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  • BREAKING NEWS: Smoke covers county from afar

    "Is the whole county on fire?"

    More than one person called The News & Reporter on Wednesday with that query. The answer is "No, not the whole county" -- actually "No, not this county."

    Early in the afternoon on Wednesday, smoke and a strong burning odor enveloped the city of Chester but nothing was on fire, not that anyone could see, anyway.

    The smoke covered the county from Chester at least to the Richburg area along S.C. Highway 9

  • County drug unit arrests five on coke, weed charges

    The Chester County Drug Enforcement Unit bought 22 pounds of marijuana from a Chester County man in three separate buys, and the man was then arrested.

    Titus Orlando Reed, 27, of 758A Ward Road, Chester, was arrested Friday and charged with trafficking marijuana, coinspiracy to traffic marijuana (more than 100 pounds) and distribution of marijuana.

    Bond was denied on all charges, according to the Chester County Detention Center, and Reed remains in custody.

  • County schools do well in tornado drill

    Chester County's schools and most of its government offices did well in a statewide disaster drill held earlier this month.

    The drill, ironically postponed for two days because of severe weather that threatened to hit the area March 4, showed Chester County schools received proper notification from three separate sources, according to Chester County Emergency Manage-ment Director Eddie Murphy.

    The tornado drill was part of Severe Weather Awareness Week March 2-8.

  • Students raise $1,300 for Red Cross

    To some they are just students at a local school.

    To Jim Mayhugh of the American Red Cross's Chester County Chapter, they are heroes.

    The Chester Park School of the Arts put together a campaign to help the American Red Cross. The Red Cross held its annual fund-raising campaign from late February through March.

    The students are heroes, said Mayhugh, director of the Chester County office.

    They raised $1,300 for the "Heroes" campaign, the only fund-raiser the Red Cross does in Chester County each year.

  • Peaches peachy after near freeze

    It got cold on Monday night, but not cold enough to damage local crops.

    Weather forecasts of temperatures below freezing for Monday likely had local farmers remembering last year, when a late, hard freeze was responsible for killing much of the state's peach crop. That wasn't a concern this time around according to Corey Heaton, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent for the Clemson Extension office.

    "We actually didn't see much frost Monday night," Heaton said.

  • Families to remember victims

    One year ago today, two Chester County children were killed in a horrendous collision, when a logging truck ran a red light on S.C. Highway 9 in front of Lewisville High/Elementary Schools and hit the van in which the children were riding.

    Two other children were injured, one severely, and the driver of the van, the mother of two of the children, was also injured.

    The families of the children will be holding a private ceremony, then a public thank-you, unveiling two benches at Lewisville Elementary School in memory of the two children.

  • ELECTION '08: Auditor, treasurer also on '08 ballot

    Filing for county races opened Sunday at noon.

    The offices of county auditor and treasurer will be on the ballot this year. County officials who initially notified The N&R of races on the ballot did not include those offices.

    Special elections for both offices were held in 2006. The offices were left off the 2004 General Election ballot because County Council had begun to pursue full implementation of the manager form of government.

    In that form, the county manager appoints a treasurer and auditor.

  • Duke preps for new nuke power plant

    Duke Energy's plans for what might be the first new nuclear power plant built in the United States since 1979 and the ongoing drought were the subject of an update to the Chester County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday afternoon.

    Rick Jiran, community relations manager for Duke Energy in this region spoke to the chamber at an inaugural informational luncheon.

  • Group wants students to RISE

    The group only meets once a week, but organizers hope students that participate will reach individual success every day.

    The group, called RISE, is part study group, part service organization and part club. RISE is made up exclusively of fifth grade boys (there is a similar group for girls) who meet after school every Thursday. Members have to meet strict requirements. On Thursdays RISE members have to wear a belt and must keep their shirts tucked in. Failure to dress or act appropriately can lead to having membership in the club revoked.

  • County to buy, clean lot

    One of Chester's two political corners, spots that come alive with candidate signs, many of them homemade, may get turned into a park.

    Two adjacent lots at the corner of Saluda and Hudson streets in downtown Chester are considered by some on Chester County Council a major eyesore.

    County Council has begun a process to acquire the lots.

    Two gas stations were once located on the lots. Underground tanks will have to be taken up.