Stipend increases approved for head custodians in Phoenixville |Jul 23, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Four head custodians in the Phoenixville Area School District received an increase to the stipends they receive for the number of hours they work each pay period.

Phoenixville schools may outsource some IT positions |Jul 23, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — The Phoenixville Area School District is considering outsourcing some of its IT help to a firm in Virginia.

Tim Buckwalter wins special feature at Grandview |Jul 22, 2014

LINCOLN SPEEDWAY (Outlaws) Daryn Pittman led all 35 laps, but it ws Brian Montieth who was the show on July 17 at the Lincoln Speedway. Pittman started on the pole and bested Outlaw (King” Steve Kinser into turn one as the field trailed with Montieth way back in 15th spot.

Kiddie Academy of Royersford receives national awards from parent company |Jul 22, 2014

Caroline Klein, franchise owner of Kiddie Academy of Royersford, recently received awards from the parent company, Kiddie Academy, during their annual national conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Phoenixville school district files for ‘immediate’ possession of Meadow Brook |Jul 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Citing a lack of cooperation from a pair of owners of the Meadow Brook Golf Club, the Phoenixville Area School Board voted Monday to take “immediate” possession of the property.

CCLS is ‘flipping out’ over new digital magazine distribution, Flipster |Jul 22, 2014

The Chester County Library System (CCLS) welcomes Flipster to the list of electronic services it provides to patrons. Flipster is a digital magazine distribution service where customers can access magazine from a variety of publishers through a web browser using their Chester County library card number.

Beth Chaim Reform Congregation welcomes new rabbi |Jul 22, 2014

Rabbi Michelle Denker Pearlman became the new rabbi of Beth Chaim Reform Congregation in Malvern July 1. She takes over from Rabbi Aileen Hollander, who has served as the congregation’s rabbi since 2002.

Schwenksville High Class of ‘64 plans 50th reunion |Jul 22, 2014

Plans have begun and invitations have been mailed for a 50-year reunion of the Schwenksville High School Class of 1964.

Fire crews rescue woman via boat in Phoenixville |Jul 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Crews from several area fire departments helped evacuate a person suffering from an undetermined medical event from the banks of the Schuylkill River Saturday night on the borough’s north end.

Organizations teaming to create interpreter program in Phoenixville |Jul 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Between the pain, fear and urgency of the situation, anyone having a medical emergency finds themselves in a stressful situation.

Montgomery, Chester county planning commissions meet to discuss issues |Jul 21, 2014

The Montgomery County Planning Commission shared ideas and planning issues with Chester County’s planning commission at a meeting earlier this month, marking the first time in years the two authorities have met with each other to bounce around ideas.

John James Audubon Center in Lower Providence holds bird banding demonstration |Jul 21, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE — If you have ever been walking alone near a forested area and felt like eyes were watching you, it could have been a well-camouflaged Eastern screech owl cloaked in the colors of the forest.

Lower Providence Fire Department rescues two entrapped after crash at Egypt Road and Casselberry Drive |Jul 21, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE — Lower Providence Fire Department cut the door off of a car on Egypt Road Sunday after a two-vehicle crash entrapped two subjects in one vehicle.

Police Reports: Pedestrian struck, groom’s iPhone stolen |Jul 21, 2014

Pedestrian struck near bridge PERKIOMEN TWP. — A 17-year-old Collegeville girl was walking on the sidewalk of the Route 113 bridge over the Perkiomen Creek when she was hit around 12:55 p.m. July 8.

Callers pretend to be IRS in scam |Jul 18, 2014

LIMERICK — Police are warning township residents of a phone scam in which the perpetrators act as if they are with the IRS.

Schuylkill Twp man attacks UPS driver |Jul 18, 2014

SCHUYLKILL TWP — For an unknown reason, a man allegedly attacked a UPS driver who had been traveling behind him on his way to deliver a package.

PHOTOS: Uncle B’s, Fenice Creolo host inaugural Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil event |Jul 18, 2014

Neighboring eateries Uncle B’s BBQ Shack and Fenice Creolo teamed up to host their inaugural Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil last Sunday, July 13, outside of the restaurants at Village of Eland shopping center in Phoenixville.

Playoffs set for VFCC summer league |Jul 18, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - The 2014 regular season of the Valley Forge Christian College Men’s Basketball Summer League, sponsored by Embassy Suites Philadelphia-Valley Forge and Miller Flooring Company, drew to a close on July 17 with Sherwin-Williams going undefeated and earning a number one seed for the playoffs with a 7-0 record.

West Nile virus detected in Chesco and Montco |Jul 18, 2014

West Nile virus has been detected in mosquito samples collected in both Chester and Montgomery county this year.

Undercover Phoenixville Police bust up 2 cocaine dealers |Jul 18, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Two alleged cocaine dealers were arrested after undercover operations conducated by the Phoenixville Police.

Business groups back Ryan Costello in Pa.’s 6th Congressional District |Jul 17, 2014

DOWNINGTOWN — The local, state and national chambers of commerce gathered Tuesday to announce their united support for 6th Congressional District candidate Ryan Costello.

Phoenixville council gets grant for river wall, rejects streetscape bids |Jul 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Borough council got good news and bad news at last week’s meeting regarding some projects around town.

Phoenixville contemplating adding lights to some parks |Jul 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Council decided last week to pursue a grant which would potentially put lights on athletic fields in borough parks.

Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. launches recruitment campaign to prepare for fair |Jul 17, 2014

Rides, games of chance, food concessions, raffles, bake goods sales, log sawing and livestock competitions — it takes a lot of manpower for Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. to mount its annual summer fair.

At RSVP, tutors don’t just go to classrooms |Jul 16, 2014

How many students can a tutor help? In the case of Clarence Rader – probably more than a thousand!

Artists to create mural at Collegeville’s Power House |Jul 16, 2014

Their six original murals include the ones they’ve created for the Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Norriton Fire Engine Company 61 and Meadowood Senior Living community.

Limerick man arrested second time for exposing himself |Jul 16, 2014

LIMERICK — A man who previously pleaded guilty to exposing himself in public parks has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to two young girls.

Local Sports Notices for July 20 |Jul 15, 2014

SPORTS PROGRAMS The Phoenixville Borough Recreation Department will oversee a number of summer camps: The PAPA Basketball League June 15-Aug. 17, the Total Soccer Camps (ages 3-5 and 6-12) June 30-July 3 at Reeves Park, the Impact Basketball Camp (ages 6-12) July 14-18 at Reservoir Park, Tri Golf (ages 8-12) July 14-17 at Reeves Park and the Total Sports Camps (ages 3-5and 6-12) July 21-25 at Reeves Park.

Perkiomen Valley School Board member resigns |Jul 15, 2014

PERKIOMEN — Andrea Galambos will not return to the Perkiomen Valley School Board for the 2014-15 school year.

Upper Providence Police investigating burglaries |Jul 15, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Township Police are looking for burglars who target homes when they are unoccupied throughout the township.

Holy Cross eighth graders graduate |Jul 15, 2014

On June 11, 78 students from Holy Cross Regional Catholic School were awarded diplomas following liturgy. Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Patrick Sweeney and Father Peter DiMaria. Many of the graduates were recognized for their academic achievements and service to their parishes and communities.

Case dismissed against teen charged as adult in alleged stabbing incident |Jul 15, 2014

SKIPPACK — The criminal case against a teen charged as an adult for allegedly stabbing his mother’s boyfriend was dismissed by a judge Monday morning after the purported victim took the stand in a district courtroom packed with the defendant’s friends and family but refused to testify in detail about the incident.

Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in Skippack homes |Jul 15, 2014

SKIPPACK — More than 100 residents who were displaced from their homes on North Gorski Lane and surrounding streets after a gas leak Sunday night were allowed to return to their residences Monday morning as county authorities and local firefighters continued to investigate the leak’s source.

Limerick man pleads guilty to receiving stolen funds from Ryerss horse farm |Jul 15, 2014

WEST CHESTER – Sometime in 2010, Jared B. Harrison started cashing checks written to him from the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines - checks for hay, checks for feed, as referenced in the their notations.

Quarter Midget racing results |Jul 15, 2014

The Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club held its regular weekly show of racing at Phoenix Raceway.

Recreation team tennis continues season |Jul 15, 2014

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Ursinus professor studying volunteer firefighters’ hearts |Jul 14, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building.

Upper Providence residents complain about traffic, flooding concerns |Jul 14, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Traffic and flooding problems were brought to the attention of township supervisors at a recent meeting.

Playoffs approach in VFCC summer league |Jul 14, 2014

After taking a week off for the holiday break, the teams entered the second to last week of regular season play in the 2014 season of the Valley Forge Christian College Men’s Basketball Summer League.

Meter tamperer generates probation for defrauding PECO of $346k |Jul 14, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Philadelphia man who tampered with utility meters to reduce some account holders’ monthly PECO electrical bills, to the tune of nearly $350,000, has generated some court supervision in connection with the five-county theft scheme.

UPDATED: Gas leak forces Skippack homes to be evacuated |Jul 14, 2014

More than 10 homes were evacuated on North Gorski Lane in Skippack on Sunday evening as a result of a reported gas leak.

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Pottstown PAL Spartans named league co-champs |Jul 14, 2014

The Pottstown PAL Spartans were named co-champions of the ECTB Championships on July 13 in Allentown.

Spring City ends Phoenixville season |Jul 14, 2014

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Auto Racing: Smith wins third feature of year |Jul 14, 2014

WILLIAMS GROVE Stevie Smith won his third feature of the year on July 11, besting Brian Montieth in the Outlaw warmup race. Smith started fourth and Montieth started ninth. Lucas Wolfe drove from sixth starting spot to finish third, followed by Ryan Smith and Gerard McIntyre Jr.

PHOTOS: Sci-Fi, Horror fans pack Phoenixville for biggest BlobFest yet |Jul 12, 2014

Much like the monster that is its namesake, BlobFest just keeps growing.

Just 1 violation found at BBQ joint where employee burned |Jul 11, 2014

LIMERICK — An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the restaurant where a female employee was seriously burned in May turned up just one violation.

Man jailed for crash stemming from cancelled date with prostitute |Jul 11, 2014

WEST CHESTER — Note to criminals: Always remember to check the tank before driving to the scene of the crime.

Royersford man convicted of assault applies for Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court |Jul 11, 2014

COURTHOUSE — A Royersford man who was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for choking his pregnant girlfriend in June 2013 had his sentencing hearing deferred to give him a chance to apply for Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court.

Pennsylvania State Police release traffic incident report for Fourth of July weekend |Jul 10, 2014

SKIPPACK — Pennsylvania State Police Troop K released its traffic enforcement incidents for Independence Day weekend Wednesday.