• Council discusses controversial zoning, audit matters

    Two hot-button issues were discussed by Chester City Council last Monday night, but all behind closed doors with very little action taken on any.

  • Orderly growth, infrastructure and a workforce

    The moderator at the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) panel discussion didn’t look like Santa Claus, but he did have a white moustache. And after all, the elected officials on the panel did tell him what their wishes were. Unlike Santa though, York Mayor Eddie Lee was only able to listen to the wishes, not grant them.

  • Fanning: Senate's first day back in session "like the first day of school"

    As a former educator, State Senator Mike Fanning (Dist. 17) used a familiar term to describe his experience during the first day of the 2018 Senate session.

    “It was like going back to school, on the first day,” Sen. Fanning said the night after the first session was over, “you have some things that maybe you didn’t get to last year, that you get to tackle this year.

    It’s a neat atmosphere, that you have another shot at those bills (and others) that you didn’t do last year.”

  • City continuing negotiations with CWR

    It appears that the City of Chester may be reviving efforts to give its sewer system to Chester Wastewater Recovery.

  • Mayor: Sprinkler, alarm project at FLCC almost complete

    Following the January meeting where three councilmembers were sworn into office, Fort Lawn Mayor John Rumford said the alarm and sprinkler project at the Fort Lawn Community Center was almost complete.

    The town had extended the contract through Dec. 31 for the project to be complete and Rumford said at the January meeting that the work was almost concluded, but the contractors were in the process of competing some of the work, such as a meter that had to be installed. There is also some electrical work still being done.

  • County will pay for data storage

    While still questioning whether they are legally obligated to do so, Chester County Council approved final reading on a budget amendment to pay for data storage for the Sheriff’s Office.

  • City audit not yet complete

    It was previously said to be ready, but more work is apparently called for on the City of Chester’s 2015-’16 fiscal year audit.

  • Supervisor, councilmen get a look at animal shelter conditions

    Recent comments on social media about the condition of the animals at the Chester County Animal Shelter prompted Sheriff Alex Underwood to invite county officials to take a tour of the facility. On New Year’s Day, when most of everyone else in Chester County was off work, Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart and County Councilmen Pete Wilson and Alex Oliphant took the tour. Council Vice-Chair Joe Branham was also invited, but was unable to make the tour.

  • Drivers can get some of that Roads Bill tax money back

    Just before the holidays, state Rep. MaryGail Douglas handed out some change purses to citizens that were imprinted with her name and her House District 41 title, but it’s what was inside the purses that was really important. The reason for the change purses was a slip of paper that detailed how drivers could take advantage of a tax credit that was written into the South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, commonly called “the Roads Bill.”

  • Curtis leaving city grants administrator job

    Energy. Spark. Cooperation. These are all words that define how City of Chester Grants Coordinator Cynthia Curtis has done her job.

    Curtis has been working behind the scenes, helping to make contacts with donors and facilitating the obtaining of grants for the City of Chester since starting in the position part-time in 2014.

    Now she is taking that expertise and those contacts she has made while working for the city and starting on a new adventure.