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  • "Hometown Heroes" has first class of 50 veterans

    The Hometown Heroes program that proposes to erect 50 banners honoring service members on lampposts up and down the streets of Chester has their first class of 50 veterans.

    Ken Lebbon, founder of CURES (Citizens United for Revitalization and Economic Stability) posted the following on the group’s Facebook post on Tuesday:

    ‘The Hometown Heroes program has reached the 50 picture quota that is funded and then some. The plan is to have these 50 banners in place by the weekend of the April 27.

  • Downtown Chester turns blue for autism awareness

    Police vehicles flashed their blue lights, everyone was dressed in shades of blue and even the monument on Monument Square was briefly illuminated by blue lights Monday night as a crowd of people came out to observe autism awareness month.

  • Not your grandmother’s ‘women’s shelter:’

    The Center of Hope facility is now open in downtown Chester, but Shelter Leader Kathi Gaddy and Christ Central Ministries Director Betty Bagley say, don’t call it a “women’s shelter” – the program is so much more than that.

    “We like to call it the ‘Center of Hope Women’s Program’ Gaddy said. ‘Shelter’ has such a negative connotation to it, like it’s a facility where people wander in and out and leave during the day and come in at night. That’s not really what we are.

  • Hometown Heroes comes to Chester

    From the American Revolution to the War on Terror, men and women in Chester County have always been willing to stand and be counted when their country has called. Soon, many of them will stand proudly again in downtown Chester.

    The Hometown Heroes program is coming to the City of Chester. The project will put veterans’ pictures and information on boulevard banners that will be placed on Main, Hudson, Gadsden, Columbia and West End Streets. Any veteran from the City of Chester, living or deceased, from any branch of the military can be honored with a banner.

  • Counseling center planning to open satellite office in Chester

    The Saluda Counseling Services Center in Rock Hill has received a $6,000 grant from the Herbert and Anna Lutz Foundation. Says Saluda Counseling Center Executive Director, the Rev. James R. “Randy” McSpadden, that amount will go a long way towards the Center’s plans to re-open a satellite office in Chester.

  • Arts Council oyster roast is Saturday

    Arts Council of Chester County Director Lauren Medlin says the oysters are steaming, the Lowcountry boil is cooking and the auction items are ready. All that’s missing is the people.

    The Arts Council will hold their 12th annual oyster roast fundraiser on Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road, Chester, from 6-9 p.m.

    In addition to the steamed oysters and the Lowcountry boil, the event will feature two auctions: a silent one and a live one.

  • PhotoVoice Contest deadline extended

    The deadline to participate in the PhotoVoice Contest, a contest sponsored by the Chester County Tobacco Free Coalition and the Hazel Pittman Center, has been extended to April 13.

    The contest deadline was extended due to a low degree of participation and because the PhotoVoice Contest organizers want to give teens every opportunity to participate.

    The contest is open to all middle and high school aged students.

    Prizes will be awarded on May 9 at the Chester Farmers and Artisans Market. That award event is open to the public.

  • Wise words from a wildlife officer

    Talk about a tough room. SCDNR officer Matt Owen stepped up on the stage recently at the Outdoor Christian Ministries annual Sportsman’s Banquet to address the assembled group of outdoor enthusiasts, some of who might have met him in his official law enforcement capacity.

    They may be SCDNR law enforcement officers, but once upon a time they were called “conservation officers” and “game wardens” and “wildlife officers.” Whatever you call them, Owen is one of two officers assigned to Chester County.

  • Small comforts
  • Straight down the barrel

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood pulled no punches talking about the plight of Chester County’s first African American sheriff and the things he’s encountered in his career. Underwood was the featured speaker and main honoree of the Third Annual African American Cultural Breakfast.

    The theme of this year’s breakfast was honoring the, as emcee Bea Thompson put it, “trailblazers” who were the first black law enforcement officers. Sheriff Underwood fits that category also.