RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:04:07 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Royersford speed-eating champion heads to Wing Bowl 23]]> ROYERSFORD >> It didn't take very long for Bob Shoudt to show his fellow chicken-wing eating competitors why he's currently ranked eighth in the world in speed eating.

During The French Quarter Bistro's second annual Wing Eating Competition Tuesday, the 44-year-old Royersford resident ravaged his competition by putting away 36 sweet-Habanero-sauce-covered Jumbo Voodoo bone-in wings in 4 minutes and 9 seconds.

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<![CDATA[Norristown Area school board approves move to Pioneer Athletic Conference]]> WEST NORRITON >> The Norristown Area School District athletic programs will be making the switch to the Pioneer Athletic Conference after all.

After months of speculation and weeks of deliberation, members at the Norristown Area school board Thursday voted unanimously in favor of the change to the new conference from the Suburban One League.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Valerie Arkoosh sworn in as Montgomery County Commissioner]]> NORRISTOWN >> A day after being unanimously voted into the office of county commissioner by Montgomery County's 22 judges on the Court of Common Pleas, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh was sworn into office in the commissioners' boardroom on Thursday morning.

Arkoosh, a Democrat, was joined by her husband, Springfield Township Commissioner Jeff Harbison, and their children Ian, 15, and Olivia, 13.

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<![CDATA[Days leading to Super Bowl Sunday are a boost for some businesses]]> On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX but long before the action starts in Arizona, businesses in Chester County will have scored points with higher sales.

"It's a nice little mid-winter kick for us," acknowledged John Genter, operations manager at Exton Beverage in West Whiteland.

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<![CDATA[North Coventry woman admits role in theft scheme at Limerick bank]]> NORRISTOWN >> A North Coventry woman, one of four women accused of being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank, has admitted to participating in the scheme.

Christa Alicia Britton, 21, of the 1500 block of St. Peters Road, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to a felony charge of theft by deception in connection with incidents that occurred in April 2014 at the TD Bank branch on South Township Line Road in Limerick.

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<![CDATA[Yellow Springs Farm's Cloud Nine cheese wins big at PA Farm Show]]> WEST PIKELAND >> A locally-made goat cheese recently took top honors at the inaugural Pennsylvania Farm Show cheese competition, held in Harrisburg in January.

Yellow Springs Farm's Cloud Nine cheese came in first place in the surface-ripened cheese from goat milk, and then went on to come in second overall against all the other champion cheeses.

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<![CDATA[Former Phoenixville PAL boxer gives back through college grant-writing class]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Owen Logue, a senior at Immaculata University, is giving back to the Phoenixville Police Athletic League (PAL), a non-profit organization that he was first involved with as a teenager. Logue is hoping to receive a grant that he has applied for on behalf of the organization with proceeds going toward updating their website.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville Federal holds annual Celebration of Giving event]]> Courtesy of Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust

The Board of Directors of Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust is pleased to continue its annual tradition of giving back to the community. On Wednesday evening, Jan. 21, representatives from several local non-profits and community organizations were in attendance at the bank's Annual Celebration of Giving Reception held at the Columbia Station.

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<![CDATA[Royersford man arrested at Wawa in Pottstown with heroin, marijuana]]> POTTSTOWN >> A Royersford man has been charged after police allegedly found heroin and marijuana in his wallet and pants pocket.

Kyle Weikel, 22, of Royersford, was arrested Jan. 28 after police responded to a call at the Wawa on East High Street for a report of an intoxicated person, police said.

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<![CDATA[Limerick couple uses snowmen to announce pregnancy on Facebook]]> LIMERICK >>Nikki and Jason Arnold began their romance on Facebook, so perhaps it's only natural that they should announce a pending addition to their family there as well.

But the Arnold family took it one step further, taking advantage of Saturday's snowfall to really drive the point home visually.

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<![CDATA[Upper Providence, developer spar over trailers, delay in site work]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Future property improvements within an Oaks multi-use site hinges on township receipt of requested paperwork related to an incomplete approved land development project.

In August 2014, Audubon Land Development Corp. received tentative approval to fill in and grade a portion of a 10.

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<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Pa. needs a strong shield law for journalists]]> Apparently, shooting the messenger is much more appealing to a statewide grand jury than actually investigating how the information was leaked in the first place.

"The state-side investigating grand jury investigating alleged leaks of grand jury information by Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking state legislators to narrow Pennsylvania's Shield Law that protects journalists from revealing confidential sources.

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<![CDATA[Bomb threat at Montgomery County Courthouse under investigation]]> NORRISTOWN >> An investigation is underway to find out who called in two bomb threats on Thursday morning that led to the evacuation of the county courthouse.

Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono said at a media briefing that one call was placed to the Norristown Police Department dispatchers at 8:32 a.

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<![CDATA[Citizens United will stifle business innovation]]> Five years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects.

The 2012 election cycle proved to be the most expensive cycle in history, with an estimated $6 billion in spending on federal races; 2014, meanwhile, was the "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

-- Zig Ziglar

Most of the time, I take my eyesight for granted. Over the years I hardly think about what it must be like to be blind. The people and things I see today I expect to see again tomorrow.

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