• VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Woman who escaped Holocaust has lesson of love for students


  • Brice to recall WWII service, buddies

    Dr. C.W. “Bill” Brice Jr. will always remember Christmas Eve 1941. He was 21-years-old and had never been away from home on Christmas.

    He was not surrounded by family members and friends and knew he would not been eating Christmas dinner with loved ones.

    Brice graduated from The Citadel and was ready to serve his country.

    He said he wanted to go to medical school when he enrolled in The Citadel but it was during the Great Depression and finances were not available for the extensive medical training. So Brice entered the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer.

  • Active Day celebrates 12 years in Chester

    Chester Active Day Center recently celebrated its 12th anniversary in Chester with a day of celebration.

    Local elected officials dropped by, as did some of the company’s top brass from the home office.

    The larger company has 61 centers in seven states. It serves mostly senior citizens, but also other adults in need of day care or rehabilitative services.

    Marie Williford has runs Chester’s center here for almost a decade.

  • Handcrafter's show will be missing Thomas

    When the Chester Handcrafter’s Guild has its annual Craft and Gift show on Saturday, Nov. 1, it will be a lot like it has been for the past 28 years.

    But one big part of it for all those years will be missing. Missing, but not forgotten.

    Darlene Thomas who helped start the festival years ago with Pat Holcombe, died earlier this year.

    “It’s just different” without her, Holcombe said.

    The show features quilts, crocheted items, knitted items, as well as baked goods , woodwork, jewelry, painted clothing and fleece throws.

  • Locally filmed movie out on DVD

    The opportunity to see Great Falls and other parts of Chester County on the big screen has finally arrived.

    Only the big screen is not in a theater.

    You won’t see the movie on big screen unless you own a large screen television.

    Local residents have been waiting since 2005 to see local scenes that were inclu-ded in the movie, “Walker Payne.”

    California film crews came to town three years ago to film the movie set in the late 1950s.

  • Bingo event set for Relay

    A transplant to Chester is bringing an idea from West Virginia to help fight cancer.

    Kathy Gaddy is putting together a “Basket Bingo” event as part of a Relay for Life team involving people from several different churches in the area.

    On Nov. 8, contestants will compete in 20 Bingo Games, with 20 gift baskets as prizes. Gaddy already has several baskets planned. There will be a school basket filled with school supplies, a cook basket with aprons, candle, kitchen gadgets, things like that.

  • Toys for Tots coming to county

    Chester County has both its share of toys and tots.

    But for the first time, some Marines will be on hand to get the former to the latter.

    The Chester County “Devil Dogs” detachment of the Marine Corps League is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to launch a Chester County operation of the successful Marine program Toys for Tots.

    The Devil Dogs, frequently seen around town in red shirts and red military-style hats, will set up collection boxes for toys at Fred’s, the Dollar General and Wal-Mart, according to Ronald Gregory of the league.

  • Cyclone Regiment winning in new threads

    It was a little more noticeable at the state championship game last year.

    Some people ask Chester band supporters why the Chester High School Band didn’t make it to the finals in Columbia.

    Of course, the Cyclone Regiment did make it. It was right there. But its uniforms of black and blue didn’t match the team colors of blue and red.

    They do now.

    Like the Lewisville High School Band, the Chester High School Band has new uniforms this season, uniforms they are showing off not only at halftime but at competitions.

  • PHOTO SLIDESHOW: A party for Patsy, post-polio

    Most residents of Chester remember that fiercely independent lady in the wheelchair cruising down York Street or driving her specially equipped van. Patsy Gladden, Chester’s last known survivor of infectious poliomyelitis, was active at work at the Chester County Hospital and Campbell & Co. She also was active at Purity Presbyterian Church and in various civic organizations, such as the Chester Little Theater.

  • CHURCH CALENDAR week of 10/03

    Armenia UMC

    Fish plates, chicken strip plates and combo plates for sale, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at William Stephenson’s farm, 3354 Armenia Road. Cost: $8 per plate. Fundraiser for Armenia UMC. Desserts available, dine-in or carry-out. Plates include fries, hushpuppies, slaw and tea. Gospel singing during dinner hours. Bring lounge chairs.

    Bethel UMC

    Barbecue sale, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Bethel social hall.

    Big Calvary Baptist