• In Chester, the word for BBQ is "Buttermilk's"

    The idea of buttermilk and barbecue don’t seem like they go together at first, but in Chester, that’s about to change. Buttermilk’s Barbecue & Southern Cuisine held a grand opening and ribbon cutting this week. They are located in the back of Rhino’s Restaurant, the former location of J. Scott’s and are using the barbecue pit built for Buddy’s Drive-In.

  • Another new hotel apparently eyeing Richburg

    There will soon be more places for people to live in Richburg, but there will apparently also be more places for folks who are just passing through, too.

  • Dirt being moved on Holiday Inn Express site in Richburg

    The construction on the Holiday Inn Express in Richburg, located next to the Gateway Conference Center, has been backed up, but not delayed, said Bhavin Patel, vice president of management and finance for HMS Management.

    “We started moving dirt in mid-May and with the current weather situation, we have been backed up a little bit, but according to the construction company, they’re caught up. So we’re not going to be delayed in the long term.

    “We are still projecting a late June, early July of 2019 opening of the property,” he said.

  • Environmental law group weighs in on rock quarry

    Note: This is Part II of an article about the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) and their concerns about the Fishing Creek Rock Quarry, which they expressed in a comment letter to DHEC.


  • Endangered heelsplitter may halt rock quarry

    At the same time an informal group known as the Farmers & Friends of Fishing Creek was marshaling their forces and reasons for why they didn’t want the proposed Fishing Creek Rock Quarry in their neighborhood, a well-known environmental law group was working on a similar track trying to protect the Fishing Creek environment. And a freshwater mussel called the Carolina heelsplitter may be the key to the whole issue.

  • "Go Away"

    Note: Part I of this story contained some of the comments from the public at the recent informational meeting about the Fishing Creek Quarry, held by developer HARDrock Aggregates at the Gateway Conference Center. In the conclusion of the article, we continue to report on citizens comments, as well as the perspective from landowner John Black.


    Fishing Creek Quarry Project engineer Jerry Meade elicited some strong reactions from the crowd with some of his comments on the operations of the mine at the Fishing Creek Quarry informational meeting.

  • Public info meeting on Fishing Creek Quarry is Wednesday

    Hardrock Aggregates, the company this is proposing an aggregate mining operation and rock quarry off of Fishing Creek Church Road, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday at the Gateway at 7 p.m. to answer community questions.

    According to project engineer Jerry Meade of Meade Gunnell Engineering, they plan to present their current mining plan for the proposed Fishing Creek Quarry.

    ‘We believe public input is part of the process of maintaining sound environmental practice,’ Meade wrote in an email.

  • Engineer and landowner say quarry won't cause a quandry

    A rock quarry that will process the granite and other minerals they mine on site is proposed for a location off of Fishing Creek Church Road. The news of the building of the quarry has caused some comment among members in the community who are concerned about noise and traffic from the rock quarry and related activities and what proposed blasting to create the quarry would do to nearby historic structures.

    Project engineer Jerry Meade and landowner John Black sat down with The N&R recently to address those concerns about the proposed Fishing Creek Rock Quarry.

  • Moore hangs up the mike at WGCD

    Long-time radio personality and community leader Earl Moore is stepping away from the mike as general manager in favor of Toronta Branch-Neely, a successful businesswoman in her own right who operates a trucking and shipping business. She is stepping in to continue a proud tradition at the station.

    (See related story.)

  • A whole different tune

    Toronta Branch-Neely is not a stranger to radio. As of the time of this article, she has been hosting the “For His Glory” morning show with her husband, station owner Dr. Frank Neely for about a month.

    She’s also not a stranger to management. She successfully founded and operates the For His Glory trucking and freight brokerage company.

    But managing a radio station is a whole different proposition. Or, since WGCD does play music, you might say this is a whole different tune.