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Phoenixville School District eyes ways to close achievement gap |Sep 23, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> It’s an issue school district officials everywhere have been trying to tackle. What is the best way to close the achievement gap among historically under-performing and disadvantaged students?

Upper Pottsgrove mulls open-space trapping request |Sep 23, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Township commissioners remain undecided about one man’s request for permission to trap for coyote, raccoon and fox on township-owned open space off West Moyer Road.

Police seek Norristown shooting suspect |Sep 23, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Detectives are investigating a shooting during a home invasion robbery in the 1200 block of West Washington Street shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Pottstown woman sent to prison for role in murder |Sep 23, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown woman who ran a drug trafficking business with her onetime paramour is on her way to state prison for playing a role in the murder of another man during a dispute about money related to the drug deals.

The first day of autumn sees (fake) snow in West Chester |Sep 23, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> The first day of fall in the borough looked a lot like winter. Despite clear skies and temperatures in the 80s, snow covered the first block of East Gay Street Thursday. Production crews were in front of The Classic Diner and Side Bar & Restaurant filming a holiday commercial for the Pennsylvania Lottery.

PMMC, Phoenixville Hospital owner exploring ‘alternatives’ |Sep 22, 2016

FRANKLIN, Tenn. >> Community Health Systems Inc., which owns Pottstown Memorial Medical Center and Phoenixville Hospital — as well as three other hospitals in the region — is reportedly “exploring a variety of options” for its future.

Montgomery County Sheriff rounds up child support scofflaws |Sep 22, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Some Montgomery County residents were startled awake by a knock at their doors during the early morning hours of Wednesday — county sheriff’s deputies paying a visit to those who allegedly owed back child support.

Tickets for Norristown Garden Club’s Holiday House Tour go on sale Oct. 1 |Sep 22, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The leaves on the trees haven’t even turned to red and orange yet, but some folks are bypassing fall altogether and heading straight for the mistletoe and holly.

Targeting romantic rival, woman crashes SUV |Sep 22, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — especially one who is also drunk and behind the wheel of a GMC Yukon SUV.

Township and church come together for community fun in Upper Frederick |Sep 22, 2016

Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church and Upper Frederick Township will both have community days on Saturday right across the street from one another.

State universities and union pursue 3rd-party solutions |Sep 21, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> As negotiations between state universities and the faculty union continue to stall, both sides proposed contract discussions be handled by a third party but under different rules.

West Point cadet held for trial in West Chester rape case |Sep 21, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> A West Chester University student on Tuesday testified that after a night on drinking on St. Patrick’s Day, she awoke in her bedroom to find a man she had met briefly only hours before was in bed with her, sexually assaulting her.

That green stuff on the Schuylkill River in Montgomery County? It’s duckweed |Sep 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Runners and bicyclists on the Schuylkill River Trail have watched the green stuff grow all summer. It stayed close to the riverbanks at first, but in places, as the days grew hotter, it expanded so much that it covered the water like shore-to-shore carpeting.

State Sen. Dinniman to recognize Medal of Honor veterans |Sep 20, 2016

Schuylkill Twp. >> Area Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during a special ceremony this weekend.

Aqua Pa. announces Chester County projects |Sep 20, 2016

Aqua Pennsylvania recently announced that $3.1 million in infrastructure improvement projects in Schuylkill and Tredyffrin townships and in West Chester borough in Chester County.

Villanova Law hosts policy forum on drug epidemic |Sep 20, 2016

Radnor>> Better funding of programs and better treatment options in and out of state correctional facilities are needed to help a growing drug problem, particularly opioids, in the commonwealth, said state leaders and scholars at a Villanova policy symposium held Sept.

Update: Truck driver pulled from quarry at Glasgow Inc. in East Whiteland |Sep 20, 2016

EAST Whiteland >> An oversize industrial dump truck rolled 100 feet down an embankment at the Glasgow Inc. Catanach Quarry injuring the driver and requiring an extensive rescue effort to safely remove him Monday morning.

Phoenixville woman dies in 3-vehicle crash in Upper Providence |Sep 20, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Authorities say a Phoenixville woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Upper Providence Tuesday morning.

Limerick police investigate shots fired at home |Sep 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> Police are asking for help from anyone with information about a shooting incident early Sunday morning on Linfield-Trappe Road.

Veterans donate ‘honor chair’ to recognize POW/MIAs |Sep 19, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Members of two local veteran’s organizations donated a POW/MIA chair to Montgomery County officials during a ceremony recognizing POW/MIA Day.

Praises sung for prison chaplain |Sep 19, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> A dear friend of the Reverend Doris Haley put it this way, speaking of the essence of her character during a recent Chester County commissioners meeting at which her 40 years of service to the needy in the county was praised.

First Phoenixville VegFest a huge success |Sep 19, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Who knew so many people loved veggies?

Chesco Landscapes3 effort is underway |Sep 19, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County’s comprehensive municipal and countywide planning document, a mainstay of the effort to preserve open space and revitalize urban settings, will be updated over the next two years with public meetings and information session.

More delays for 422 construction begin Monday |Sep 19, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Lane restrictions on Route 422 west at the Armand Hammer Boulevard intersection are set to begin Monday

Pop-up parks in Chester County put focus on open space |Sep 19, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Several parking spaces on Bridge Street in Phoenixville were transformed into a temporary public park on Friday, one of several pop-up parks that will be seen in the region.

Think about it: The Five Hour Rule of Benjamin Franklin |Sep 18, 2016

“Growth isn’t for everybody. Some people want to stay the same forever.” — Anonymous

Family of South Coventry native Paul Kochu seek answers surrounding his death |Sep 16, 2016

SOUTH COVENTRY >> It’s been almost two years since the Kochu family lost a son and brother in a mysterious disappearance and the family is still looking for answers.

Montgomery County commissioners pass $5 vehicle registration fee |Sep 16, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> After more than an hour of debate, the Montgomery County commissioners passed a $5 fee added on to vehicle registrations for county residents Thursday.

Motorcyclist dies following Route 202 crash in Westtown |Sep 16, 2016

WESTTOWN >> The motorcyclist injured in the two-vehicle crash on Route 202 died, according to police.

Cure4Cam to sell gold bows during Childhood Cancer Awareness month |Sep 15, 2016

EAST BRANDYWINE >> A gold bow displayed around the community is being coined as a symbol to inform the public of Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Prosecutor: ‘Public needs protection’ from straw purchase facilitator |Sep 15, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Claiming “the public needs protection” from a New Jersey man, “the driving force” behind the illegal transfer of a handgun to a North Coventry man who was involved in several Pottstown shootings, prosecutors will ask a judge to send him to state prison.

Trooper murder panel to come from Chester County |Sep 15, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> A panel of Chester County residents will be chosen next year to travel to Pike County in northeastern Pennsylvania to hear the trial of a man accused in the 2014 ambush murder of a state police trooper.

Two hospitalized after crash on Route 202 |Sep 15, 2016

WESTTOWN >> Two people were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash on Route 202 Wednesday morning in the 1000 block of Wilmington Pike.

Montco takes up Park(ing) Day in Norristown |Sep 15, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> When Norristown can’t go to the beach, why not take the beach to Norristown? Granted, it will be a pretty small beach — the size of one parking spot to be precise.

Phoenixville official moved out of ward he represents |Sep 15, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville Borough Council member admitted Tuesday night he currently doesn’t live in the ward he’s supposed to represent. Now several borough officials have expressed concern about the legal ramifications of such a notification.

Dad says missing daughter in police custody |Sep 14, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A man who initiated a massive search for his missing daughter told Digital First Media that she was picked up by Pottstown police Wednesday evening.

Police: Missing Phoenixville teen found in Philadelphia |Sep 14, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A teenage girl reported missing by a parent was found safe in Philadelphia on Wednesday, according to Phoenixville police.

East Norriton woman pleads not guilty to charges she killed neighbor |Sep 14, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> An East Norriton woman has pleaded not guilty to murder-related charges in connection with the alleged assault of her elderly neighbor who authorities said died from complications of a hip fracture he suffered during the assault.

Lower Pottsgrove Police begin search for missing woman, reward offered |Sep 14, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Authorities have begun investigating the disappearance of an area woman one day after her car was discovered abandoned in a North Coventry Township park.

Police: Naked man arrested after masturbating in public |Sep 14, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> Police arrested a Collegeville man after he allegedly masturbated naked in public several times along Boot Road in August and September.

Prosecutors seek to use bloody photos in Norristown murder trial |Sep 14, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Prosecutors are seeking to include color photographs of the “brutal murder” of Christopher Thomas as evidence in the homicide case against Luis Martinez-Perez.

Audubon-based nonprofit aims to ‘end the digital divide’ in education |Sep 13, 2016

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Back-to-school time can be full of excitement. And for most school-age children, a new academic year means the opportunity to learn, grow and build upon the base of knowledge gained the year before.

Phoenixville board agreement delays demolition of historic barn |Sep 13, 2016

SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> A historic barn in Schuylkill Township will avoid the wrecking ball for at least another year, thanks to a new agreement reached between the township and the Phoenixville Area School Board.

Pottstown parents looking for missing daughter |Sep 13, 2016

It’s been more than two weeks since Tim and Wendy Murphy last saw their daughter Amanda. After her empty car was found in an area park early Monday morning, the worried parents have started asking for the public’s help in trying to find her.

Injured military veterans bike through West Goshen to 9/11 memorial |Sep 13, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> In an effort to preserve the memory of the lives lost and sacrifices made on Sept. 11, 2001, and to help one another recover from the physical and mental injuries suffered during their time in military service, approximately 100 military veterans stopped by West Chester on their 330- mile bike ride Tuesday.

Community activists fight mosquitoes and spraying in Chester County |Sep 12, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Motorists driving through the streets of the borough this summer may have noticed the lawn signs with a baby wearing a gas mask stating “Don’t Spray Me.” Those provocative signs belong to a group of community activists formed to stop Chester County from spraying pesticides in the borough.

Phoenixville Police Chief Mossman retires |Sep 12, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> In the days leading up to his last day in Phoenixville, Police Chief William Mossman was the first to admit he was having trouble getting too excited. There was still plenty of work to do first.

Grants awarded for 8 projects improve Schuylkill River water quality |Sep 12, 2016

A total of $278,832 in Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grants has been awarded to eight projects that will improve water quality in the Schuylkill River, a source of drinking water for more than 1.

Montgomery County Community College honors late student-veteran |Sep 12, 2016

WHITPAIN >> On a beautiful Monday in September, under cloudless blue skies eerily reminiscent of one of the darkest days in American history, Christie Worthington’s voice faltered briefly under the weight of her emotions, but she quickly summoned the strength to carry on.

Music lovers flock to Phoenixville Blues Festival |Sep 12, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Steamy temperatures failed to keep music fans from enjoying some of the hottest music around.