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,”...

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 for...

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 or...

Despite good motivations, county’s antibody test plan was an expensive screw up

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa There are times you hate to be right, and this is one of them. Way back in May, I questioned the decision by Chester County Health to use untested and likely inaccurate antibody testing (https://chescotimes.com/?p=31851) — and to use it only on a limited population, those with symptoms. I argued that broad diagnostic testing and contact tracing was...

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 first...

Despite obstacles, Chesco Junior Livestock Show is a success

Melinda Stoltzfus of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Goat, which was purchased by Triple S Welding of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, at$8.50 per pound. Pictured (L-R): Dale Stoltzfus, Melinda Stoltzfu Through the dedication of local supporters, youth, parents, and volunteers, all overcoming a multitude of obstacles, a successful Chesco Junior Livestock Invitational Show and...

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...

Stauffer named new County Dir. of Parks and Preservation

David Stauffer WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announce the appointment of David Stauffer as Director of Chester County’s Department of Parks and Preservation.  Stauffer moves to this new role following 12 years as Capital Projects Coordinator within the Chester County Department of Facilities. As Director of Parks and Preservation...

Commissioners OK $2.3M in community grants

WEST CHESTER — Five Chester County communities are now set to receive more than $2.3 million in grants from Chester County’s Community Revitalization Program (CRP) fund. The boroughs of Atglen, Honey Brook, Oxford and Spring City and the City of Coatesville have all been approved by the Chester County Commissioners to receive CRP funding to improve and maintain municipal infrastructure. Since 2002,...

CASA, Sheriff’s Office team up to bring school supplies to kids in need

Quarantine is hard for all of us, but for youth in the child welfare system, it requires new levels of resilience from those who are already coping with the trauma of abuse and neglect. The majority of the children CASA Youth Advocates serves are in placements outside of their homes. The stay-at-home orders have meant not seeing parents or siblings for many months. It often means starting at a new...