Today's News

  • Longtime Chester vet passes: Lifelong friend prepares to fulfill promise

    Around 11 a.m. today, Willis Crain will pay up on the deal he made with his lifelong friend.

    Whichever one died first, the other would have to do it.

    James "Crack" Anderson died this week, and will be buried today.

    These are two lifelong Chester buds.

    They were both 73, born days apart, lived around the corner from each other, went to the Foote Street School together, high school, then even went on to Clemson together.


    The City of Chester will hold a tailgate party in the Williams-Brice parking lot prior to the game. Mayor Mitch Foster said he expects the party to begin at 3 p.m. and last for a few hours. Foster will grill hot dogs and hamburgers for city staff.

    He said with the party being planned so close to the game it would not be possible to cook food for fans, since there would be no way to know how many people would show up. He said he'd make barbecue at a future tailgate party and find a way to have citizens let the city know in advance who was coming.

  • CYCS CHAMPIONSHIP: The Wilson File

    Wilson Head Coach -- Darryl Page

    Record -- 11-3

    Last Week -- Wilson defeated Crestwood 34-28

    Game Notes -- This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

    A win by Chester on Saturday would give the program its seventh state title, but its first since 1963.

  • CYCS CHAMPIONSHIP: For Cyclones, eight is enough

    When Victor Floyd arrived at Chester High School in 2004 he made a bold prediction to his freshmen.

    "He told us we'd be the ones to win a region and take Chester to state," said senior Charles Whitlock.

    Whitlock said Floyd reaffirmed that claim over and over through the following years. If players would do what he and his coaching staff would ask, their reward would be a trip to Columbia, he said.

    Everyone on the team heard the state title talk, but only eight players have been around to hear it every time Floyd has preached it.

  • CYCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Cyclones and Tigers battle for state crown

    It's just a short ride down I-77 from Chester to South Carolina's capital city.

    For the Chester High football program, though, the road to Columbia seems a lot longer.

    It's been 44 years since the Cyclones played for a state title. From 1964 to 2004, the team managed only three winning seasons, one playoff victory and just 145 wins in 440 games.

    Things have changed in recent years, with the team posting three straight winning seasons. Now the Cyclones, 12-2, have a chance to bring home the first state crown in any boys sport since 1963.

  • Pigskin pickers keep it short for the sake of the Cyclones

    Just for this week, call The News & Reporter's plucky pack of pigskin prophets Muggsy Bogues, because we're a little short.

    Short on space that is. All of us are so excited about the Chester Cyclones making it to their first state title game in 44 years we've agreed to forgo the litany of insults, bad jokes and general Hee-Haw-like behavior we normally offer up in order to allow for more coverage of the Cyclones.

  • CYC CHAMPIONSHIP: On the Road to state UPDATE

    The Chester Cyclones headed down to Columbia around 1 p.m. Friday to thronging, cheering crowds of their fellow students, let out of class to form a cheerline.

    Go to our blog, Chock Full O' Chester, and get the link to watch a three-minute video of the departure.

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Chester passes belated budget

    City officials trumpeted the 2007-8 budget, which received first reading at a special called meeting Thursday night, as being a win for both taxpayers and city employees.

    The budget, which totals $5,113,117, is just .07 percent higher than last year's. It includes no tax increase and a five percent raise for city staff.

    To accommodate pay raises without a millage increase, department heads were asked to tighten their belts, said City Councilwoman Linda Tinker.

  • Hospital to light tree Monday

    At 5:30 p.m. Monday, Chester Regional Medical Center will celebrate, with the community, the Annual Tree Lighting Service.

    The Rev. Wylie Fredrick of The Shield of Faith Family Church will open the service with prayer, and entertainment will be provided by the First Baptist Church Hand Bell Choir and the Lewisville 3rd Grade Choir. As always, there will be a special visit from Santa.

    By contributing $4, a light will be placed on the tree in honor or memory of someone special in your life.

  • GOT A MINUTE: The greatest artist ever?

    The greatest artist ever? Michaelangelo? Da Vinci? Picasso?

    No. None of the above.

    The greatest artist ever is ... Mother Nature.

    She has a phenomenal ability to color her landscapes in such a way as to be unrealistic.

    But it is all quite real, and very beautiful.