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Pottstown’s North End Pool starts GoFundMe campaign to stay open |Jan 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> We may be scanning the weather report for signs of snow and freezing temperatures, but the folks who run the North End Swimming Club in Pottstown are thinking summer.

Annual Taste of Phoenixville event serves up support for Good Samaritan Shelter |Jan 20, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Members of the community enjoyed an evening of delicious food, drink and live music Thursday night at the 15th annual Taste of Phoenixville fundraiser dinner.

Competency at issue, ‘Scotty’ trial delayed |Jan 20, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The death penalty trial for the man accused of the brutal torture and murder of 3-year-old Scott “Scotty” McMillan was pushed back until September after a convoluted hearing Thursday on whether the accused is competent to help his attorney defend the case.

Lane closures scheduled on Route 422 next week |Jan 20, 2017

Intermittent lane closures are scheduled to begin next week on Route 422.

Spring-Ford Area School Board debates nixing student ranking |Jan 20, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board has asked the administration to study the variables involved in listing a student’s high school ranking on a college application, following a lengthy discussion over whether including a rank does more harm than good.

Yellow Springs cheeses win awards |Jan 20, 2017

Yellow Springs Farm LLC, a family farm business focused on selling artisanal goat cheeses and yogurts to local communities and restaurants, announced it was awarded Second Place in goat cheese categories for both its Black Diamond and Fieldstone cheeses at the third annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition held earlier this month in Harrisburg.

More than 600 people attend ‘Resistance Forum’ in Upper Merion |Jan 20, 2017

UPPER MERION >> Approximately 600 people filled the auditorium at Upper Merion Middle School Wednesday night for a “Resistance Forum” hosted by state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17.

5 dogs reported missing from West Caln |Jan 20, 2017

WEST CALN >> The West Caln Township Police Department received two separate reports that five dogs are missing.

5 apply to fill Montgomery County commissioner vacancy |Jan 19, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The deadline has now passed for aspiring public servants to apply to become the next Montgomery County commissioner, and county judges will now turn to considering a list of four men and one woman for the role.

Police ask public for help to identify theft suspects |Jan 19, 2017

TREDYFFRIN >> Police have asked for the public’s help to identify two suspects believed to be involved in a theft that occurred on Dec. 26 at the Paoli Radio Shack store.

Judge denies motion in Phoenixville shooting case |Jan 19, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas Court judge has rejected the demand for a new trial from a former Phoenixville Area High School senior who was found guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a fast-food worker, saying that she had not made a case that her trial attorney had failed to adequately represent her.

Grand opening held for Luxor luxury apartments, Norristown |Jan 19, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Luxury apartment living in the municipality made its debut in style Wednesday at the grand opening of the Luxor Lifestyle Apartments on Sandy Hill Road.

Emergency responders face added perils on turnpike |Jan 19, 2017

When 38-year-old David Good, volunteer firefighter with the Lionville Fire Co., responded to an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on March 9, 1998, he expected that after the emergency, he would be returning to the fire station.

WCU alumnus to volunteer with Peace Corps in Madagascar |Jan 19, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A recent West Chester University graduate has volunteered to spend more than two and a half years volunteering for the Peace Corps in Madagascar.

No injuries in one-car crash in East Bradford |Jan 18, 2017

EAST BRADFORD >> Medical crews on the scene said the driver of a Subaru was uninjured after the car she was driving rolled over onto the embankment on Strasburg Road just east of North Creek Road in East Bradford Township about 10:15 a.

Longtime president of Devault Foods names successor |Jan 18, 2017

CHARLESTOWN >> Devault Foods, a portion-controlled meat preparation and packing company, announced Tuesday changes in top executive positions.

That Girl! Marlo Thomas launches clothing line at King of Prussia Mall |Jan 18, 2017

UPPER MERION >> For five years we tuned in for the weekly laughs that invariably began with someone pointing in the direction of a frequently befuddled brunette and uttering those famous words: “That girl!”

St. Teresa of Calcutta’s 3rd-graders seek unity pledge from all 50 states |Jan 18, 2017

LIMERICK >> As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, it’s not hard to find discussions about how divided the nation is. PBS is even airing a two-part Frontline series named “Divided America” as the Trump era begins.

Pottstown man charged with resisting arrest, illegally carrying gun |Jan 18, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Police have charged a borough man after he allegedly resisted arrest and was found to be illegally carrying a handgun.

Million Women Mentoring to host Pennsylvania STEM recruitment program |Jan 18, 2017

The YWCA Tri-County area is collaborating with Million Women Mentors STEM recruitment breakfast in Pottstown for the National Million Women Mentors — Pa. Initiative.

Spring-Ford tax collectors balk at proposed pay cuts |Jan 18, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Tax collectors in Royersford and Spring City were up in arms Tuesday night over a proposed resolution they said dramatically cuts their pay. While on paper it looks like they’re getting a raise, in reality they say there are fewer bills to collect than in years past, meaning their pay will be cut.

Bottoms up: Beer distributors start selling six packs |Jan 17, 2017

Chester County beer distributors see their cups as half full with changes that will start at their businesses today, so they will be able to sell suds in ever smaller quantities.

VIDEO: Newly-installed Montgomery County President Judge Thomas DelRicci outlines priorities |Jan 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> With recollections of a late friend and colleague, an obvious love of the law and an eye toward the future, newly-installed Montgomery County President Judge Thomas M. DelRicci said he’s ready for the challenge.

Democrats endorse Ken Lawrence for Montgomery County board of commissioners |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Ken Lawrence, Temple University’s vice president for alumni relations and a resident of Plymouth Meeting, has been nominated by Montgomery County Democrats to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.

Pottstown churches remember legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. |Jan 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The Rev. James Allen can still remember the first time he ever met the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He was still in the seminary in Atlanta, Ga. at the time and was so poor he needed to stretch the $0.

Protesters rally in Blue Bell urging Meehan not to repeal Affordable Care Act |Jan 16, 2017

WHITPAIN >> Protesters rallied Sunday at Route 73 and Wentz Road urging Congressman Pat Meehan not to repeal the Affordable Care Act, citing it would take health insurance benefits away from tens of millions of Americans.

CMERT dissolves to form Montgomery County SWAT |Jan 16, 2017

The Chesmont Emergency Response Team was officially dissolved last week to make way for a new regional police tactical team.

Josh Shapiro looks back at time as Montgomery County commissioner |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Josh Shapiro, discussing the diversity of Montgomery County, couldn’t stay put in his seat.

Volunteers map out goals for renaissance of Norristown’s Riverfront Park |Jan 13, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> It’s been nearly four years since a magic dragon floated up the Schuylkill River to cast a spell in a land that was far from Honnah Lee.

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open on MLK Day, other holidays |Jan 13, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has announced that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – as well as on Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July this year.

Perkiomen Valley School District gears up for MLK day of service |Jan 13, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE >> Hoping to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of Perkiomen Valley School District students will serve others as part of the district’s fifth annual Day of Service event to be held on Monday, Jan.

Philly Fed CEO predicts 3 rate hikes in ‘17 during speech at area chamber event |Jan 13, 2017

EAST WHITELAND >> The economy is strong enough to withstand interest rate hikes in 2017, according to the head of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank who on Thursday forecasted three for the year.

Philly man admits selling guns stolen from Royersford |Jan 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia man is behind bars in state prison after he admitted to stealing firearms from a Royersford home and selling them in the city.

Area woman organizing food donation drive in Phoenixville |Jan 12, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> An area woman has made it her goal to start the new year right by making sure local food pantries have their shelves stocked with supplies.

Montco D.A.: Standoff suspect in Limerick raped young girl |Jan 12, 2017

LIMERICK >> Montgomery County authorities have announced charges against a man they say raped a young girl and was involved in a seven-hour standoff with police last week.

Chester County goes with ‘home-grown talent’ with new hires |Jan 12, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Three new criminal investigators, each with a background in police work in Chester County, have been hired to fill vacancies in the Chester County Detectives office, the investigative arm of the District Attorney’s Office.

Troopers collect millions in illegal drugs during last 3 months of 2016 |Jan 12, 2017

Pennsylvania State Police have collected $68 million worth of drugs over the course of 2016.

Bridgeport man gets 12 to 24 years for Norristown murder |Jan 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Bridgeport man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 to 24 years in state prison for what a Montgomery County judge and prosecutors called the “senseless” 2015 murder of Keithon Majors in Norristown.

Royersford church, scientist team up to tackle climate change |Jan 12, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Katharine Hayhoe may have found the book that can help evangelical Christians skeptical of climate change begin to change their minds — the Bible.

Phoenixville official calls for informal community meetings |Jan 12, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Following a meeting in which borough council was “blindsided” by community opposition to an agenda item, council Vice President Dana Dugan says she wants officials to be more available to constituents outside of public meetings.

WATCH: PennDOT launches video to assist Pennsylvanians in navigating roundabouts |Jan 11, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched a video to assist Pennsylvanians in navigating roundabouts. The video instructs viewers how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot.

Royersford Police arrest suspect in credit union robbery |Jan 11, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> A suspect sought for a robbery Tuesday of a credit union has been arrested, police said.

Officials: Chester County Prison population at 15-year low |Jan 11, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The number of inmates at the Chester County Prison, once over 1,000 and leading to consistently overcrowded conditions, is currently at a low point, largely due to proactive efforts by county probation and prison officials designed to get inmates out of prison and on a path to leading productive, law-abiding lives.

Horse falls through ice in Charlestown, gets rescued |Jan 11, 2017

CHARLESTOWN >> A horse that had fallen through some ice covering a pond was rescued by first responders Tuesday morning.

Police ask public for help in search for Royersford credit union suspect |Jan 11, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect.

Head-on crash on Route 100, South Coventry, leaves one dead |Jan 11, 2017

SOUTH COVENTRY >> A head-on crash Monday evening has left one man dead, according to police.

Upper Providence officials clarify $4.2M loan from sewer fund |Jan 11, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Township officials are setting the record straight about how the new police station is being funded after they say inaccurate information spread on social media like wildfire.

Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club holds open houses |Jan 10, 2017

The Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad open house is “fun for kids of all ages”. See & hear freight & passenger trains pulled by steam or diesel engines on more than 700’ of track.

PA Supreme Court issues new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records |Jan 10, 2017

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in responding to requests from the public for case records.