• City appropriates money for Walmart road

  • Top award gives PPG something to brag about

    PPG Industries Fiber Glass Products Inc. of Chester has something to brag about.
    The fiber glass manufacturing facility was honored as one of the state's top manufacturers at a luncheon held Tuesday in Columbia.
    At the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer of the Year Awards Luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Columbia, PPG was honored in its division as the winner of the 2011 S.C. Manufacturers of the Year presented by Nexsen Pruet.

  • Hinson Jewelers offers new "Collegiate Corner"

    Coming into Wendell Hinson's place of business is like stopping by to see an old friend.
    Hinson warmly greets his customers by asking, “What you need today, Hon?" or "What you need, Bud?”
    Hinson Jewelers at 1781 J.A. Cochran Bypass, Suite B has long offered collegiate jewelry but now has expanded with an even larger selection of University of South Carolina, Clemson University and other collegiate items for the home, auto, office and more.
    “We are a full line jewelry store with traditional gifts,” Hinson said.

  • Joe Ligon is "the real deal" in video production

  • Chester residents ready to work

    Judging by the mass turnout, Chester has a willing workforce for the job training and jobs needed at a local nuclear reactor construction site. About 200 people showed up at Mt. Olive Baptist Church for a job information meeting hosted by Chester Mayor Wanda Stringfellow.
    “I am very, very pleased with the attendance,” Stringfellow said. “It's a good indication that people want to work – they just need to be presented with the opportunity.”

  • Wal-Mart Supercenter is coming to Chester

    A Walmart Supercenter is on the way to Chester but a definite date for construction to begin has not been scheduled, said Chris Neeley, senior manager for public affairs for Walmart of South Carolina. Neeley confirmed Tuesday that a store is planned at 1677 J.A. Cochran Bypass, the former Kirby Auto Mall site.
    “It does appear we will be putting a Supercenter in Chester,” Neeley said. “The goal is to have a grand opening mid-2012.”

  • Bringing the beach home

    When Melissa Williford was laid off two years ago, she didn't whine about it, she got busy planning her new career. Williford, who previously managed payroll accounts took a chance at becoming a retail business owner. Her new shop, T-shirts, Tags & Decals at 648 Lancaster Highway, Suite D, has her both excited and nervous about her new venture, she said.
    “It's scary,” Williford said. “I wonder am I going to be able to pay bills and worry about just getting the customers.”

  • The Blackstock Depot: Where time stands forward

    It's located where, 100 years ago, the old Blackstock train depot used to be and it is today where modernity meets old-fashioned. Just across the street from it is the now defunct Blackstock Hotel, standing weathered and indicative of the not-so-distant past. Whether you farm, fish, hunt, drink beer, need a few groceries, want fast food or just need gas, the depot probably has some of what you  might be looking for.

  • Extreme makeover: Chamber of Commerce edition...maybe

    Wishes and “I want to's” won't bring a business hub and county landmark that's stood the test of time back to it's former days of glory but, if a money cloud happens to appear over Chester, Jim Fuller is willing to give it a hands-on try.
    Fuller, president of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, is more than ready to rip out the torn green carpet that adorns his office, and the rest of the chamber building, to expose the tiling and plywood he says lies beneath.
    More than that, he wants to

  • Ooh me, it's UMI!

    Chester's Japanese restaurant, UMI, (pronounced oom-mee) held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for government leaders and the business community to sample their cuisine – and sample it they did.
    “It's good, it's very good,” said Chester Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fuller.