Backpack Drive in Coatesville aims to prepare students for success

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1,500 backpacks given to CASD students By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times Aja Thompson of the CYI helped six-year-old Giselle Nunez pick out a new backpack for first grade. COATESVILLE – Hundreds of families in the Coatesville Area School District gathered at Scott Middle School last week for the fourth annual Coatesville Back to School: Prepare for Success event, where they received...

Chester County turns to business community to find poll workers

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: Chester County Commissioners, Voter Services staff and county chambers of commerce members meet to launch the county’s Professional Civic Partnership program. Front left to right: Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline; second row left to right, Mark Yoder, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce; Guy Ciarrocchi, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry; Kara...

Former Coatesville athletic director gets jail time

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‘Sometimes sorry isn’t enough’  By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times James Donato in a Times’ file photo. WEST CHESTER – The former athletic director of the Coatesville Area High School, James Donato, was given a sentence of between two and 23 months in prison byChester County Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin in the presence of current Coatesville...

Mariner East II pipeline hearing, Wednesday

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The path of the proposed Mariner East II pipeline. WEST CHESTER — Area residents will be able to testify about the proposed Mariner East II pipeline during a public hearing put on by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, Wednesday night at West Chester University. Among local various other elected officials, state Sen. Andy Dinniman said Tuesday it was important that local residents...

Authorities warn of IRS phone scams

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Calls from overseas often ‘spoof’ local numbers in Caller ID By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The phone rings and after a pause and maybe a few clicks, a voice comes on the line claiming to be calling you from the Internal Revenue Service — and that you’re in big trouble and need to pay up right now. Forget for a moment that the voice sounds a bit southern Asian, the sound quality...

County Cup wins national recognition

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Representatives from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) joined Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Terence Farrell in accepting the National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Employment and Training at NACo’s annual conference in Long Beach, California. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Jacalyn Auris and Mr. R. Scot Semple from the CCIU, County Commissioner Terence...

Man faces ‘dreaded’ heroin charge

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Allegedly smuggled drug into Chester Co. Prison in his hair Jarrett Mason POCOPSON — A Philadelphia man may have had one of the all-time bad hair days after reportedly smuggling packets of heroin into Chester County Prison last month, stashed within his dreadlocks, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. Hogan said that Jarrett Mason was arrested on drug charges in Phoenixville on July 15...

Coatesville School District continues admin reorg

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Working to improve middle school curriculum  By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times CALN – The Coatesville Area School District board of directors continued efforts to correct previous questionable moves by the previous administration and school board by updating employees’ titles and eliminating a key position in the district. School board president Dean Snyder read a statement regarding...

Chesco launches new anti real estate fraud program

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Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan (left) and Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery (center) reviewing a real estate transaction with Deputy Recorder of Deeds Ruth Huganir (right). WEST CHESTER — Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery is introducing a new service to his office called Operation Fraud Guard.   Operation Fraud Guard initiates an enhanced review of real estate...

Chester County ranked 10th in nation for tech

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Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Terence Farrell (center) receives the Digital Counties Survey award from (left) Tim Woodbury, Director of Government Relations for Accela and (right) Katie Burke, Government Program Specialist for Laserfiche. WEST CHESTER — Chester County took its place among the digital elite this week, when it was presented with a Digital Counties Survey award that recognizes...