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  • Fire and Ice

    IBHS put the "hail" in "Haley" on Tuesday.
    For the first time, Governor Nikki Haley visited The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Research Center in Richburg. She took a walking tour of the premises, but seemed to most enjoy the opportunity to shoot a "hail gun."

  • Governor to visit IBHS during test

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will be in Chester County again next week.
    Haley will spend about an hour at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center in Richburg on Tuesday.
    Gov. Haley is scheduled to be on hand from10 until 11 a.m.
    The IBHS Research Center, 5335 Richburg Road, is a world-class facility where engineers simulate realistic extreme weather events to test building systems, materials and design features in ways that never have been possible before.

  • Cancer in Chester County 2013, Part III

    Cancer instance and mortality trends in Chester County are headed in the right direction, but both remain above the state average for nearly every cancer type. The information comes from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and covers the period from 1996 to 2010.

  • Randall Marsh planning county supervisor run

    Randall Marsh is a young person who was born and raised in Chester and has made the decision to stay here. Not many people his age go that route, which is the primary reason he has decided to seek political office.
    Marsh, 25, recently announced his intention to run for Chester County supervisor. It will be his first run for office.
    Marsh currently works as a Chester County Sheriff's deputy. He said he has always had a desire to serve, a trait that he learned from his grandfather.

  • The 'Second Chance' tortoise that crossed the highway

    She hasn't been given a name but she is one lucky tortoise.
    The gopher tortoise was crossing the highway in front of the IGA on the J.A. Cochran Bypass when it was hit by a car around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
    The gopher tortoise's slow trek across the busy highway almost cost it its life.
    It could have been killed instantly, but the tortoise was rescued from other motorists when Crystal Perdue of Blackstock darted into the highway to save the tortoise.
    “We have reptiles,” Perdue said, adding that her son has a corn snake and a rabbit.

  • BREAKING NEWS: School District gets accreditation approval

    On Wednesday, an arduous year-long district process came to an official end and afterwards, Chester County School Superintendent Dr. Agnes Slayman told her faculty and staff to SMILE!
    The reason for the smiles was the AdvancED  Accreditation Commission's report that gave the district a rating of 290 out of a possible 400.
    “To come out with 290 is a very good thing,” Slayman told a room full of district staff. “You can smile!”

  • Cancer in Chester County 2013, Part II

    Cancer instances and deaths were higher than expected in nearly all of Chester County's zip codes.
    The information comes from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and covers 2006-2010, the most recent years in which cancer data was available.
    In the 29014 zip code (Blackstock), the number of cancer incidence during the study period was expected to be 56, but the actual number was 92. That was considered "statistically significantly higher" than expected by DHEC.

  • School of Inquiry wins state award for excellence

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    It's official, they won!

    Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry received the first place honor in the third annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence.

  • High Five for enhancing literacy

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    Students are helping students to learn to read better throughout the Chester County School District. This week, there are examples of peer to peer literacy initiatives and other reading celebration projects from the elementary through high school levels. As the old cliché goes, “Reading Is Fundamental” but in the Chester County schools, officials have found a way that reading is just fun.


  • Richburg council meeting 'short and sweet'


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    The monthly meeting of the Richburg Town Council was handled very adeptly this week and at its conclusion, one council member even referred to it as “short and sweet.”

    Agenda items included town address corrections for the county's 911 system, the fall festival and a maintenance upkeep project on the local EMS building.