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  • Film festival kicks off tomorrow

    The film festival being held on the grounds of historic Brainerd Institute this weekend will feature a lot more than the screenings of a few movies. It will serve as a celebration of Chester County's rich heritage in the arts, it will give locals a chance to ask questions of people who bring movies to the big screen...there has even been some basketball and dancing thrown in for good measure.
    Pete Stone, a local filmmaker, is organizing the event, which begins Saturday. Stone said he was proud that Chester's first film festival would be of a very high quality.

  • Bethel United Methodist Church holds "We love Bethel" celebration...by Mary Beth Shannon

    Bethel United Methodist Church of Chester hosted the inaugural “We Love Bethel” celebration Wednesday night.
    Congregation members were treated to a night of fun, food and fellowship under the “Big Top”, at an event aimed to revitalize members' interest in church activities, projects and programs.  A bright, colorful circus theme set the stage for a new concept in church revitalization; a “showcase” of the programs, committees and activities the church has to offer.

  • Grant provides Rodman with playground equipment

    The Rodman sports complex has always had a playground, but not much of one.
    "They've been playing on a dirt mound for years out there," said Chester County Councilman Brad Jordan.
    Thanks to the Lutz Foundation, the Rodman "playground" has gotten a significant upgrade. New playground equipment has been installed at the facility.

  • Students of "colored schools" seek restoration

    There is an ancient saying written on the Kemetic walls that instructs one to "Follow in the footsteps of your ancestors, for the mind is trained through knowledge."
    And that is precisely what Bobby Plair has done as his father and grandparents before him.

  • Mr. Bobby Plair, how sweet the sound

    There is an ancient saying written on the Kemetic walls that instructs one to "Follow in the footsteps of your ancestors, for the mind is trained through knowledge."
    And that is precisely what Bobby Plair has done as his father and grandparents before him.

  • Mission trip to Haiti "awesome experience"

  • Chester native publishes stories of 12 rabbits and their red sister

    When Gloria Miles decided to pen her first book, it was 12 aristocratic rabbits and their older sister, a red rabbit, that she used to drive home an important message.
    “If you want to do something, try at it and you might succeed,” Miles said.
    Growing up on a farm, Miles had six brothers and six sisters. During her adolescence, she enjoyed watching the rabbits scamper across the fields.
    After being inspired by her brother-in-law's success in publishing his own book, Miles decided she wanted to write a book.

  • "The" film festival coming in September

    Pete Stone said there is not going to be a film festival in Chester next month.
"Chester is going to have The film festival," Stone said.
    Stone, himself a filmmaker, is organizing the event, which will kick off on September 3. He said he thought a film festival would be a good way to showcase Chester's place of importance in the arts.
    "Chester has produced so many visionaries in the arts," Stone said.

  • Fresh fruits, veggies on tap at Farmers Market

    Okra, and squash, and apples! Oh, my!
    Evelyn Holmes had $5 to spend and an appetite for freshly grown produce to fill early Saturday morning.
    So, she began her search at Johnny Cousar's table, where a smörgåsbord of all her favorites waited for her.
    Seconds later, Cousar found himself weighing a pound of okra, a hot ticket item on his table every week.
    “I like that size,” Holmes said, veering over to get a closer look at Cousar's balance scale.

  • Family, church members unite to map graves

    This past weekend, Yvonne Davis had reason to believe that her baby brother and grandfather were buried beside each other in the same cemetery.
    That same morning, she still didn't know where their graves were located.
    The search for Davis, though, isn't over.
    Nor is it over for Eumon Chisolm Jr., who indicated the sporadically dispersed graves of family and friends, some of them with tombstones and some of them without.