Local News

  • CYC CHAMPIONSHIP: 4 miles of well wishes

    You can use an odometer to measure the support the Chester High Cyclones are getting in their drive for a state championship.

    Support is shown in many ways, different ways.

    But one way is to slowly drive a bit up the J.A. Cochran Bypass, probably irritating the heck out of those behind you, and look at the signs.

    Start at the CrossRoads restaurant, at the intersection of the bypass and Old York Road.

    "Go Get 'Em Cyclones," says the sign there.

    Take a right, headed south, go .7 miles, to the Chesterville Commons.

  • Longtime Chester vet passes: Lifelong friend prepares to fulfill promise

    Around 11 a.m. today, Willis Crain will pay up on the deal he made with his lifelong friend.

    Whichever one died first, the other would have to do it.

    James "Crack" Anderson died this week, and will be buried today.

    These are two lifelong Chester buds.

    They were both 73, born days apart, lived around the corner from each other, went to the Foote Street School together, high school, then even went on to Clemson together.

  • ADOPT A SOLDIER WEB UPDATE: 5 soldiers adopted so far

    A sorority's call for addresses to send gift packages to service men and women in combat zones has already identified five soldiers.

    Delta Sigma Theta has asked The News & Reporter for the addresses of the members of its Yellow Ribbon List, service men and women who are either from Chester County or have close relatives here. 

  • Springs store to close

    After many years of offering first- and second-rate bed and bath linens for Springs employees and the general public, the Springs-Wamsutta store on S.C. 9 will soon close.

    Springs Global Senior Vice President of Human Resources Roland Myers said Monday that the reason is the massive reduction of the company's manufacturing operations in the United States. With virtually no domestic manufacturing, there aren't enough products to ship to the store.

  • County looks at impact fees

    Chester County Council is going to start looking at impact fees to help offset the costs of some developments in the future.

    The council first brought the matter up at a council meeting Nov. 5.

    Councilman Joe Branham brought it up at the request of Councilman Brad Jordan. Jordan ran for Chester County Council in part on a platform of looking at new ways to pay for growth and development and the cost of doing government business.

  • Hate Crimes

    According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, current federal law enacted in 1969, permits federal prosecution of people who "by force or threat of force willfully injures, intimidates or interferes with... any person because of his race, color, religion or national origin and because he is or has been" attempting to engage in one of six types of federally protected activities, such as voting or going to school.

  • Beating won't be prosecuted as 'hate crime'

    A beating in the parking lot of a Chester supermarket will not be prosecuted as a hate crime.

    Two white Chester men are charged with assault and battery of a high and agggravated nature in the incident. Two black men are listed as the victims of the assault, which was first reported at OnlineChester.com last week.

    One of the men charged in the assault has an artificial leg that came off during the beating.

    Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson said last week the fight almost caused a riot and would be investigated as a hate crime.

  • Great Falls man still awaits trial

    A Great Falls man in jail since June got a hearing in court on Monday, but has not yet gotten a court date.

    James B. Curry, 38, of 202 Debutary Road, a Fairfield County address, was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, first degree burglary, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature on June 5.

    Great Falls Police say he forced his way into a Pine Street residence June 4 and robbed an 89-year-old man.

    Curry has denied the charges since his arrest. He wrote a letter to The News & Reporter from jail saying he wanted a speedy trial to prove his innocence.

  • NEWS UPDATE: Vests are in

    Chester County Sheriff's Department and Chester City Police Department have received vests paid for by donations from local people and businesses. County Council will have a presentation ceremony at its Dec. 3 meeting.

  • Auction Barn raising money for Christmas bikes for local kids

    EDGEMOOR The Auction Barn in Edgemoor is raising money at its weekend sales to buy bicycles that will be donated to local children, mostly in Chester County but also in York and Lancaster counties.

    Last year, dinner plate and candy sales and collection jars raised enough money for 120 bikes.

    Organizers are trying to raise more this year, hoping to get at least 130 bikes.

    Several local organizations that have in the past collected toys for children are now using the bike collection at the Auction Barn to get bikes for their children.