‘Creed’ gives the ‘Rocky’ legacy new life |Nov 28, 2015

“Creed” director Ryan Coogler never imagined setting his long-in-the-works “Rocky” spin-off anywhere but Philadelphia, the location of the original “Rocky” movie and all five of its sequels.

Schools decry giving voters a say on future tax hikes |Nov 27, 2015

A possible provision in the pending state budget deal that would require any future local school tax hike to be approved by voters has raised a flurry of protest among school advocates and officials.

Phoenixville School Board OKs $2.1M bid for a new storage facility |Nov 27, 2015

Phoenixville >> The school district is gearing up for more construction coming this spring.

Local food pantries desperate for donations |Nov 27, 2015

Thanksgiving may be a time to settle down with loved ones, pass around the turkey and be grateful for the good things in life. But it’s also a time to think of the needs of others, including those less fortunate in the community.

Spring-Ford busing issue tied Pa. budget impasse |Nov 27, 2015

Royersford >> A year-long transportation issue in the Spring-Ford Area School District came to the forefront of discussion Monday night and it has ties to the state budget impasse.

Warning lights on Limerick nuke plant towers out for days |Nov 27, 2015

LIMERICK >> The blinking aviation warning lights atop the two massive cooling towers at the Limerick nuclear plant have been out of operation for two weeks and there is no information about when they will be back on.

Concerns raised about pedestrian crosswalk safety on Egypt Road |Nov 27, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A resident asked the township supervisors to look into safety issues at a pedestrian crosswalk on Egypt Road.

Upper Providence to demolish apartment building to improve congested intersection |Nov 27, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> With the eminent domain acquisition of a Mont Clare apartment building, the township has paved the way to improving a congested traffic intersection.

Three new prosecutors join Chester County DA’s office |Nov 27, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Three new prosecutors have been added to the staff of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, filling vacancies created by recent departures from the office.

New on DVD: ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E,’ based on the ’60s TV series, delivers lots of fun |Nov 27, 2015

Director Guy Ritchie takes a refreshingly old-school approach to “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (2015, Warner, PG-13, $30), offering up an actioner powered less by digital trickery than by the chemistry between stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as rival spies Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin, respectively.

Spring-Ford joins mission to introduce students to computer science |Nov 25, 2015

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Spring-Ford Area School District will join in on the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 6 to 12).

First annual Pioneer Awards presented to three PPMA members |Nov 25, 2015

At the recently held Pennsylvania Pest Management Association (PPMA) Annual Board Dinner, three PPMA members were presented with the first annual Pioneer Awards.

Kimberton Whole Foods joins food bank in providing 3,000 Thanksgiving meals |Nov 25, 2015

Kimberton Whole Foods, along with their generous customers, has made a donation to Chester County Food Bank to complete Thanksgiving meals for families in need in the local community. KWF matched its customer’s donations of organic gravy and stuffing mix for 3,000 meals being distributed this week in Chester County.

Chesco Pops presents second annual ‘Holiday Pops’ concert |Nov 25, 2015

Come celebrate the holidays with the Chester County Pops Orchestra, State Representative Chris Ross and the Chester County Food Bank! The Chesco Pops will present its second annual public holiday concert at Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, on Friday, Dec.

University of Valley Forge celebrates holiday season with annual Christmas Concert |Nov 25, 2015

The University of Valley Forge will celebrate the Christmas season by hosting its annual concert event, Christmas at Valley Forge, on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5.

SVRDC presents 43rd production of The Nutcracker |Nov 25, 2015

The Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company will present two live performances of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Phoenixville Area Middle School Theater.

Spring-Ford Area High School makes 6th annual AP District Honor Roll |Nov 25, 2015

Spring-Ford Area School District was recognized as one of 425 districts across the U.S. and Canada in the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll honors districts that have increased access to Advanced Placement (AP)® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP Exams.

Candlelight Holiday House Tour returns to Phoenixville for 15th holiday season |Nov 24, 2015

The popular Phoenixville Candlelight Holiday House Tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Foresta’s Market, Ellie’s Choice and The Design Grove in Phoenixville.

Spring-Ford student work submitted for International Saul Bell Design Contest |Nov 24, 2015

Spring-Ford Area High School Advanced Jewelry student, David Hunter, hopes to receive international recognition for his jewelry design with the International Saul Bell Design Emerging Jewelry Artist award.

Welkinweir Estate opens doors for Holiday Open House |Nov 24, 2015

The historic Welkinweir Estate is opening its doors to the public for a festive Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The estate house will be decorated in holiday splendor for all to enjoy! Celebrate the season with joyful music from the estate’s newly restored pipe organ; glimpse the public garden and wintry views of forests and ponds from inside the warm estate; and learn about the history of the estate, which spans three centuries.

Montgomery County officials prepare to protect homeless during Code Blue weather |Nov 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> As Montgomery County residents were bundling up, perhaps for the first time this season, to head into a brisk Monday, county officials were preparing to take steps protecting the vulnerable during extreme cold weather.

Dear Santa, young Phoenix readers share all they want for Christmas |Nov 23, 2015

We’re asking our littlest readers to share their hand-written (or drawn) letters to Santa and send them to us for delivery to the North Pole! The Phoenix newspaper will quickly deliver your letter to the big man himself who will respond with a letter for your child.

Officials say Chester County needs its own identity |Nov 23, 2015

EAST WHITELAND >> Chester County economic development officials believe it’s time for the county to step out of the shadows of its neighbors and to be recognized on its own merits.

St. Mary’s students in Schwenksville celebrate Thanksgiving a little early |Nov 21, 2015

Preschoolers at St. Mary’s School enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal with their families.

Phoenixville Area School Board member resigns, replacement sought |Nov 20, 2015

Phoenixville >> Just two weeks after the Nov. 3 election, the search is on to fill another newly vacant seat on the Phoenixville Area School Board.

Chesco chief to step down |Nov 20, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> When James Vito was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Chester County Detectives Office, a reporter asked him whether that step would lead naturally to another, higher position in another police department — the way a rising-star assistant football coach is often targeted to become a head coach sometime down the line.

Phoenixville police apprehend fleeing suspect |Nov 20, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The man who led police on a lengthy foot-pursuit through the south side of Phoenixville Wednesday has been apprehended.

Montco sheriff adds new weapon to emergency response arsenal |Nov 20, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> With the goal of minimizing risks for officers and citizens in the event of potentially dangerous situations, such as an active shooter scenario, law enforcement officials at the Montgomery County Courthouse recently unveiled a new weapon for their arsenal.

Car strikes Trappe ambulance responding to call |Nov 20, 2015

By Digital First Media Staff TRAPPE >> A vehicle accident the afternoon of Nov. 13 sent one woman to the hospital.

Proposed Montgomery County budget includes 9.8 percent tax increase |Nov 20, 2015

Norristown >> Montgomery County is posting a proposed budget for 2016 with an increase of about 9.8 percent for county taxpayers.

$5M shortfall in Spring-Ford Area School District budget blamed state stalemate |Nov 20, 2015

Royersford >> Harrisburg’s inability to pass a budget has made it nearly impossible for officials in the Spring-Ford Area School District to present a 2016-17 proposed budget.

Phoenixville Area School Board approves new support staff contract |Nov 20, 2015

Phoenixville >> Contract negotiations between support staff and the Phoenixville Area School District successfully came to an end Nov. 12.

History check |Nov 20, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> In an attempt to determine if bodies originally buried at an old cemetery behind the present historical society were re-interred, university students and their professor spent the afternoon of Nov.

Delaware Valley sees booming apple harvest this season |Nov 20, 2015

WORCESTER >> Sweet Honeycrisp. Juicy Gala.

East Bradford man gets jail sentence for assault of ex-wife |Nov 18, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> An East Bradford man who had been accused of choking and sexually assaulting his ex-wife in their former home has begun serving a brief prison sentence for his crimes, according to Common Pleas Court documents.

Dow Chemical employees and RSVP build Dow Science Libraries |Nov 18, 2015

On Oct. 21, 12 employees from The Dow Chemical Company participated in a community volunteer activity with RSVP, a multi-service nonprofit. A book wrap was held at Dow’s Collegeville campus as part of the joint outreach efforts of RSVP (formerly known as RSVP of Montgomery County) and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Schwenksville Elementary students pledge to live drug free during Red Ribbon Week |Nov 18, 2015

During the week of Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, Schwenksville Elementary School students and staff showed their personal commitment to a drug free lifestyle by celebrating Red Ribbon Week! Schwenksville students and staff recognized Red Ribbon Week by participating in spirit days, kicking off the week by wearing red and signing a pledge to be drug free.

Misericordia University SLP research team presents two research studies at Fall Voice Conference |Nov 18, 2015

A Misericordia University faculty-student research team in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology recently presented two research studies at The 2015 Fall Voice Conference in Pittsburgh in October.

Schwenksville Elementary collects food to feed community |Nov 18, 2015

Thanks to the generosity of staff, students and families, Schwenksville Elementary was able to collect and deliver several boxes and bags of food to the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry! The volunteers at the pantry were very thankful to receive our donations.

Providence Chamber Orchestra to perform at St. John’s |Nov 18, 2015

St. John’s Lutheran Church (355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville) presents The Providence Chamber Orchestra, its resident ensemble, in concert on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. Performed will be Egmont Overture, Op.

Holy Cross first graders honor saints on stage |Nov 18, 2015

On Nov. 3, after a weekend full of costumes and candy, first graders at Holy Cross, in Collegeville, put on a different type of costume and honored their favorite saints.

SEI Investments presents Upper Providence Police with motorcycle |Nov 18, 2015

SEI Investments announced its support for the Upper Providence Police Department (UPPD) and its first motor unit, and presented a motorcycle provided by SEI, as part of its ongoing community engagement efforts.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office commends shop owner for donating vehicles |Nov 18, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> For 10 years, whenever the Montgomery County Sheriff Department’s bomb unit needed to blow up a vehicle for training purposes, they knew where to turn.

Limerick man gets prison time for threatening police, elementary school |Nov 18, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Limerick Township man who made a bomb threat to an elementary school and threatened police officers received a state sentence for his actions in Montgomery County Court Wednesday.

Phoenixville High School Class of 1951 celebrates 64th reunion |Nov 17, 2015

Phoenixville High School Class of 1951 celebrated their 64th year class reunion Sept. 25 at the Spring Hollow Golf Club. There were 25 classmates and nine guests in attendance.

Attorney scolded in West Chester rape case |Nov 16, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> An attorney who apparently tried to wiggle out of trying a complex rape case in Common Pleas Court by having her license to practice temporarily suspended received a harsh lecture and the threat of contempt of court charges by the judge who had been prepared to pick a jury in the case Monday.

Chester County urges awareness on hunger |Nov 16, 2015

Chester County government and non-profit agencies are urging residents to become aware of the problems facing the county when it comes to hunger and homelessness as the holidays approach.

Chest County DA on sexting/bullying: ‘Don’t do it’ |Nov 12, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> To any parent who thought the sexting and cyber-bullying case reported in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District recently was a unique instance of juvenile crime, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan on Thursday issued a stern rebuttal.

Rep. Costello slam dunks for student-athlete safety at Spring-Ford High School |Nov 12, 2015

Royersford >> Congressman Ryan Costello took time away from his duties in Washington to kick soccer balls and dunk basketballs at Spring-Ford Senior High School Monday in an effort to promote safety in student athletics.

Upper Providence police receive ‘best dressed’ honors |Nov 12, 2015

Upper Providence >> One of six 2015 best-dressed public safety awards based upon department size is now on public display in the township’s police administration building.