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Today's News

  • Judge deciding fate of convicted murderer Harrison

    By the end of this month, Theodore Harrison Jr. could be continuing a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole, he could be a free man or could have a sentence that falls somewhere in between.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FINAL: Cycs, Devils and Lions all advance

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  • Third annual African-American Cultural Breakfast is sold out

    Wanting to get tickets to the annual African American Cultural Breakfast, a blend of arts, music culture and exploration of aspects of African American culture in Chester County? Sorry, says event organizer Tabatha McCree Strother, tickets are sold out. People may get on a waiting list, Strother said, but that is no guarantee of attendance. Attendance is free but tickets are required.

  • UPDATED: School bond referendum fails

    The $38 million Chester County School bond referendum was defeated Tuesday night on a vote of 990 opposed to 863 in favor, according to unofficial totals. Less than nine percent of the registered voters in Chester County came out to cast their ballots in this special referendum vote. According to Chester County Registration and Elections, there are 21,432 registered voters in Chester County – only 1,877 cast votes in this referendum.

    No recount was required and the results were to be certified on Thursday.

  • Voter participation isn't what it used to be, officials say

    What might be called a “dismal” voter turnout for Tuesday’s school bond referendum seems to be a sign of the times, say Chester County Elections officials. Barely 9-percent, a total of 8.75- percent of Chester County’s registered voters came out to vote in the referendum.

    Bill Marion, the chairman of the Chester County Elections Commission, observed on Tuesday evening that at 6 p.m., only 100 voters had voted at the Ella Street location. This is different from what used to happen, Marion said.

  • City may join opioid class action suit

    The City of Chester is at least exploring the possibility of joining a national class action lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

    Cities across the country are dealing with an epidemic of addiction to opioids, the powerful drugs that include everything from opium and morphine to synthetic drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl.

    “The opioid epidemic has reached Chester,” said City Councilwoman Angela Douglas on Monday. “We need to stay ahead of it if we can.”

  • Chester man sentenced to seven years on drug charge

    A Chester man was sentenced to seven years in prison following a jury trial on cocaine distribution charges.

    According to a release from Six Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman’s office, Hilton R. Hayes, 41, of Chester was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday morning after a jury returned a verdict of guilty on the charge of distribution of crack cocaine in Chester County General Sessions Court.

  • EPA seeks input on cleanup review at Carolawn Superfund site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking the public’s input during their most recent Five-Year Review of the cleanup activities that have taken place at the Carolawn Superfund site in Fort Lawn.

  • Mayor, council filing extended in Great Falls

    Filing for the office of mayor of Great Falls and three town council seats will continue through noon on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The deadline was extended from Monday to Tuesday because of the President’s Day holiday on Monday.

    The seats of Mayor Lee Montgomery and Councilmen Jamie “Pudge” Simpson, Glenn Smith and Earl Taylor are up for grabs in the April 10 election.

    As of Thursday, Incumbent Councilmen Taylor and Simpson along with Debra Kelly and David Dutton have filed as candidates for a seat on town council.

  • Resentencing of Harrison for 1988 murders begins

    The facts of his 1990 double-murder conviction have not changed. Theodore Harrison Jr., now 46, is still guilty in the 1988 shooting deaths of Renee Crowl Rollings (22 at the time) and Brian Scott “Scotty” Stephenson, 18. He is not entitled to a new trial, but he is entitled to a new sentencing.