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Government

  • ROAR roars for tax reform

    Most taxpayers hear the “roar” of lawmakers.
    But it's not a loud sound they want to hear. They want to hear the words “lower,” “less,” or “reduced.”
    ROAR (Reduce Our Awful tax Rates) was formed as a statewide coalition of citizens, local chambers, community groups and others dedicated to the single issue of reducing the state's tax rates and improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians through honest, comprehensive tax reform.
    ROAR has held 180 events across the state over the past year.

  • UPDATE: Roddey resigning FL council, husband suing town, Russell and "co-conspirators"

    Fort Lawn Town Councilwoman Linda Roddey resigned from her seat on the council this week citing a need to avoid “any appearance of conflict or impropriety.” At Tuesday's 7 p.m. monthly meeting of the council, Mayor John Rumford read Roddey's letter:

  • Citizens question Nourse event

    Some citizens have expressed concern over a meeting held at the the former Nourse Auto Mall property on April 11, now owned by the county, one of whom addressed the issue with Chester County Council last week.

  • East Chester group sponsors city candidates forum

    Trinity Fellowship Church at 501 Saluda St. was the setting Tuesday for the Ward IV East Chester Community Group Association's open political forum for the May 3 municipal election.

  • City election on tap for Tuesday

    Chester city voters will head to the polls Tuesday to elect four council members and a mayor.
    The election is guaranteed to produce at least one new face. Two-term incumbent Susan Kelsey is not seeking re-election. There was no turnover during the city's last election two years ago.
    In Ward I, incumbent Alan Clack will be opposed by William "Budda" Killian. Killian has sought a seat on city council on two previous occasions, including two years ago, when he narrowly lost to Susan Kovas.

  • Grant will fix Raxter Road

    A permanent fix is coming to the oft-flooded Raxter Road.
    For years, instances of heavy rainfall has led to flooding on the subdivided road. Chester Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy informed Chester County Council Monday that a federal grant has been secured to build a bridge over Tinker's Creek that will make the flooding problems a thing of the past.
    "This is really good news Eddie," said County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

  • Great Falls council vacancy to be filled in July

    The Great Falls Town Council spot left vacant by the sudden resignation of Dean Runion will be filled with a special election on July 5.
    Earl Moore with the Chester County Elections Office, said filing for the race will run from April 29 until May 9. Filing is normally at the elections office, but Moore said it will be be held instead at the Great Falls Town Hall, so potential candidates will not have to drive all the way Chester.
    Runion resigned his town council spot, which he'd held for nine months, Monday.

  • Richburg Town Council meets, discusses budget

    At the recent monthly meeting of the Richburg Town Council, town residents were recognized for community service and discussed ways to trim the upcoming fiscal year budget. Councilman Barney Nichols was absent due to hospitalization but was expected to return home by week's end, Mayor James Harris said.
    “We ask everyone to keep Mr. Nichols in your prayers,” Harris said.

  • Lawyer: Ramsey intends to sue if money isn't returned

    Attorney Arthur Gaston made official Monday what has been known for some time.
    Larry Ramsey wants his money back.

  • City Council approves pool contract

    The Chester City Council voted 8 to 1 at Monday's meeting to use $72,750 from the city's fund balance to approve a new contract with Southern Pools of Charlotte. Councilman George Caldwell cast the dissenting vote. The motion was one of two that came after City Administrator Jeff Kerr briefed the council on “a misrepresentation” of the previously approved contract with Olympic Pools. Kerr and John Roof, the city's maintenance supervisor, met with someone “who we believed to be representatives of Olympic Pools,” but Kerr felt hesitant, he said.