BKG-Brickus Funeral Home reopens with renewed focus on community and families

The BKG-Brickus Funeral Home, 977 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville PA VALLEY — While it may be a familiar name to local folks, the BKG-Brickus Funeral Home has reopened, still locally and minority owned, not just with a focus on customer service, but as their role as members of the broader local community. To be sure, this isn’t some chain-operated or corporate funeral home: the BKG-Brickus...

Red Cross & Firefighters install smoke alarms for those in need

A city firefighter installs a smoke alarm in a city home, Saturday. COATESVILLE — On Saturday March 23, 2019 Coatesville City Firefighters and volunteers from the American Red Cross teamed up to promote their “Sound the Alarm – Save a Life” event in homes throughout the City. “On a crisp 30 degree early spring morning these American Red Cross volunteers left the warmth and comfort of...

SEPTA trains to return to Coatesville; Commissioners pledge $1M

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Michelle Kichline (front row left and second left) and Kathi Cozzone (second from right) present a check for $1 million to Coatesville City Council and city staff to kick-start a train station parking garage. The presentation was made as SEPTA announced its plan to return regional rail service to the city. Also pictured, is State Representative Dan...

Coatesville Job and Career Fair, Feb. 27

More than 150 job seekers attended last November’s job fair in Coatesville. The February 27th Coatesville Job and Career Fair will include more than 25 employers who are seeking to match their employment needs with potential employee skills. COATESVILLE  — More than 25 employers are scheduled to participate in the latest Coatesville Job and Career Fair. The free event will take place Wednesday,...

OIC to help establish employee pipeline to area businesses

Pictured from left: Chester County Commissioner, Michelle H. Kichline, Joyce Chester – CCOIC President and CEO, Linda Lavender Norris – Coatesville City Council, Dan Williams – State Representative, CC Commissioner Terrance Farrell center, Gary Hess – CCOIC Board Chair, James Haynes – President, OIC America, CC Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. COATESVILLE — Chester County Opportunities...

Movement CDC outlines plans for 2019

COATESVILLE — In a recent meeting Coatesville’s Movement Community Development Corporation board discussed becoming more active in 2019.  The group has roughly outlined some goals for the new year, including re-opening the swimming pool in Ash Park by June of 2020 and developing a homeowner housing improvement program in the City’s Federal Opportunity Zone.      ...

Coatesville residents forced to light street themselves

By Tony Buck, Coatesville Resident Tony Buck hanging shop-light from front of home (Editor’s Note: As part of our evolution toward citizen journalism, we offer this submission from a Coatesville resident about an issue in his neighborhood. It is written entirely from his perspective and does not reflect input from city officials on this issue. They, of course, are welcome to respond.) It...

NAACP to hold elections, Nov. 5

The election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Coatesville Area Branch Unit #2257, will take place on November 5, 2018 at the Coatesville High School, 1425 E Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville PA 19320 in Bldg. 9/10 in the Large Group Room. Polls will be open from 5pm to 9pm ET. In order to vote in a Branch election,...

Dinniman recognizes National Juvenile Justice Week

Laurie Shannon-Bailey, Founder & CEO of the Coatesville Area Juvenile Justice Alliance; Lieutenant Nicole Palmer, Commander of the Staff Services Section Pennsylvania State Police Troop J; and state Senator Andy Dinniman at the recent National Juvenile Justice Week event held at the Chester County Public Training Safety Campus. COATESVILLE — State Senator Andy Dinniman recently joined officials...

A father speaks about his son, a young man doing it the right way

By Charlie Weirauch, III , Special to The Times eremy Weirauch Editor’s Note: The following is a submission from a parent about their son — and while it doesn’t fit traditional journalism, it does fit our new evolving content model of featuring submissions from the community at large on topics of wide ranging interest. If you have a submission, we’d be happy to publish it....