• Bill is back at Gene's

    At Gene's restaurant, in every sense of the term, the customers come first.
    "I get here about 4 a.m. and some of them will already be here," said Bill Robertson. "A couple of them have keys. Whoever gets here first usually puts on the coffee."
    It's because of the customers that Robertson is back in the kitchen after a short time away.

  • It's Christmas all year at "Deck the Halls"

    by Joe Ann C. Dickson, special to the N&R

  • A special visit to Father, Son & Holy Spirit Bookstore

    As I drove to Annie McFadden’s Bookstore in downtown Chester last
    week, I knew our time together would be special.  She greeted me warmly, welcomed me and asked me to sit with her at a table holding her well-used Bible.  As we talked, I learned how her business is more than just a bookstore, and how she chose its name.

  • Little Caesars offers $5 special every day

    Little Caesars in Chester held its grand opening Tuesday.
    The new pizzeria opened at 599-C Lancaster Hwy. beside Save-a-Lot and will offer customers an all day, every day special of $5 for a large pepperoni or cheese pizza.
    During the grand opening, customers were treated to savings coupons and children were given Silly Bandz and temporary tattoos.
    Reliance Foods, Inc. Vice President Ginny Rogers said the restaurant is the first of four restaurants planned in the franchise area to open.

  • Center Street Buffet now open

    Wayne Craven, who refers to himself as “a regular” at Center Street Buffet says the great food and welcoming staff are what has kept him coming back again and again for the four days that the new business has been open.
    “It's good – it's real good and you can't beat it for the price,” Craven said as he ate from his breakfast plate of hot grits, sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuit and gravy. “The staff is real pleasant and they make you feel comfortable.”

  • Ezell Hardware: Serving Chester for 124 years

    Sammy Hunter walked in the back door of Ezell Hardware to look for
    Barry Wilson last Friday. He held in his hand “a broke-in-half stabilizer
    bar” from his Massey Ferguson Tractor.  In less than a minute Barry
    found it, and they both grinned. “Sure glad you have it! Me and my boys    are workin’ some acreage.  Didn’t wanta go to the dealership out of town!”  
       Barry told me later that finding what the customer needs, right then, is  

  • Worker: "You don't get but one life"

    A health fair was held at Chester Wood Products earlier this week to give employees an opportunity to get free and necessary health checks.
    About 25 percent of the 350 company employees got their weight, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and temperatures checked at the on-site clinic with assistance from the medical staff of Catawba Family Medicine and Great Falls Family Medicine. Both clinics are affiliated with Chester Regional Medical Center, said Pattie Wishert, office manager for the two medical clinics.

  • Cody's Jewelers going out of business

    Melanie Crouch of Cody's Jewelers is preparing for a two-day sale but it's not the normal type of sales preparation. Crouch is offering big savings to customers on Thursday and Friday because she's going out of business.
    Cody's will open at 10 a.m. Thursday with half-off nearly everything in the store, including jewelry, gifts and furniture, Crouch said. Even display cases will be sold for $350 each.

  • Mother's Milk

    Barbara Swierszcz spends most of her days balancing the books at Chester City Hall in her role as Chester's finance director. Her days spent making sure there isn't too little or too much—balancing everything out, indirectly led her to her other career.

  • Food Lion gets into Halloween Spirit

    Food Lion has something in store that will definitely get the children of Chester into the Halloween spirit this weekend. On Saturday, from 3 to 4 p.m., there will be a Halloween costume contest for children ages 12 and under, at the store located at 1841 J.A. Cochran Bypass.
    “It's something free for the community,” said Store Manager Ronnie Catledge. “All participants will receive Halloween treat bags and for the winners there will be baskets of candy given for first, second and third places.”