Hundreds gather at OUTFest to support the LGBTQIA+ community

Chester County History Center was filled with OUTFest Rally Attendees. WEST CHESTER — Hundreds of Chester County residents gathered Saturday at the Chester County History Center for a rally in support of the LGBTQIA+ community.  The event featured local elected officials, community leaders, and local advocates. The rally was held in response to the cancellation of a planned OUTFest street festival...

Officials gather to celebrate creation of Big Elk Creek State Park

John Hallas – State Parks Director with DCNR, Todd Pride – President of Legacy Land & Water Foundation, Cindy Adams Dunn – Secretary of DCNR, Senator Carolyn Comitta, John Norbeck – Deputy Secretary DCNR, Josh Maxwell – Chester County Commissioner celebrate the creation of Big Elk Creek State Park, Wednesday. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)...

Love will triumph over hate in Chester County

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa I guess it is easy to hate someone if you “non-person” them. More interestingly, people are using a twisted version of faith to justify such behavior. Whether it is kidnapping migrants — here legally on an asylum application — or the despicable torrent of emails sent to West Chester Borough officials over OUTFest, we have a hate problem, not just...

Chester County Drug & Alcohol Services outlines opioid settlement implementation plan

As the Chester County Commissioners recognize National Recovery Month throughout September, the County is also preparing to receive the first two payments in a $19.7 million 18-year opioid settlement agreement. In anticipation of those payments, Vince Brown, Executive Director of the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services outlined his department’s long-term strategy at today’s...

County awards 1st round of American Rescue Plan grants

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz (center), Josh Maxwell (second left) and Michelle Kichline (right) meeting with the County’s ARPA advisory teams at their inaugural meeting in February. In the first round of award announcements, 73 Chester County groups and organizations will be receiving ARPA grants totaling close to $40 million. Chester County Commissioners today approved the first...

Big crowds enjoy Coatesville Grand Prix

Thousands of fans came out this past weekend for the Coatesville Grand Prix this past weekend. Thousands flocked to the City of Coatesville for the sixth annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix. Fans were treated to the thrill of watching drivers of vintage racing cars and motorcycles dating from 1900 to 1977 compete individually over a challenging 2.2-mile road course that wound through...

After a tough spring, Democrats look like they have momentum on this Labor Day

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Happy Labor Day! (Well, tomorrow, actually). As we political junkies know, Labor Day is the traditional start of the political season, so it is always with some excitement when the first ridiculous claim of the campaign season is thrown out. Back in May and April, when it looked like the sky was falling on Democrats and President Joe Biden, I suggested...

Legislators meet with nonprofits to discuss housing experience

Cheryl Miles, Chairwoman for Black Women of Chester County in Action, Representative Dan Williams (74th Legislative District), Senator Katie Muth (44th Senatorial District), Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell, Mayor Peter Urscheler of Phoenixville, Mayor Lillian DeBaptiste of West Chester, Rob Henry (Administrator, Chester County Partnership to End Homelessness), Hallie Romanowski (Executive...

County working to get entire records archive online by 2024

Chester County Digital Archives Technician Alex Perry (seated) and Archivist John Smith (standing) oversee the scanning of the County’s historic documents. In less than two years, Chester County’s most historic documents will be available online. Thanks to improved scanning equipment, Chester County’s Archives & Records Services has accelerated the process of scanning and digitizing documents...

Chester County ranked as Top-10 digital county

Chester County’s latest recognition for digital technology, awarded by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. Chester County Government’s continued advancement in digital technology has earned a top-ten placement among America’s 3,000-plus counties. The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and National Association of Counties (NACo) have announced Chester County...