Community News

  • Community members start a "conversation" about downtown Chester

    A conversation, hosted by the community group the Organic Helpers recently, brought out some issues concerning deteriorating buildings in downtown Chester and what could be done about them.

    Le Tanya Williams said the Organic Helpers have been following downtown merchant Beth Stevenson on social media. In the course of looking for a building for her business, Stevenson began noticing all the vacant, rundown, what the Organic Helpers call “potentially beautiful”  buildings downtown.

  • 4,000 miles between books

    If you want to find out how they do things at another library new Chester County library director Laurel Sharp has worked at, you’ll need to go to Norway. Not Norway, South Carolina (there is one, it’s in Orangeburg County,) we mean the country of Norway, the land of playwright Henrik Ibsen and pickled herring and (if you are a Garrison Keillor fan, lutefisk).

  • Spring break not a break from 4-H STEM activities

    Although the last thing students wanted to think about while on spring break was probably Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), the Chester County 4-H and the Chester County Library made sure students did just that when they attended the 4-H STEM Day Camp last week.

    Students in grades K5 through fifth had three chances to attend the camps, which were held at the Chester Main Library and Lewisville and Great Falls branches.

  • Family asks for donations to help Jacobs

    Jeanna Laws says her brother needs a new set of lungs and she’s hoping a lot of kind hearts will make that happen.

    Currently, Laws says that her brother, Rondal Jacobs, can’t function without the aid of an oxygen tank. He is a former Chester resident who now lives in Myrtle Beach. He is able to come up for visits and the two talk on the phone, but only so long as he has access to his oxygen tanks.

  • Food, free books and friendly conversation

    The tote bags the Chester County Library handed out (with a free real, actual non-electronic book inside!) define a “library” as: 1. A forum for new ideas. 2. An escape to other worlds. 3. A connection to different people and 4. A place of learning and growth. The Business after Hours sponsored by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce was all of that and more.

  • Public invited to Guardian Ad Litem balloon release

    The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Office in Chester and Fairfield counties will host a Balloon Release in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. The event will take place at the Chester County Family Courthouse, 140 Main St., Chester. All members of the community are invited to attend and asked to wear blue to show support for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

  • Building the perfect homeowner

    A house commissioned by the i58 homeowner initiative and built by York Tech construction students is almost completed; now you might say they’re going to build a homeowner.

    Kevin Taylor, i58 board member and Ember Church pastor, put it this way in an informational video: “We’re looking for a homeowner, that person who said they’ve always dreamed of owning a home, but never thought it was possible – that person who’s willing to put in some work if they had someone come along side of them and help them with the process.”

  • Chester event will "light it blue" for autism awareness

    Karen Hill has been working with special needs kids, including her own grandson Jae, for most of her life. She said she was able to organize this year’s autism/special needs awareness event with some help.

    “The Good Lord and me,” Hill said.

  • A house built on faith

    Martha Worthy proudly shows off the rooms of her new house on Orchard Street in Chester. People from Harvest Call Ministries, a group of volunteer builders that has its roots in Indiana and Illinois, built the house for her on the site of her old home.

    Worthy took possession of the new house this past Monday.

    “Lord knows, they did a wonderful job,” Worthy said, walking from room to gleaming room.

    She could hardly wait to move into the house, if for no other reason so she could bring her cousin home from a nearby nursing home facility.

  • That'll do, Garrison


    That’s one of the words that Charlotte, the friendly spider in “Charlotte’s Web” used to describe Wilbur the pig. It might also apply to a Chester County teen that has raised one pig in the 4-H Swine Project for every year he’s been in school.

    Lewisville High senior Garrison Hyatt showed his 12th pig, Kodiak, a black and white Hampshire, at the Chester Livestock Exchange recently.