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  • Chiseled in stone

    Words chiseled on a headstone tell you a name, but not a story.
    Monday was Memorial Day, an annual observance of the more than one million men and women who have died fighting for this country. As is always the case, a service was held at the Chester County War Memorial Building. Among the speakers was Chester native Cooney Wishert, who fought in the Vietnam War. Wishert introduced the crowd on hand to William John Allen. No one in Chester knew his name, but Wishert said everyone needed to know his story.

  • Agencies plan for emergency event

    The Chester County Department of Emergency Management conducted an exercise that included the activation of the County Emergency Operations Center, the County's Damage Assessment Team and the establishment of a shelter at the Fort Lawn Community Center on Monday.
    In preparation for the approaching 2013 hurricane season, the scenario for the exercise was a simulated landfall of a hurricane.
    The hurricane in the scenario surprisingly took the same path as Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which devastated the area.

  • BREAKING NEWS: $100,000 Palmetto Cash 5 ticket sold in Fort Lawn

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    A lucky customer who shopped at Gene's Kwik Stop #2 at 5811 Lancaster Highway in Fort Lawn will be $100,000 richer once a lottery ticket is claimed, according to a release from the S.C. Education Lottery Commission. The Palmetto Cash 5 ticket for Thursday’s drawing matched all five numbers drawn to win the $100,000 top prize, the release said. Store owner Gene Robinson said Friday that he was unaware of who the winner or winners were, but offered a heartfelt "congratulations."

  • The Canada goslings finally arrived

    On April 10, The News & Reporter published an article that Canada geese had made a “love nest” at the Carlisle Roddey Government Center. Just in time for Mother's Day, the goslings were born. County employees arrived at work on May 8 to see the eggs hatched and the goslings enjoying their surroundings. Terri German, an employee of the county treasurer's office, shared information about this unique  experience.

  • Friends mourn Billy Feaster but remember strong legacy

    When news begin to circulate early Thursday of the death of Billy Feaster, the former Chester County Library's local historian, the grief was heavy. Feaster reportedly drowned during a canoe ride on the Tyger River late Wednesday. An autopsy was performed on Thursday, said Newberry Coroner Craig Newton. Feaster's death was ruled accidental. Co-workers took the news hard. Lewisville Branch Manager Tawana Davis fought through tears to share memories of the former co-worker she considered as “family.”

  • Updated: Three men die in Old Richburg Road accident

    Three men were killed Monday morning in a car crash near Richburg.
    At approximately 11:40 a.m., a 1999 Volkswagon was traveling westbound on Old Richburg Road near the intersection of Lizzie Melton Road. The car went off the side of the roadway and collided with multiple trees.

  • UPDATED: Col. Blair Turner, associate school superintendent, dies unexpectedly

    As word spread throughout the community of Col. Blair Turner's death late last week, there were tears of sadness at his passing and joyous memories of the legacy left behind by this stalwart leader. Early Friday, Chester County Schools Superintendent Dr. Agnes Slayman offered the following comment on behalf of the district.

  • Nurse, movie stars and artist pig win contest

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  • Scammers again calling county residents

    Another Chester County resident has reported that she was the target of telephone scammer.
    A woman, who asked that her name not be used but did identify herself as a senior citizen, said a person called her home sometime after 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Luckily, the person's pitch sounded strange to the woman right away.
    "They wanted my address," she said. "They said that somebody had paid for me to get one of those buttons you punch if you fall."

  • Diamond Hayes' writing is taking him onward and upward

    Chester native Cassius Hayes, a poet, motivational speaker and aspiring motion picture writer/producer/director, now known as Diamond Crystal Hayes, is headed to California today to attend the 2013 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
    “I'm going to the L.A. Festival to do a signing for my book, “The World I Always Knew,” he said. “It's one of the largest festivals that happens once a year and about 200,000 people attend. It's kind of exciting!”