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  • GOP to meet Thursday

    The Chester County Republican Party will meet on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Market Building on Columbia Street. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Glenn McCall, chairman of the York County Republican Party and the second vice chair of the South Carolina Party is scheduled to speak.

    McCall, an African American, is currently running to be the National Committeman from the state of South Carolina. Also scheduled to address the group is Henry Eldridge.

    Eldridge is the newly elected Fifth District Chairman of the Republican Party.

  • Jobless rate down, ranking still third

    Chester County's unemployment rate dropped 1.5 percent, but the county remains ranked third in the state for the worst level of unemployment.

    However, the reliability of the numbers the state is getting from its unemployment service is coming under scrutiny by S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.

    According to prior jobless reports, Chester County rose to as high as second in the state for four consecutive months, July to October, in 2007, but the county has held steady at third worst since then, from Novem-ber 2007 to the latest report, February, 2008.

  • ELECTION '08: Complete list of local races for '08 General Election

    Here is a complete list of candidates who have filed to run in local races:

    Running unopposed are:

    Sue Carpenter, Clerk of Court;

    Donnie A. Wade, Auditor;

    Jack L. Kindle, Treasurer;

    Joe Branham, County Council District 3; and

    Alex Oliphant, County Council District 6.

    All of the above are the incumbents, and they are all running as Democrats.

    Running as Democrats with opposition are:

    John W. Holcombe and Tommy Martin, incumbent, for County Council District 4;

  • OMNOVA donates $1,500 to Red Cross

    A gift from OMNOVA Solutions will help the Chester chapter of the American Red Cross better help people in emergency situations.

    On Monday, Lucille Mackey of OMNOVA, presented Red Cross Director James Mayhugh with a check for $1,500. The money will go be used to buy two new laptop computers.

    "We're getting more sophisticated," Mayhugh said.

    The laptops will put the Red Cross in touch immediately with all emergency personnel. This will come in particularly handy when the Red Cross responds to fires that destroy people's homes.

  • AAA: County roads fourth safest in '06

    Chester County was the fourth safest road "per vehicle miles traveled" in 2006, according to the American Automobile Association's Carolinas office.

    AAA Carolinas released rankings in several areas for the 2006 year.

    Chester County was fourth in "best chance of not being in a collision," a release says.

    The county, however, makes it to the top five in four other categories, though those aren't good categories to be in. The rankings say that it was not very likely a driver would be in a collision, but if he or she was, it was going to be a bad one.

  • Novant buys interest in HMA hospitals, including Chester Regional

    Health Management Associates, Inc. has sold a 27 percent minority interest in its seven hospitals located in North and South Carolina to Novant Health for $300 million. The companies completed the transaction on March 31.

    In Chester County, the agreement between the companies will be focused mostly on the clinics run by Chester Regional Medical Center. Novant, which runs Presbyterian Hosptial in Charlotte, specializes in running physician practices and this move will bolster the local practices affiliated with the hospital.

  • ELECTION '08 UPDATE III: Fifth candidate enters crowded Senate race

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Clickherefor a complete list of candidates.

    The already crowded field for the Senate District 17 race got a little more crowded with the filing of a second Republican candidate on Sunday, the last day to file.

  • ELECTION '08: Races heat up; third Demo enters Senate race; Stacey starts House 29 run

    Danny Stacy, a lifelong Gaffney resident and 35-plus year local small business owner officially kicked off his candidacy for the Republican nomination for S.C. House District 29 Thursday morning at Brandi's Restaurant in Gaffney.

    A Fairfield County businessman announced he would run as a Democrat for the Senate District 17 seat, currently held by Linda Short, a Chester Democrat. She announced last year she was resigning the seat.

    Three other candidates, two Democrats and one Republican, have announced they are running for Short's seat.

  • SLIDESHOW UPDATED: Animal Shelter has pets for adoption

    The Chester County Animal Shelter has several dogs and cats that are adoptable.

    However, some have been at the shelter for a long time and may soon reach the point where they have to be euthanized.

    The N&R has two of those pets listed as its pets of the week. They can be seen on Page 3 of the paper.

    Those two pets are part of a photo gallery now at OnlineChester.com. There are 26 dogs and cats included in the slideshow.

  • Fashion show with a rainy twist

    If helping raise money to refurbish and restore Chester's S.L. Finley Center isn't reason enough to attend the "It's Raining Men" fashion and talent show tonight, maybe the chance to see Odell Williams and Alex Oliphant strut their stuff as runway models is.