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The struggling Chester Upland School District adopted a $118 million budget Monday that raises taxes by 3.4 percent, but a $12.3 million shortfall lingers, according to state-appointed receiver Joe Watkins.
In the rural reaches of Chester County, a group of Democrats discontented with the direction of the county party has proposed a bold move: secession.
DELAWARE COUNTY Voting wards to be changed RADNOR Radnor Township is working on redistricting its voting wards. Redistricting is required every 10 years under the township's charter, said Elaine Schaefer, the Board of Commissioners president. But voting wards had not changed in at least 14 years.
DOYLESTOWN Bucks County's commissioners have indefinitely suspended without pay the county's human resources director, Meredith Dolan, following revelations last week that "sloppiness and mistakes and failures" in the office led to the loss of $450,000 in taxpayer money.
State Sen. Bob Mensch (R., Montgomery) is no longer running for reelection unopposed. Jack Hansen, a Democratic borough councilman from Lansdale, got his name added to the ballot through a last-minute write-in campaign.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was a political superstar when she ran for reelection in 2011, with such a sterling image and strong popularity that Democrats did not put up a challenger.
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Just beyond the shopping centers and restaurants on busy Route 202 near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border sits untouched land. Trails wind through stands of trees and hay fields, and the buzz of traffic fades into sounds of birdcalls and crickets.
Unbeknownst to Todd Hilsee, the power company's chain saws had just cut down 189 trees on his grandmother's property when he sat down with Upper Pottsgrove Township officials to discuss how to save it from development.
A federal ruling last week legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, and was hailed as an eloquent manifesto on the right to marriage equality. But for more than 100 couples, it didn't go far enough.
The struggling Chester Upland School District adopted a $118 million budget Monday that raises taxes by 3.4 percent, but a $12.3 million shortfall lingers, according to state-appointed receiver Joe Watkins.
In the rural reaches of Chester County, a group of Democrats discontented with the direction of the county party has proposed a bold move: secession.
DELAWARE COUNTY Voting wards to be changed RADNOR Radnor Township is working on redistricting its voting wards. Redistricting is required every 10 years under the township's charter, said Elaine Schaefer, the Board of Commissioners president. But voting wards had not changed in at least 14 years.
DOYLESTOWN Bucks County's commissioners have indefinitely suspended without pay the county's human resources director, Meredith Dolan, following revelations last week that "sloppiness and mistakes and failures" in the office led to the loss of $450,000 in taxpayer money.
State Sen. Bob Mensch (R., Montgomery) is no longer running for reelection unopposed. Jack Hansen, a Democratic borough councilman from Lansdale, got his name added to the ballot through a last-minute write-in campaign.
Cremation rates are going up, but communities resist new facilities.
Once looking to shed its real estate holdings, Montgomery County is now considering spending tens of millions of dollars to overhaul or expand its headquarters and surrounding offices in Norristown.
Montgomery County will have to pay 18 percent more for legal-liability insurance as a result of a $1.65 million lawsuit settlement by the District Attorney's Office.
The case against former Montgomery County Republican Chairman Robert J. Kerns narrowed dramatically Wednesday as a judge dismissed rape and sexual-assault charges against him but let stand other counts stemming from his alleged attack last fall on a female employee of his law firm.
When a controversial Montgomery County mulch operation agreed last month to move out of Douglass Township, many residents breathed a sigh of relief.