Today's News

  • Chester gets look at final charrette results

    The charrette the City of Chester began in the summer of 2006 is near completion -- the results were presented Tuesday night. The charrette, an intensive branding and re-sculpting of downtown, was prepared by Arnett, Muldrow and Associates of Greenville.

    Part of the presentation Trip Muldrow made revolved around residential growth. Muldrow noted that with the Montrose Development set to bring thousands of homes and $2 billion in investment to the county, Chester needs to prepare for spillover growth.

  • Boy reaches out to prisoners

    It's in the Book. And on Tuesday it was proved true. A dollar at a time, Blair McBrayer, 4 and half years old, collected the money. His mother and family helped him negotiate to make all the purchases, but in chunks, he took the $100 he raised and bought 100 books.

    And on Tuesday, Blair and his father Will dropped off the Bibles at the Chester County Detention Center.

    Blair's mother helped him come up with the idea, says Will, his father.

    His class at Horizons Christian Academy and his church helped him raise the money.

  • CHURCH CALENDAR week of 02/08

    Armenia UMC

    • Boy Scout Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10.

    Bethel Baptist

    • Men's Day/Black History program, "Inside Job," 2 p.m. Sunday. Speaker: Pastor Marvin O'Neal Hughes.

    Bethel UMC

    • Valentine banquet, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Food, entertainment, games.

    Bethlehem Baptist

    Benefit program for Deacon Belton Thompson, 6 p.m. Saturday.

    Calvary Baptist

    • Financial Peace Uni-versity, 8 a.m. Sunday.

    Capers Chapel UMC

  • Whitlock returns for signing ceremony

    There wasn't much drama surrounding Charles "C.C." Whitlock's college choice at Wednesday's signing ceremony at Chester High School. After all, he's been in college for close to a month now.

    Whitlock drove up from Columbia to participate in the group signing with his former high school teammates, and "announced" what was known since his commitment in November and his enrollment last month; he'll play football for USC.

    Whitlock said his transition to college has been a smooth one, even though the routine he now follows is much different than in high school.

  • Speedy Springs bound for Birmingham

    Terrell Springs is fast.

    He runs fast, he plays fast. He was even fast in making his college choice.

    Springs didn't wait for the end of his senor season to make a college selection, he committed to the University of Alabama-Birmingham last summer. He stuck with that commitment and officially signed with the team on Wednesday.

    Springs said once the team offered him, there was no reason for him to wait.

    "I like the coaching staff," Springs said. "I like the head coach and my position coach. They know what they're talking about."

  • McCaskill not a skinny kid anymore

    When Gene McCaskill first joined the Chester High football team as a freshman, coach Victor Floyd remembers him being a little on the small side.

    "He was so skinny, we had trouble finding a helmet that fit him," Floyd remembered. "He weighed about 125 pounds.

    McCaskill has grown up a lot since then, physically and otherwise. The Cyclone quarterback/wide receiver signed with Kentucky on Wednesday.

  • Hinton bound for North Iowa

    Necole Hinton said she going to have to get used to flying.

    Her son, Chester High stand-out linebacker Mario has signed with North Iowa Area Community College.

    North Iowa is a two-year school. Hinton said he hopes to transfer after a year or two to a bigger college. He noted that he drew interest from Clemson, and said he will use his time in Iowa to prove that he can get the job done both on the field and in the classroom.

    He likes the chance the school is giving him.

    "It has a good environment," Hinton said. "It's a good opportunity for me."

  • Foster signs with Coffeyville

    Lewisville's Dion Foster hopes to play football for Clemson or South Carolina one day. If he does, he'll have taken the long road to one of his home-state universities.

    Foster signed Wednesday with Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. At one point, Foster was going to be placed in the school by Auburn, but decided against the move.

    "That lets me weigh by options," Foster said. "I want to be able to look at Clemson or USC. I don't want to be tied down."

  • Foote note: Cyclone lineman signs with Charleston Southern

    A few years ago, Teresa Foote noticed something about her son Terill; he was a pretty good football player.

    "With his weight and height I figured he might have a chance to play in college," she said.

    Mother apparently does know best. Foote, who anchored the offensive line for an offense that tolled up more than 5,000 yards of offense in 2007, signed with Charleston Southern on Wednesday.

    Foote, 6'5, 265 pounds, was recruited by several schools, including The Citadel and Newberry, but said Charleston Southern was the right fit for him.

  • Chalk plans cross-country trek

    Shawn Chalk out-did most every other college signee in the country Wednesday. He's committed to play at two schools.

    Chalk will enroll and play football at Feather River Community College in Quincy, California in the fall. After the fall semester, he will transfer to Virginia Union.