• City administrator takes issue with CURES at litter meeting

    A meeting that was supposed to be about how the citizen’s group CURES (Citizens United for Redevelopment and Economic Stability) could help the city with some cleanup efforts turned tense when Chester City Administrator Stephanie Jackson took issue with critical comments made by what she called CURES’ “Facebook users” on the city’s cleanup efforts or lack of the same, and took offense at a passing remark made by Chester County Councilmember Alex Oliphant.

  • From classrooms to council chambers

    Note: This is a continuation of a conversation with the City of Chester’s new administrator


    Stephanie Jackson, the new City of Chester administrator has been on the job for a little over two months. She sat down with The N&R and said she recently shared her vision for the City of Chester with the people she works with, including city employees and the members of city council.

  • Graham stepping down as elections director

    Terry Graham figures that when you make a mistake professionally, you can let your error define you or you can learn something from it.

    “I definitely used it as a teachable moment. Good things have grown out of it,” he said.

    Graham, who has been Chester County’s elections director for four years and has worked in the elections office for nine is moving on. Friday will be his last day, as he will soon be starting a new position as manager of voter services in Richland County.

  • From classrooms to city streets

    She’s been on the job for about two months and new Chester City Administrator Stephanie Jackson said when she began the job in May she knew she would be “walking into a challenge.” But, says Jackson, that’s all right.

    “I’m enjoying the challenge,” she said. “I face each challenge with the optimism that we’re going to find a solution.”

  • Making the cut

    The process of having the grass cut at Evergreen Cemetery on a regular basis appears to at least be underway.

  • County ready to move on 1814

    For the time being, nothing is publicly known about the company behind the economic development code name “1814” but that could apparently change soon.

  • Master Plan Steering Committee gets some beautification ideas

    In a joint meeting with the Gateway Master Plan Steering Committee, members of Chester County Council, county staff and the chairs of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, county officials got a glimpse of what the Gateway District and parts of Chester County could look like in the future.

    Two different planning consultants made presentations at the steering committee lunch, said Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker Dean. She along with Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart, are ex officio members of the steering committee.

  • Richburg, Fort Lawn pass annual budgets

    The Towns of Richburg and Fort Lawn have started off the fiscal year under their new budgets.

    At their June meeting, the Town of Richburg held their public hearing and the second reading of the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget of $173,966. This is a 14.83 percent increase in last fiscal year’s budget of $151,500. Richburg has no millage rate. No citizens signed up to speak during the public hearing on the budget.

  • City hears pitch to make municipal court safer

    Judge Wylie Frederick told Chester City Council recently that the safety features in his courtroom leave something to be desired.

    “The bench is bulletproof but it’s too low. It’s just protecting you from getting shot in the foot, I guess,” he said.

  • Mayor briefs Fort Lawn Council on sewer study

    At their July meeting, Fort Lawn Mayor John Rumford provided a brief overview to town council of the sewer study they commissioned recently.

    The town had applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $25,000 for a pre-engineering study to determine the status of their aging sewer system. Rumford had told the council earlier that any application for a grant to upgrade the sewer system would almost certainly require the town to have completed such a study.