No sale: hospital deal collapses, Jennersville and Brandywine hospitals to close

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa A sale that would have saved Brandywine and Jennersville hospitals collapsed this week — leading the current owner, Tower Health, to announce that both facilities will close within the next few weeks — meaning the loss of some 800 jobs and virtually critical care access for residents in southwest and northwest Chester County. Last month, it appeared...

Not content with taking your vote away, apparently Republicans also want you to die

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa This was going to be a column about the non-trivial issue of politicians seeking to disenfranchise millions of voters literally because they didn’t like how the election went, but COVID-19, being COVID-19, the virus pushed itself back to front and center in the headlines again Thursday. With cases spiraling — especially in the central part of the...

Wolf flawed but OK on COVID-19, but DOH dropping the ball

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times I don’t want to nitpick, but… Look, let’s be clear: Gov. Tom Wolf has done a solid job in reacting to COVID-19 crisis. Compared to knuckleheads like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, he’s been brilliant. Compared to President Donald Trump….well, he’s a super genius. But, admittedly, that’s been kind of a low bar. Compare Wolf to New...

Wolf expands dining ban statewide, liquor stores close

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania was placed on a virtual lockdown by Gov. Tom Wolf — joining five counties, including Chester County, that saw all non-essential businesses being asked to close for two weeks as part of the battle to fight the COVID-19 virus spread. Additionally, all bars and restaurants can no longer allow dine-in customers. The state is advising...

Snow closes schools, makes slick highways

Both county political parties forced to postpone annual conventions Roughly a half foot of snow blanketed much of Chester County overnight, closing schools and some businesses — and postponing both county political parties’ annual conventions, this after a bout of extreme cold temperatures — some of the coldest in the region in two decades. Although the snow wrapped up Tuesday morning, weather...

Sigh. A foot of snow (or more) blankets county

Schools, county offices closed; hope for warmer weather next week? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The snow flies Thursday morning in Pocopson, where more than nine inches of snow had fallen by 9 a.m. A mix of snow, sleet and rain is expected to continue throughout the day with additional accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. With more than a foot of snow likely to blanket Chester County, here’s a couple...