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  • The many, the proud, the class of ‘58

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    It is as much about the name as it is the students. It is as much about the building as it is the students. It is as much about the classes as it is the students. And surely, it is as much about those teachers/instructors/professors as it is those students. Talking about the S.L. Finley Senior High School Class of 1958, the first class to attend and graduate from the brand new high school on Caldwell Street.

  • Lockhart bridge project temporarily stalled

    One day, the bridges that connect Chester with the Union County town of Lockhart over the Broad River are going to be replaced. Once again, though, that day is going to come a bit later than expected.

  • Food Lion celebrates its grand re-opening

    BY SHAMIRA MCCRAY

    THE NEWS & REPORTER

    Customers of the Chester Food Lion asked for a cleaner, less clustered and convenient store and their wish has been granted. The newly revamped store now offers a wider selection of store brand products, fresher produce, cleaner aisles, faster checkouts and much more.

    “We did a deep cleaning,” said Store Manager Ronnie Catledge. “We went the extra mile to be hospital clean.”

  • Chester Park School of Inquiry a semifinalist for 'excellence award'

    Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the second annual 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCsm Award for Excellence. The award, announced by the Riley Institute at Furman University and South Carolina Future Minds, will be presented Oct. 17 in Columbia following the South Carolina Future Minds annual meeting. School of Inquiry Principal Dena Dunlap is tremendously excited to have received this honor, she said.

  • Board approves coaching handbook, names new associate superintendent

    The Chester County Board of School Trustees met this week in their new administrative building at 509 District Office Drive. The office is located behind the Chester Park Elementary complex on S.C. Highway 9. At this meeting, Superintendent Dr. Agnes Slayman expressed gratitude for the recent move saying, “it went extremely well.”
    “To get from the old district office to the new office was a phenomenal feat,” Slayman said. “Several people went the extra mile. I want to thank all for what they did. It was seamless.”

  • Local author publishes book of inspirational poetry

    BY SHAMIRA MCCRAY
    THE N&R

    One sometimes finds himself in the midst of a storm before taking time to hear God's voice. For music teacher Vickie Lathan McCorkle, this challenge came when she lost her voice.
    After doctors discovered a cyst on her left vocal cord, McCorkle underwent surgery which left her talking and sitting quietly for several months. This could have been unsettling but for McCorkle, it opened her eyes to the peace only God can bring.

  • GFES Art teacher arrested

    Great Falls Elementary School Art Instructor Jayson Jones was arrested today and booked at the Chester County Detention Center.
    Jones, 47, of 5497 Old Winnsboro Road, Great Falls was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor victim between 11 and 14-years-old and lewd act on a child under 16, S.C. Law Enforcement Division Spokesperson Kathryn Richardson said.
    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said he asked SLED to assist with the case. Richardson said the case will be prosecuted by the Sixth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

  • BREAKING NEWS: First 50 get free groceries at Food Lion

    BY SHAMIRA MCCRAY

    THE NEWS & REPORTER

    Customers of the Chester Food Lion asked for a cleaner, less clustered and convenient store, and their wish has been granted. The newly revamped store now offers a wider selection of store brand products, fresher produce, cleaner aisles, faster checkouts, and much more.

    “We did a deep cleaning,” said Store Manager, Ronnie Catledge. “We went the extra mile to be hospital clean.”

  • Lanman comes home

    BY SHAMIRA MCCRAY
    THE NEWS & REPORTER

    After spending 10 months in Afghanistan fulfilling his duties with the United States Army, Sgt. Andrew Lanman is now back in Chester among his loving family. Although he was away for such a long time serving as a military police, Lanman said his experience was both “fun and terrifying all at the same time.”

  • Moore working to inform voters of redistricting

    Chester County Elections Director Earl Moore wants voters to be aware of the county's new district voting lines.
    Once every 10 years, the redistricting process must take place. It coincides with the release of once-a-decade census information. Redistricting follows state laws mandating a variance of under 10 percent, adheres to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, ensures that parts of the districts are contiguous, respects communities of interest, attempts to maintain constituent consistency, avoids splitting voting precincts and solicits public input.