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  • Smoke and (no) mirrors

    For Scott Atkinson, any barbeque he might make is all about the smoke. No fancy footwork and mirrors required.
    Atkinson is the proprietor and chief cook of J. Scott's Catering Service. He started working for a catering company in 1997 and opened his own catering business in Chester in 2012.
    Atkinson started cooking barbecue at his catering kitchen about four months ago, ably assisted by John Goodyear, who worked in a barbecue establishment, though not as a cook.

  • New hair salon opens doors in Chester

    The skill with which Elegant Hair Studio Manager Brandi Paul handles a pair of scissors came in handy last week as she cut the ribbon in front of Chester's newest business, located in the shopping center at 1793 J. A. Cochran By-Pass.
    Paul said what makes her studio stand out from the many other hair salons is the atmosphere.
    “We try to give everybody a place where they feel like they're at home. A nice, relaxing environment where there's not a lot of noise and chaos,” she said.

  • Parker named local developer of 2015

    Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker was awarded the 2015 Local Developer Award by the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.
    The award was presented to Parker on May 7 at the SCEDA annual meeting in Myrtle Beach,
    The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of local developers in South Carolina who have made a significant difference in their community.

  • GITI officials discuss environmental issues at Q&A

    Editor's note: This is Part 2 of the story of the open forum held by Giti Tire officials recently. In addition to discussing details on the hiring process, a project timeline and the status of the project, officials with Giti touched on environmental issues and opened the floor up for questions from the public.

    Environmental issues
    In the portion of the forum that talked about environmental concerns, Ashley Sapyta with engineering S&ME explained the types of emissions the Giti plant will have.

  • Giti Tire officials hold open forum

    Giti Tire officials provided some updates on construction, hiring and a project timeline at an informational meeting held last Wednesday night at the Gateway Conference Center.
    The moderator for the evening was Michel Dube, executive director of Quality Assurance for Giti Tire. He is part of the team working on the project to open the Giti Tire manufacturing plant in Chester County.

  • Public input needed for economic development meetings

    Input from Fort Lawn and Great Falls citizens is needed for a pair of strategic planning meetings, set for Monday at the Fort Lawn Community Center and the Great Falls War Memorial Building.
    Chester County and the Chester Development Association are looking for input from Fort Lawn citizens as they hold a strategic planning meeting that will determine the direction of economic development in Chester County for years to come.
    A similar meeting is being held Monday afternoon to receive the input of Great Falls citizens.

  • Education, business leaders discuss future of workforce

    When it comes to developing a prosperous local workforce and making sure students have the right education and training to find jobs, S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt says “cool” may be the operative word.
    As guest speaker at the Catawba Regional Education Center’s Education and Business Workforce Development Summit on Thursday, April 30, Hitt said the key to attracting exciting industries to the state and matching them with skilled workers begins with finding ways to introduce students to their occupational possibilities.

  • Jones-Hamilton plant getting ready for production

    Construction is continuing at the Jones-Hamilton chemical plant just outside of Richburg. Plant/Site Manager Will Gist estimates the plant will be in full production in July of this year.
    It was about one year ago the company was given an air quality and construction permit from S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    “We are on schedule. The construction team is doing a great job. We are planning to start commissioning in May,” Gist said.

  • What is "Responsible Care?"

    At the recent Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting, Chuck Robbins, safety, health environmental and security manager at OMNOVA Solutions, took the time to discuss the Responsible Care Management Program implemented at OMNOVA. He explained Responsible Care is a system to manage and communicate environmental, health, safety and security issues that goes beyond government requirements. His discussion lead Chester County Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy (also an LEPC member) to talk briefly about the importance of groups like the LEPC.

  • Not breaking boards, but building character

    A new karate dojo with locations in Lancaster and Indian Land has opened up in Chester, and the focus isn't so much on breaking boards as it is building character, say the dojo owners and instructors.
    Kenaki (pronounced “Kenna-kai”) Karate has 11 locations under Grand Master Shihan (which means master instructor) Dr.  White, a 7th degree black belt, said Sensei Connie Funderburk, Head Floor Instructor at the Lancaster location.