Local News

  • Another try at penny sales tax

    While Chester County Council did not vote Monday night to put a referendum for a 1-cent sales tax on the ballot, its discussion, prompted by Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey, was the first step in that direction.

    The council specifically agreed to get an estimate for renovations to the Chester County Jail from an architectural firm that designed the jail in the '70s and had planned for upgrades in the '90s that were never fully implemented

  • CSD training Fort Lawn's sewer worker

    Even though the Chester Sewer District is not the short-term answer to the Town of Fort Lawn's sewer situation, the district is helping train the town's new sewer maintenance man.

    And the district is doing it for free.

    CSD Executive Director Mike Medlin doesn't want to make too much out of it, he said, but he said , "We're all in this together."

    He is talking in more than one level when he says that.

  • ELECTION UPDATE: Protest filed against top vote-getter, claiming dual office holding

    One successful candidate for Great Falls Town Council may face a big decision soon.

    If Darryl Washington takes the oath of office as a councilman, he technically gives up his position as Chester County deputy. That's how the S.C. Attorney General's Office has interpreted similar cases in the past over the years.

    Washington is assigned to be a school resource office for Great Falls High and Middle schools. But he is a deputy with the Sheriff's Office, and those are sworn officers, Sheriff Robby Benson said Thursday.

  • Two more charter schools planned

    Two groups hoping to bring charter schools to the area are among 14 organizations from across South Carolina that were recently awarded $5,000 grants to help them develop quality charter school applications.

    Groups that are successful in gaining charters during 2008 will be eligible to receive grant funds up to $200,000 to assist with initial costs associated with opening new charter schools in August 2009.

  • Softball field gettin' pretty for Dixie opener

    Chester Dixie Girls Softball celebrates the opening of a new season and new facilities Saturday.

    For years, the softball complex located on the old fairgrounds has been playable but has not been an aesthetic beauty. A hole in one backstop was covered with chicken wire and the dugouts had dirt floors and weathered roofs.

    Thanks to a partnership formed between the city, the county, the softball league and local business, the fields have been completely refurbished.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Three newcomers to Great Falls Council oust lone incumbent

    By Stephen Guilfoyle


    Four new faces will be on Great Falls Town Council after Tuesday's election.

    Only one incumbent ran for re-election, and she came in fourth.

    Darryl Washington was the top vote-getter in the regular election.

    Great Falls actually held two elections, one a regular election for three seats on the council with a four-year term, and a special election for one seat in which the winner will complete the final two years of a resigned councilman’s term.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION: Candidate forum was GFHS students' idea

    During a recent meeting with Great Falls High School's student council, Principal Corey Murphy got up and walked out.

    He wasn't mad. Murphy wanted the group to come up with a way to get more involved in politics.

    "I told them to come up with something," Murphy said. "Then I just left. I didn't give them any ideas or any sort of guidance."

  • 9 of 12 candidates attend Great Falls forum

    Nine of 12 candidates running for four open seats on Great Falls Town Council participated in a forum Thursday at the Great Falls High School Little Theater presented by the school, the Great Falls Home Town Association and The News & Reporter and Great Falls Reporter.

    One of the open races is to fill an unexpired two-year term. One candidate for that seat, Donna Bryan, touted her military service and past job experience to show that she can work well with others. She said she hoped to see the town cleaned up.

  • Golfing B&B coming to historic home on York Street

    A bed and breakfast that intends to attract an international golfing clientele in one of the city's most historic homes was given approval by the City of Chester's Zoning Board of Appeals, though not before some nearby residents expressed concernedChairman Winters presented the following application, and the board itself had a discussion about whether some members should remove themselves from discussion and voting on the issue.

  • Two arrested on crack trafficking charges

    The Chester County Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two men Monday and seized 76 grams of crack cocaine. The men were delivering the crack from Rock Hill to Chester County and were picked up at Campbells Truck Stop on S.C. Highway 72.

    Deputy Scott Thompson of the DEU said it is the second time in recent months a drug arrest has been made at the truck stop, and it shows the highway is a major lane of traffic for the drug traffic from Rock Hill to Chester County.

    The men were in two vehicles, which were seized, along with the dope they were carrying.