County Democrats hit Corbett on economic record

Republicans say Democrats not being honest about governor’s record By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Key Chester County Democrats gathered for a press conference on the steps of the old Chester County Courthouse to decry Gov. Tom Corbett’s poor economic record and express support for Democrat Tom Wolf, who is running against Corbett. From left, state Sen. Andy Dinniman, County Commissioner...

Grandeur of historic courthouse restored

Dignitaries gather to celebrate rebirth of landmark 1847 building By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times District Judge Gwenn Knapp (from left), Tony Polito from West Chester Men’s Service Club, Commissioner Ryan Costello, Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Court President Judge James P. MacElree II and Commissioner Terence Farrell assemble for the ribbon-cutting at the...

Emergency Services earns coveted status

County department is first in state to receive full accreditation  WEST CHESTER – The Chester County Department of Emergency Services is the first county in the state – and one of only 50 programs in the nation – to be granted full accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), the county announced in a news release on Tuesday, May 20. EMAP awarded the...

County launches online communication pipeline

Web site to provide up-to-date information on pipeline locations, projects WEST CHESTER – The lines of communication are just as important as the pipelines that traverse area landscapes, a reality that prompted the Chester County Commissioners to launch a web site dedicated to pipeline communication. The site, which will give county residents, municipalities and pipeline operators up-to-date...

Interim director gets permanent county job

Commissioners approve Jacqueline McKenna as Pocopson administrator  Jacqueline McKenna WEST CHESTER – The Chester County Commissioners approved the appointment on Monday, March 24, of a longtime employee as the new administrator of the county-owned Pocopson Home. Jacqueline McKenna, who holds the state-required nursing home administrator license, has been interim director since the...

County commissioners approve 2014 budget

Spending plan does not necessitate tax increase Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello (from left), Terence Farrell, and Kathi Cozzone unanimously approved a 2014 budget with no tax increase. As expected, the Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2014 budget on Wednesday, a spending plan that holds the line on taxes for county residents. “This budget reflects Chester County’s...

Crime Victims’ Center lauded at 40th anniversary

County officials, residents praise agency for decades of advocacy By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times State Sen. Andy Dinniman reads from a certificate honoring the Crime Victims’ Center that he presented to Peggy Gusz, its executive director. The vast majority of residents go about their business with no need for the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC), and...

County announces repeat of Triple A bond ratings

Commissioners say achievement bodes well for taxpayers  Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello (from left), Terence Farrell, and Kathi Cozzone announced Thursday that the county has retained its Triple A bond ratings. The Chester County Commissioners announced on Thursday, Nov. 7, the reaffirmation of Triple A bond ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings and an Aaa rating from...

Hundreds of homeless in county spur changes

New toll-free number proves popular addition to proactive approach  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times This makeshift housing typifies what volunteers saw during the “point-in-time” count in January that revealed 625 Chester County citizens without a permanent residence. Wielding flashlights and cartons of supplies – clothes, food and blankets – a team of...

County finally gets new Health Dept. head

Ga. woman with local ties will replace director who resigned in Dec. By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Jeanne Casner will start Aug. 26 as director of the Chester County Health Department, the commissioners said Thursday. After months of searching, Chester County has a new director for its acclaimed Health Department, the county commissioners said Thursday. At their regular meeting,...