Community News

  • City officials earn benefits from Hilton Head meeting

    An annual convention of classes, lectures and legislation held in Hilton Head Island last week was “well worth the money,” offered “wonderful opportunities” and was much more than a “social gathering,” say several city officials who attended.

  • Rowsam's "White Elephant"

    Ken Rowsam has a knack for collecting “white elephants,” he said. Wherever is he, there's usually one present. Wikipedia defines a 'white elephant' as “an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost, particularly cost of upkeep, is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth.”

  • Chester Y soars above the rest

    If there's one thing Chester's branch of the YMCA will be able to boast about in the coming months, it's that it's raised more money than any other YMCA in the Upper Palmetto Region.
    That's the news Board Chairman David Brunt and Branch Director Scott Brown shared with staff, volunteers, campaign chairs and board members on Tuesday evening when they gathered to receive the final tally on how much money was raised for the YMCA's Financial Aid Campaign.
    The score: $50,509.

  • Rebuilding homes, lives, all part of Salk group's mission

    Every time William Bland walked through the threshold of his home, he stepped into his own version of a nightmare.
    That frightening yet all-too-real reality consisted of a toilet in need of repairing, shingles in need of replacing and an outdoor shed in need of finishing.
    By the end of the week, an up-to-date, renovated and rehabilitated home will help that nightmare come to a screeching halt.
    “I'm glad they came; God sent them our way,” William Bland said. “They're good people.”

  • WANTED: Lando Mills employees for recognition

    During the fourth annual Lando Days celebration on Oct 1, Lando-Manetta Mills History Center President Joe Polk plans more of a “reunion” than a festival day, he said. The history center staff is seeking names and work histories about all former Manetta Mills employees. Anyone who ever worked for Manetta Mills, the local blanket manufacturer, is encouraged to submit information for a special day of  honor for their work service at the mill, said Susan Murphy.

  • Road paved with good intentions leads to confusion

    Efforts to resurface Columbia Street and retrofit the city's sidewalks and driveways to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have given commuters a less bumpy ride now that initial confusion about a well-known intersection has subsided.
    Construction workers for the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) have literally hit the ground running these last few weeks, adding new grades of asphalt to the stretch of street and smoothing out many bumps and dips that plagued drivers in the past.

  • Tea with Cornwallis

    Why was British General Charles Cornwallis in "rebel" territory on Saturday? And why was he sipping tea, one of the symbols of the American Revolution, the surrender of which he presided over at Yorktown?
    "The tea is quite good," "Cornwallis" said.
    Actually, actor Howard Burnham, who portrays Cornwallis and several other historic characters, was in Chester for a Chester Historical Society fundraiser.

  • Man of faith walking 500 miles paces through Chester

    Scorching heat and dehydration can't halt a mission from God.
    Just ask Leonard Pitts, who—during one of the hottest weeks of the year so far—embarked on a 500-mile, 25-day quest to Washington D.C. on foot last week.
    With temperatures reaching into the high 90s earlier than any forecaster expected, most people would probably retreat to the coolest place they could find.
    Not Pitts, who said he was given a vision by God to get up and hit the road.

  • Historic supporters plan next moves

    Now that a 141-year-old home in Chester's Historic District has been torn down, the residents who opposed the demolition have launched their preemptive strike against city council, who they allege  acted illegally during a pending lawsuit.
    A dozen residents disturbed with the demolition of the 110 Foote St. house on Monday and with the Historic Preservation Commission's suspension of powers at the hands of city council two weeks ago gathered in a meeting room at the Chester County Public Library on Wednesday to strategize their next move.

  • While pinching pennies, United Way keeps commitment to partnered agencies

    Don't look for Kristen Fairfax to frequent the ritziest eateries in the region or bestow lavish gifts to friends and family on her job's dime.
    Even if she wanted to, she'd have a hard time coughing up the change.
    Unlike the United Way of the Central Carolinas in Charlotte, which settled a very public lawsuit in December, Fairfax—United Way of Chester County's executive director—isn't receiving a large compensation package outfitted with benefits and perks.