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Bill Cosby jury deadlocked but will continue deliberations |Jun 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Despite telling a judge they were deadlocked earlier in the day Thursday, the Montgomery County jurors weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby at his sex assault trial indicated they will return Friday to continue deliberations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Perkiomen Valley bids farewell to seniors |Jun 12, 2017

Perkiomen Valley High School sent off its Class of 2017 during commencement ceremonies June 9.

Vigil set Sunday for missing Chester County woman Anna Maciejewska |Jun 10, 2017

CHESTERBROOK >> A vigil is being held Sunday for the Malver- area woman who has been missing for two months.

First Phoenixville Art Street Festival celebrates local art scene |Jun 5, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The first Phoenixville Art Street Festival was held on Sunday, June 4, to celebrate the flourishing arts and culture scene in downtown Phoenixville.

Two Bridgeport businesses team up for National Donut Day |Jun 2, 2017

BRIDGEPORT >> What happens when a baker and a brewer combine their talents for a special occasion?

‘The Little Mermaid’ comes to Steel River Playhouse May 26-June 11 |May 26, 2017

Disney magic comes to life with the Broadway hit “The Little Mermaid” at Steel River Playhouse May 26 – June 11.

VIDEO: Southeastern Veteran Center in Spring City hosts Memorial Day parade |May 25, 2017

SPRING CITY >> Memorial Day may be less than a week away, but residents at the Southeastern Veteran Center, who won’t be able to make it to the various celebrations across our area, kicked off the holiday a little early Sunday afternoon.

Spring-Ford $12.1M high school expansion proposal moves forward |May 25, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board just signaled its serious intention to move forward with major construction at the high school Monday night.

St. Mary School honors fallen soldiers at 11th Annual Memorial Remembrance |May 25, 2017

LOWER FREDERICK >> Veterans and St. Mary School students joined together this week to pay tribute to fallen American soldiers just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Staff Picks: Best factory tours near Philadelphia |May 23, 2017

It’s no seceret that Pennsylvania is home to some of the most famous brand names in the country but some may be surprised to learn our area is also home to some of the best tours of the factories where those products are made.

Pennsylvania State Police have not ruled out any possibility in disappearance of Chester County woman |May 18, 2017

WEST BRADFORD >> Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their search for Anna Bronislawa Maciejewska of Charlestown Township and are not ruling out any possibilities regarding her disappearance last month.

Police, family seek public’s help to find missing Upper Merion man |May 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The family and friends of a missing Upper Merion man are joining police in asking for the public’s help to find him.

SAXTON: World of Outlaws to invade Jersey |May 16, 2017

Claiming to be the Greatest Show on Dirt, the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to invade New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night May 23rd for the 5th Annual Jersey Outlaw Classic. This will be the only Garden State appearance by the World of Outlaws in 2017.

Four vie for district justice seat in Limerick |May 11, 2017

LIMERICK >> Four candidates will compete in the May 16 primary for an open district justice seat serving the Limerick area.

REFLECTIONS: Commercial television is precisely that |May 3, 2017

I have a hunch I’m not alone in saying that commercial interruptions on broadcast and cable television networks are more painful than dangling from your thumbs over a quicksand pit.

Former Phoenixville Mayor, longtime coach Leo Scoda honored |Apr 28, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Leo Scoda, a man from the coal regions of Pittston who made Phoenixville his second home and became a legend in these parts as a teacher, tennis coach and politician, was feted during Health Care Access’ fifth annual Roast & Toast Thursday night at the RiverCrest Golf Club.

National Pretzel Day is April 26: Get a free pretzel from Philly Pretzel Factory |Apr 25, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, pretzel fans can rejoice as their local Philly Pretzel Factory joins in the brand’s decade-long celebration of National Pretzel Day and gives away one free pretzel for every customer who walks through the door.

On stage in Pottstown: ‘The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds’ |Apr 20, 2017

“The most compelling work of its kind since Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie” – Variety

Young Worcester artist, elderly German emigré team up for ‘Fuzzytail’ |Apr 14, 2017

WORCESTER >> A classically trained young artist and an author who grew up in Germany during World War II have combined their talents to give life to an irresistible, inquisitive bunny just in time for Easter basket appearances everywhere.

Montgomery County police, community and NAACP attend training on fair, unbiased policing |Apr 12, 2017

PLYMOUTH >> In the past few years, there has been perhaps no domestic issue as polarizing as the strained relationship between some of the nation’s law enforcement agencies and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk:” The Fall of Trumpcare: It was about Obama not Obamacare |Apr 7, 2017

The Bible warns that pride goeth before the fall. When Trump ran for office he said the Affordable Care Act (ACA), disparagingly referred to Obamacare, was a disaster and would collapse under its own weight and that when he becomes president he would fix it day one.

BOOK BEAT — IMPACT: ‘One Perfect Lie’ by Lisa Scottoline |Apr 7, 2017

Since “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline contains many lies, I thought I had better tell you one perfect truth. Having written reviews of some of Lisa’s work previously, the publisher sent me an advance copy of this book, which is scheduled to be released on April 11, 2017.

PennDOT plans road closures on Routes 29, 73 |Apr 7, 2017

Drivers can expect lane restrictions on several roads in Montgomery County beginning Monday.

Annual Bark For Life to return to Reeves Park in Phoenixville Sunday |Apr 6, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> As the ultimate source for unconditional love, you know your dog would relish the chance to join in the fight against cancer.

Genesius’ ‘Noises Off’ is a side-splitting onstage romp |Apr 3, 2017

Genesius Theater has done a bang-up job with their current production – “Noises Off.” In fact, I hope the stage crew includes an EMT, because the show has some of the most physical comedy I’ve seen on stage in a long time.

VIDEO: More than 100 stage rally at Rep. Ryan Costello’s office urging him to vote no on ACA repeal |Mar 23, 2017

More than 100 residents picketed Rep. Ryan Costello’s West Chester office at noon Friday, urging the Congressman to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

LIVE: Get updates and photos from your neighborhood as snow hammers the area |Mar 14, 2017

Here we go again. There’s supposed to be some snow today. Well, a lot of snow. Here’s your best place to find conditions around the county. Tweet your photos and updated using #ChescoSnow and follow along.

Welcome to my world : The Berks County Association of Graveyard Preservation |Mar 8, 2017

Growing up on our farm in Berks County, one of the things I loved to do was walk the dirt road, with my siblings, David and Gladys, to the Siegfried’s Family Cemetery. Once there, we’d help each other up onto the stone wall, that was covered by a red tin roof, and run and run on top of it.

Upper Merion musician in the thick of St. Patrick’s revelry |Mar 2, 2017

John Forth is a member of the classic rock cover bands Sons of Thunder and Acoustic Rewind. But one of the Upper Merion resident’s busier times of the year is in March, as the lead singer and guitarist of the Irish music outfit JohnnyDew.

Limerick detective helps apprehend suspect in Detroit triple homicide |Feb 23, 2017

LIMERICK >> There’s a lot to be said for intuition, especially when it comes to police work.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

Wild and Scenic Film Fest slated for Feb. 23-24 |Feb 22, 2017

The 10th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted by Trail Creek Outfitters, is set for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 & 24 at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester.

Tourism officials tout sport complex proposal for Montgomery County |Feb 17, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE>> “Build it and they will come” was the burning imperative that Valley Forge Sports conveyed to a diverse crowd of developers, sports executives and hospitality industry folks at Oaks Center Ice Thursday.

Phoenixville anti-discrimination ordinance faces criticism |Feb 17, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Borough council faced criticism for its decision to schedule a public hearing on a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance, which looks to protect residents from discrimination based on, among other things, their sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status.

Code Blue issued for Montgomery County through Friday |Feb 15, 2017

Norristown >> The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Grab a tissue, this sweet engagement video will make your Valentine’s Day |Feb 14, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> When Nahder Zomorrodian met Ashley Ruggiero, he knew that she was the woman with whom he would spend the rest of his life.

Humor writing workshop set for Lower Providence Library |Feb 13, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE>>You won’t need a library card to check out the laughs when Lower Providence Community Library hosts a three-day humor writing workshop, but you will need to check in with your inner Mark Twain.

Montgomery County jurors get a snow day as courthouse closes |Feb 9, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Thursday’s snowstorm marked the first time Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairwoman Val Arkoosh had to make the decision about closing county offices for inclement weather.

Phoenixville grandfather sentenced in molestation case |Jan 30, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A 72-year-old grandfather from Phoenixville has been sentenced to state prison for sexually molesting his 6-year-old granddaughter and exposing himself to a teenage grandson while baby-sitting them during a snowstorm last winter, actions that were partially captured on a home video security system.

Bridgeport council supports medical marijuana facility permit application |Jan 26, 2017

BRIDGEPORT >> Borough council voted Jan. 24 to support a Conshohocken-based company’s application to build a medical marijuana growing and processing facility in Bridgeport.

A look back at history The PA Dutch ‘Grossa Schrank’ that brought one million dollars continued |Jan 22, 2017

Part 2 Quite often when a home was being built for a young PA Dutch farming couple, cabinet makers like Jacob and John Bieber were also busy designing and making the household furniture that would make their abode a functional and loving home.

Reflections: Waiting for a cancer cure is like waiting for Godot |Jan 22, 2017

We have been waiting for a cure for cancer for what seems an eternity.

PERSON TO PERSON — IMPACT: Elephants on parade |Jan 22, 2017

Did you ever hear of a mother having a 200 pound baby? If you read the title of this column, you would not say: “preposterous”; rather, you would reply: “of course, an elephant.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Overlooked but valuable antiques |Jan 22, 2017

Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.

Carole Christman Koch: President’s Inauguration firsts, traditions, and more: Part 2 |Jan 22, 2017

Part 2 Franklin Pierce, in 1853, accepted his presidency, but was still in mourning. Just a few months prior to the ceremony, the Pierces lost their 3rd and last child in a railroad accident, that both witnessed.

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.

A look back at history: The PA Dutch ‘Grossa Schrank’ that brought one million dollars |Jan 18, 2017

Part 1 In studying early American folk art, there is no shortage of folk art documents and designs that express pioneer immigrants’ gratitude for reaching America at a time when many individuals still feared the world was flat, or worse, that dragons still lurked in the troubled ocean currents to tend their lives.

President’s Inauguration Firsts, Traditions, and More: Part 1 |Jan 18, 2017

In America, the day of our presidential oath-taking is called “Inauguration Day,” when a president is sworn into office, making an oath or affirmation, required by the U.S. Constitution.

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.

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.