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Property Tax Hike in Upper Gwynedd

The Upper Gwynedd Commissioners have approved a budget for next year that more than doubles property taxes.   That’s an increase of about $140 for the average taxpayer.   The budget also includes a 15% increase in sewer rates.   That translates into almost $50 for the average consumer.   The budget also continues the homestead exemption allowing qualified […]

Buddies Behind Bars

Two friends who went on a robbery spree in Bucks and Montgomery Counties are now bunking at a state prison.   Law enforcement officials say 39-year-old Phil Prokop of North Wales and 23-year-old Ryan Wiley of Doylestown stole more than one-and-a-half million dollars worth of loot during burglaries at homes and businesses.   Wiley will spend at […]

Former Montco GOP Chairman To Stand Trial

The former chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County will be tried on rape charges.   66-year-old Robert Kerns was in court yesterday and stared straight ahead as the victim took the stand for almost 45-minutes describing how Kerns allegedly sexually assaulted her.   His attorney had nothing to say after the preliminary hearing other than […]

Montco Approves 2014 Budget

Montgomery County officials have approved a budget for next year.   The spending plan totals almost 600-million dollars across all funds and does not call for a property tax increase.   It does include a 1.5% pay raise for all county employees not covered by a union contract.   County officials also say they will not need to […]

Archbishop Wood State Football Champs

Archbishop Wood is the state AAA champ.   The Vikings beat Bishop McDevitt of Harrisburg 22 – 10 Friday night.   They were scoreless and behind by 3 points at halftime but the Vikings came out of the locker room and controled the football for the last 24 minutes of the game.   This is the second state […]

Weather Related Announcements

The snow expected on Saturday has prompted the following weather related cancellations and announcements: 1) Encore Experiences in Harleysville has cancelled Noontime Bingo for Saturday. 2) The Santa Visit at Moyer Indoor/Outdoor has been postponed until next Saturday (December 21st) between 9 AM and 1 PM. 3) Hilltown Township and Silverdale Borough in Bucks County […]

Charter School Public Hearing in NPSD

The North Penn School Board Thursday night held a public hearing on a charter school application.   Organizers of the Collaborative North Pernn Charter School are hoping to replicate the success of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative in North Penn.   The proposed charter school would be located in what is now warehouse space adjacent Christopher Dock […]

New Chairman for Montco GOP

State Representative Mike Vereb has another hat to wear.   He was elected chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party Wednesday night during a voice vote by almost 500 members of the GOP committee.   Vereb called  on the party to unite and get down to the business of electing the republican slate of candidates next year. […]

New Leadership on Wissahickon School Board

The Wissahickon School Board has selected new leaders.   It happened during a reorganization meeting Monday night.   Board Member Charles McIntyre was chosen president by the other eight members of the board.   Burunda Prince-Jones was selected vice president.   The winners of the election last month were also sworn-in at the reorganization meeting.   […]

North Penn School Board Holds Reorganization Meeting

The winners of the North Penn School Board races in the November election were sworn-in Monday night.   Board veterans Tim Kerr, Frank O’Donnell and Vince Sherpinsky as well as newly elected Board Member Josie Charnock took the oath of office.   District Judge Harold Borek officiated.   Sherpinsky was not only sworn in for his fifth […]

Governor Tom Corbett Visits Montco

Governor Tom Corbett was in West Norriton Monday to ceremonially sign the 2.3-billion dollar transportation bill approved by the legislature earlier this month.   He praised the state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that supported the measure.   The new law will raise money for highway and bridge repair by raising the cost of a […]

School Lockdown in Lower Moreland

There were some tense moments in the Lower Moreland School District on Friday.   District officials locked down Pine Road Elementary School for 40 minutes while law enforcement officers responded to the scene of a domestic incident in a residential neighborhood on nearby County Line Road.   There were no injuries or arrests.

Montgomery County Officials Rollout 2014 Budget

The Montgomery County Commissioners have presented their preliminary budget for next year.   The spending plan totals almost $372,000,000 and does not call for a property tax hike.   It does include funding for all contracted pay hikes as well as 1.5% raises for non-represented county employees.   Workers without representation will also be able to earn a […]

Plans for Madison Lot Approved in Lansdale

Lansdale Borough Council has approved land development plans for the seven-and-a-half acre Madison Parking Lot.   Developer Equus Capital Group is putting up two multi-story buildings with almost 250 high end apartments and about 20,000 square feet of retail space between them.   The buildings would be constructed one at a time to avoid saturating the market.   […]

Enrollment Down at BCCC

Enrollment is down 5% at Bucks County Community College.   Officials there blame the decrease on more adults returning to work in the light of a better economy as well as four-year colleges competing aggressively for a dwindling pool of high school graduates.   The combined enrollment at the three campuses of the college is currently […]

Towamencin Township Budget Rollout

Towamencin officials have rolled out a budget for next year.   It totals almost $17,000,000 across all funds and does not call for a property tax increase.   The spending plan continues the homestead exemption that allows homeowners to shield $59,000 of the assessed value of their residential property from taxation.   It also maintains municipal services at […]

New Top Cop In North Wales

The police department in North Wales has a new leader.   Law enforcement veteran Alex Levy was sworn in as borough police chief during a ceremony at North Wales Elementary School Tuesday night.   Levy spent more than 35-years with the Upper Moreland Police Department and he says borough residents will see him on patrol.   The North […]

New School Board Members Prepare To take Seats in WSD

With the election in the rearview mirror, the excitement is growing among the three democrats that won seats on the Wissahickon School Board.   Sherri Becker, Tracie Walsh and Ron Stoloff along with Republican Joe Honeycutt will take the oath of office at a reorganization meeting on December 2nd.   Becker attended the school board meeting Monday […]