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Government

  • Mulvaney has his eyes opened

    His 10-point victory over 28-year District 5 incumbent John Spratt opened a lot of eyes last month. Republican Mick Mulvaney had his eyes opened during his recent trip to Washington D.C. for a freshman orientation.
    "They taught us what to do in case of a terrorist attack, how to use a chemical mask," said Mulvaney.
    A number of things having nothing to do with politics, including security measures he needs to take in his own home, were discussed.

  • Public hearing slated on trains blocking traffic

    Chester City Council will hold a public hearing in its chambers on January 10 at 6 p.m. to give citizens an opportunity to express their views on the obstruction of roads by trains.
    The issue of trains blocking the road for extended periods of time has come up twice at recent Chester City Council meetings. Councilman Alan Clack first broached the subject at a November meeting. He mentioned that he had been held up by a train for more than 20 minutes a few days prior. He said it was not an isolated incident.

  • The "Water War" has ended

    The “water war” between North Carolina and South Carolina has officially ended, S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster announced at a press conference in Columbia on Tuesday. An agreement has been reached that will protect the water supply in both North Carolina and South Carolina, McMaster said.
    “We have settled our case … we have successfully negotiated our differences,” he said. “This is an enormous victory for South Carolina. It sends a clear message that South Carolina will fight to protect it's people.”

  • Richburg holds public hearing to change election date

    A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Richburg Town Hall to discuss changing the 2011 date of the Richburg Municipal Election from the second Tuesday in June to the second Tuesday in November.
    Director Earl Moore of the Chester County Registration and Election Office said this type move is beneficial for all municipalities throughout the county.

  • Chester Police Chief ready to retire

    Chester Police Chief Mike Brown is ready to see “the good part of life” and will officially retire April  30 from his six-year career as head administrator of the city's law enforcement.
    Brown submitted his retirement notification at Monday's City Council meeting. Mayor Mitch Foster and council members acknowledged the chief's letter but no one was “ready to have the party to say goodbye,” the mayor said.

  • Council has discussion on two economic projects

    Chester County Council dealt with two separate economic development projects at Monday's meeting, but did not discuss either in open session.

  • A decade of unique service

    After a decade of committed service, Fort Lawn Mayor Charles 'Clif' Ferguson is looking forward to a new daily routine, he said. He'll spend more time with his dogs, Daisy and Princess and perhaps  venture out of the county and even the state to visit first cousins in Mayesville, S.C. and Texas.
    “I'm gonna try to do some work around the yard,” Ferguson said with a broad smile. “It's been years since I've been fishing and maybe, I'll travel a bit.”

  • County Council narrowly votes to end Sunday work restrictions

    Chester County Council passed third and final reading Monday of an ordinance that will do away with restrictions on Sunday hours of operation for local businesses, so-called blue laws.

  • New leaders reveal new goals for 2011

    Newly elected leaders of Chester County say they have aspirations to help improve the county when they assume roles of leadership in January 2011. Fort Lawn Mayor-elect John Rumford and returning Chester County school board members Maggie James and the Rev. Bill Stringfellow expressed excitement about promoting the county's continued growth and success.
    Stringfellow, a former board member who served from 1992 to 2000, will assume the at-large seat on the Chester County Board of School Trustees when he is sworn in next month.

  • City scores another grant

    The City of Chester will add another walking trail to Wylie Park in the near future.
    The late Terry Hare, while working for the city as a grants writer, applied for a grant through the South Carolina State Trail Program and the state's recreational trails program along with the Federal Highway Administration. The grant was approved, but hasn't been spent yet.