• UPDATED: Chester City Council kills recruiting and standards position

    At least for the time being, a recruiting and standards position Chester City Administrator will not be filled or created.

    Chester City Council first discussed the position last week. Two members of the public inquired about the position during the public forum portion of the meeting, with both saying they had heard the position was already filled. Councilwoman Annie Reid assured them it was not filled and said the council had only just learned of the position’s existence.

  • City will take up "recruiting and standards" position Monday

    Chester City Council is apparently not done discussing a new “recruiting and standards” position created by City Administrator Sandi Worthy.

  • Council questions need, purpose, creation of new position

    The city has created a new administrative position, but has created confusion and consternation at the same time.

  • Alex Oliphant's one-man crusade

    You might call what Chester County councilman and prominent businessman Alex Oliphant is doing to bring attention to blighted properties in Chester a one-man crusade, but this is a cause he hopes others will take up the banner for.

  • County's accounts payable clerk retires

    Chester County Accounts Payable Clerk Patty Efird doesn’t think sadly about her retirement; to her way of thinking it just gives her more time for quilting.

    Efird’s friends and colleagues gathered at the Roddey Building last Thursday to congratulate her and wish her well. They presented her with the customary rocking chair, but Efird said she plans to be too busy to just sit and rock.

    “We want to congratulate Patty on her retirement; it’s awesome when you get to make that decision,” said Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart.

  • Duke Energy VP Jiran honors Carlisle Roddey at Chamber banquet

    Before he presented the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award to this year’s recipient, the Lutz Foundation, Duke’s Vice President of Community Relations Rick Jiran took a moment to honor a past recipient of the award, the late Carlisle Roddey.

  • City councilwoman calls for more levels of transparency in government

    Chester City Councilmember Angela Douglas called for greater transparency in city government at the recent meeting of Chester City Council.

    Douglas said many citizens have become concerned about how local government does things in Chester and they are not able to get the information very readily on what government is doing.

  • City schedules special meeting on officer retention

    Retention of police officers will be the topic of a special called Chester City Council meeting on Thursday.

    Finding, training and keeping police officers has been a struggle at times for the city. Former Chief Andre’ Williams said the high turnover rate with the city during his tenure was a result of other departments offering better pay and more lucrative benefits. That appears to remain an issue.

  • Gateway District Master Plan draws some criticism and warnings from businessman

    The document that the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) calls the Master Plan for the Gateway District, the planning area between Interstate-77 Exits 62 and 65, was just recently discussed in public at the Chester Development Association meeting (see related story elsewhere in this issue). The suggestions of the plan, or rather the more restrictive regulations that some fear the plan could lead to, did not sit well with Chester County developer and businessman Hal Crenshaw.

  • Preview of the Gateway Master Plan revealed at CDA meeting

    What started out life as the Small Area Plan for Exit 62 and Exit 65 along Interstate-77 and morphed into the Gateway District Master Plan, a planning document being put together by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) is a few months away from completion and adoption by Chester County. Some of the details of the plan were revealed at the regular meeting of the CDA, the Chester Development Association.