Costello pushes DeVos on Title IX issues

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) WASHINGTON — Friday, on the 45th anniversary of Title IX, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to maintain Title IX guidance in K-12 schools that protects young people from sexual assault and harassment. The letter, signed by 52 Members of Congress, also urges Secretary...

Commissioners appoint 3 to chair comp plan steering committee

The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced this week the next step in the Landscapes3 process – the creation of a steering committee to guide the development of the new county comprehensive plan. The steering committee will be co-chaired by three Chester County leaders representing key sectors of the county’s drive to balance growth and preservation: Chris Alonzo, President of Pietro...

Kennett joins Crime Watch program

By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, The Times KENNETT  –Staying informed about criminal activity just got easier for residents of the township. At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Chief of Police Lydell Nolt announced that the Pennsylvania Crime Watch program is now fully functional in the township. The website address is www.crimewatchpa.com, and residents should select Kennett...

Smucker bill to aid foster children passes U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-16) WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-16) announced this week that his bill to make the foster care system more family-friendly by making it easier to place foster children in the home of a family member has passed the U.S. House and will move to the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, the House passed Rep. Smucker’s bipartisan legislation that he introduced with Rep....

Meehan introduces anti-hazing bill

US. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) WASHINGTON – Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Oh.) introduced the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, bipartisan legislation that takes on the challenge of hazing on our college campuses by requiring incidents of hazing to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report. The University of Maine conducted...

Sheriff’s fugitive unit keeps under the radar

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit don some of the equipment they wear on the job. WEST CHESTER — It comes as no surprise that few people know much about the Chester County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit: It often works under cover of darkness. Before most county residents have awakened, the eight members of this elite team have donned 35 pounds of equipment...

On Stage (Bonus): Reel Big Fish on a ‘Beer Run’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Reel Big Fish A hot summer night, live music under the stars and a variety of tasty craft beers on tap is a combination that’s hard to beat. Reel Big Fish, a ska-punk band from California, is older that the legal age to drink in every state. So, it’s more than acceptable for the band from Huntington Beach to launch a national tour in celebration of America’s...

Chesco Emergency Services tabbed for awards

Chester County has received two achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs developed by the county’s Department of Emergency Services. The two programs – Care Under Fire and Youth First Responder’s Career Training – picked up the accolades within NACo’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety category. Both awards will be formally recognized on July 23...

Audevard picked as new Hillendale prinicipal

Michael Audevard A somewhat familiar face will return to become the new principal at Hillendale Elementary School: Michael Audevard. Audevard, pending formal approval by the Board of Education, will replace Steve Dissinger, who was named earlier this year as the new principal at Patton Middle School.     Send article as PDF   

Coatesville PD, Times’ image honored by DOJ

Viral shot of officer and kids in splash pad wins COPS June photo award By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — It was a hot summer day in the city — and arguably around America — as tensions between police and urban citizens seemed to be boiling over, but the temperature took a sudden and welcome drop locally when a city officer, in full uniform, took a couple of city kids along...