Brandywine Picnic Park leads collection for Harvey victims

By JP Phillips, Correspondent, The Times People dropping off donations on a rainy Saturday at Brandywine Picnic Park to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. EAST BRADFORD — The owners of Brandywine Picnic Park and Hickory House Catering are no strangers to dealing with floods. Gripping the banks of Brandywine Creek just outside of West Chester, the park floods at least once per year. A three-inch...

UCFSD to raise funds for Texas school hit by floods

Henderson Middle School in Sour Lake, Texas at the height of the flooding. The building suffered so much flood damage, it will need to be replaced. EAST MARLBOROUGH — In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a Chester County School District is reaching out to a sister district in the Beaumont, Texas area that saw its middle school largely destroyed by flooding in the aftermath of the storm. The Unionville-Chadds...

Local mushroom grower to hold Harvey donation collection

KENNETT SQUARE — The area’s mushroom growers are working to give back to the community, especially those impacted by Hurricane Harvey — starting with a pair of community drives next week. South Mill, one of the largest mushroom growers and distributors in the area, has opened their Cypress Street facility for donations going to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to a financial...

Chesco planning launches photo contest

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Planning Commission launched a Landscapes3 photo contest at noon today to highlight the county’s greatest asset: people. The Planning Commission is seeking photos of people as they live, work, visit, or play in Chester County. The photos can focus on people in different settings, including businesses, homes, downtowns, public community events, and outdoors,...

Officials celebrate opening of Rt. 926 bridge

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Various state and local officials cut the ribbon for the new Route 926 bridge. From left: State Rep. Carolyn Comitta (F-156), a local vet office mascot, Chester County Commissioner Chair Michelle Kichline, State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) and Unionville-Chadds Ford Superintendent of Schools John Sanville. POCOPSON — More than 100 people showed up to celebrate...

Two face charges of seeking ‘murder for hire’

Christopher Pickard Two people from State College are facing charges that they engaged in a murder for hire scheme to silence a potential witness in a drug bust earlier this year in Charlestown. District Attorney Tom Hogan said that Christopher Pickard and Latrice Harrington attempted to arrange the death of another person — presumably a person who was in the car with Pickard when he was arrested...

Costello announces $2.4M grant for Schuylkill Highlands

Rep. Ryan Costello receives a tour of Hopewell Furnace from National Historic Site Manager David Blackburn in August of 2017 Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) Thursday announced the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has received an award in the amount of $2,420,000 for land acquisition in the Schuylkill Highlands Project Area. The grant is through the federal Highlands Conservation...

Chesco’s Kichline and Cozzone elected as officers for Pa. County Commissioners Association

Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone (left) and Michelle Kichline (center) were recently elected as 2018 officers of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). Commissioner Terence Farrell (right) will serve as CCAP District 5 representative. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone were recently elected as officers of the County...

Rt. 926 bridge to reopen Friday — a week early

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Workmen put the final touches on the new Route 926 bridge over the Brandywine. The bridge and roadway are expected to reopen Friday, after a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Image courtesy TMACC. POCOPSON — There are miracles and then there are MIRACLES. The facts that the Route 926 bridge over the Brandywine is going not only reopen on time, but a week early, falls...

Police make arrest in hate gaffiti

COATESVILLE – City police say they’ve arrested a city man in connection with a series of Neo-Nazi inspired hate graffiti incidents in the city and in neighboring Valley. George F. Rissell, 24, was taken into custody after police received an anonymous tip via a smart phone app, combined with images from various surveillance cameras near where the incidents took place. With that information,...