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WCU Foundation gives back to the Fightin’ 51st |Dec 5, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> West Chester University Foundation Executive Director Richard T. Przywara presented a $3,000 donation to Thomas E. Barton, president of the First West Chester Fire Company, located at 70 S.

Montgomery County judge: Jury can hear Bill Cosby’s deposition testimony |Dec 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Bill Cosby’s civil deposition testimony that he obtained Quaaludes in the past to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex can be heard by a jury that will weigh the actor’s fate on criminal charges he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, a judge has ruled.

QVC at 30: Online as well as on air these days |Dec 5, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> More than 2,000 area residents can be thankful that Joe Segel has somewhat of a short attention span as a business owner.

Committee seeks ways to recruit, retain volunteer firefighters in Chester County |Dec 5, 2016

SOUTH COATESVILLE >> Attempting to address the decline of volunteerism in the firefighting and EMS community, a special committee is working on ways to increase recruitment and retention of volunteers.

Thousands gather in Phoenixville to see Firebird set ablaze |Dec 3, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A crowd of more than 15,000 people gathered in Friendship Field Saturday night to watch Phoenixville’s Firebird rise from the ashes in a stellar blaze of glory.

Val DiGiorgio declares candidacy for Pennsylvania GOP chairman |Dec 2, 2016

Chester County Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio is looking to lead the Republican Party to continued success across Pennsylvania. DiGiorgio recently announced his candidacy for state Republican chairman.

Proposed 11 percent Montgomery County tax hike sparks public debate |Dec 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The room was packed at a Montgomery County budget hearing Thursday as members of the public alternated between criticizing a proposed 11 percent tax increase and praising the community college that a portion of that money will fund.

Partners pursue goal of reviving old Caln Roller Rink |Dec 2, 2016

CALN >> Two business partners are breathing new life into a venerable Chester County institution that had fallen on hard times.

Weis Markets in East Norriton and Conshohocken begin selling wine |Dec 2, 2016

Weis Markets has announced it has begun selling wine in its East Norriton, Conshohocken and Doylestown in-store cafes where beer is currently sold.

Chester County commissioners OK 2017 budget with tax hike |Dec 2, 2016

WEST CHESTER>> The Chester County commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt a 2017 budget that will see county property taxes increase slightly for the first time in five years.

Felony Lane Gang member admits to 6 counts |Dec 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A member of the Felony Lane Gang admitted to a number of crimes Monday in Montgomery County Court.

Several injured in Upper Pottsgrove school bus crash |Dec 1, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Several people were injured Wednesday afternoon following a head-on collision between a blue sedan and a Pottsgrove School District school bus, police said.

Portraits of four new judges unveiled at Montgomery County Courthouse |Dec 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> While county judges eventually leave behind the courtrooms of the Montgomery County Courthouse, they also leave behind the portraits that hang throughout the building.

Montgomery County judge dismisses recount petitions |Dec 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County Court judge has dismissed the petitions of voters in 78 precincts asking to recount votes or forensically analyze voting machines.

Phoenixville holiday parade, Firebird Festival expected to draw thousands |Dec 1, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Downtown Phoenixville is set to host two major events that are sure to bring in thousands of spectators from across the region.

Neighborly tip leads to burglary arrest in Upper Uwchlan |Dec 1, 2016

UPPER UWCHLAN >> A Philadelphia man was taken into custody by township police leaving a house he had allegedly broken into and taken various items, after a suspicious neighbor contacted authorities about his presence at the property.

Phoenixville district, neighbors reach settlement over well water dispute |Dec 1, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Area School District has agreed to pay $2,800 to settle a dispute concerning the construction of the Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School and a neighbor’s well water.

Chester County Intermediate Unit hosts second annual ‘Dining in the Dark’ |Nov 30, 2016

caln >> To put themselves in the shoes of their family member, several families gathered to have a meal without being able to see it.

Rep. Ryan Costello meets with Pottsgrove High School students |Nov 30, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., visited Pottsgrove High School recently to meet with students, teachers, and administrators as part of the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal for a Day program and in recognition of National Principals Month.

SALT Performing Arts sets the holiday mood with ‘Christmas Spectacular’ |Nov 30, 2016

Celebrate the holiday season with the entire family at SALT Performing Arts as they present “Christmas Spectacular 2016.” The show opens Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 11.

Reilly appointed Malvern Prep’s next head of school |Nov 30, 2016

The Malvern Preparatory School Board of Trustees announced Tuesday the appointment of the Rev. Donald F. Reilly, O.S.A., D.Min. as the next Malvern Prep head of school, effective July 1, 2017.

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association releases new rules about officer-involved shootings |Nov 30, 2016

Hoping to give guidance on a controversial issue, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association released recommendations Tuesday for local police departments and district attorneys to handle a shooting incident involving a police officer.

Spring-Ford board to vote on next step toward $10M expansion |Nov 30, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board will vote on whether to approve the next step toward a possible $10 million expansion of the high school following the Dec. 5 reorganization meeting.

WTIM: Music Around Town Nov. 30 edition |Nov 30, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Caroling at the Carillon Sing-Along |Nov 29, 2016

VALLEY FORGE >> Washington Memorial National Carillon at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge will host Caroling at the Carillon, a Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along, on Sunday, December 18th at 7 p.

Deer season underway in Chester County |Nov 29, 2016

Monday was the opening day of shotgun hunting season in Chester County. For Ken Gordon, founder of Gordons Sports Supply in Upper Uwchlan, it was an average day for his hunting and fishing business.

Montgomery County postpones certifying election results in face of recount effort |Nov 29, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County has postponed certifying its general election results after being notified that the Jill Stein campaign and a team of volunteers were seeking a recount in the presidential election.

King of Prussia ranked as one of the most comfortable cities in US |Nov 29, 2016

UPPER MERION >> Exhausted after a day of shopping or an encampment tour at Valley Forge National Park?

More local areas added to spotted lanternfly quarantine |Nov 29, 2016

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive species from Asia, has wasted no time in spreading east into our section of Pennsylvania.

Sanctuary campus eyed at West Chester University |Nov 29, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> An open letter to West Chester University asking the administration to designate the university as a “sanctuary campus,” circulated on

Santa to pose with pets for charity at Animal Medical Center |Nov 29, 2016

TRAPPE >> For the fifth year in a row, Animal Medical Center in Trappe welcomes dogs, cats and other non-human family members — it’s probably a good idea to draw the line at those of the finned variety — for their chance to shine at Pet Pictures with Santa “Paws.

Drought watch issued for entire Delaware River Basin |Nov 28, 2016

The lack of rain continues to worry officials, prompting a drought watch declaration for the entire Delaware River Basin, which includes Berks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

PennDOT reviews winter weather preparations |Nov 28, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> With snow already visiting some areas of Pennsylvania, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards recently outlined the agency’s plans for winter services and encourages drivers to be prepared as well.

$211K in donations breaks Exelon employee giving record |Nov 28, 2016

LIMERICK >> Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station not only produces needed electricity for the regional power grid, but its employees give to the community in which it operates as well.

King of Farming: Chester County’s Agricultural Council honors Elias King and Sara Manning |Nov 28, 2016

The cultural divide between new residents in western Chester County and longtime members of the areas’s Amish community can seem great at times. But when someone breaks that gap, it can leave a sense of wonder.

Pottsgrove athletes, booster clubs raise money to fight cancer |Nov 28, 2016

The Pottsgove Soccer Club, Football Club and Athletic Booster Club presented the Jefferson Hospital Patient Cancer Center with a $2,729 donation Tuesday.

Spring-Ford board eyes $157.9M draft preliminary budget, $4M gap |Nov 25, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Early projections in the Spring-Ford Areas School District show a preliminary budget gap of nearly $4 million for the 2017-18 school year.

Annual Toss Your Turkey 5K returns |Nov 25, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Runners took to the street Thanksgiving morning to jump start their holiday before getting their hands on all that turkey.

MCCC student veteran speaks at White House symposium |Nov 25, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> While he may no longer wear a uniform, William Keller still fights for fellow soldiers just like him.

3rd Annual Turkey Bowl feeds 500 |Nov 25, 2016

LIMERICK >> For Limerick Bowl, turkey isn’t just a word for hitting three consecutive strikes in a game.

State Police warn residents about holiday package thieves |Nov 23, 2016

State Police are warning folks ahead of time that as the holidays approach, it’s Grinch season.

Schwenksville dog competes in National Dog Show |Nov 23, 2016

SCHWENKSVILLE >> Don’t call him an under dog. This Thanksgiving, one area pooch has a real shot at fetching the top prize at this year’s National Dog Show.

Kathleen Kane appeals perjury conviction to state court |Nov 23, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Disgraced former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has appealed to a state court her conviction and the jail term she received last month from a Montgomery County judge on perjury and abuse of power charges.

JEFF EDELSTEIN: The 15 people you’ll meet at Thanksgiving this year discussing Donald Trump |Nov 23, 2016

There may be five people you meet in heaven, but there will be 15 people you meet at Thanksgiving Hell 2016.

Limerick board eyes plans for $10M municipal building |Nov 22, 2016

LIMERICK >> Township officials got a chance to review the final design of the new municipal building expected to break ground early next year.

CCIU to host documentary screening and educational discussion |Nov 22, 2016

DOWNINGTOWN >> Joining a worldwide campaign to re-imagine education, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) will host a screening and discussion of “Most Likely to Succeed.”

Blaze causes extensive damage to King of Prussia home |Nov 22, 2016

UPPER MERION >> Crews from multiple fire companies responded to a blaze that tore through a home in the 100 block of Beidler Road Monday afternoon.

Montgomery County eyes increase on hotel tax to boost tourism |Nov 22, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Visitors to Montgomery County could see an extra few dollars tacked onto their hotel bill, thanks to a proposition put forward by the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board.

Phoenixville’s Penn Diner to host free Thanksgiving dinner |Nov 22, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Thanksgiving is a day set aside for family and friends to get together and celebrate. But for those less fortunate or without family in the area, there can be little to celebrate.

Holocaust survivor shares her story at Lower Providence school |Nov 21, 2016

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Visitation BVM Catholic School in Trooper welcomed Holocaust survivor, Marion Blumenthal Lazan Nov. 16. This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of Lazan’s award-winning book, “Four Perfect Pebbles.