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Government

  • City election on tap for Tuesday

    Chester city voters will head to the polls Tuesday to elect four council members and a mayor.
    The election is guaranteed to produce at least one new face. Two-term incumbent Susan Kelsey is not seeking re-election. There was no turnover during the city's last election two years ago.
    In Ward I, incumbent Alan Clack will be opposed by William "Budda" Killian. Killian has sought a seat on city council on two previous occasions, including two years ago, when he narrowly lost to Susan Kovas.

  • Grant will fix Raxter Road

    A permanent fix is coming to the oft-flooded Raxter Road.
    For years, instances of heavy rainfall has led to flooding on the subdivided road. Chester Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy informed Chester County Council Monday that a federal grant has been secured to build a bridge over Tinker's Creek that will make the flooding problems a thing of the past.
    "This is really good news Eddie," said County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

  • Great Falls council vacancy to be filled in July

    The Great Falls Town Council spot left vacant by the sudden resignation of Dean Runion will be filled with a special election on July 5.
    Earl Moore with the Chester County Elections Office, said filing for the race will run from April 29 until May 9. Filing is normally at the elections office, but Moore said it will be be held instead at the Great Falls Town Hall, so potential candidates will not have to drive all the way Chester.
    Runion resigned his town council spot, which he'd held for nine months, Monday.

  • Richburg Town Council meets, discusses budget

    At the recent monthly meeting of the Richburg Town Council, town residents were recognized for community service and discussed ways to trim the upcoming fiscal year budget. Councilman Barney Nichols was absent due to hospitalization but was expected to return home by week's end, Mayor James Harris said.
    “We ask everyone to keep Mr. Nichols in your prayers,” Harris said.

  • Lawyer: Ramsey intends to sue if money isn't returned

    Attorney Arthur Gaston made official Monday what has been known for some time.
    Larry Ramsey wants his money back.

  • City Council approves pool contract

    The Chester City Council voted 8 to 1 at Monday's meeting to use $72,750 from the city's fund balance to approve a new contract with Southern Pools of Charlotte. Councilman George Caldwell cast the dissenting vote. The motion was one of two that came after City Administrator Jeff Kerr briefed the council on “a misrepresentation” of the previously approved contract with Olympic Pools. Kerr and John Roof, the city's maintenance supervisor, met with someone “who we believed to be representatives of Olympic Pools,” but Kerr felt hesitant, he said.

  • Moore refutes funding cut allegations

    According to figures released last week as part of Census 2010, Chester County lost 928 people since 2000. According to Earl Moore, who headed up the local census mail-in effort, that drop could have been significantly higher.
    In 2000, the rate of mail-in returns in Chester County was just 60 percent. For Census 2010, that number jumped to 75 percent.

  • County toughens security requirements

    A series of violent incidents at the Chester County War Memorial Building has led to increased security measures being implemented when the facility is rented.

  • City Council discusses budget, building repair

    Chester City Council engaged in some brief budgetary discussions during a recent regularly scheduled meeting that featured a very light agenda.
    City Administrator Jeff Kerr told the council that the state's ways and means committee had informed him that it's yearly allocation to municipalities was being cut by about 20 percent. He said that would make an already tight budget that much tighter.
    "That will be about $33,000 out of next year's budget," Kerr said. "That's big. That's big for us."

  • Dead letter office?

    In its 90-year-old building, with its decades-old post office boxes and old-fashioned metal-barred service window, a visit to the Lando Post Office is like visiting a piece of American history. Unfortunately, if a federal plan to close post offices in a budget-tightening move comes to pass, the Lando Post office and zip code will be history.