AAA: Fourth of July 2016 likely to have highest traffic volume ever

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Chester County, you know you’re not staying home this weekend. Whether you’d headed down the shore, off to see relatives or just ready to get out of town for a few days, according to AAA, fewer of you than ever will skip a “staycation” this coming long weekend. Americans will take more trips than ever this Independence Day weekend. The nearly 43 million people projected to...

CCIU’s Auris wins Gary L. Miller Distinguished Service award

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From left to right: PAIU executive director Thomas Gluck, Dr. Jacalyn Auris and CCIU executive director Dr. Joseph O’Brien. DOWNINGTOWN – Advocate. Passionate. Visionary. Inspirational. These are all words used to describe Dr. Jacalyn Auris, the recipient of the 2016 Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Unit’s (PAIU) Gary L. Miller Distinguished Service Award. The award honors intermediate...

Cigna donates $7,500 for naloxone

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This map shows the 46 municipalities that have agreements in place for local law enforcement to carry Naloxone, a medication that can save lives in the event of an opioid overdose. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that the global health service company Cigna has donated $7,500 to pay for Chester County to restock supplies of naloxone. Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan,...

County warns on voter registration mailers

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Officials with Chester County’s Department of Voter Services are issuing a notice to county residents regarding a mailer that comes from a private non-profit organization called the Voter Participation Center. The Voter Participation Center mailer, which states “Government Document Enclosed” on the envelope, contains a letter referencing the accuracy of voter registration records, a valid Pennsylvania...

Suspected Coatesville shooter turns himself in

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Alfred Hogue COATESVILLE — Alfred Hogue, sought in relation to a shooting on Coates Street on June 13, turned himself in to city police Wednesday. He was arraigned by District Justice Grover Koon and remanded to Chester County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail. 

First case of Zika reported in Chester County

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The Chester County Health Department has been notified of the County’s first confirmed case of Zika Virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This case involves a Chester County woman (not pregnant) who had recently traveled to an area affected by mosquitos carrying the Zika Virus. The patient was not hospitalized and has recovered. Upon confirmation, the Chester County Health...

Donato enters guilty plea, pays back $15K to CASD

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James Donato in an undated file photo. The first chapter to close in the Coatesville Area School District’s texting/fund diversion scandal came Monday when former Coatesville Area High School Athletic Director James Donato pleaded guilty to charges of diverting district funds and violating the state ethics law and agreed to make some $15,000 in restitution to the school district. Appearing before...

Laurent selected as new Historical Society President

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Elizabeth Laurent WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Historical Society has appointed Elizabeth M. Laurent to be its new president, effective July 25, 2016.  After a national search, her selection was unanimously approved by the board of Trustees in June, said Chairman George C. Zumbano, Esq. “We are delighted to have selected from a national field of candidates a history-museum leader with exceptional...

County earns Distinguished Budget Presentation award for 25 years

Mark Rupsis, Chester County Chief Operating Officer, and Julie Bookheimer, Chester County Finance Director, with the latest in the collection of Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards that the County has earned consecutively over the past 25 years. WEST CHESTER — The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has named...

Caln police seek knife-wielding robber

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CALN — Township police are seeking a knife-wielding robber who victimized a township resident outside of their Jennifer Drive home, Late Monday. Police say they are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on June 20 at about 10 p.m. in the 300 block of Jennifer Drive. The victim was approached by a suspect wielding a knife who had been hidden in bushes outside of the victim’s residence. The...