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Community News

  • Faith & Love STEM program thanks Lutz
  • McGillis remembered as a man with heart

    Friends and colleagues filled the Chester Farmer’s Market on Saturday at a Celebration of Life for the late Jack McGillis, formerly the City of Chester facilities manager.

    Jack Richard McGillis, 60, passed away March 2, 2019.

  • Long time love S70ory

    When Robert Lynn peeked his head around the corner of the auditorium at the Fort Lawn Community Center this past week, he looked a little surprised. He also looked a little off-balance, because the woman who had been through life with him for 70 years was not, this night, at his side, but the love in this long time love story was still there.

  • "Renaissance woman" Ayers-Allen honored with Duke Citizenship and Service award

    A ‘Renaissance woman’ and a public servant of over 50 years were the two people honored recently at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce 61st annual banquet. Both were names of people well-known to the community. Dr. Vivian Ayers-Allen was awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award and former Great Falls High School Principal and former Mayor of Great Falls Dr. H.C. “Speedy” Starnes was honored with the Lifetime Education Award. (See the related story on Dr. Starnes’ award in the pages of The Great Falls Reporter.)

  • Johnson remembered as woman with passion for feeding children

    The compassionate woman with the gravelly voice who for years was in charge of a city program that saw school-aged kids receive a nutritious lunch at more than 70 meal sites in the City of Chester, Chester County and parts of Lancaster County the during the summer months has passed.

    Peggy Johnson, head of the City of Chester Summer Food Service Program, has died at age 71.

  • BBNB branches out

    Battered But Not Broken, the ministry started by Tammy Williams that is for women who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and are transitioning back into the world after being incarcerated, has two houses for residents established in Chester: the House of Magdalene and the House of Ruth. The House of Magdalene is up and running and has accepted residents – the House of Ruth is still under renovation. Williams is sure that the House of Ruth as well, will soon begin to serve more residents.

  • Olde English chooses Chester County’s Ag + Art Tour as Attraction of Year

    Chester County’s annual Ag+ Art Tour was one of seven selected as an “Attraction of the Year” recently by the Olde English District Tourism Commission.

    The award was made at the commission’s annual luncheon, held this year at King’s Mountain State Park.

    This year the Commission, (OED) recognized a group of counties putting on the Ag + Art Tour as “Attractions of the Year.”

  • A final favor for a friend

    Leroy Worthy started thinking about how to honor his friend George “Curley” Cornwell after he was killed under tragic circumstances in 1961. This week, he found a way to do it.

    Worthy and his brother Hubert placed a memorial marker in the pouring rain at the site in the Zion Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church cemetery where Cornwell is buried.

  • Heart & Soul committee "planting" some good in 29714 community

    In light of their most recent actions, you could say the Fort Lawn Heart & Soul committee is “planting” some good in the community covered by the 29714 zip code. The Heart & Soul initiative is described as a “resident-driven community development program”.

    Committee member Mick Harrington gave Fort Lawn Town Council an update on Heart & Soul activities during the December Town Council meeting.

  • A "banner" season

    The group responsible for getting the Hometown Heroes banners hung up around Chester for the past eight months has a message for family members of those service heroes: come and get them.

    With the start of the Christmas season, new holiday banners have taken the place of the Hometown Heroes banners on utility poles and light poles across the city. CURES of Chester, Citizens United for Redevelopment and Economic Stability, has taken charge of these banners and would like to see them returned to the family members, said CURES director Ken Lebbon.