• Chamber members, officers look to the future

    Chamber board members, members and guests took time to celebrate the past and look ahead to what the future holds at the recent Chester County Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

    Chamber President Brooke Clinton talked about the Chamber’s new logo, which was introduced at the banquet.

  • Jones-Hamilton plant manager briefs LEPC on plant operations

    What plant in Chester County manufactures product used in pickles as well as poultry litter? The answer is the Jones-Hamilton Chemical Company plant in Richburg.

    Plant manager (and Richburg native) Will Gist gave a brief overview of operations at his plant to the January meeting of the Chester County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

  • Roddey meant business, a lot of business for county

    When it came to economic development and the health of Chester County, long time Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey meant business. It was under his administration, both the first and second times in office, that Chester County saw the most industrial growth, bringing the county out of the slump created by the withdrawal of the Springs Corporation textile plants in the region.

    The advent of Sunfiber, Jones-Hamilton and Giti Tire all happened under Roddey’s administration and due to his vision, a vision shared by those who worked for him.

  • Graham, McMaster talk about S.C.'s strengths at I-77 Alliance summit

    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster told an audience at the Gateway this week when it comes to economic development, South Carolina has a lot going for it.

    Graham and McMaster were the featured speakers at the annual Economic Development Summit hosted by the I-77 Alliance, an economic development alliance serving Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York Counties.

  • Chester extends helping hand to Fairfield County

    Chester County government is doing what they can do for neighboring county Fairfield in the wake of the announcement about the abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear reactor construction.

    Citing astronomical construction costs to compete the project, SCE&G and SCANA announced last week that they would not complete the construction of the second and third reactors, and those construction workers on the project were told they have been laid off.

  • An old friend comes back with a new face

    It’s like seeing an old friend you haven’t seen in forever, and they’ve “had a little work done.” The name is the same, but some things have changed.

    That’s the case with Chester’s newest department store; Roses Express held their grand opening and ribbon cutting at their location off the JA Cochran Bypass on Thursday.

  • County gets ready for tax-free weekend

    Parents shopping for school supplies for their students will have a chance once again this year to purchase many of them tax free as South Carolina goes into the tax-free weekend, beginning on Friday and running through midnight on Sunday. Schools in Chester County will begin Aug. 17.

    The state’s six percent sales tax and any local sales tax, will be suspended on a wide variety of items.

    The tax-free weekend begins every year on the first Friday in August and continues through midnight the following Sunday.

  • "A perfect partner for prosperity"

    State, county and local officials commented on and off the podium about the announcement on Tuesday that Roseburg Forest Products would located a $200 million engineered wood products plant in Chester County. The plant is expected to bring 145 jobs to the county.


    Some comments in a release from the S.C. Department of Commerce:

  • Economic Development schedules "special announcement"

    The name “Project 1641” won’t be in use for too much longer.

    On Monday, Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Dean sent out a public invitation touting “a special announcement” that will take place next Tuesday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg. Dean confirmed that it relates to Project 1641 and that the company behind the codename will be revealed at that time.

  • Hunter's uses all of its space

    Don’t think of it as a new business…it’s just a good use of available space.

    Anyone driving past Hunter’s Creative Florist on Saluda Street may have noticed a new sign, one that reads “Hunter’s backroom and accessories.” Terri Hunter is still selling bouquets and flower arrangements, just as she always has.

    “We’re just using all of our space now,” Hunter said.