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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:34:25 -0400 60 <![CDATA[New census figures show growth in Chester, Montgomery counties]]> Chester and Montgomery counties added more new residents in the past four years than almost any other of the state's 67 counties, growing at rates above 2 percent, far above the state average of 0.7 percent, according to newly released U.S. Census figures.

Of the 84,325 new residents in Pennsylvania between April 2010 and July 2014, an estimated 30,622 were located in Chester and Montgomery counties, a full 36 percent of the state's total population growth over the period.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:04:54 -0400 2015-03-31T15:04:54-04:00 2015-03-31T15:04:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Wegmans adds Yuengling's Ice Cream to inventory; four new flavors added to original lineup]]> UPPER MERION >> The cold, hard fact is that Wegmans customers seemed to have the scoop on one of the biggest comeback stories to ever hit the ice cream aisle.

It may have been the Pottsville-based Yuengling's Ice Cream Corp.'s strategy to quietly reintroduce its premium, all-natural ice cream after a 29-year hiatus a little more than a year ago, but there was nothing subdued about customer demand at Wegmans.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:53:19 -0400 2015-03-16T13:53:19-04:00 2015-03-16T13:53:19-04:00
<![CDATA[World Meeting of Families establishes committees for Pope visit]]> Delaware County Council Chairman Mario Civera is serving on the planning committee for the World Meeting of Families -- Philadelphia 2015, as the establishment of a comprehensive committee structure was announced Tuesday to prepare for the historic visit of Pope Francis in September.

"This is exciting for Philadelphia and for Delaware County," Civera said in a prepared statement.

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:24:32 -0400 2015-03-12T23:24:32-04:00 2015-03-12T23:24:32-04:00
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Flower show wows indoors while winter roars its last]]> Winter dumped sleet and ice on the region and followed it up with well over half a foot of snow this week, but that didn't keep patrons from enjoying the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City. This year's event was Disney-themed.

Photo gallery not displaying properly? MEDIACENTER <![CDATA[Phillies fans scoop up tickets on first day of individual game sales]]> Despite dire prospects for the upcoming Phillies season and sub-zero wind chills, Tom O'Neill never considered passing on his winter pilgrimage to Citizens Bank Park for the first day of individual game ticket sales.

"My dad is 85 years old and this is something he looks forward to every year," said the South Philadelphia native.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:44:52 -0500 2015-02-20T10:44:52-05:00 2015-02-20T10:44:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Local political leaders debate Wolf's gas extraction tax plan]]> CALN >> In light of Gov. Tom Wolf announcing Wednesday his plan for a natural gas extraction tax to fund statewide education, some local political leaders are again not completely opposed to the idea. Many say they are for severance tax Wolf campaigned around with some minor changes, while others are searching for more details in the proposal.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:42:19 -0500 2015-02-13T11:42:19-05:00 2015-02-13T11:42:19-05:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County officials react to announcement that 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philly]]> NORRISTOWN >> With the Democratic National Committee's Thursday morning announcement that Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, local lawmakers hailed the move as both a political and economic boon to the region.

"This is a great day for Philly and our region and shows that we can accomplish big things when we work together," Montgomery County commissioners' Chairman Josh Shapiro said in an email.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:38:57 -0500 2015-02-13T11:38:57-05:00 2015-02-13T11:38:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Chester County Democrats delighted with DNC selection]]> WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Democrats reacted with delighted anticipation to the news Thursday that the Democratic National Committee had selected neighboring Philadelphia as the site of the party's 2016 convention, at which a presidential nominee will be chosen.

The presence of the convention in the City of Brotherly Love will not only bring national attention to the city and region, local party members said, but would also have an impact on the state and local political races on the ballot next year.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:38:34 -0500 2015-02-13T11:38:34-05:00 2015-02-13T11:38:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Debate swirls on natural gas extraction tax in Pa.]]> Area state lawmakers agree that a natural gas extraction tax is a needed economic initiative that would take Pennsylvania off the map as the only state without the severance tax. However, opinions on the details behind the tax proposal vary.

State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-18, of Bucks County, proposed Wednesday a 3.

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:14:56 -0500 2015-02-05T10:14:56-05:00 2015-02-05T10:14:56-05:00