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Today's Features

  • Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood pulled no punches talking about the plight of Chester County’s first African American sheriff and the things he’s encountered in his career. Underwood was the featured speaker and main honoree of the Third Annual African American Cultural Breakfast.

    The theme of this year’s breakfast was honoring the, as emcee Bea Thompson put it, “trailblazers” who were the first black law enforcement officers. Sheriff Underwood fits that category also.

  • Wanting to get tickets to the annual African American Cultural Breakfast, a blend of arts, music culture and exploration of aspects of African American culture in Chester County? Sorry, says event organizer Tabatha McCree Strother, tickets are sold out. People may get on a waiting list, Strother said, but that is no guarantee of attendance. Attendance is free but tickets are required.

  • A quilt to warm their bodies. A Quilt of Valor to honor their service.

    Seven veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor at the meeting of the James D. Wessinger DAV Chapter 19 in Chester Monday night.

    In a meeting that was full of patriotic moments, the moment each veteran was wrapped with a Quilt of Valor, hand-created by the Old Glory Quilters in Rock Hill, was the most moving.

  • Thanks to a series of generous donations by the Herbert & Anna Lutz Foundation, the Brooklyn Center restoration project is coming to an end.

    Billy Powell, president of the restoration committee, said thanks to the most recent donation of $5,000 by the Lutz Foundation, “So far as money is concerned, we have enough to finish everything up.

    This is where we wanted to get and we’re there,” he said.

  • Contractors are clearing and grading land owned by Chester businessman Alex Oliphant along Lancaster Highway in preparation for a new sewer line. One rickety old wooden building stands in their way as an obstacle and Oliphant would like to see someone save it.

    The building is the old Pryor School, which is dated 1898 and has in its time served as a white schoolhouse and a schoolhouse for black children and is one of the early elementary schools in Chester County.

  • The annual Chester Fire Department Firefighter’s Banquet was held on Saturday, and not all the water flowing came from fire hoses. More than a few eyes turned misty as Chester Fire Chief Paul Caldwell expressed his appreciation for what the firefighters had done for the department and the city they all serve.

  • The Richburg Fire Department responded to two cooking fires Tuesday night, and those two fires were part of a total of four cooking fires across the county, said Richburg Fire Marshal Mike Ehrmanntraut.

    In the first fire, the homeowner was warming oil in the frying pan when the grease caught fire. They attempted to put the fire out with water, which actually spread the fire and burned the cabinet and microwave. The homeowner then put the fire out by putting a lid on the pot. A firefighter removed the pan and a fan was used to extract the smoke.

  • A BBQ plate fundraising event for a local couple who are both struggling with forms of cancer has been organized with the help of the Fort Lawn Fire Department, Richburg Masonic Lodge and the Richburg Fire Department. The benefit is set for today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Richburg Fire Department.

  • Following the success of the PhotoVoice contest last year, the Tobacco Free Coalition of Chester County and the Hazel Pittman Center are putting on the second year of this contest.

    The PhotoVoice contest was funded this year by a mini-grant from the S.C. Tobacco Collaborative, said April Spruell, representative of the Coalition and a prevention specialist with the Hazel Pittman Center.

    “The purpose of the contest is to bring an awareness about tobacco and the dangers of secondhand smoke, through photography,” she said.

  • Harvest Call is answering the call in Chester County.

    Councilman Carlos Williams invited Barry Kloten from Harvest Call Ministries to speak at this past Monday’s meeting of Chester City Council. Williams detailed that Harvest Call had paid a lengthy visit to Chester last year (as reported in The N&R,) during which they rebuilt a dilapidated home  and “did some things for veterans and the elderly.”