County completes safety exercise at Limerick

The Chester County Department of Emergency Services (DES) has successfully completed its bi-annual federally evaluated, full-scale exercise at the Limerick Generating Station. The nuclear power plant in Montgomery County has been producing zero-emissions electricity since 1986 without incident, but these exercises are necessary to ensure full preparedness in the event of a radiation emergency. Chester...

Saved! Tower finds buyer for Jennersville, Brandywine hospitals — both to remain open

Beleaguered local hospital operator Tower Health announced Monday that it has secured a new owner for Brandywine and Jennersville Hospitals, and that both facilities will remain open as acute care hospitals in Chester County. As Tower worked through a reorganization plan, Jennersville had been slated to close — leaving southwest Chester County without a hospital. The fate of Brandywine — which...

Chester County launches Partnership to End Homelessness

Chester County Commissioners present a proclamation recognizing National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week to Rob Henry, Administrator, Chester County Partnership to End Homelessness. Pictured left to right: Dolores Colligan, Acting Director, Chester County Department of Community Development; Commissioner Michelle Kichline; Rob Henry; Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz; and Commissioner...

Technical glitches, misplaced ballots delay final county vote count; GOP leader calls for audit

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Although more than week has passed since Election Day, Chester County Voter Services continues to count votes — as a technical issue caused an apparent miscount and a batch of mail in votes dropped off at the Downingtown Library had not been counted. While Voter Services worked to correct the counts on Wednesday, the chair of the county’s Republican...

DA’s Office announces major boost in size of ‘Net child safety task force

Standing, left to right: Chesco Det. Sgt. Joe Walton, First Asst. Mike Barry, N. Coventry Det. Tim Prouty,Kennett Square Boro Det. Chris Gravina, Phoenixville Det. Nick Natale, Chesco Det. Ben Martin,Oxford Det. Chris Coverly, W. Whiteland Det. Michael Buchman, Chesco Det. Jerry Davis, ChescoChief of Det. David Sassa. Sitting, left to right: ADA Christine Abatemarco, DA Deb Ryan, Chief of StaffAndrea...

Democrats sweep countywide races again; make gains in school boards, municipal races

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It took a bit of time to get results, but Chester County’s Democrats managed to squeak out a sweep of wins in the Row Office and Court of Common Pleas races in Tuesday’s elections. Although margins were close, county Democrats were able to buck national trends and make gains in district justice, school board and municipal races around the county. Turnout...

County Health gearing for COVID vaccinations for ages 5-11

The Chester County Health Department is gearing up to deliver Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5-11 now that the Centers for Disease Control has issued final recommendations. The vaccine dose for the younger children is one-third of that given to anyone age 12 and over and the vaccine is administered in a series of two shots, 21 days apart. The vaccine is being delivered in new vials,...

DCCC registration open for new students

Registration for spring classes at Delaware County Community College begins today, November 1 for current students and the following Monday, November 8 for new students. Spring classes will be offered in person and online. Several online learning formats are available in addition to the College’s many traditional classroom options. For new students, Registration Rush (Monday, November 8 through Saturday,...

Democrats blast Chesco GOP over ‘racist’ ads

The Chester County Democratic Committee condemned a newspaper and digital sign ad its leadership described as “racist” that ran in a local daily newspaper and on one digital billboard on Sunday. The full-page ad, which featured an image of a young black child taking up the top half of it, claiming without evidence that their views are being silenced (this and many area publications ran...

Commissioners recognize National Community Planning Month

Chester County is celebrating an exciting milestone this year with the 25th anniversary of the Vision Partnership Program (VPP). In recognition of October as National Community Planning Month, the Chester County Commissioners have issued a formal proclamation noting the importance of the county’s local and regional planning initiatives, such as the VPP. The VPP is Chester County’s primary means...