Comey firing raises the stakes for 2018 elections

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Just when the healthcare mess seemed ready to drown our local Congressvictims in a Jonestown Flood like deluge, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, Tuesday, swooped in and saved them by changing the subject. And by saving them, I mean sparing them from a looming electoral firing squad by hitting them with a flaming asteroid. While Pennsylvania’s...

Letter: Rep. Lewis touts his record

To the Editor, As the state representative for the 74th district, it has been my honor to fight in Harrisburg for taxpayers.  For the second year in a row, I joined a bipartisan coalition in Harrisburg against excessive income and sales tax hikes that would have penalized hard-working Pennsylvanians.  Democrats and Republicans voted together to hold the line on taxes, while funding our schools at...

Ellison is out and so is the Tea Party

One — the former Democratic power-broker — knows he’s done, the other is oblivious By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As we head into the holiday season — and hopefully, a couple of weeks of relative quiet — a few notes and thoughts on local political stuff and other news items. Maybe the topline item this morning is that James Ellison is out at Rhoads & Sinon — meaning he will no...

Political news and notes: 2014 legislative races kicking off

Final write-in results show poor turnout, participation in 2013 By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The political news cycle never seems to end these days, on the heels of the final write-in election results being posted Friday, we have a batch of new candidate announcements or pending announcements in 2014 state legislative races — and even, it seems — an early hint about a 2016 race. First to the...

Coatesville promotes four police officers, boosts force

City Hall packed as four raised in rank, eight more hired at City Council meeting By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Lt. James R. Audette, Sgt. Roger H. Ollis, Jr., Cpl. Brenden M. Boyle, and Cpl. Jonathan A. Shave stand in front of friends and family after taking their oaths of office. COATESVILLE – The Coatesville Police Department promoted four police officers at the City Council meeting...

Coatesville police probing hit-and-run accident

 Vehicle involved in Sunday crash reportedly found a half-block from scene Officers were dispatched on Sunday at 7:07 a.m. to a hit-and-run accident in the 100 block of of Strode Avenue, Sgt. Steven Smith reported. A vehicle struck an unoccupied, legally parked vehicle and left the scene sometime during the night or early morning hours, Coatesville police said. Police said the striking vehicle was...