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Police deem Collegeville fire ‘suspicious’ |Sep 2, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Lower Providence Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a fire on the 1000 block of Hildebidle Drive in Collegeville on Saturday night shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Threats to ex-girlfriend land Trappe man behind bars |Sep 2, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Trappe man has been sentenced to state prison for terrorizing and stalking his ex-girlfriend in Hatfield.

Limerick nuke plant now closer to re-licensing |Sep 2, 2014

LIMERICK — Two major decisions by the federal government last week have moved the nuclear power plant here closer to extending its operating license for another 20 years.

Sources: Fatal Collegeville shooting not a homicide |Sep 2, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Police are not seeking a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday evening at an office building on Second Avenue, making it likely it was a suicide.

Roll-over crash in Limerick sends 2 to hospital |Sep 2, 2014

LIMERICK — Two people had to be pulled from a Toyota Sienna that struck a tree and rolled onto its side in a Monday afternoon crash.

Exelon to meet with NRC over security finding at Limerick nuke plant |Aug 29, 2014

LIMERICK — Exelon Nuclear will meet with Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel next month, presumably to contest the NRC’s identification of a potential security problem at the plant.

Collegeville woman spurs effort to crowdsource help for those in need |Aug 29, 2014

Almost two weeks ago, a little girl with Alopecia posted on the “People Helping People” Facebook page that she was hoping to sell some handmade bracelets.

Variety show in Phoenixville to help Filipino families still affected by 2013 typhoon |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — The Kapitbayan Filipino-American Association will host a concert focused on raising money for its cultural foundation as well as the rebuilding effort from last year’s devastating Typhoon Yolanda.

Mental patient briefly escapes Phoenixville Hospital during transport |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — While officials were trying to transport a mental health patient into an ambulance at Phoenixville Hospital, he escaped and ran up Route 29, disrupting Phoenixville High School’s girls’ soccer practice.

Spring City woman charged in knife assault of boyfriend |Aug 29, 2014

SPRING CITY — An altercation between a man and his girlfriend allegedly left knife wounds on his hands around midnight Tuesday.

Charter renewal process begins for Phoenixville’s Renaissance Academy |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Per state law, the Phoenixville Area School Board will review Renaissance Academy’s charter soon and decided whether to renew it for another five years.

Learn how to create a rain garden at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park |Aug 29, 2014

OAKS — Learn how to create a rain garden, and filter water, at a special presentation planned for Sept. 27 in Lower Perkiomen Valley Park.

Lehigh man admits to distributing synthetic drugs to Montco stores |Aug 29, 2014

NORRISTOWN — An Allentown man has admitted to running a business involved in the illegal distribution of synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia, primarily to gas stations and convenience stores in Montgomery and Lehigh counties.

Cops: Thief steals soda, cheese from Phoenixville home |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Borough police are investigating a reported theft on the north side of town in which the suspect’s haul was six cans of Pepsi and a block of cheese.

Breakfast fly-in/drive-in set Sept. 7 at Heritage Field in Limerick |Aug 29, 2014

LIMERICK — The 60th annual breakfast fly-in/drive-in hosted by the Pottstown Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will feature more than fluffy eggs and pancakes.

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.

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.

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.

Quarter Midget Racing results |Aug 25, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.