Chesco school districts poised to resume in-person classes

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Some Chester County school districts moved this week to bring students and teachers back into county classrooms as early as October — with one school district formally approving a plan this week to reopen school buildings next month. Meanwhile, school districts around the county approved a return to interscholastic sports practices this week and...

State announces ‘Pennie’ — a new, state-based health insurance marketplace

Today, Pennsylvania announced, Pennie™, the new state-based health insurance marketplace for 2021 coverage. Pennie is available to all Pennsylvanians and aims to improve the accessibility and affordability of individual market health coverage. It is also the only place that connects Pennsylvanians to financial assistance to reduce the cost of coverage and care. Pennie was created by Act...

County OKs $1.8M in home rental assistance

WEST CHESTER — To combat an anticipated increase in evictions due to COVID-19, the Chester County Commissioners approved this week $1.8 million in CARES funding to help cover rental payments and additional services for those with job and income losses. “Previous programs have provided up to $750 in rental assistance, but that’s simply not enough to cover the cost of housing in Chester County,”...

Lincoln U. approves 5-year pact for president

Chairlady Theresa R. Braswell ’84 (left) and President Brenda A. Allen sign the president’s new 5-year employment contract at the Board of Trustees meeting on September 19, 2020. LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – The Lincoln University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new 5-year employment contract for President Brenda A. Allen, Saturday. “I am committed to united leadership and...

County to investigate COVID-19 testing program, may seek to recover payments

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners announced this week an investigation would begin into what appear to be failed antibody tests the county rolled out this spring in the battle to contain COVID-19 — and may attempt to claw back some of the $13 million of CARES Act funds the county spent on the tests. In a statement issued this week, the Commissioners explained why they opted...

Wolf calls out Trump, GOP, saying they continue to be ‘irresponsible’ on COVID

Gov. Tom Wolf In the wake of a ruling by a federal judge declaring some of his emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a scathing statement Tuesday, calling out President Donald Trump and Republicans in the legislature (and some of the toady business groups egging them on locally). In a lengthy, fiery statement, Wolf called out Republicans over distorting the truth,...

County unveils interactive map to show 1777 property ownership, battle damage

WEST CHESTER — Just in time for the anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine this past week, Chester County Archives and Records Services has released a new interactive tool that helps you discover who lived on your property in September 1777. The 1777 Chester County Property Atlas is an interactive map that allows researchers to easily see who owned properties in 1777, and if those owners...

Coroner announces plans to again inter remains of unclaimed

Memorial Crypt Plaque at Philadelphia Memorial Park. Photo Credit Donna De Stefano The Chester County Coroner’s Office is planning to inter the unclaimed cremains of the following 28 individuals in the near future. Unclaimed cremains of non-veterans are interred every two years in a crypt donated to Chester County in 2018 by Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, PA. A memorial ceremony for the...

Wolf gives green light to restaurants increasing indoor capacity to 50%, Sept. 21

Hands with glasses over a festive table. Offering some hope to local struggling restaurants, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that he would ease indoor seating restrictions from a max of 25% percent of capacity to 50% of capacity — but would require restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 10 p.m. and eateries to “self certify” that they are meeting all health and safety requirements. “While...

Sheriff’s Office seeking names for new young K-9 recruits

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that it is expecting! Later this month, two young K-9s, destined to become Chester County Deputy Sheriffs, will be “delivered” to Chester County to begin their training regime. But both dogs need names.  And Chester County Sheriff Fredda Maddox and her team are asking the Chester County community for suggestions. “We...