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Community News

  • County fire engines soon to be in service

    Fire engines for two Chester County fire services were rolled out and shown off recently at the Chester County Government Complex.

    South Chester Fire Department has a brand new 1,000-gallon pumper truck and West Chester Fire Department has a brand new fire engine.

    Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart said when it came time to purchase fire engines, there were two options: commercial and customized.

    “You’d think custom would cost more, and it does, but not for the reason we might think a custom vehicle costs more.”

  • Buggy dedicated in memory of Gaston at Lando Days

    While Lando Days was going on this weekend, a replica of the buggy that Dr. John “Newt” Gaston Sr. used during the travels for his practice from his Edgemoor home to Lando and Richburg was dedicated. And Dr. Gaston’s family was there to see it.

    It wasn’t the same buggy, mind you, but it was a replica of one that Dr. John Newt Gaston used to travel from his Edgemoor home to his office at Manetta Mills and one that he frequently treated patients and dispensed vaccines from.

  • Richburg Fire Department celebrates 50 years of service

    This Saturday, the Richburg Fire Department will celebrate 50 years of serving the community. The fire department will hold a drop-in at the main station in Richburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    At their October meeting Richburg Fire Marshal Mike Ehrmanntraut shared some details of the celebration with members of Richburg Town Council.

  • Fort Lawn Community welcomes fall this Saturday with festival

    The weather may not feel very fall-ish, but that’s not going to stop the Fort Lawn Community Center and their Heart & Soul partners from celebrating it this Saturday.

    After being dormant for a few years, Fort Lawn celebration of all things fall returns with a new name, “Fall for Fort Lawn,” and a selection of entertainment for festival-goers.

    The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday. It was brought back by popular demand.

  • The church reborn

    Lando Baptist Church may have taken as their text John 2:10-21: ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

    ‘Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?’

    Rebuilding the church after it was destroyed by fire and water took a little more than three days and less than 46 years, however. In total, it was about 27 months since that night in July 2016. But the presence of God was still there in the process.

  • "Putting on the dog"

    The Chester County Animal Care and Enforcement (A.C.E.) Team was ‘putting on the dog’ (literally) at the recent ribbon cutting and tour of the refurbished animal shelter.

    The ribbon-cutting event was held in conjunction with the three-day statewide PickMeSC event where all adoption fees were waived at animal shelters across the state.

    Here in Chester County, 27 dogs animals found their forever homes during the three-day event.

  • Catching some "major air"

    The skate park in Chester planned by a revitalization group could soon be a reality; in other words, the idea of building a skate park for skateboarders and others is “catching some wicked air.”

    At a recent CHS assembly, CURES (Citizens United for Redevelopment and Economic Stability) of Chester unveiled the plans for a skate park in Chester to enthusiastic response from the Chester High students.

    CURES founder Ken Lebbon said he wanted to take a few minutes during the assembly to let students know what was about to happen in their community.

  • A "duke's mixture" of music

    Music fans who attend the third annual Abe Abercrombie & Ben Jones Bluegrass Festival on the grounds of New Life Baptist Church this Saturday from 3-8 p.m. will hear something that is music to their ears -- music. But their $10 admission to the festival will be music to the ears of the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association.

    New Life Pastor Don Etters is the organizer of the festival, which is held in honor of his wife, Pete, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007. The festival is named for two of Etters’ friends

  • Buggy dedication among features at Lando Days

    The 12th annual celebration of all things Lando, Lando Days, will kick things off with a special dedication, a horse-drawn buggy similar to the one community physician Dr. John Newton Gaston might have used.

    The members of the Lando Days committee sat down recently with The N&R to tell the story behind this turn of the century transportation.

  • "A day to remember" for "another generation"

    Each year the annual Old Zion AME Zion Reunion Revival settles on a focus that becomes the theme for that year’s event. This year, the focus was indicated by this passage from Joel 1:3: ‘Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.’

    Messages to the young people in the congregation and the “family church” of St. Paul Halsellville Baptist Church and messages from those young people, made up the majority of the event.