MacKenzie Scott donates $20M to Lincoln University

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY —Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), announced Wednesday that it has received a $20 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Scott’s gift is the largest from a single donor in Lincoln’s 167-year history. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ms. MacKenzie...

Big storm likely to hit Chesco Wed. — as much as 2 feet possible

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Chester County is going to get hit hard by an early winter storm — but how much snow you get may just depend on how far north you live in the county and where the rain/snow line ends up falling. The storm is expected to hit the Chester County area Wednesday afternoon according to the National Weather Service, with total snow accumulations in parts of...

CCIU thanks Dinniman for his service on behalf of education

Dr. George F. Fiore, executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit presents a resolution of behalf of the CCIU thanking state Sen. Andy Dinniman for his decades of work on behalf of education in Chester County. The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Board of Directors passed a resolution at its November 2020 meeting honoring Senator Andrew Dinniman’s lifetime of public service and...

With 1st major snowstorm of season bearing down, PUC offers tips to be prepared

Based on the forecast and Winter Storm Watches issued by the National Weather Service, it appears a fairly major snowstorm is likely to hit Chester County on Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. The impact of the storm is expected to be felt harder in the northern portions of the county, with snow estimates in the 5 to 9 inches range at this point. With the temperature expected to hover around the freezing...

Coatesville declares state of emergency due to COVID

COATESVILLE — On the heels of Governor Wolf’s December 10 Limited-Time Mitigation Order that remains in effect through January 4, 2021, the City of Coatesville has declared a State of Emergency that outlines proactive measures beginning Sunday, December 13. “Despite mitigation efforts implemented previously, COVID-19 cases in Coatesville continue to escalate,” says Coatesville City Manager...

Commissioners offer 2nd round of Main Street Preservation grants to help county’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Chester County Main Street Preservation grant recipient CJ Witherspoon, owner of 3 Spoons LLC, with his daughter. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners approved today a further $10 million in funding to support small businesses and agricultural enterprises impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Available under the Chester County Main Street Preservation program, grants will be administered...

COVID-19 Update, Dec. 10: Gov. Wolf orders 3 week closure of indoor dining, gyms, school activities to slow virus surge

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf announced a series of new restrictions Thursday afternoon for the three weeks starting at midnight Friday, including a band on indoor dining at restaurants, closure of gyms, music venues, museums, halting of extra-curricular activities and sports in schools and limiting indoor gatherings through Jan. 4, 2021, with the hope of stopping a...

Commissioners declare state of emergency due to COVID resurgance

WEST CHESTER – At this week’s public meeting, the Chester County Commissioners approved a Declaration of Disaster Emergency, effective from Dec. 1 for 90 days.  The declaration is pursuant to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code and is “in response to the significant, increased health, emergency and safety concerns presented by the coronavirus.” By approving and signing the...

COVID-19 Update, Dec. 9: Gov. Wolf tests positive for COVID

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf Ahead of expected tightened restrictions in Pennsylvania, as COVID-19 cases continue to spike, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the virus. Wolf released the following statement, Wednesday afternoon: “During a routine test yesterday, I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms and am feeling well....

Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance receives 3rd round of Downtown Revitalization Funding

COATESVILLE — As a part of their five-point, city-wide revitalization strategy, the Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance places a high priority on the redevelopment of the downtown commercial core. In 2018, they applied for – and received – a Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. NPP is a Pennsylvania tax credit incentive...