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 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:06:26 -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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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 for overhead bridge construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Weather permitting, Route 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[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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