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Government

  • Council questions but approves Gateway expansion bid

    Plans for an expansion and renovation of the Gateway Conference Center were approved last week by Chester County Council, but only after a vigorous line of questioning about cost overruns.

  • Roach oversees her first election

    Was it a baptism of fire or an opening night debut? A “baptism of fire” is a martial term that refers to a soldier’s first time in battle. An opening night debut is an actor’s first night in a new role. For new Chester County Elections and Registrations Director Karen Roach, Tuesday night’s election was more of the debut and less of a baptism of fire.

    Roach, who is the former Deputy Elections Director, was hired to the director position after Terry Graham left in August to become manager of voter services in Richland County.

  • Stuart's successful campaign

    Like almost every candidate running for office, Shane Stuart spent the days leading up to Tuesday’s election doing voter outreach, talking to people, campaigning via social media and putting up signs. Unlike most candidates, Stuart had no opposition.

    Stuart ran unopposed for Chester County supervisor, earning a second term in office. Still, he demonstrated the same work ethic and effort level as he did when he first sought office in 2014.

  • Ligon wins big in District 43

    Tuesday was a long day for Randy Ligon, but a good one.

    Ligon was a runaway winner in the race for the S.C. House District 43 seat. With only one precinct in York County yet to be tallied, the Republican had a nearly 3,000-vote lead over Democrat Tom Hawk. He will succeed Greg Delleney, who held the seat for 27 years.

  • Chester County seeing red

    For the first time since Reconstruction, Chester County appears to be operating totally in the red.

  • Smith, Norrell visit Chester ahead of Election Day

    James Smith wants the job of South Carolina governor.

    "I care about doing the job, not keeping the job. This isn't about us. With Henry, it's all about him. If he wins, he'll only be worried about reelection," Smith said.

    Smith, the Democratic candidate for governor, and his running mate Mandy Powers Norrell, visited Chester on Wednesday. Smith drew a contrast between himself and his Republican rival, Henry McMaster, during stops at Gene's restaurant and The Cyclone.

  • Ligon, Hawk vie to replace Delleney in S.C. House

    Until recently, neither Randy Ligon nor Tom Hawk would have seen themselves running for political office. By Tuesday night, however, one of the two men will be the State House District 43 Representative elect, representing the largest portion of Chester County and will be set to replace 27-year incumbent Greg Delleney.

    Ligon, a Realtor and auctioneer who won the Republican nomination, said he’s always had a keen interest in politics, but the opportunity to run had never really presented itself until now.

  • "It just looks cheap"

    Chester City Councilwoman Angela Douglas believes that Jeff Brown deserves recognition from the city…proper recognition.

  • City council at odds over rental registry

    A discussion of some public meetings on code enforcement turned into a larger discussion of renter’s rights Monday night at Chester City Council.

    Councilwoman Angela Douglas discussed the meetings, which she said she hoped would be able to engage and educate the public. She said, as an example, citizens may not realize the city has a landlord complaint form they can fill out to report unsafe conditions.

    “We don’t go into private residences,” she said. “This serves as an invitation for us to come in.”

  • UPDATED: CCEG files contempt motion against King

    Local watchdog group Chester Citizens for Ethical Government (CCEG) is filing an order of contempt against Chester City Councilman William King, saying he violated a temporary injunction Monday night that presently bars him from acting as a member of Chester City Council.