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Government

  • Two new members join historic commission

    There are two new faces on the City of Chester's Historic Preservation Commission and another could be forthcoming.
    Over the summer, the commission had its powers suspended by the Chester City Council. That came after a local couple requested that the commission allow them to tear down a home they owned in the historic district. When that request was denied, the couple filed suit against the commission and the city. The city suspended the commission's powers and condemned the home, which allowed for its demolition.

  • Lots of questions at Fort Lawn Council meeting

    Business was handled swiftly and smoothly at Tuesday's meeting of the Fort Lawn Town Council. Lots of questions were asked, however, not all were fully answered. Mayor John Rumford called for monthly departmental reports. The Fort Lawn Fire Department submitted a written report but no fire department official was in attendance to address the council.

  • Richburg challenger for mayor won't relent


    The Richburg General Municipal Election has a mayoral candidate who election officials say is disqualified for the office but this candidate will not withdraw his name for the town election, he said.
    Kenneth Hines filed as a candidate for the seat of Richburg mayor last week and plans to challenge Mayor James Harris in the Nov. 8 election.
    “I am a taxpayer and I am a resident of Richburg,” Hines said Thursday in response to questions about his candidacy.

  • HPC chair resigns, city CLG intact

    An e-mail and timely letter were the keys to reinstating the City of Chester as a certified local government (CLG), but that didn’t stop two members of the Historic Preservation Commission from handing in resignation papers last month.
    On August 26, the South Carolina Department of Archives & History received a letter from City Attorney April Counterman that detailed the City of Chester’s decision to reinstate the Historic Preservation Commission.

  • Election filing ends with several newcomers, one unqualified

  • Incumbents file for re-election, one newcomer for mayor

  • Waste disposal reviews mostly positive, officials say

    Almost four weeks after initiating a new method of waste disposal, Public Works Director Raymond Douglas says the new measure is “going great” thus far.
    Just last week, the city received its final load of new large cans, amounting to 816 new cans in the city's arsenal that are meant to replace small and medium garbage cans.
    Early in the summer, members of Chester City Council debated several methods of changing the way the city collects and disposes of garbage in order to secure more revenue dollars.

  • Only one filed for Richburg, Lowrys council elections

    Candidate filing for the Richburg and Lowrys town councils ends at 5 p.m. Friday. By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, only one person had filed for any of these seats, said Earl Moore, director of the Chester County Registration and Election Commission. Public notices of the elections were published in The News & Reporter on Aug. 12 and Aug. 24. An article was published in the newspaper on Aug. 17.

  • Building permit numbers mixed

    The number of single family building permits in Chester County were up in the second quarter of the year, according to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments.
    In the quarter, there were 14 single family permits issued in Chester County. The report deems that number a "significant" jump from the second quarter of 2010, when only nine were issued. That is a jump of 55.6 percent.

  • HPC powers reinstated, changes pass second reading

    Chester's Historic Preservation Commission has some new rules to follow.