Community News

  • 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.”

  • Eclipse 2017 in Chester County

    The Chester County School District and the Chester State Park are celebrating the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in their own special ways. Here are some details:


    Chester State Park holds Eclipse Viewing Party

  • The way we painted

    The City of Chester had the travelling Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked.” Under the guidance of Herman Keith, artist and Claflin University art professor, summer campers at the City of Chester Rec Department recently created a pair of murals with images of labor and labor culture. Call it “The Way We Painted.”                     

  • Chester 4-H member is the ‘Sole Hope’ for children in Uganda

    Chester County 4-H member LaTerrica Springs hopes she and others in the community will be the “sole hope” for some kids without shoes in Uganda, Africa. Back in May, Springs collected plastic milk jugs, used blue jeans and donations as part of the “Sole Hope” Project.

  • "I'm a linthead and I guess I always will be..."

    As part of the local programming for the Smithsonian’s travelling exhibition “The Way We Worked,” Chester native and author Earl Lee talked recently about how work and life was done in that Chester mill village known as “the Gayle.”

  • The surprising secret of Chester State Park

    Visitors to Chester State Park recently were treated to some early park history as part of the local programming for the travelling Smithsonian “The Way We Worked” exhibition.

    In the setting of Shelter 2 outdoors, Park Manager David Baker gave a talk on the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) companies that built Chester State Park and many other state parks throughout South Carolina. There were 16 parks in the state built by the CCC. The CCC did not build the other Chester County state park, Landsford Canal State Park, Baker said.

  • Learn a bit of Lando history Saturday night

    The Lando-Manetta Mills History Center will host  “Lando Movie Night” this Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the Lando Fire Station in Lando. The event will be a combination of some “home movies” spanning the periods of 1935-1945 and 1985 taken by residents and former Lando residents and the presentation “Social Fabric,” a photographic examination of mill life and operations by Dr. Phil Moody.

  • Author Ron Rash comes home to Chester

    Carolina author Ron Rash gave a special reading recently of “Eureka Mill,” his book of poems centered around what community members call just “the Eureka,” a stone’s throw from that same community.

    Rash’s appearance was part of the local programming centered around the Smithsonian’s travelling exhibition, “The Way We Worked,” currently installed at Chester City Hall through Aug. 6.

  • Program on Civilian Conservation Corps at Chester State Park Saturday

    A program about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the organization’s ties to Chester State Park will be held beginning 10 a.m. on Saturday at Chester State Park as part of the local programming for “The Way We Worked,” traveling Smithsonian exhibition, which is taking place at Chester City Hall June 24- Aug. 6th.