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Iconic area churches unite, rebrand for future growth

Mark Twain, the famous American 20th century humorist, once said reports of his death “are greatly exaggerated” as he was very much alive, but reading his obituary mistakenly published in a New York newspaper. Pastor Edward C. Lilly and members of Chester’s White Rock Christian Church may feel the same way, but in their case there was a “passing,” just not a death. In fact, Lilly calls it a “rebirth.” In May, news reports about several properties the church owned going up for auction at the county’s annual tax sale erroneously led many to conclude that White Rock itself...

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Whelan wins GOP nod for judge seat; Hepkins, Clark and Kelly also win

By KatieKohler and MichelLee SPIRIT staff District Attorney Jack Whelan won his Republican primary bid for Common Pleas Court judge on Tuesday and Yeadon Mayor Rohan Hepkins claimed victory with a very narrow lead of about 72 votes at press time with 100 percent of the vote counted. Hepkins had 819 votes to challenger Issac Dotson’s 747. In Colwyn, controversial fire company president, Maurice J. Clark, Sr. won a three-way race for mayor, upsetting incumbent Michael Blue. Clark pulled 137 votes to Paul Meuser’s 54 and Blue’s 45. In the Glenolden-Norwood area, retiring Glenolden police Chief Jay Kelly won...

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Iconic Chester church slated for auction

By MichelLee and KatieKohler SPIRIT staff Various properties belonging to the once-prominent White Rock Christian Church in Chester and its pastor, Edward Lilly, are scheduled to be sold on May 4 in a Judicial Sale held annually by the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau. In a public notice published in The Spirit on March 29 and other local newspapers, eight listings were under “White Rock Christian Church,” one listing “Edward C Lilly,” and the other under “Edward J. Lilly.” The fate of the venerable institution is unclear. Attempts to reach White Rock officials were unsuccessful, but sources familiar with...

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Medpot targets Aston; Sharon Hill and Chester next?

By LorettaRodgers and MichelLee  SPIRIT staff In what is believed to be the first of its kind in the county, Aston commissioners, last week, unanimously approved  a conditional use application from Medgarden, LLC to operate a marijuana growing and wholesale distribution facility at 414 Knowlton Road and Sharon Hill and Chester may not be far behind. Attorney Ernest Angelos, representing the company, said applications to the state for permission to do business are due March 20 but could not be submitted prior to the company getting an approval from the township. Aston commissioners recently adopted an ordinance that paves...

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Can only God fix Chester? Mayor wants ‘spiritual state of emergency’

By KatieKohler and MichelLee SPIRIT staff In Chester City, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland has called on the assistance of local, county, state and neighboring law enforcement agencies to combat the city’s staggering homicide rate. This also comes after resident outcry at a February City Council meeting. Currently, the city has experienced eight gun-related murder since the start of the new year, which amounts to approximately one murder per week since the start of 2017. Residents called carnage experienced the weekend of Feb. 3, “the most horrific weekend.” While the city has taken earthly interventional measures to reduce crime such as...

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