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  • Engineer and landowner say quarry won't cause a quandry

    A rock quarry that will process the granite and other minerals they mine on site is proposed for a location off of Fishing Creek Church Road. The news of the building of the quarry has caused some comment among members in the community who are concerned about noise and traffic from the rock quarry and related activities and what proposed blasting to create the quarry would do to nearby historic structures.

    Project engineer Jerry Meade and landowner John Black sat down with The N&R recently to address those concerns about the proposed Fishing Creek Rock Quarry.

  • Moore hangs up the mike at WGCD

    Long-time radio personality and community leader Earl Moore is stepping away from the mike as general manager in favor of Toronta Branch-Neely, a successful businesswoman in her own right who operates a trucking and shipping business. She is stepping in to continue a proud tradition at the station.

    (See related story.)

  • A whole different tune

    Toronta Branch-Neely is not a stranger to radio. As of the time of this article, she has been hosting the “For His Glory” morning show with her husband, station owner Dr. Frank Neely for about a month.

    She’s also not a stranger to management. She successfully founded and operates the For His Glory trucking and freight brokerage company.

    But managing a radio station is a whole different proposition. Or, since WGCD does play music, you might say this is a whole different tune.

  • First attorney's office will open in Richburg

    Another sign of the growth that is suffusing the Town of Richburg and the surrounding area surfaced recently when Richburg Town Attorney Bill Marion took off his town attorney hat momentarily and put on his law firm hat partner to announce at the Richburg Town Council meeting in March that his firm, Gaston, Marion & Stubbs, was opening an office in the town.

    Marion said the firm has purchased the house at 224 N. Main Street, the former home of Dot Hicklin.

  • Prices, not quality, are discount at new market

    The doors opened recently on a different kind of grocery store, Discount Marketplace in Chester has opened for business in the former IGA location at Chesterville Commons (next to Family Dollar, at the corner of the JA Cochran Bypass and Saluda Street).

    On a tour of the store, co-owner Heath Knott talked about what makes Discount Marketplace unique.

  • Behind the scenes of Chester Opportunity Zones

    Sometimes the variety of wine and the person who owns the vineyard gets all of the credit and the workers in the vineyard get little to none of it. The same might be said of the Opportunity Zone announcement for Chester that will take place today. U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman may have made the announcement (as Gov. Henry McMaster did in Ridgway earlier) but Chester City Councilmember Angela Douglas did the actual “grape-crushing.” In this case, that means Douglas found out about the Opportunity Zones in the first place.

  • Crenco Food Stores sold

    Hal Crenshaw has sold one of Lancaster and Chester County’s most recognizable small businesses, Crenco Food Stores, which grew out of the company his father started a half century ago.

    The group of five convenience stores was purchased this week by Virginia-based GPM Southeast, the sixth-largest private owner of convenience stores in the country.

    The sale has been in the works for months – GPM applied for beer and wine permits several weeks ago – but Crenshaw had refused to talk about it until the transaction was completed.

  • Natural Gas Authority opens new offices

    The gas carriage lamps outside of the new Chester County Natural Gas Authority offices and warehouse on Ballymena Road were burning brightly Thursday and Friday nights during tours of the new facilities, indicating that yes, as the saying goes, now the Chester County Natural Gas Authority (CCNGA) was really “cooking with gas.” That is, if the “gas” in question was the enthusiasm and excitement created by a new office and a new location.

  • Patrons can now make a ‘QuikTrip’ in Richburg

    There’s no better way to pick up something fast for a snack or a meal on the go than to make a quick trip to a full service convenience store, or maybe that should be a “QuikTrip.”

    The latest QT convenience store and the only one in Chester County, held their grand opening this week. The 24/7 convenience store is located off Lancaster Highway near Interstate 77, Exit 65.

  • One brick at a time

    The Chester County Chamber of Commerce wants to help small businesses build a strong foundation and they’re doing it just like you’d build a foundation for a house, one brick at a time. Five of them, in fact.

    Chamber President Brooke Clinton explained in partnership with York Tech and Winthrop’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the chamber is preparing to launch a series of five workshops designed to provide some foundational learning for small business owners.