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Today's News

  • Lottery tuition assistance invaluable

    Last week, hundreds of students from the S.C. Technical College System gathered at the State House to show their support for Lottery Tuition Assistance. Their message to the legislators was clear: Lottery Tuition Assistance is making a difference.

    Since the program was established in 2002, more than 175,000 students across the state have used LTA to get the skills and training they needed to get good jobs, prepare for better jobs, or to give them an affordable option when looking to transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Video touting county premieres

    It took about a year and two additional donations, but Chester County has a slick DVD now that it will be presenting to potential industrial and commercial clients.

    At the 2007 Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, developer Mel Graham offered to donate $10,000 so that the county could prepare a video.

    Graham, the nephew of evangelist Billy Graham, is the man behind Montrose Plantation, a huge community in the planning stages to be built along Interstate 77 in Chester County.

  • PRIMARY ROUNDUP: These boots were made for voting, this cake was made for polling

    • "What were the totals?" a member of the Chester County Election Commission shouted out Saturday night.

    So another member, Anna Boulware, knew right where to look.

    She had a leather-bound filing system. She kept a couple of pieces of paper stuffed into the top of her right boot.

    The left boot?

    Well, a bit like Maxwell Smart, it can ring. Boulware stuffs her cellphone in the top of it when she wears it. She unzipped both, a little, to get out what she needs.

  • STATE HOUSE REPORT: House sends bicycling bill to Senate

    The 117th General Assembly convened on Jan. 8. Of interest in the first week of session, was one key action. The House amended, approved, and sent to the Senate H.3006, legislation that revises a traffic provision intended to facilitate the overtaking of slow-moving vehicles by faster-moving vehicles and establishes a new requirement that an operator of a motor vehicle shall allow a safe operating distance between the motor vehicle and a bicycle when passing and overtaking a bicyclist.

  • Cyclones claim pair of close wins over Shamrocks

    Chester's Porchia Carter drained the winning shot at the buzzer against Eau Claire on Friday.

    Carter's 10-foot jumper made had no real effect on the outcome of the game, which Chester won 66-60. The shot may have seemed meaningless, but it actually made the Lady Cyclones a winner in the post-season pecking order.

    "We knew we had to beat them by more than 5 points," said Chester coach Marilyn Milton. "They beat us by 5 down there. We had to win tonight and do it by more than 5 points to control the tie-breaker."

  • Now that that's over and done

    We want to weigh in on the Presidential Preference Primaries we've endured for, well, ever.

    We could talk about how holding these primaries put us on the national stage, perhaps again helped the Republican Party pick its nominee, helped clarify the Democratic field, perhaps picked a president. We could talk about how fun it was for all those other towns to have candidates pass through, how cool it was to see three, four major debates held here.

    All that is important.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Immigration, offical state language top Senate work

    Although the Senate passed a comprehensive reform immigration bill last year, two bills passed the Senate this week that relate to immigration.

    The first bill, a concurrent resolution, asks the Congress of the United States to call a convention for the sole and exclusive purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that no provision of the Constitution shall restrict or limit a state from enforcing federal law with regard to immigration violations.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Chester fire district improves ISO

    The Chester Fire District is the latest county fire department to improve its rating, going from a 4 to a 3 in the city limits.

    A recent ISO audit was the first for Chester in 18 years, said Chester Chief Paul Caldwell.

    The ISO rating is based on three criteria; fire alarm communication systems, water supply and fire department response and operations.

    Caldwell said the auditor complimented the readiness of his staff, noting that most audits take between three and five days to finish, but it only took a day-and-a-half to rate Chester.

  • Trail will connect 15 counties, two states

    Glinda Coleman is excited about the possibilities.

    Earlier this month, Chester County Council voted to support a proposed trail system, and that makes the executive director of the Great Falls Home Town Association thrilled.

    Becoming a part of the system, Coleman said, may be a vital link in connecting Great Falls and Chester County with other trails and green spaces in the Carolinas.

  • Grandpa's girl attends ceremony

    She loves her Grandpa -- her T-shirt said as much.

    But Morgan Leigh Young never got to meet him.

    Tommy Lee Davis died in a car crash in July 28. He'd been looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild.

    Morgan Leigh came along Nov. 28, born at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville. She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 and half inches long.

    Tommy Davis never got to hug Morgan Leigh, but her family has said they are going to make sure she remembers the man honored Thursday night by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce.