Police make arrest in hate gaffiti

COATESVILLE – City police say they’ve arrested a city man in connection with a series of Neo-Nazi inspired hate graffiti incidents in the city and in neighboring Valley. George F. Rissell, 24, was taken into custody after police received an anonymous tip via a smart phone app, combined with images from various surveillance cameras near where the incidents took place. With that information,...

Officials denounce Neo-Nazi graffiti in Coatesville, Valley

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Police are looking for information about who tagged walls, signs, pavement and a car with racist graffiti in Coatesville’s West End and neighboring Valley Township, late Tuesday evening. According to police, a person or persons spray painted swastikas and racial epithets on walls garage doors and a Mercedes Benz, along with Neo-Nazi/White Supremacists codes....

Why we all should care about the revitalization of Coatesville

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — It was a good a day as the city has seen in recent memory — finally, a real, honest to goodness revitalization project is underway, with the start of demolition for Coatesville Gateway. But if you live in fashionable Unionville or Kennett or elsewhere in Chester County, you may shrug and say “why do I care?” You should care for the simple...

Coatesville redevelopment kicks off — for real

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times DEPG CEO Jim DePetris and a bevy of state, county and local officials celebrate a ceremonial start to demolition for the Coatesville Gateway project, Tuesday. COATESVILLE — For nearly a generation, plans to begin to revitalize the city have appeared on the horizon, only to disappear like a distant mirage, leaving city residents thirsty, time and again, for real...

It’s not just Coatesville: funding crisis coming to your school, too

As poorer districts struggle, they are everyone’s future without state action By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you’ve been in and around Coatesville recently, you may have seen picketing teachers — as was the case at the district’s three middle schools Thursday night. The contract between the district and the Coatesville Area Teachers Association expired in late August and there...

Red Raider Rumble brings players, communities together

Teams from around Chester County and from as far away as Harlem N.Y. at initial event By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times The first-ever Red Raider Rumble brought lacrosse teams from around the region and as far away as New York City to participate in a day competition, fun and sportsmanship. After a very close and exciting game, these players from Coatesville and Harlem came together...

Huntzinger named to lead Coatesville development

Sonia Huntzinger WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Commissioners, members of Coatesville Area Partners for Progress (CAPP), and Coatesville representatives of CAPP’s 2nd Century Alliance initiative announced the appointment of Sonia Huntzinger, CEcD, as economic development administrator for the City of Coatesville, Friday. Huntzinger’s appointment is the result of the agreement...

Coatesville-area water plant honored for quality

From left, Valley Township Board of Supervisors Chair Patrice Proctor, Don Vymazal, aide to Sen. Andrew Dinniman; John Bartol of the PA Section – AWWA, Robert Burton, Pennsylvania American Water; Jennifer Milakeve, Pennsylvania American Water; State Rep. Becky Corbin; Paul Hoffman, Pennsylvania American Water; David Bolig, PA Department of Environmental Protection; Chris Abruzzo, Pennsylvania...

Road crews deserve heaps of praise

Lack of plowing angers many in Coatesville By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It’s going to take some patience, common sense and, well, a bit of time for life to get back to normal here in Chester County, following an immense snowstorm that dumped two feet or more of snow around the county. Schools and county government are closed Monday, as it has been almost impossible for local road crews to...

Shop With A Cop brings smiles, joy to local kids

As officers from several departments lined a hallway at Walmart, Officer Mike Caby from West Caln Police Department meets his first shopper. 13th Annual event pairs local police with kids to brighten holidays By Lauren Parker-Gill, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – Local police officers made quite an entrance when they arrived at the Walmart in Parkesburg Saturday, with two school buses full...