Everyone knows that year-end is always a time for reflection. So, we decided to do some of our own by creating a list of most-read Chester County stories of 2018. Taking a close look at statistics from January 1, we pulled together the top 10 articles that received the most page views.
There was plenty going on in Chester County during 2018. However, as this list of our most popular stories, some of the pieces which garnered the most attention included topics such as special needs education, alleged corporate shills, property taxes, and elections.
Of the thousands of the Chester County stories we published in 2018, here are the top 10, ranked by page views:
Top Chester County Stories of 2018
March 15, 2018 – Country music superstars Alabama, Toby Keith and Brad Paisley headlined the Citadel Country Spirit USA, a three-day country music festival which came to Chester County’s Brandywine Valley August 24-26, 2018. While great music was the main attraction, concert-goers were treated to a spectacular festival experience, a country music celebration with an array of activities, food and libations.
February 25, 2018 – Alana Bader came to the Great Valley School District when she was just 9 years old and has several special needs challenges, including Autism and PANDAS. In 2018, she turned 16. However, over all those years, she spent very few days in school. According to Patrice Gilbert, Alana’s mother, Great Valley failed to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to her daughter.
November 30, 2018 – In 1990, playwright John Guare popularized the Six Degrees of Separation theory in a play with the same name. The premise is that any two people could connect through a chain of no more than six “friend of a friend” introductions. For Chester County Deputy Sheriffs Keith Neiswender and Howard “Larry” Sipple, the number happened to be much smaller.
August 14, 2018 – The VISTA Today website received outrage and accusations of being a corporate shill from Chester County residents for writing an article on behalf of a paid sponsor. The media outlet claimed the Sunoco Mariner East 2 project is both positive for the local economy and safety oriented, while ignoring local concerns and a well-documented list of safety and legal issues.
September 14, 2018 – The Chester County District Attorney’s Office and West Fallowfield Police Department investigated a homicide that took place the evening of September 13, 2018. The victim, Samuel Algarin (age 31) was found deceased on the side of Limestone Road, in the normally quiet West Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
August 29, 2018 – On the evening of August 27, a threat of violence was posted on social media against the Avon Grove High School. The threat was brought to the attention of law enforcement and the Pennsylvania State Police responded swiftly. While officials did report there was no active danger to the school, the District increased the police presence.
4. Coatesville’s “The Little Chef” to Celebrate 65 Years on November 19th by Offering 65% Off on Dine-In Orders
November 4, 2018 – The Little Chef restaurant of Coatesville celebrate its 65th Anniversary on November 19th, 2018, with a 65% discount on dine-in orders. Opened in 1953 by Jack and Dot Sullivan, the current co-owners, the Lymberis brothers: John, Nick and Pete, are proud of their legacy. The Coatesville staple is famous for its home-style cooking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night.
May 16, 2018 – While other media outlets reported the state-wide outcomes of the 2018 General Primary Elections, MyChesCo focused on Chester County specific results for Pennsylvania’s congressional primary races.
May 9, 2018 – The Coatesville Area School District’s proposed 2018/19 property tax increase received a lot of attention, with multiple officials from Harrisburg adding to the conversation. However, it was the statements made by Representative Becky Corbin (R-East Brandywine) which broke the top 10 of MyChesCo’s most-read Chester County stories.
1. U.S. 30/Exton Bypass Ramp to U.S. 202 North Reduced to One Lane for Nine Months Beginning Tuesday Morning
April 6, 2018 – While road construction announcements do often trend within the moment, few can ever be described as “most-read”. Yet, when PennDOT announced the ramp from eastbound U.S. 30/Exton Bypass to northbound U.S. 202 north in East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships would be reduced from two-lanes-to-one for approximately nine months, MyChesCo received more traffic in a few short hours than it typically was getting in a week, at the time.
Among some of the notable pieces that missed the countdown include L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Recognizes Downingtown’s Christy Silva, Public Calls for Investigation of Alleged ‘Fake News’ and Chester County Garners Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
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