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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.