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Government

  • County ready to move on 1814

    For the time being, nothing is publicly known about the company behind the economic development code name “1814” but that could apparently change soon.

  • Master Plan Steering Committee gets some beautification ideas

    In a joint meeting with the Gateway Master Plan Steering Committee, members of Chester County Council, county staff and the chairs of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, county officials got a glimpse of what the Gateway District and parts of Chester County could look like in the future.

    Two different planning consultants made presentations at the steering committee lunch, said Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker Dean. She along with Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart, are ex officio members of the steering committee.

  • Richburg, Fort Lawn pass annual budgets

    The Towns of Richburg and Fort Lawn have started off the fiscal year under their new budgets.

    At their June meeting, the Town of Richburg held their public hearing and the second reading of the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget of $173,966. This is a 14.83 percent increase in last fiscal year’s budget of $151,500. Richburg has no millage rate. No citizens signed up to speak during the public hearing on the budget.

  • City hears pitch to make municipal court safer

    Judge Wylie Frederick told Chester City Council recently that the safety features in his courtroom leave something to be desired.

    “The bench is bulletproof but it’s too low. It’s just protecting you from getting shot in the foot, I guess,” he said.

  • Mayor briefs Fort Lawn Council on sewer study

    At their July meeting, Fort Lawn Mayor John Rumford provided a brief overview to town council of the sewer study they commissioned recently.

    The town had applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $25,000 for a pre-engineering study to determine the status of their aging sewer system. Rumford had told the council earlier that any application for a grant to upgrade the sewer system would almost certainly require the town to have completed such a study.

  • MaryGail Douglas bids farewell to State House

    State Rep. MaryGail Douglas, whose District 41 includes a portion of Chester County, stepped to the front of the S.C. House Chamber on Tuesday to address her farewell remarks to her colleagues. Douglas has served in the House for six years. She was defeated on June 12 in the Democratic Primary by Fairfield County School Board member Annie McDaniel, who ran unsuccessfully against her in 2012 for the same seat.

  • UPDATED: Sheriff relinquishes control of the animal shelter

    For many years, whoever held the office of Chester County sheriff had control of the Chester County Animal Shelter. That changed as of July 1.

    On Monday, Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart announced that Sheriff Alex Underwood had willingly relinquished control of the shelter, which will now fall back under the purview of Chester County. The move came after a group of animal welfare advocates filed suit in March on the grounds that state law and local ordinances do not expressly allow a sheriff to control or operate an animal shelter.

  • County adding full-time rec director

    Chester County already invests in public recreation and now it will be investing in a full-time public recreation director.

  • UPDATED: Council deducts $84,000 from sheriff's budget

    The Chester County Sheriff’s Department will have $84,000 deducted from its coming fiscal year budget to make up the difference of a truck purchase the department made without going through proper county procurement.

    During a discussion of the coming fiscal year budget, Councilman Joe Branham brought up a purchase made during the current fiscal year. Specifically, Branham said the sheriff’s department purchased a new pick-up truck that cost $64,000 but that total jumped by an additional $20,000 when “all the bells and whistles” were added.

  • Wilson talks role of AG office, trafficking in Chester visit

    It has helped bring business and growth to Chester County, but U.S. Interstate 77 also brings drugs and human traffickers through Chester County.

    Recently, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson (R), who is running for re-election, paid a visit to Chester County. He said most people know his job entails being the state’s chief legal officer, but he said it is much more than that.

    “Every day is like a box of chocolates,” he said, borrowing a quote from Forrest Gump. “You never know what you’re going to get.”