RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com website: all stories http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The Phoenix Reporter and Item Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:59:37 -0500 60 <![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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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Elsa (cat)

Elsa is an all-black domestic short hair who is a sweet and active fur-ball! She is approximately 6 months old, spayed, and loves other pets and children.

FVRCP and Rabies shots 10/02/14

Drontal for worming 12/09/14

Revolution for flea prevention 12/29/14

Ears cleaned and nails clipped 12/29/14

Vet references and/or home visit required to adopt from Spay and Save!

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<![CDATA[Calendar of Events]]> Ongoing

Annual Prom Dress Boutique: Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School. These lightly worn formal and semi-formal dresses are perfect for any winter or spring dance. Fitting rooms and seamstresses will be available to assist with accurate fit for each customer.

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<![CDATA[Merger of 2 Montco 'complementary' banks called off]]> LIMERICK >> It looks like The Victory Bank of Limerick and Huntingdon Valley Bank will not be merging after all.

The two banks recently announced that their agreement to merge has been terminated, and the joint application for regulatory approval to merge that was filed with the FDIC in May 2014 has been withdrawn.

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<![CDATA[Finalist in Super Bowl ad competition from Lansdale]]> LANSDALE >> A Lansdale native is among the finalists vying for a spot among this year's Super Bowl commercials.

Genevieve Younce Zabielski and her husband, Scott Zabielski, had their commercial, "Middle Seat," selected as one of 10 finalists in the Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" competition this month.

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<![CDATA[Route 422 restrictions at Route 363 Interchange in Montco for overhead bridge construction]]> KING OF PRUSSIA >> Daytime lane closures will be in place next week on Route 422 at the Route 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange in West Norriton and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County, for overhead bridge construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Weather permitting, 422's eastbound left lane will be closed Feb.

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<![CDATA[Ex-troop leader for Upper Providence Scouts accused of $10K theft]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Lansdale woman who led Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops based in Upper Providence faces charges she allegedly has "stolen from children" to the tune of more than $10,000.

Heather Lynn Belford, 30, of the 300 block of West Mount Vernon Avenue, Lansdale, was arraigned Wednesday before District Court Judge Cathleen Kelly-Rebar in Collegeville on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and access device fraud in connection with thefts that allegedly occurred between April and June 2014.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to take Leslie Richards' spot on Montgomery County Board of Commissioners]]> NORRISTOWN >> Judges of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Springfield Township Democrat Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to fill the vacant spot left by Leslie Richards on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

President Judge William Furber Jr. confirmed the vote for Arkoosh, 54, just after 1 p.

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<![CDATA[Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center]]> EAST NORRITON >> Is your "next" a torqued-up, tire-melting icon of speed and style, a granola-crunching power train, or a hard-working, two-ton pickup truck?

If your next dream machine isn't waiting for your blessing at the Philadelphia Auto Show -- which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center -- well, they just haven't made it yet.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:38:25 -0500 2015-01-29T10:38:25-05:00 2015-01-29T10:38:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Congressman Ryan Costello appointed to serve on two subcommittees]]> WASHINGTON >> Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th of West Chester, was selected to serve on two subcommittees under the House Committee of Veterans' Affairs.

Costello will join the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) and Economic Opportunity subcommittees geared toward aiding returning veterans.

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<![CDATA[Berks County man draws jail time for illegal possession of gun in Limerick]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Reading man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to illegally possessing a handgun taken from a Limerick residence he had been visiting.

Henry Trafton Tenney IV, 24, who most recently listed an address in the 1000 block of Fairview Road in Reading, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11 ½ to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of persons not to possess a firearm in connection with the February 2014 incident in Limerick.

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:09:06 -0500 2015-01-28T13:09:06-05:00 2015-01-28T13:09:06-05:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announces bid for election]]> NORRISTOWN >> Ten months after being appointed and sworn in to the post, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announced on Monday that he will be seeking election for a four-year term to the post.

"We come here today to announce my candidacy for the office of the Sheriff of Montgomery County," Bono said in front of the grand staircase in the Montgomery County Courthouse.

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