAHS juniors to vie for 2015 Dogwood Queen crown |Apr 17, 2015

Springtime is here and the 2015 Dogwood Festival is only a month away.

Parkhouse in Upper Providence wants to open more assisted-living rooms in geriatric facility |Apr 17, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The Parkhouse geriatric facility has given residents from its independent-living section, Montgomery Meadows, at least until July to find new homes so it can create more nursing care and assisted-living rooms in its facility.

New Sly Fox brew SRT Ale will benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Apr 17, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> Sly Fox Brewing is gearing up for the launch of its newest product — SRT Ale — a product which both celebrates and benefits the Schuylkill River Trail.

Phoenixville resident seeks help to prevent Valley Forge Bridge detour cutters |Apr 17, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> What’s been promised as a months-long closure of Valley Forge Bridge is already beginning to cause traffic concerns among residents in the borough.

Officials say mass transit is central to Montgomery County development plan |Apr 17, 2015

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Annual Prayer Breakfast honors community service figures |Apr 17, 2015

The Phoenixville Area Social Concerns Committee held its annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 11. The 2015 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award was presented to Pastor Buddy Goodwin and his wife Belinda by committee member Donald Coppedge, of the Grimes African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Chester County web page aids volunteerism |Apr 17, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Volunteer Appreciation Week may be ending soon, but the opportunities for residents to donate their time and skills to various government and non-profit agencies in Chester County will continue on throughout the year.

Limerick nuclear plant outage starts with a hiccup |Apr 16, 2015

LIMERICK >> As Exelon Nuclear prepared to shut down the Unit 2 reactor at the Limerick Generating Station Monday, it had a small mishap that resulted in an unplanned “scram” federal officials confirmed Tuesday.

The Clinic in Phoenixville seeks new medical director |Apr 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> After 13 years as medical director and cofounder of The Clinic and about 30 years of service to the Phoenixville community, Dr. Lorna Stuart is stepping down from her post.

Phoenixville woman faces state prison for DUI |Apr 16, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A Phoenixville woman with two drunk driving convictions in her past pleaded guilty Monday to her 5th overall driving under the influence offense, setting the stage for a sentencing hearing at which she could receive a possible minimum sentence of three years in state prison.

Perkiomen Valley employees continue to protest outsourcing plan |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A week after emotions ran high inside the auditorium at Perkiomen Valley High School, employees facing the possible outsourcing of their jobs were back before the school board to plead their case Monday night.

Soil work in Oaks should be done by end of May |Apr 16, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A major soil relocation project in Oaks should be finished by the end of May.

Rep. Vereb hosts shredding event, collection for outdated medicines |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> State Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150th Dist., will host a shredder event Saturday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 to help protect constituents against the threat of identity theft.

Group looks to rename Phoenixville bridge after MLK |Apr 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Community leaders are asking for the support in renaming the Main Street Bridge after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Teen Safe Driving Competition teaches safety behind the wheel |Apr 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> With up to $2,000 on the line, 26 high school students from across a five-county area tested their skills behind the wheel Wednesday.

Independent-living residents at Parkhouse to be evicted in July |Apr 16, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Residents of Montgomery Meadows, the independent-living facility at the Parkhouse geriatric center, will be evicted in July.

Upper Providence OKs 30 new homes near Trappe |Apr 16, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The supervisors unanimously approved the Hess preliminary subdivision plan for a planned two-phase housing development near Trappe.

Transportation the focus of TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast |Apr 16, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Things are starting to look up for commuters along the Route 422 corridor. That was part of the message shared during Thursday’s TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor sworn in as special assistant district attorney in Centre County |Apr 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. has been sworn in as special assistant district attorney in Centre County.

Historic World Meeting of Families outlined at Royerford session |Apr 16, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Sacred Heart Church in Royersford hosted an informal meeting for those who want to learn more about the World Meeting of Families this September in Philadelphia.

‘No guns’ Montco judge tells Upper Darby man who lied on gun purchase forms |Apr 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> “No guns,” a Montgomery County judge made it perfectly clear to an Upper Darby man who admitted to lying about his criminal background when he tried to purchase a handgun at an Upper Providence gun show.

Grant at Ursinus to boost low-income, high-performing science students |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> Ursinus College announced Monday it is offering a financial boost for low-income, high-performing science students thanks to a new grant.

Calendar of Events |Apr 16, 2015

Ongoing Skippack Spring Fest: Skippack Spring Fest, sponsored by Henning’s Market, is back again Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). This year’s Spring Fest will bring delicious food, an array of vendors and fun for the whole family.

Ursinus student hospitalized with self-inflicted wounds |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> An Ursinus University student was transported to the hospital Wednesday night after an apparent self-inflicted stabbing.

Phoenixville School Board prepares for property agreement |Apr 14, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Negotiations for the four properties at the Route 29 and Pothouse Road intersection continue for the Phoenixville School District, as it prepares for the incoming Early Learning Center and Elementary School.

Panel of three Montgomery County judges to determine if Pa. AG Kathleen Kane violated court order |Apr 13, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A panel of three Montgomery County judges will hold a hearing later this month to determine if embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated a signed court order by firing a chief deputy prosecutor in her office Wednesday.

Report: Pennsylvania one of many states where prison population has declined |Apr 13, 2015

Pennsylvania is one of 34 states that have seen a decline in their prison population in recent years, due mainly to changes in drug, parole and other policies, according to statistics released this week by The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.

Wolf’s budget draws fire, support |Apr 13, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Members of Chester County’s delegation to the state House of Representatives, along with county elected officials, gathered Friday to decry Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, even as their party’s leadership in Harrisburg readied a fiscal plan that features many of the same aspects of the Democrat’s budget.

Extensive upgrades finally coming to Limerick Fire Co. |Apr 10, 2015

LIMERICK >> An extensive building renovation program, budgeted at $2.5 million, is expected to be undertaken by Limerick Fire Co. sometime before the end of 2015.

Spring-Ford Education Foundation prepares for 2nd 5K fundraiser |Apr 10, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School District is hosting a fun event that will also raise money for a great cause.