http://www.onlinechester.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Chester County School Board member Dr. Laurens Fort passes http://www.onlinechester.com/content/chester-county-school-board-member-dr-laurens-fort-passes-0 <img src="http://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/laurens_fort.jpg" alt="Dr. L.W. Fort Jr. is shown being sworn in for his first term of office on Chester County School Board in 2007." title="Dr. L.W. Fort Jr. is shown being sworn in for his first term of office on Chester County School Board in 2007." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Long-time serving Chester County School Board member Dr. Laurens Fort, 77, passed away Thursday morning. According to his wife, Brenda, Fort woke up Thursday morning complaining of shortness of breath. He had been nursing a cold for a couple of weeks, she said. He told his wife she needed to call an ambulance, but he passed away before the ambulance could reach the hospital, at about 5:19 a.m.</p> Trashing Chester County http://www.onlinechester.com/content/trashing-chester-county <p> Several members of Chester County Council are tired of people trashing Chester County.</p> <p> At two recent meetings of the council, there have been discussions about the amount of litter on county roads. At the first meeting of the month, Councilman Joe Branham called the problem &ldquo;an epidemic.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got to do something about it,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You clean up a street and it&rsquo;s dirty again a week later.&rdquo;</p> Roddey’s portrait will hang in county government building http://www.onlinechester.com/content/roddey%E2%80%99s-portrait-will-hang-county-government-building <p> The building that already bears his name will soon have the image of Carlisle Roddey on permanent display.</p> Chester EMA Deputy Director Darby wins second state Achievement Award http://www.onlinechester.com/content/chester-ema-deputy-director-darby-wins-second-state-achievement-award <img src="http://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ed_darby_award.jpg" alt="Chester County Emergency Management Deputy Director Ed Darby shows the citation and State Achievement Ribbon he was awarded for his work for the S.C. Emergency Management Division in Marion County in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew. This is the second Achievement Ribbon Darby has been awarded. He received the first one for his actions during the historic floods in Columbia." title="Chester County Emergency Management Deputy Director Ed Darby shows the citation and State Achievement Ribbon he was awarded for his work for the S.C. Emergency Management Division in Marion County in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew. This is the second Achievement Ribbon Darby has been awarded. He received the first one for his actions during the historic floods in Columbia." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> To win his State Achievement Ribbon, Chester County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Ed Darby literally had to make it through the storm &ndash; again.</p> <p> Darby received the first of these awards for his service in October 2015 to the state Emergency Management Division during the Historic Floods, for &lsquo;his outstanding performance of duty while in hazardous conditions during this period of great crisis in the state,&rsquo; according to the citation.</p> Massey 'digs' history http://www.onlinechester.com/content/massey-digs-history <p> A lot of people say Chester&rsquo;s John Massey &lsquo;digs&rsquo; history &ndash; now when they say that, they mean it literally.</p> 'Read-Feed-Succeed' http://www.onlinechester.com/content/read-feed-succeed <p> Gateway District Master Plan draws some criticism and warnings from businessman http://www.onlinechester.com/content/gateway-district-master-plan-draws-some-criticism-and-warnings-businessman <p> The document that the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) calls the Master Plan for the Gateway District, the planning area between Interstate-77 Exits 62 and 65, was just recently discussed in public at the Chester Development Association meeting (see related story elsewhere in this issue). The suggestions of the plan, or rather the more restrictive regulations that some fear the plan could lead to, did not sit well with Chester County developer and businessman Hal Crenshaw.</p> UPDATED WITH VIDEO: County owes CIT $95,000 http://www.onlinechester.com/content/updated-video-county-owes-cit-95000 <p> Chester County will pay CIT Vendor Finance more than $64,000 for a previous lease agreement that was not honored and an additional $30,545 in interest after a judge&rsquo;s ruling last week.</p>