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World Cup champion McLain Ward will defend his Devon Horse Show and Country Fair title |Apr 25, 2017

DEVON >> McLain Ward, fresh off a smashing victory in the World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, will be at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, May 25 – June 4, to defend his Devon Leading Open Jumper Rider title.

Fireworks & Fountains returning to Longwood Gardens |Apr 25, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Fireworks & Fountains illuminate the night sky once again at Longwood Gardens, with six awe-inspiring shows. After a two-year revitalization, the Main Fountain Garden returns with new dynamic fountain features including jets that propel water as high as 175 feet, new lighting features that can create an infinite number of color combinations, and a more immersive garden experience.

Tredyffrin/Easttown School District officials shocked by aide’s alleged ‘deplorable act’ |Apr 25, 2017

TREDYFFRIN >> After another Conestoga school aide was arrested last week for having an inappropriate relationship with a student, school district officials said that they were shocked and dismayed over the “deplorable act.

National Pretzel Day is April 26: Get a free pretzel from Philly Pretzel Factory |Apr 25, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, pretzel fans can rejoice as their local Philly Pretzel Factory joins in the brand’s decade-long celebration of National Pretzel Day and gives away one free pretzel for every customer who walks through the door.

Budget proposal would charge towns for using state police |Apr 25, 2017

Nearly half of Pennsylvania’s 2,561 municipalities receive what state Rep. Mike Sturla refers to as “free police coverage” from the state police in lieu of using their own police forces.

Montgomery, Chester counties among highest in naloxone saves |Apr 25, 2017

Montgomery and Chester counties have been listed among the 10 counties with the highest numbers of lives saved by Naloxone, according to recent statistics.

Phoenixville School Board sets $7M limit on high school projects |Apr 25, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Area School District is moving forward on a plan to beef up security at the high school and address rising enrollment projections, officials said Thursday.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 24, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

POT BOOM: 3,000 attend medical marijuana expo in Pennsylvania |Apr 24, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on medical cannabis and how its legalization will impact Pennsylvanians.

Conservancy close to saving land in Chadds Ford area |Apr 24, 2017

CHADDS FORD >> While the battle over a proposed housing development at the Crebilly Farm property in Westtown proceeds, an area land conservation organization has announced that its plan to save another nearby piece of open space is nearing completion.

North Coventry Police seek suspect in bank robbery |Apr 24, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> Police are searching for a suspect after responding to a bank robbery on Route 100 Friday evening.

And the winner is ... WCU contest encourages entrepreneurs |Apr 24, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> In the end, dental hygiene won the night.

Blessing of the Bikes |Apr 24, 2017

KENNETT >> It was a little touch-and-go this past week as members of the Honor Bound motorcycle club looked forward to the annual Blessing of the Bikes in the Power Place parking lot.

Area representatives part of bi-partisan fight against climate change |Apr 21, 2017

There are only four members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation who are members of the bi-partisan “Climate Solutions Caucus” and all four of them are from Southeast Pennsylvania.

Celebrate Earth Day by going green with food, fitness and cleaning |Apr 21, 2017

The food we eat, the way we exercise and even the products we use to clean with can have an impact on the environment and our health.

Man arrested for road rage incident in West Whiteland |Apr 21, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> A suspect in a road-rage incident is under arrest with the help of the public, police said Wednesday.

Sly Fox Brewing set to release seasonal SRT Ale to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Apr 21, 2017

Pottstown >> Spring is here and summer is not far behind. A sure sign of the season is Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s seasonal release of its SRT Ale.

Saturday, April 22, packed with lots of spring activities |Apr 20, 2017

You have no excuse to be bored this Saturday.

Spring-Ford School District officials seek changes following death of student |Apr 20, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Still reeling from last week’s reported suicide of a ninth grade student— an alleged victim of cyber bullying, Spring-Ford Area School District officials promised to look at what could be done to try to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

Montgomery County prosecutors address admissibility of Bill Cosby civil settlement at trial |Apr 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> If Bill Cosby and his lawyers are permitted to mention to a jury that the entertainer was sued by Andrea Constand, the woman who accused him of sexual assault, then evidence of the 2006 civil settlement also should be admissible at his upcoming criminal trial, prosecutors contend.

Costello’s office again target of protesters |Apr 20, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Protesters gathered again outside the Historic Chester County Courthouse Wednesday evening in support of the Affordable Care Act. Despite a drop in temperature, picketers still turned out with signs, many wearing the pink “pussy hats” made popular at the Women’s March which took place in January.

Medal of Honor Grove in Schuylkill Twp. to be conserved forever |Apr 20, 2017

SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, along with Schuylkill Township, Chester County and Natural Lands Trust, has announced the establishment of a conservation easement on the Medal of Honor Grove.

Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board launches social media campaign |Apr 20, 2017

King of Prussia >> Just in time for the summer season, the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board is kicking off a new social media campaign touting all the great things Montgomery County has to offer.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 19, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

3 more Boyertown High School students join transgender lawsuit against district |Apr 19, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> Three high school students have been added to a federal lawsuit against the Boyertown Area School District over its bathroom and locker room policy for transgender students, the Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center announced Tuesday.

The Chesco Pops presents: ‘All that Jazz!’ |Apr 19, 2017

The Chesco Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Gehring, will perform its spring 2017 concert series on Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m., at Downingtown High School West, 445 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335, and on Sunday, April 23, 3 p,m,, at Phoenixville Area Middle School, 1330 Main St.

County officials to meet to tackle opiate epidemic |Apr 19, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Representatives of four county agencies will gather at the Good Fellowship EMS Training Institute Wednesday to outline steps that are being taken to curb a drug overdose epidemic which claimed 97 lives in Chester County last year.

Lower Providence to host open house about commercial development on April 19 |Apr 19, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> What will happen to the old Genuardi’s market in Audubon?

Phoenixville Tires Plus helps out busload of stranded veterans |Apr 19, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A local business is getting a lot of praise lately for a good deed that helped out some stranded veterans.

Lansdale man sent to prison for fatal church shooting |Apr 19, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Calling it a “sad, sad situation,” a judge sent a Lansdale man to prison for at least a decade after a jury determined the man had no legal justification to fatally shoot a fellow parishioner during a disturbance at a Montgomery Township church.

Ostrich escapes pen after barn fire in Charlestown |Apr 18, 2017

CHARLESTOWN >> You never know what you might see driving the roads of Chester County. Friday afternoon, motorists and residents in the Malvern area were startled to see an ostrich running through their neighborhood.

Funding for county housing gets financial boost |Apr 18, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that three Chester County organizations were awarded $900,000 in state funding to improve and expand affordable housing options for those in need.

Refueling outage begins at Limerick Generating Station’s Unit 2 |Apr 18, 2017

Limerick >> It happens every spring — a planned refueling and maintenance outage at one of the two units at Exelon’s Limerick Nuclear Generating Station.

‘Scotty’ trial won’t move, for now, judge says |Apr 18, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The judge overseeing the upcoming trial of Gary Lee Fellenbaum III for the murder of 3-year-old Scott “Scotty” McMillan ruled Monday that the trial would not be moved from Chester County, nor would jurors from outside the county be called in to hear the because of pre-trial publicity — at least for now.

Phoenixville council split on liquor license request by Giant |Apr 17, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A request by the Giant in Phoenixville Plaza to obtain a liquor license to sell beer and wine in the store has divided borough council.

Drug Take Back Day in Montgomery County scheduled for April 29 |Apr 17, 2017

Forty-one locations around Montgomery County will be collecting unused prescription drugs this month for the annual drug Take Back Day.

Phoenixville’s Liberty Housing preservation gets state funding |Apr 17, 2017

Three Chester County organizations were awarded $900,000 in state funding to improve and expand affordable housing options for those in need, state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th Dist., announced Monday.

Royer-Greaves School for Blind students hunt for eggs |Apr 17, 2017

PAOLI >> It’s the ears, not eyes, that are the key to students’ hunt for Easter eggs at Royer-Greaves School for Blind, according to school officials.

Phoenixville council OKs new mural, group needs $130,000 for costs |Apr 17, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> It’s been a long road to return a symbol of the borough’s rise from the ashes back where it belongs. Last summer, more than 3,000 people supported an effort to bring back a 40-foot-by-80-foot mural depicting the history of the former steel town to the corner of Bridge and Main streets, right in the heart of Phoenixville.

Fire roars through Charlestown barn |Apr 17, 2017

CHARLESTOWN >> A barn was destroyed by fire at the Canter Hill Farm in Charlestown Friday. No injuries were reported, however, one ostrich wandered from the site and created a bit of a stir in the neighborhood.

Deputy sheriffs participate in “Goatees for Charity” to raise money for children’s hospital |Apr 17, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A group of Chester County deputy sheriffs recently concluded a charitable effort that allowed them to grow beards in exchange for donations to a children’s hospital.

Pipeline, sewer talk gets heated |Apr 14, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> Supervisors engaged in heated discussion Wednesday night on two big issues in the township – sewers and pipelines.

Aerosol-huffing thief gets jail time for incident in Pottstown Wal-Mart dressing room |Apr 14, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An aerosol-huffing thief is headed to jail, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Young Worcester artist, elderly German emigré team up for ‘Fuzzytail’ |Apr 14, 2017

WORCESTER >> A classically trained young artist and an author who grew up in Germany during World War II have combined their talents to give life to an irresistible, inquisitive bunny just in time for Easter basket appearances everywhere.

Family of 4 rescued from Black Rock Dam on Schuylkill River |Apr 13, 2017

MONT CLARE >> Emergency rescue crews were called to the Schuylkill River Thursday when a boat carrying a family of four got stuck beneath Black Rock Dam.

West Conshohocken Borough Council adopts resolution calling for an end to gerrymandering |Apr 13, 2017

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN >> A resolution recently adopted by West Conshohocken Borough Council calling for an end to gerrymandering in Pennsylvania represents a growing movement of people of all political stripes who would like to see the power to draw legislative districts taken out of the hands of politicians and their respective parties, and turned over to their constituents.

Lower Providence man accused in extreme abuse faces additional charges |Apr 13, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Additional felony charges have been filed against a man authorities say repeatedly tortured his wife and children.

More than 100 draft beers, menu items highlight Yard House at King of Prussia Mall |Apr 13, 2017

King of Prussia >> Great food. Classic rock. World’s largest selection of draft beer.

Mom enters guilty plea in ‘Scotty’ McMillan murder case |Apr 13, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The mother of 3-year-old Scott “Scotty” McMillan Wednesday acknowledged the role she played in the brutal beatings and torture that led to his death at the hands of her one-time boyfriend, and agreed to testify against the man when his capital murder case comes to trial later this year.

West Chester native serves aboard one of the Navy’s most versatile combat ships |Apr 13, 2017

SAN DIEGO >> A 2008 Malvern Preparatory School graduate and West Chester native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew for one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.