Democrats see massive turnout boost in primaries

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Tuesday’s primaries settled a handful of races, while setting the stage for the fall election battles, as Democratic turnout was noticeably higher than seen in the same primary four years ago — in part because of high profile primaries for the West Chester Mayoral seat, as well as a hotly contested District Justice race in the Kennett/Unionville area. While...

County kicks off survey for Landscapes3

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced the kickoff of a public opinion survey for Chester County at Tuesday’s Commissioners’ public meeting. The survey, which will help to identify citizen priorities for the future of Chester County, will contribute to the vision for Landscapes3, the county’s long-range comprehensive plan.    Send article...

County’s 1st Crisis Intervention Team class graduates

All 28 graduates from Chester County’s first Crisis Intervention Team training class, along with trainers and supporters. WEST CHESTER — Twenty-eight local law enforcement officers graduated from Chester County’s first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training class on Friday, April 28 at the West Goshen municipal building. The officers completed the intensive, 40-hour training, which has...

O’Leary honored for local government excellence

The Chester County Commissioners recognize county Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O’Leary (center right) as recipient of a Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence. Pictured with Brian, from left to right are: Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell; County Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline; and County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. WEST CHESTER — Chester County...

A Q&A with Kate Young on Fair Districts PA and the fight against gerrymandering

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times Recently I spoke with Kate Young about Fair Districts PA https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/ and its campaign to do away with gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Several Fair Districts presentations this spring have generated great interest. West Chester Public Library didn’t have materials on gerrymandering in its collection, so Fair Districts PA donated three...

Chesco: Drug Take Back Day is Sat.

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is raising community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on Saturday, April 29th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides local sites for safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating...

New clinic hours for Chester Co. Health Dept.

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Health Department is changing the days and times it offers many of its clinical services to the public, effective May 1. Personal health services include immunizations and testing for tuberculosis, HIV and sexually transmitted infections. According to Jeanne Casner, County Health Director, “The Health Department is an important community partner to offer these...

Sheriff’s Deputy overcomes Iraq wounds to serve public again

Mike Sarro of the Chester County Sheriff’s Department. A former Marine brought an exemplary background with him when he applied for a position as a Chester County deputy sheriff in 2014. Both the credentials and demeanor of Mike Sarro, 37, an award-winning, 2013 graduate of the Delaware County Police Academy, prompted praise that was followed by a dramatic, short-lived pause.   ...

Great Valley edges Unionville to win county academic competition

Will represent Chester Co. in state competition later this month Great Valley High School will advance to the Pennsylvania State Academic Competition in Harrisburg on April 28. DOWNINGTOWN — Lord Alfred Tennyson, Pinocchio and the American Civil Liberties Union were just a few of the answers tossed around as Chester County’s top academic teams competed for the title of county champion. The...

$5k presented to local hospitals to help overdose victims

As part of Chester County’s team effort to fight the opioid and heroin crisis, the County Commissioners, District Attorney Tom Hogan and members of the Chester County Overdose Prevention Task Force presented checks for $5,000 to representatives from all five of the county’s hospitals at this week’s public sunshine meeting. The funds, earmarked to support each hospital’s warm hand-off program,...