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Government

  • 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.

  • So-called "water war" drawing to a close

    The so-called "water war" between North Carolina and South Carolina is drawing to a close.
    Last year, Concord and Kannapolis asked the State of North Carolina to allow them to withdraw 46 million gallons of water a day from the Catawba River. The Catawba does not flow through either of the towns, the water would have been piped in and not returned to the Catawba, even as sewage. It would, instead, have flowed into the Yadkin-Pee Dee basin. The original request was denied, but the state gave the two towns permission to withdraw 10 million gallons a day.

  • The candy man can...throw candy

    "I've seen it and I've eaten it."
    That was Chester City Administrator Jeff Kerr's take on "parade candy", which will apparently be making a return this year in the Chester Christmas Parade.

  • ELECTION 2010: Fort Lawn council candidates answer questions ahead of election

    The three candidates for Fort Lawn Council were asked the following four questions. Their answers are below.
    1. I am running for mayor/town council because...
    2.What are the primary issues facing the Town of Fort Lawn and how do you plan to address them if elected
    3.The unemployment rate in Chester County remains well above the state and national average. Is there anything locally elected officials can do to improve the economic situation and help lure employers to the area?
    4.What is Fort Lawn's strongest attribute?

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  • ELECTION 2010: Fort Lawn Mayoral candidates answer questions ahead of election

    The two Fort Lawn mayoral candidates, Clif Ferguson and John Rumford, were asked the four following questions. Their answers are below.
    1. I am running for mayor/town council because...
    2. What are the primary issues facing the Town of Fort Lawn and how do you plan to address them if elected
    3. The unemployment rate in Chester County remains well above the state and national average. Is there anything locally elected officials can do to improve the economic situation and help lure employers to the area?
    4. What is Fort Lawn's strongest attribute?

  • Election 2010: County Council candidates answer questions ahead of election

    Chester County Council candidates Brad Jordan and Russ Odum were asked the following questions. Their answers are below.

    1. Why are you running for county council?

    2. What do you consider the most important issue facing Chester County?

    3. Chester County's unemployment rate has been well above the state and national averages for some time. Is there anything locally elected officials can do to combat this problem, and if so, what?

  • Former Fort Lawn mayor dies

    John Walton Ouzts was friendly, talkative and as a former mayor, he was ultimately concerned about all of the happenings in the Town of Fort Lawn, his friends say. Ouzts, who passed away Saturday at Springs Memorial Hospital at age 85, will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

  • Councilman raises conflict of interest issue

    At the monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Fort Lawn Town Council's agenda was briefly suspended to hear a council member's “conflict of interest” concern regarding a previous vote on repairs to the community center.
    Councilman Thomas Reddick, who is also a board member of the Fort Lawn Community Center, read a multiple-page personal statement sharing an opinion from the State Attorney General's office about his recent council vote.

  • Lights will be brighter in city's downtown area


    Once Christmas arrives, the City of Chester's downtown area will be a little a brighter than last year.
    Last year, work was done to put lighting in the trees downtown. The lights actually stay up year-round, but were debuted just before Christmas. The tree-lighting ceremony was ramped as well, with children's choirs providing music.
    At Monday's Chester City Council meeting, Brenda McBrayer told the council she wanted to see things expanded even more.