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Community News

  • DAV hands out some appreciations at annual Christmas dinner

    The James D. Wessinger Chapter 19 of the Disabled American Veterans and Unit 19 of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary in Chester said “thank you” to some people at their annual Christmas dinner recently for their support of veterans, families and the causes of the DAV and DAVA.

  • Christmas isn't just for kids

    It isn’t just children who anxiously wait to see what Santa has left under their tree on Christmas morning.

  • Chester DAV makes warm donation to Camden's homeless

    Every year, the Disabled American Veterans, James D. Wessinger Chapter 19 in Chester and the DAV Auxiliary (DAVA) Unit 19 pick a charity to make a donation to at their annual Christmas dinner. This year, they decided to warm things up for some of the homeless population in Camden.

    DAV Commander Al Boyd invited Chaplain Diane Miracle with the Disciple of Christ Women’s Motorcycle Ministry to attend the dinner.

    “We normally make a donation to an organization that is helping to meet a need,” Boyd said.

  • RFD Knox Station Road substation holds open house

    The Richburg Fire Department’s substation at Knox Station Road held their Open House this past Thursday to let the community know they are open. Some homeowners and business owners already knew this, because the station had already been answering calls said Richburg Fire Marshal Capt. Mike Ehrmanntraut. He serves as the station captain for the substation.

    Richburg Fire Chief John Agee said the opening of the substation would have a significant impact for the surrounding homeowners.

  • One war and a lifetime ago

    Jane Oneppo first received a Quilt of Valor in 2014. Now, three years later, fittingly on the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the WWII veteran’s quilt was re-dedicated and she was again thanked for the service she provided.

    Oneppo was a member of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) a division of the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1944. She served as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate. (See related story about her military service elsewhere in this issue).

  • Historical Society seeks to ID subjects in Nichols photos

    There is a stool in the Chester County Historical Society Museum that at one time, was warmed by every behind in Chester County who sat for a portrait made by renowned photographer Henry Orion Nichols, called simply, “Mister Nichols” by many who knew him. “Mister Nichols also copied and restored a lot of older family photographs in his Chester studio. Now the Historical Society is seeking help with identifying people in the Nichols portraits and in some of the copies of restored photos he kept in negative form.

  • Stories of War and Peacetime

    A new oral history project administered for the Library of Congress by the Louise Pettus Archives at Winthrop aims to collect the stories of veterans from across the state.

    The News & Reporter sat down with Emily Cranwell, the archivist from the Louise Pettus Archives and local historian, and Winthrop Special Project Archivist Anna Lee before they spoke to the James D. Wessinger Chapter 19 of the Disabled American Veterans recently in Chester about the project.

  • Hospice of S.C. "Shines on" in memory of loved ones

    A small group gathered Tuesday night in the Hospice Care of S.C. parking lot in Chester to light candles in honor, memory and celebration of their loved ones. The first ever luminary ceremony mirrored similar ceremonies happening at the same time across the state at 20 other locations and services.

    Hospice Care of S.C. Community Relations Liaison Jan Byars said the ceremony was held at this time because November is Hospice and Palliative Care month.

  • Free Dental Day being held Friday

    The Chester Family Dental Care office will hold their first Free Dental Day at their offices on 726 Wilson St. in Chester today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Dr. May Yang, the main dentist at the practice, said she decided to offer free exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions as a way of giving back to the community.

  • Christmas in Chester brings unique holiday experience

    Where can kids (and grownups) go ice-skating, slide down a snow hill and read a book with Mrs. Claus? Only at the 5th annual Christmas in Chester event this Friday and Saturday.

    The Christmas and Chester volunteers, led by Brenda McBrayer, have worked hard to offer some unique holiday experiences this year.

    This year they have even topped last year’s appearance of the snow hill with, what else? An ice skating rink.