Community News

  • 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.

  • Hospice Shine On! event brings on some bittersweet memories

    The memories at the 2nd Annual Hospice Care of S.C. Shine On! event were bittersweet, but shone as brightly as the luminaries set up by families to remember, honor and celebrate their loved ones.

    Originally planned to be held in the parking lot of Hospice Care of S.C., the event was driven inside by the inclement weather.

    Christy Wilburn is Hospice’s new community relations liaison. She succeeds Jan Byars, who has held that job for many years and will retire in December.

  • Get an armful of bargains at Jingle Bell Bazaar this Sunday

    As the old song “Jingle Bell Rock” says, “Jingle Bell Time is a swell time.” That applies to Christmas as well as another annual event that takes place well before Christmas, the Arts Council of Chester County’s Jingle Bell Bazaar, the annual holiday marketplace that brings together a sleigh full of vendors and artists and provides visitors with some unique before-Christmas shopping.

    To learn how the Jingle Bell Bazaar started, you have to use a little holiday magic and go back into the history of the Arts Council a few years.

  • Veterans Day 2018: Never forget

    A full battalion of speakers stepped up to the podium at the war memorial building to share their thoughts during this year’s Veterans Day observance in Chester County. In their own way and in their own words, they were each saying the same things to veterans on this day: “Thank you for service” and “Never forget”.

  • Once a Marine, always a Marine

    The old saying is “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” That also applies to new Marines, like 24-year- old Talf Wrenn.

    The annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball, put on by Marine Corps League Detachment 1161, Chester County Devil Dogs, is always special, but this year it was extra special for Wrenn, the grandson of Gene and Kay Loving of Chester. Born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the 24-year-old has defied the odds several times, living past the age the doctors expected him to and, despite his disability, graduating from Andrew Jackson High School.

  • If these walls could talk...

    If these walls could talk, what stories they would tell. They would tell of their life as the Brooklyn Elementary School, a school that was built in 1937, according to a history of the school written in 2012 by the school’s first 3rd grade teacher Miss Maggie B. Honor, to alleviate some of the overcrowding in the public school.

  • "A useable piece of history"

    What began as just an idea in the minds of several people around the year 2009 has turned into a realization, complete with highly-polished pine wood floors.

    The renovation of the Brooklyn Center, which started out life in 1938 as Brooklyn School in the Chester community of the same name, is completed. The community building on Ashford Street will be shown off to the public with an Open House event today beginning at 5 p.m.