Community News

  • "Community Heart and Soul" initiative could transform Fort Lawn

    A group in Fort Lawn led by the Fort Lawn Community Center is seeking to be involved in a community initiative that could transform the entire community.

    The “Community Heart & Soul” initiative is administered by the non-profit Orton Family Foundation and has found a local partner in the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

  • Bluegrass (and gospel) with a cause

    In modern custom, when you hold the first what you hope will be an annual event, you call it the “Inaugural” one. After that, you are allowed to start numbering them. The now-annual Abe Abercrombie and Ben Jones Bluegrass Festival is such an event. In fact, said festival organizer Don Etters, this will be the “2nd Annual.”

  • Veteran groups join forces to continue the mission of Veterans Day Parade
  • They were there when the world stopped turning

    Alan Jackson asked in song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” Jeanine and Wesley Elliott can tell you exactly where they were; they were in Long Island, N.Y., close enough to see the smoke. From Long Island to New York City is about 50 miles away.

    Jeanine Elliott and Wesley are related to former Greenport, Long Island, N.Y. Fire Chief (now Fort Lawn resident) Richard Hulse.

    Jeanine said she had trouble processing what she was seeing on television that September day.

  • Taylor's Soul Food feeds evacuues in Chester, Rock Hill

    The Taylor’s Soul Food Restaurants in Chester and Rock Hill take the “soul” part of their name very seriously, as in “feeding the soul” and “a good soul.” They also take the words of Matthew 25:35 to heart.

    The restaurants normally do a brisk business on Tuesdays, but for this past Tuesday, they were closed to the general public as they provided some free hot meals to groups of Hurricane Irma evacuees from Florida.

  • Group gathers at FL Community Center to remember 9/11

    It was a brief ceremony, and sparsely attended, but that fact did not register on what Richard Hulse was trying to do, which was remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The former Long Island, New York fire chief led a special ceremony Sunday at the Fort Lawn Community Center.

  • Barron and Dantzler-Baker say "thank you" to public servants

    A plate of barbecue and some coleslaw isn’t much in the overall scheme of things, but when it is served with a friendly smile and heartfelt “Thank You,” it can mean a lot to public servants like emergency workers and law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day.

  • Annual 9/11 rememberance planned in Fort Lawn

    Fort Lawn resident Richard Hulse has a simple reason why he oversees a remembrance of Sept. 11 every year: he doesn't want people to forget.

    He has a very personal reason for remembering: Hulse, once chief of the Greenport, Long Island Fire Department in New York, lost 343 brother firefighters on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001. Three of the FDNY firefighters who lost their lives were people Hulse had known when he was chief of his fire department.

  • Prosperous financial advisor gives back to the community

    Tinisha Springs Wallace has a big heart, and she wants to do what she can for the community. She also has access to a big truck, and on Sept. 9, she will be bringing 10,000 lbs. of food to the Temple of Praise Church to give away to people in Chester who need it. That’s not a misprint. She will cause 10,000 lbs. of food, enough to feed about 300 people, to be delivered to the church.

    The combination food give-away and community services offerings will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m.

  • A three-note song of relief

    When the wind blows across the opening of Denney Edge’s truck that is bound for Texas, a three-note song can be heard, almost as if nature, or providence or even the Good Lord approves of what he is doing to help out the people devastated by Harvey. When that truck full of non-perishables arrives in Texas, the people there will hear a much sweeter song: the sweet notes of relief.