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Community News

  • Group gathers at FL Community Center to remember 9/11

    It was a brief ceremony, and sparsely attended, but that fact did not register on what Richard Hulse was trying to do, which was remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The former Long Island, New York fire chief led a special ceremony Sunday at the Fort Lawn Community Center.

  • Barron and Dantzler-Baker say "thank you" to public servants

    A plate of barbecue and some coleslaw isn’t much in the overall scheme of things, but when it is served with a friendly smile and heartfelt “Thank You,” it can mean a lot to public servants like emergency workers and law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day.

  • Annual 9/11 rememberance planned in Fort Lawn

    Fort Lawn resident Richard Hulse has a simple reason why he oversees a remembrance of Sept. 11 every year: he doesn't want people to forget.

    He has a very personal reason for remembering: Hulse, once chief of the Greenport, Long Island Fire Department in New York, lost 343 brother firefighters on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001. Three of the FDNY firefighters who lost their lives were people Hulse had known when he was chief of his fire department.

  • Prosperous financial advisor gives back to the community

    Tinisha Springs Wallace has a big heart, and she wants to do what she can for the community. She also has access to a big truck, and on Sept. 9, she will be bringing 10,000 lbs. of food to the Temple of Praise Church to give away to people in Chester who need it. That’s not a misprint. She will cause 10,000 lbs. of food, enough to feed about 300 people, to be delivered to the church.

    The combination food give-away and community services offerings will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m.

  • A three-note song of relief

    When the wind blows across the opening of Denney Edge’s truck that is bound for Texas, a three-note song can be heard, almost as if nature, or providence or even the Good Lord approves of what he is doing to help out the people devastated by Harvey. When that truck full of non-perishables arrives in Texas, the people there will hear a much sweeter song: the sweet notes of relief.

  • Ice skating coming to Christmas in Chester

    If things go as planned, attendees at this year’s “Christmas in Chester” event will be getting an icy reception...literally.

  • "Our neighbor is in Texas today"

    The friends and congregation of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Chester are sending buckets of help to the flood victims in Houston – literal buckets.

    Wesley Memorial Pastor Dan Sullivan said that Bishop Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, has called on South Carolinians to remember what it was like when Hurricane Matthew struck our state last year.

    “He said, ‘Let’s show the people of Texas and Louisiana that they are not alone.”

  • Scout Troop 61 encounters president at national Jamboree

    Chester Boy Scouts Aiden Roberts, Evan Bass, Jacob Stroud and Cole Taylor from Troop 61 joined some 30,000 other Boy Scouts from across the nation at the BSA National Jamboree, held July 19 through July 28 at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

    One significant portion of the National Jamboree experience was an address to the Scouts by President Donald Trump. The Scouts sat down recently with The N&R to talk about their experiences and weigh in on the controversy surrounding the tone of the President’s remarks to their fellow Scouts.

  • Johnson M. Woods comes home

    The Confederate solider may be buried in a mass grave somewhere else, but a marker dedicated to him is home in the family cemetery in Woods Ferry once more. Capt. Johnson M. Woods, Co. F., 23rd S.C. Infantry, C.S.A., has come home.

    The story on how the marker dedicated to Capt. Woods was returned to its rightful place is a strange and marvelous one. It all begins with a furtive visit to the Chester County Historical Society Museum by a man who didn’t want to get into any trouble.

  • 48-state journey

    Tye Sturgeon has no idea where his little cross-country caravan will sleep tonight.

    “But I ain’t worried,” he said Monday. Someone will make space for him, wife Hannah, dog Pistol Annie and horses Rudy and Jazz. That’s just how it goes.

    “God’s gonna take care of us. Always has and always will,” he said, as he pulled off his cowboy hat and wiped the sweat off his forehead with a shirt sleeve. “I take the quickest route and don’t never worry.”