Chester County begins implementation of Clean Slate legislation

WEST CHESTER — Chester County has joined all other counties across the state of Pennsylvania in automatically sealing non-violent criminal records and non-convictions for anyone who has remained crime-free for 10 years. The sealing of the records is part of the “Clean Slate” legislation, and Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to enact it. Because of the Clean Slate legislation, no...

On Stage: Tim O’Brien brings bluegrass to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Tim O’Brien Band Tim O’Brien got interested in music at an early age and has stayed with it ever since. Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia in the 50s and 60s, O’Brien was drawn more to traditional music than the rock music that dominated the airwaves. His musical path led him to bluegrass, country and, eventually, contemporary bluegrass....

Chester County Library recognized as Pa. Gold Star Library

Libraries across Pennsylvania continue showcasing the value they bring to their communities by providing programs and resources which positively support the patrons served and have earned Star Library status in the process.  The Pennsylvania Library Association announced that Chester County Library has been recognized as a Gold Star Library. To achieve the PA Forward Gold Star designation, the Chester...

Hogan withdraws from County DA race

Tom Hogan Tom Hogan withdrew from the race for Chester County District Attorney, Wednesday. Hogan, once seen as a potential gubernatorial or U.S. Attorney candidate in some political circles, cited family needs as the key factor behind his decision, after serving two terms in office after winning election in 2011. Hogan moved to endorse First Assistant District Attorney Michael Noone as his replacement...

Chesco residents demand action on Trump’s detention camps

Protestors gather outside of U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan’s office, Tuesday. By Lisa Longo, Special to The Times Approximately 150 rallied Tuesday at the office of Representative Chrissy Houlahan stating a need for urgent and immediate action and to ask for the support of the Congresswoman to close the Trump detention camps amid reports of deplorable conditions for children and adults. Lack of...

DiGiorgio out as state GOP chair after texting scandal

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Val DiGiorgio HARRISBURG — Former Chester County GOP Chair and row office holder Val DiGiorgio abruptly resigned Tuesday as Chairman of the state Republican Party, just hours after a series of stories in The Philadelphia Inquirer detailed a series of sexually-charged and graphic texts he reportedly shared with a female candidate for Philadelphia City Council. DiGiorgio,...

Not to die for: Chesco Coroner’s Office fails accreditation due to facility shortcomings

Stretchers at the Chester County morgue facility The Chester County Coroner’s Office has failed to achieve accreditation by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME) because of the deficiencies of its morgue and autopsy facilities. The Office’s Medicolegal Office Practices, Investigative Practices, and Laboratory Services all met or exceeded required standards. The...

Chesco Health: Don’t wait, vaccinate

WEST CHESTER — From newborns to college, parents can help protect their children from 16 serious diseases by getting them vaccinated. The Chester County Health Department encourages all parents and health care providers to use summer as a time to make sure children’s vaccines are up-to-date and avoid the back-to-school rush. Pennsylvania requires children to have certain vaccines before they...

County State Reps announce $1.2M in grants for safety, crime victims

Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Melissa Shusterman, Kristine Howard, Danielle Friel Otten, Dan Williams and Christina Sappey announced that $1.2 million worth of grant funds from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be distributed across the county to increase safety and help crime victims. Within Comitta’s legislative district, Domestic Violence Center...

CCIU tabs Fiore as new Executive Director

Dr. George Fiore The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Board of Directors appointed Dr. George Fiore as its next executive director at a special Board meeting held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the CCIU Educational Service Center in Downingtown. “We are turning a new page, and going into a new era for the IU,” said CCIU Board President Bonnie Wolff. “I am looking forward to working with...