Kagel named head of Chester County emergency services |Dec 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday named a protege of the late director of the Department of Emergency Services, Ed Atkins, to succeed his mentor.

No tax hike in 2015 Chester County budget |Dec 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday approved a $522 million 2015 budget that decreases overall spending and keeps property tax rates the same, while still providing what the commissioners said was a high quality of government services to residents, from courts to parks and in between.

Lower Frederick man convicted of possessing child porn |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Frederick man potentially faces jail time after he was convicted of possessing child pornography on his home computer.

Ex-boxer ‘The Gladiator’ admits to scuffle with Lower Providence police |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> A professional boxer who appeared in arenas as “The Gladiator” stood in a legal arena on Tuesday addressing charges he used his skills out of the ring during a scuffle with Lower Providence police.

No public comments on proposed $371M Montgomery County budget |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners set two different times on Thursday for the public to make comments about the proposed 2015 budget, and no one came.

Stahley sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> Determining a Skippack teenager continues to pose a danger to society, a judge has sentenced him to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole, for fatally stabbing his girlfriend.

‘Fun-loving, kind-hearted’ girl recalled through tears by emotional family and friends |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> A grieving Jennifer Siller will never forget the final moments she shared with her teenage daughter, Julianne.

Montco coroner says Stone did not die from stab wounds |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman said on Wednesday the 35-year-old Iraq war veteran who killed his ex-wife and five of her family members did not die from self-inflicted stab wounds.

Calendar of Events |Dec 18, 2014

Ongoing Christmas Village: Visit the Christmas Village at Westridge Estates, 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville. See over 150 lighted porcelain houses in a late-19th Century setting, including a city, farmland, amusement park, ski mountain resort, New England countryside and seaport and Alpine village.

Congress: Gerlach last-ditch effort to pass conservation tax break falls short |Dec 17, 2014

WASHINGTON >> Despite winning a majority of votes in the House of Representatives, the last-ditch effort by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach to make permanent a federal tax break for donating land for conservation fell just 13 votes shy of passage Thursday.

Volunteers plan charity gingerbread auction |Dec 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> ’Tis the season of giving, sharing and baking. On Sunday, Dec. 21, combine all three at Phoenixville’s charity Gingerbread House Silent Auction following “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Colonial Theatre.

Democratic leaders balk at Kichline’s appointment |Dec 17, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Democratic leaders are taking issue with the recent appointment of Michelle Kichline as county commissioner, calling it a contradiction and requesting she step aside when the term ends.

Kichline sworn in as new Chester County commissioner |Dec 17, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> When you are an office holder in a place as old as Chester County (332 years and counting), the numbers pile up, as Michelle Haris Kichline’s swearing in as the new Republican county commissioner on Tuesday demonstrates.

Manhunt on for Pennsburg man suspected in Montgomery County shooting rampage |Dec 16, 2014

MONTGOMERY COUNTY >> A Pennsburg man who authorities said went on a killing spree early Monday morning, slaying his ex-wife and five of her family members in three Montgomery County communities, remained at large as of press time Monday night after SWAT teams surrounded two residences where he was thought to be holed up and a police manhunt intensified as the day progressed.

Bradley Stone, suspected killer of 6, found dead |Dec 16, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The manhunt for suspected mass murderer Bradley Stone has ended with his apparent suicide.

DA: Six dead, search continues for suspected gunman in connected Montgomery County shootings |Dec 15, 2014

PENNSBURG >> Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has identified the man who allegedly went on a shooting spree this morning as Bradley William Stone and announced that the death toll has risen to six.

The Loft at Landis Creek Golf Club to host Brunch with Santa |Dec 12, 2014

The Loft at Landis Creek Golf Club (formerly Limerick Golf Club) has announced that it will host Brunch with Santa, Sunday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 12 and under.

Mayor vetoes vote to dissolve rec board, final vote scheduled for Dec. 23 |Dec 12, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Mayor Michael Speck vetoed a vote by borough council to dissolve the Recreation Board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Schwenksville Elementary collects supplies to stock local pantry |Dec 11, 2014

SCHWENKSVILLE >> Thanks to the generosity of staff, students and families, Schwenksville Elementary was able to collect and deliver over 30 boxes and bags of food, hats/gloves and basic care items to the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry! The volunteers at the pantry were very thankful to receive the donations.

Calendar of Events |Dec 11, 2014

Ongoing Christmas Village: Visit the Christmas Village at Westridge Estates, 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville. See over 150 lighted porcelain houses in a late-19th Century setting, including a city, farmland, amusement park, ski mountain resort, New England countryside and seaport and Alpine village.

Faith Bible Fellowship to present live nativity in Spring City |Dec 9, 2014

Faith Bible Fellowship Church, Bridge Street and Pennhurst Road, Spring City, will host a live outdoor nativity from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 21. The skit will be presented every 15 minutes, snow, rain or fair weather.

Cops: Teen breaks into East Pikeland home in pursuit of beer |Dec 9, 2014

EAST PIKELAND >> Police have charged a Phoenixville man after a neighbor saw him enter a house on Crestview Drive on Dec. 1.

Ex-Royersford man gets lengthy state sentence for child sex abuse |Dec 9, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> Just before being sentenced to a lengthy stay in a state prison, the former Royersford man convicted of molesting a young girl in his care over a two year period maintained his innocence.

Animal Medical Center in Trappe donates ‘Santa money’ to senior dogs and cats |Dec 9, 2014

TRAPPE >> In dog years they’re both over 70.

Phoenixville firebird burned by vandals; festival still on |Dec 6, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Sometime last night, unknown vandals set fire to the wooden phoenix statue in Friendship Field that was to burn tonight as the culmination of the borough’s 11th annual Firebird Festival.

Phoenixville community rises to set off new Phoenix bonfire statue after arson |Dec 6, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Despite the destruction of the 30-foot wooden Phoenix statue early in the day by vandals, the spirit of the community still burned brightly at the 11th annual Firebird Festival Saturday night.

Philadelphia woman gets probation for bringing heroin to Graterford prison |Dec 5, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia woman accused of bringing heroin to Graterford prison in the fall of 2013 was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to a pair of misdemeanors in the case.

Firefighters recognized at Upper Providence Supervisors’ meeting |Dec 5, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Upper Providence Fire Chief Joshua Overholt presented officials of the four fire companies that support township properties with annual volunteer member incentive checks.

Plymouth Ambulance officers: merger will improve service for former Lower Frederick areas |Dec 5, 2014

LOWER FREDERICK >> As the plans for the merger between Lower Frederick Regional Ambulance and Plymouth Community Ambulance come into focus, Plymouth Ambulance officials say they believe the merger will offer benefits for residents and businesses previously served by Lower Frederick.

Local fire companies, Operation Nine Reindeer shower struggling family with gifts |Dec 5, 2014

SPRING CITY >> Santa came early to one special family this year and not only did he bring stacks of presents, he brought a room full of smiles, a whole lot of cheer and, not to mention, several fire departments.

Judge rejects ex-Birdsboro woman’s plea in sex abuse case |Dec 5, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> An anticipated guilty plea by a former Birdsboro woman fell though Thursday when the judge refused to accept it, citing the defendant’s refusal to admit to sexually abusing a young girl in the home she shared with her then-boyfriend.

Chester County business owner admits to work visa fraud scheme |Dec 5, 2014

PHILADELPHIA >> A Spring City-area business owner potentially faces time in a federal prison after he admitted to a scheme to illegally bring more than 50 workers to the United States on work visas as IT consultants for his company.

Calendar of Events |Dec 4, 2014

Ongoing Christmas Village: Visit the Christmas Village at Westridge Estates, 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville. See over 150 lighted porcelain houses in a late-19th Century setting, including a city, farmland, amusement park, ski mountain resort, New England countryside and seaport and Alpine village.

Bamberger, Romano recall Arians at Temple |Dec 3, 2014

Dr. Kurt Bamberger is now a general surgeon for Reading Health. Tom Romano is a fixture in the business world.

Updated: Royersford Fire Department prepares plans for new firehouse |Dec 3, 2014

ROYERSFORD >> The Royersford Fire Department has completed plans for the construction of a new $1.6 million, two-story firehouse at Third and Walnut streets.

Chesco Commissioners refinance $98M in bonds, save projected $4M |Dec 1, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Taxpayers in Chester County won’t have to fork over as much money to pay for millions of dollars in capital improvements already approved for construction.

Montco sheriff warns residents about phone scams |Dec 1, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> The scammers are back and posing as Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, again.

Three-vehicle crash in Perkiomen Township |Dec 1, 2014

PERKIOMEN >> State police and Perkiomen Fire Company personnel responded to the scene of a three-vehicle collision on Gravel Pike Road in Perkiomen Township at approximately 9:15 p.m. Monday night.

Man arrested for restaurant burglary in Upper Providence |Dec 1, 2014

Upper Providence >> Michael Greenwood, 27, of Norristown, is facing various charges in connection with a burglary at Fitzwater Station Restaurant & Bar.

Route 422 bridge project unveiled |Dec 1, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The open house for the four-year, $152 million Route 422 bridge replacement at the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge attracted more than 90 interested residents Thursday afternoon, and their consensus, after looking at more than a dozen map boards and design layouts, was that the massive project was “tremendous,” “nice” and “long.

Car flips in Royersford crash |Dec 1, 2014

ROYERSFORD >> Emergency crews responded to rescue the occupant of a flipped car early Saturday morning in the borough.

King of Prussia Mall announces plans to merge The Plaza and The Court |Dec 1, 2014

UPPER MERION >> The Plaza began taking shape in the fall of 1962 when pioneering discount retailer E.J.Korvette opened its doors to a world of clothing, books, toys, appliances and what would become the largest record department in the area.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro appointed to Wolf transition team |Dec 1, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has tapped Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairman Josh Shapiro to serve as the vice chairman of his Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force,

Perk Valley, Phoenixville school districts weigh technology outsourcing |Dec 1, 2014

PERKIOMEN >> The Perkiomen Valley School Board is mulling whether to entirely outsource its technical department while the Phoenixville Area School District is closer to a similar outsourcing decision of its own.

Homeland Security helps lead Phoenixville cops to drug bust |Dec 1, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> A joint investigation between the Phoenixville Police and the Department of Homeland Security led to the arrest of a suspected prescription drug and marijuana trafficker in the borough.

Phoenixville budget carries no tax increase, no funding for 29th police officer |Dec 1, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Borough council approved advertising a budget that will carry no tax increase for 2015 but will also not include funding for a 29th police officer for the police department.

Testing confirms need for remediation at Meadow Brook site |Dec 1, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> An investigation conducted into environmental concerns at the former Meadow Brook Golf Club site confirmed previous test results obtained by the Phoenixville Area School District and laid out plans to remedy existing issues.

Upper Providence residents raise questions about roadwork |Dec 1, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Several township residents shared their roadway concerns with supervisors at a recent meeting.

Mayor lays case for 29th Phoenixville officer |Dec 1, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Borough Mayor Mike Speck is pushing to add another officer to the Phoenixville Police Department as the municipal budget season heats up.

Limerick man imprisoned for role in meth ring |Dec 1, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> As he claimed drug cartels and police were out to kill him, a former Limerick man learned he’s headed to prison for being a “supplier” of a methamphetamine trafficking ring in Montgomery County.