Local News

  • N&R brings home 24 SCPA awards

    The News & Reporter won 24 awards, including 9 first place plaques, at the annual South Carolina Press Association News Contest and awards banquet, held Saturday in Greenville.
    The News & Reporter took first place in the "general excellence" category among two and three times weekly papers.
    "Breadth of strong coverage made this paper the winner in a competitive category," judges said. "Excellent writing. Good use of photos."
    Editor Travis Jenkins said he was most proud of the general excellence nod.

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  • West Chester man still missing one week later

    There is still no information to confirm the whereabouts of a young man missing from the West Chester community for more than one week. Officials disbanded the ground search effort last Thursday afternoon to begin a search by helicopter for Wesley “Lil Wes” McNinch, 23, of Baton Rouge Road.
    On Tuesday, a week after McNinch's disappearance, his father, Wesley McNinch Sr. made an urgent appeal to the Chester community.
    “Just pray for him,” the tearful father said. “He was my only son.”

  • Council updated on farmers market

    The conversion of the old McKeown Building in downtown to a farmer's market is nearly complete.
    The project started almost four years ago. Gloria Kellerhals said it began when she and Ben Boyles (an economic and community development agent with Clemson Extension) were brainstorming on ways to bring jobs to Chester County. Agriculture seemed like a feasible idea because it would build on the county's history and there would not have to be infrastructure in place for such jobs to come to Chester.

  • UPDATE: Chester man still missing, ground search ended

    The ground search ended around midday on Thursday for a West Chester resident reported missing since Tuesday. Officials disbanded the ground search effort to begin a search by helicopter on Thursday afternoon for Wesley “Lil Wes” McNinch, 23, of Baton Rouge Road. The last known contact with McNinch was via cell phone around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, relatives say. The family became more concerned when McNinch's dog returned home Wednesday evening without his owner. The McNinch's neighbor, Melba Carter, posted the following message to Facebook early Thursday:

  • Exercise key to good sleep

    Exercise can affect your sleep. The results of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America poll show a compelling association between exercise and better sleep. The National Sleep Foundation began surveying American sleep health and behaviors in 1991. NSF releases the poll findings as part of its 16th annual National Sleep Awareness Week campaign, held March 3-10, that culminates with the change to Daylight Saving Time on March 10.

  • Another county resident reports phone scam attempt

    Another alert Chester County resident has spotted a phone scammer and wants others to know about it.
    A caller, who wished to remain anonymous, called the News & Reporter Monday after seeing a story last week about phone scammers calling Chester's Lib Cook asking for personal information under the auspices that it was to give her a new Medicare card. The caller said this scam was a bit different.
    "They said someone from my household had called about a computer problem. They said they were going to help fix it," the woman said.

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  • Phone scammers still at work

    Scam artists are apparently trying to get some new life out of an old scam.
    County resident Lib Cook said in an e-mail yesterday that she received a phone call from someone telling her Medicare was issuing her a new card. The voice on the other end of the phone had a heavy foreign accent, she said. Thankfully, Cook saw through the scam and did not give the person any information.

  • Tell what you think at gathering

    Would you like to voice your opinion about what things are working in the downtown area of Chester?
    If so, then make plans to attend a downtown public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at Anna's Arbor.
    Sponsored by The Chester Downtown Development Association, citizens are invited to share their thoughts about the downtown area of the city.