Today's News

  • Building permit activity

    The Catawba Regional Council of Government tracks regional building permit trends in its four-county area, including Chester County.

    It's latest report available online, for July to Sept. 2007, shows building activity by census tract in Chester County.

    The heavy building activity in the county is shown in the red area above, outside of Chester, south to the Broad River and up to the county line with York County.

    The north Chester area around Lowrys, in white, shows no building permit activity.

  • Filing ends Friday for April election

    Time is running out so if you're interested in seeking a seat on the Great Falls town council, you need to act quickly.

    Friday is the last day to file a letter of intent if you want to be a candidate in the April 8 election. Letters of intent must be filed by 5 p.m. Friday.

    The election will be held to fill the office of three four-year term council members and one two-year unexpired council member term.

    The four-year terms of Councilman Earl Taylor and Councilwoman Maxine Wood are up for election. Wood is completing the term of the late Councilman Wayne Autry.

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  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Sponsoring bill to protect appraisers

    I have just signed on as a co-sponsor to the "Appraiser Independence Bill." The purpose of the legislation is to protect borrowers and real estate appraisers from coercion in a variety of forms, including but not limited to, blacklisting, bribery, extortion, intimidation, and non-payment. There are already state and federal statutes to punish or revoke the licenses of appraisers whenever an appraiser breaks the law. Also, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice requires an appraiser to be an "impartial, unbiased third party" in the business.

  • York County power outage leads to Lando fire

    A power outage in York County caused more than 1,200 people in both Chester and York counties to lose their power. When the power came back on, line overload caused a fire in a field.

    The power outage was along Edgeland Road, east of Lando to the York County line, according to Chester County Emergency Mananagement Director Eddie Murphy.

    Duke Power crews were trying to get the power restored in the Mount Holley area, he said, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    When the power was restored, however, there was an overload, Murphy said.

  • Law officials target underage drinking

    Underage drinking in the region is now under attack. That was the message from a meeting of law enforcement and behavioral health agencies in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, who met last month at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to discuss progress being made by the new Alcohol Enforcement Team's to enforce the state's tougher underage drinking laws passed July 1.

  • CHS boys clinch region, girls win streak snapped

    The Chester Cyclones got their quarterback back on Tuesday.

    On Friday, Chester, with Gene McCaskill out of the line-up because of an official football visit to Kentucky, struggled to a narrow overtime win over Eau Claire. He returned early this week, though, and had a huge first half to boost his team to a 71-63 victory over A.C. Flora that clinched the Region III-AAA title for the Cyclones.

    "Gene is a team leader," said Chester coach Jason Smith. "He's the quarterback of the football team, and he's like our quarterback too playing point guard."

  • Great Falls Red Devil boys and girls record wins

    Indian Land's game effort fell short in a 59-54 home loss to Class A power Great Falls on Tuesday night.

    Great Falls' five-point win gave the Red Devils a hoops sweep.The IL girls dropped a 43-21 setback in the opener.The Indian Land boys showed it came to play, taking an 11-8 lead in the first period. Great Falls came back to take a tough 22-17 lead at the half and was able to keep the upper hand despite the inspired Warriors' play.

    "We had some great practices leading up to this game," IL coach Nate Smith said. "Our press helped us and we shot the ball well."

  • School district, chamber look at housing for new teachers

    There are plenty of good new teachers in Chester County schools.

    But most of the new teachers aren't in Chester County, according to a committee looking into teacher recruitment and teacher retention.

    When the new school year started in August, the Chester County School District had 70 new teachers this year. Of them, 33 are brand new, never having taught anywhere before. Seven had previously worked for the district and returned.

    The N&R profiled some of those teachers.

  • Lead may threaten our pets as well

    Good morning, Chester. My granddaughter reminded me this weekend about the 1.5 million Fisher-Price toys made in China that were on a recall list for lead content this past fall.

    That got me thinking as I watched our own dogs play with toys probably made in China. What about the lead content in their toys? Could this be at dangerous levels too? I heard recently about a couple doing renovations to an older home and discovered lead in the old paint chips they were scraping away in order to repaint window frames when their dog became sick.