• Ballard files new action against the city

    Attorney Desa Ballard has filed another action against the City of Chester, but is not seeking damages or alleging wrongdoing.

  • City Council discusses administrator contract

    Chester City Council held a called meeting on Wednesday to discuss some contractual matters related to “administrative personnel.”

    The meeting was originally scheduled for this past Monday at 4:30 p.m., but when members of the Chester Citizens for Ethical Government (CCEG) watchdog group pointed out that the notice and agenda of the meeting only appeared on the city website Monday morning, instead of the 24 hours before the meeting as required by the S.C. Freedom of Information Act, it was rescheduled for Wednesday.

  • Deputy probate judge announces run for probate seat

    Chester County Deputy Probate Judge Terri Zion announced this week she will seek the probate judge seat.

    Following the announcement that long-time Probate Judge Lois Roddey would not seek another term, Zion released the following: ‘I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Chester County probate judge.

    With over 42 years experience in this field, I know that I am qualified for this job. As my friend and colleague Lois H. Roddey has decided not to seek reelection, I am honored to announce my candidacy.’

  • Candidates begin to file for state, county seats

    Candidates have begun to file for the various open seats in the state and in Chester County elections.

    Three candidates, two Republicans and one Democrat so far have filed for the seat in the S.C. House in the district currently represented by Rep. Greg Delleney. Delleney, whose district includes Chester and York Counties, first announced in The News & Reporter on March 7 that he would not seek re-election.

    Delleney announced he would not seek reelection after 27 years in the S.C. House of Representatives.

  • A negative development

    “If this passes, I think it will be a situation where we are hoping it will work,” said County Councilman Pete Wilson.

    The council won’t have to hope, because a zoning amendment related to a proposed 800-plus home residential development in Richburg failed on third-and-final reading Monday night.

  • Filing opens for local offices today

    Filing will open today for five partisan local offices, solicitor and three South Carolina House seats whose districts include portions of Chester County.

  • Roddey will not seek eighth term as probate judge

    Long-serving Chester County Probate Judge Lois H. Roddey announced on Monday she would not be seeking an eighth term as head of the Probate Court.

    In an exclusive interview with The N&R, Roddey said she had been thinking about her re-election and her family convinced her it was time to hang up the probate judge robe.

    Roddey has been in the Probate Judge’s office since 1974, when she served as deputy probate judge alongside Judge Ed Harden. When Harden retired, Roddey was elected probate judge in 1991, a post she has held to the present.

  • Newman seeking second term as solicitor

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman launched his candidacy for a second term in office last Thursday.

    The Republican prosecutor, whose circuit includes Chester, Lancaster and Fairfield counties,made his announcement before a crowd of about 80 friends and family at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    “I went through what I said I would do the first time, and I’ll continue to do that,” Newman said. “I’ve done everything that I said that I would do.”

  • ...Or did it?

    Stephanie Guy Jackson has received a conditional offer of employment to become the next city administrator of Chester, but there is a question about whether Chester City Council actually voted to offer her the job, and procedural missteps appear to have been made in the process that could leave the vote open to a challenge.

  • UPDATED: City council votes to offer administrator position to Stephanie Guy Jackson

    The 11-month search for a new Chester City Administrator may be coming to an end.

    On Monday, Chester City Council voted to offer the position to Stephanie Guy Jackson, a Chester County resident who currently works as the assistant principal at Hunter Huss High School in Gaston County, North Carolina. Before that vote, though, Councilwoman Susan Kovas actually put forward another name, that being Daniel Wells.

    “Without somebody like that that can hit the ground running, there’s really no point in making the hire,” she said.