Community News

  • Chamber interns ask: What's in your backyard?

    Two college students from last year’s J. Marion Sims Foundation summer intern class are dividing their time between the Chester and Lancaster County Chambers of Commerce, serving as apprentices for 10 weeks.

    Under the guidance of Great Falls High School English teacher Wendy Branham, who is job shadowing through the Summer Externship for Educators with the S.C. Department of Commerce, the two are working on a unique project in Chester County that can be summed up by the phrase: “What’s in Your Backyard?”

  • A step (lots of them) in the right direction

    Thanks to the Herbert and Anna Lutz Foundation, the residents at the Battered But Not Broken (BBNB) residence at the House of Magdalene can now take a step in the right direction. Actually they can take a whole lot of steps.

    The House of Magdalene was an old abandoned dwelling on Loomis Street in Chester that was restored and refurbished by Battered But Not Broken and made livable for the residents, women who were in the transitory period between incarceration and rehabilitation, or other residents with different difficulties.

  • Another chance to have "Coffee with a cop"

    If you missed the chance to have “Coffee with a Cop” at T&M Restaurant this past week, you have another opportunity to enjoy some coffee and casual conversation with local law enforcement officers.

    The second session of “Coffee with a Cop” will be Friday at the Waffle House in Chester, 1780 JA Cochran Bypass, from 9-11 a.m.

    The forum for discussion is provided, but meals and drinks are “on your own.”

  • A tale of two bikers

    Among the diverse group of motorcycle riders and bikers who assembled at the Fred’s parking lot in Chester Sunday for the 4th annual Ride for Jesus were two veterans. Although they came from different worlds and distinctly different wars, because they both wore the uniform in service to their country, they are brothers. These are their stories.

    The last time WWII veteran Herbert Dickson was on a motorcycle, he fell off. It’s taken him about 60 years to get back on one.

  • Veterans, preachers and outlaws

    This Sunday, the parking lot at Fred’s in Chester will look like it has been taken over by a group composed of motorcycle outlaws, veterans, bikers and preachers. And in a way, it will be. They are all gathering in Chester for one purpose – to take part in the annual Ride for Jesus.

    This is the fourth year Al Boyd of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Blackstock has organized the ride, a convocation of Christian biker groups, some outside-the-mainstream biker groups and others interested in both motorcycles and fellowship.

  • Heartsong Ministries presents first-ever ministry fair

    Chester County people looking for volunteer opportunities can get a sense of what agencies are in the county and what they do at a unique ministry fair this Saturday.

    Heartsong Ministries, the ministry founded by Billie Jo Youmans, will present the first ever “Hearts and Hands” Ministry Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Central Ministries at 125-127 Hudson St. in Chester.

  • "i2i Yard Sale" makes entrepreneurs for a day

    You’ve heard of King/Queen for Day? At the “i2i Yard Sale” held in Chester County this weekend, you can be an “entrepreneur for a day.”

    Empowering people in the community who just want to set up a yard sale table and make a little extra money is what the yard sale is all about, say organizers David and Elizabeth Claytor, but that’s not the only purpose for the yard sale, they say.

  • Darby no longer in a rush

    Jewel Darby will still be busy and will still have plenty to do.

    “But I’m tired of rushing. Rush to get out of bed, rush to make breakfast, rush to get to work, rush home in the evening...I’m not going to rush anymore,” she said.

    Darby is retiring from her position in the Chester County Probate Office. Prior to that she worked in the Clerk of Court Office, meaning she’s essentially dealt with the public, and served them, for most of her working life.

  • Tobacco Free Colation sponsors tobacco education in public housing

    The Chester County Tobacco Free Coalition (TFC) has received a community partnership grant to partner with the City of Chester Housing Authority to present a series of educational sessions about tobacco, said April Spruell, a prevention specialist with the Hazel Pittman Center and the chair of the Chester County TFC.

  • Memory and honor

    Many of the speakers at the annual Chester County Memorial Day observance spoke of remembering and honoring those who have fallen in the service of our country, but the point was never driven home so poignantly as when the memorials to the war dead were re-dedicated and unveiled once more as wreaths were placed in front of the memorials at the conclusion of the event.