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Government

  • Council defers third reading on zoning amendment

    Chester County Council did not hear third reading of a zoning ordinance related to an 840-home development near Richburg on Monday…but they did hear some vehement objections to the proposal.

  • Community leaders, colleagues react to Delleney announcement

    On Wednesday, influential Chester County legislator Greg Delleney announced he would not be seeking re-election to his S.C. District 43 seat, starting a flurry of congratulatory messages on social media and eliciting comments from his fellow Chester County legislative delegation members.

    Delleney, a Republican, switched to the GOP in 2002 after being elected as a Democrat in 1991.

    Chester County Delegation leader Sen. Mike Fanning, a Democrat, said Delleney is well respected on both sides of the aisle.

  • UPDATED: Could Chester City Council decide fate of King?

    According to state code, it is at least possible that any decision on whether or not Chester City Councilman William King will be removed from his elected position will be made by his fellow members of council.

    Chester Citizens for Ethical Government (CCEG) recently filed a lawsuit against King claiming he is “unqualified” to hold office. The suit says, in part, that “Defendant King is and has been a convicted felon since 2004. As such, he is barred from holding public office in this state pursuant to the South Carolina Constitution.”

  • Animal advocates say shelter policies will kill more dogs

    Meet Merlin.

    He is a large, friendly, mixed-breed dog looking for a home at the Chester County Animal Shelter. Unfortunately, according to animal welfare advocates, he and many other dogs are going to die if policies at the Chester Animal Shelter do not change.

  • UPDATED: Delleney will not seek reelection

    Long-time S.C. House member Greg Delleney (R-District 43), whose district includes Chester and York Counties, announced today that he would not seek re-election. Delleney is Chester County’s only resident legislator. He was first elected as a Democrat in 1991, and switched parties to the GOP in 2002.

    Delleney is chair of the House Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since 2012. He has served in the S.C. House for nearly 27 years.

  • City makes funding requests to Chester County

    They may not get everything on their wish list, but the City of Chester is making a number of financial requests of Chester County.

  • Zoning switch for massive Richburg Development passes second reading

    The zoning switch needed to pave the way for an 840-home development in the Richburg area is one step away from passage.

  • Chester gets its man...almost

    The City of Chester almost filled the last of its vacant department head positions on Monday. Almost.

    A motion to offer the long-vacant city administrator position to Daniel Wells was made, then abruptly withdrawn after Chester City Councilman William King said his own independent research had given him reason not to support the nomination.

  • Mayor, council filing extended in Great Falls

    Filing for the office of mayor of Great Falls and three town council seats will continue through noon on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The deadline was extended from Monday to Tuesday because of the President’s Day holiday on Monday.

    The seats of Mayor Lee Montgomery and Councilmen Jamie “Pudge” Simpson, Glenn Smith and Earl Taylor are up for grabs in the April 10 election.

    As of Thursday, Incumbent Councilmen Taylor and Simpson along with Debra Kelly and David Dutton have filed as candidates for a seat on town council.

  • City may join opioid class action suit

    The City of Chester is at least exploring the possibility of joining a national class action lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

    Cities across the country are dealing with an epidemic of addiction to opioids, the powerful drugs that include everything from opium and morphine to synthetic drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl.

    “The opioid epidemic has reached Chester,” said City Councilwoman Angela Douglas on Monday. “We need to stay ahead of it if we can.”