Phoenixville Local

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Schwenksville man sentenced to jail for counterfeiting registration plate |Nov 12, 2015

Norristown >> A Schwenksville man listed as a habitual drunk driver received jail time for counterfeiting a registration plate.

Runners brave Zombie Run in Phoenixville |Nov 12, 2015

Armed robbery reported at Ursinus dorm |Nov 12, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> An early morning robbery was reported Wednesday morning at Ursinus College, according to an alert sent out by the school.

Phoenixville district reacts to School Performance Profile score drop |Nov 12, 2015

Phoenixville >> Phoenixville Area High School saw a slight dip from last year in the latest School Performance Profile scores and district officials say they are working hard to prevent that from happening again next year.

Phoenixville Borough Council eyes proposed 4.5 percent tax hike, 29th police officer |Nov 12, 2015

Phoenixville >> Borough council wants to increase property taxes for residents next year and add at least one new police officer in the process.

College presidents talk higher education at TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce |Nov 12, 2015

Pottstown >> The state of higher education was on the menu Thursday during the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast.

Spring City police warn of new IRS phone scam |Nov 12, 2015

Spring City >> The Spring City Police Department is asking the public to watch out for a potential phone scam.

Self-storage facility wins approval in Upper Providence; 1,300 new parking spaces at GSK gains prelim OK |Nov 12, 2015

Upper Providence >> The seventh time was a charm for a proposed self-storage facility near Trappe.

Two Spring-Ford seniors selected to All-American Army marching band |Nov 12, 2015

Royersford >> Before roughly 200 of their peers, dressed in all black with gold ties, two Spring-Ford Area High School students put on their official jackets and hats for the first time as members of the United States All American Army Marching Band.

Rainbow sign in Phoenixville leads to pot of gold for children’s charity |Nov 6, 2015

Phoenixville >> Up on the corner of Pawlings Road and Ferry Lane rests a wooden bench with a small green sign in front that reads ‘End of the Rainbow.’

New murals coming to Phoenixville |Nov 6, 2015

Phoenixville>> Two new murals are slowly adding a bit of flair to the borough’s downtown area.

Royer leads in race for Chester County judge |Nov 4, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> The two candidates seeking to win a seat on the Chester County Common Pleas Court were locked in a tight battle on Tuesday, but it appeared that Republican Allison Bell Royer would take the race.

Incumbent Chester County commissioners winning new terms |Nov 4, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> The three incumbent Chester County commissioners appeared each returned to office by voters on Tuesday, with the two GOP candidates once again showing that party’s strength in numbers over their Democratic challengers.

Dehnert holds onto seat on Spring-Ford Area School Board |Nov 4, 2015

Royersford >> In the race for Spring-Ford Area School Board, all eyes were on the Region 3 race between incumbent board President Mark Dehnert and challenger Christina Melton.

Democrats take 2 of 3 contested Royersford Borough Council seats |Nov 4, 2015

Royersford>> Six candidates vied for three open seats on Royersford Borough Council and only one incumbent will hold on to their seat.

Spring City GOP incumbents retain seats on council |Nov 4, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Republican incumbents Donald H. Shaner Jr., Eugene Sweeney and Michael Battelle won re-election to Spring City Borough Council Tuesday in unofficial results in Chester County.

Perk Valley School Board incumbents safe on election night |Nov 4, 2015

Collegeville >> Elizabeth Stolar was just a few hundred votes shy upsetting an incumbent and taking seat on the Perkiomen Valley School Board. However, voters had a different plan. They OK’d each incumbent’s bid for another term Tuesday night.

GOP incumbents retain Collegeville council seats |Nov 4, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> Three Republican incumbents kept their seats in the Collegeville Borough Council race Tuesday.

Phoenixville man arrested in connection with Upper Providence arson |Oct 23, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Police have arrested a man they’ve linked to an arson in Upper Providence.

Dilworth’s Custom Design of Phoenixville creates chef’s kitchen for Food and Wine Festival |Oct 15, 2015

UPPER MERION >>The kitchen of choice by the producers of the Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits — at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia Oct. 16 through 18 — was none other than a Dilworth’s Custom Design original.

Montgomery County DA announces additional charges against Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane |Oct 1, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The recent search of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s Harrisburg office turned up what Montgomery County prosecutors likely consider the smoking gun of their investigation into Kane’s alleged lies to an investigative grand jury.

On the ground: Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> As Shepherd One quietly glided into Atlantic Aviation at Philadelphia International Airport, Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia officially began.

Faithful pack Cathedral Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The largest cathedral in Pennsylvania was certainly the right setting for Pope Francis on Saturday morning.

Montgomery County singers will be entertaining Pope Francis as part of the choir |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Keep a close eye on the faces performing before the pope this weekend. Chances are you may see someone you know.

Walking from Baltimore to Philly to see Pope Francis, stopping at Neumann along the way |Sep 25, 2015

ASTON >> As she lies awake at night because of the pain so anguishing all she can do is pray, Paula Tiller hopes God will transform the agony she endures during her 100-mile walk to Philadelphia to see the pope into grace for her children.

Prayers of thousands left at Knotted Grotto in front of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul |Sep 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> For all the hustle and bustle of a big city starting to explode with pilgrims, a hush had fallen over the outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Plenty of SEPTA papal rail passes remain until Friday; PATCO passes available all weekend |Sep 24, 2015

For anyone planning on traveling into Center City to see Pope Francis this weekend but who has been procrastinating, there’s good news − there are still plenty of special weekend passes available no matter from where you’re coming.