Community News

  • Faith & Love STEM program thanks Lutz
  • 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.

  • Cyclones receive hero's welcome

    They were hungry.

    They were humble

    They were focused.

    The Chester Cyclones football team received a hero’s welcome as their bus arrived back at Chester High School Friday night, following their 34-28 state championship win at Williams-Brice Stadium.

    Chester citizens braved the Friday night cold, lining up in the “Storm Center,” the VIP parking lot next to the stadium, to welcome home the buses containing the team, coaches, cheerleaders and band.

  • Bobby Holcombe retires after 71 years with Springs

    Although he retired from Springs Industries many years ago, Bobby Holcombe considers his service with the Springs Close Foundation to be a continuation of that service, and so, you could say he’s retiring after a total of 71 years working for Springs.

    Holcombe is the genial, soft-spoken representative of the Springs Close Foundation in Chester. He retires at the end of December.

  • Lesson by lamplight

    Visitors to the recent Christmas in Lando event had a rare chance to step back in time – three times – as they toured what is popularly known as the Barber House in Lando.

    Historian Paul Williams is working on stabilizing and restoring the home which was owned by a Barber, who also owned what would later become Manetta Mill in Lando.

    The two-story house can best be described as decrepit, not on its last legs, but getting there. The wooden floorboards creak and the front porch has to be carefully navigated.

  • Christmas comes early in Chester

    There’s snow and ice in the forecast for this weekend’s annual Christmas in Chester, but no one is going to mind. The ice is going to be what’s covering the ice skating rink and the snow will be covering the snow hill behind the Chester County Library. The forecast also predicts fun for the family, especially children 12 and under.

    Christmas in Chester organizer Brenda McBrayer might as well change her name to “Mrs. Christmas.” She and a dedicated group of volunteers help make Christmas magical for a bunch of youngsters in Chester every year.