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  • City of Chester Opportunity Zones approved


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    Two areas in the City of Chester that were nominated to be Opportunity Zones, census tracts 202 and 203, have been approved as Qualified Opportunity Zones in the first round of designations by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.


    An Opportunity Zone offers tax credits on capital gains taxes for an investor or investors who invest and promore growth in low-income areas.

  • Melvin seeking District 2 county council seat

    Chris Melvin is running for Chester County Council District 2. Chris has lived in Great Falls for the last 22 years and wants to help make Great Falls and the rest of District 2 into a better place for future generations.

    “I am tired of seeing Great Falls left behind,” Melvin said. “I want to bring more business opportunity and build a safer community.”

  • Catawba Nuclear exercise at GFHS on Wednesday

    Chester County Emergency Management will be conducting a Radiological Exercise on Wednesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. at Great Falls High School.

  • Driver in Thursday accident identified

    Chester County coroner's office has identified the person killed in Thursday night's wreck on I-77. He is James Marvin Pope, 35 of Catawba. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His wife Michelle Lynn Pope, 35 was flown to Palmetto Richland and is in critical condition. Check with OnlineChester.com later for details.

  • UPDATED: Norman: Opportunity zone announcement isn't crumbs, but bread of life

    U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman visited Chester on Wednesday to announce that two census tracts in the City of Chester have been named Opportunity Zones, which means they could provide tax incentives for investors to develop properties in those tracts. He made the announcement in the meeting room of the new Chester County Natural Gas Authority building.

    Norman was joined by State Sen. Mike Fanning, City of Chester Mayor George Caldwell and Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Dean as they added their comments to the announcement.

  • Stuart announces bid for re-election to Supervisor post

    Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart announced on Thursday he would seek re-election to his current position.

    He announced a new campaign slogan, "Lighting the P.A.T.H." with the intials standing for Planting (Ideas), making Alliances, Transparency and Hope.

    Stuart made the annoucement at a press conference that was broadcast on Facebook Live Thursday afternoon.

    As the books for filing for office closed on Friday at noon, no one had filed to run against Stuart.

    Check back with OnlineChester.com for updates.

  • Lunch with Legislators

    Normally, the Lunch with Leaders programs at area high schools brings leaders to the school to talk about their careers and interact with seniors. Chester County Global Career Development Facilitator Abby Brunson and State Senator Mike Fanning went the program one better: instead of Fanning going to the high school, they brought the students to the S.C. Statehouse. Call it Lunch with Legislators.

  • Once a Lion; always a Red Devil, in the future maybe a…?

    Editor’s note: Spurred on by a comment from a Chester County School Board member that since the recent school bond referendum wasn’t what the people wanted, then to show them what it was they did want, a grassroots community group composed of citizens from Great Falls and the Lewisville area is working on a plan to consolidate both of their high schools. The group met for their second time recently at Union ARP Church.


  • 'Light It Up Blue' event is Monday
  • County unemployment down in February

    In terms of Chester County’s employment situation, all the numbers moved in the right direction last month.

    In February, the county’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, down from 6.6 percent in January. The number of employed persons was up by 43, climbing to 12,837. The number of people who were unemployed, seeking work and collecting unemployment compensation stood at 833, down from 906 in January. The total workforce, which includes both working persons and those drawing unemployment, was down slightly to 13,670.