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  • New skills for a new start: The Learning Center 'best kept' secret in Chester County

    At the Chester County Learning Center, education knows no bounds.

    The doors are open to young and old alike who want to earn their GEDs or high school diplomas. Computer classes are available, as are classes that provide the necessary skills to advance at work or even land a new job.

    The process can be long, but it's a journey that begins with a single step.

  • ELECTION '08: Moss to file for re-election

    State Rep. Dennis Moss of Cherokee County announced Wednesday intentions to file for re-election to the seat he gained last year in a bitterly contested, challenged election,

    Moss is a Democrat. The contest gained him a two-year term in the S.C. House.

    The House 29 seat includes potions of Chester and York counties, but predominanty includes Cherokee County around Gaffney.

  • Sheriff's Department makes two arrests

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department made a pair of arrests over the weekend in relation to a shooting and kidnapping incident.

    On Friday, officers were dispatched to 4558 Richburg Road in reference to an argument. Erin Fourney told officers that Hilton Rhoderous Hayes, a neighbor, had stated that he was "going to go get an AK-47." Officers arrived at the location and found Christopher Lee Fourney, shot. Hayes had fled the scene. Fourney was taken to Piedmont Medical Center while the SWAT team and the K-9 Team from York County searched for Hayes.

  • N&R staff receives 20 SCPA Awards

    The editorial staff of The News & Reporter picked up 20 awards from the state Press Association during a luncheon in Spartanburg Friday.

    In all, the paper won seven first place awards. Editor Stephen Guilfoyle claimed three first place honors, taking the top spot in the categories of Spot News Reporting, Enterprise Reporting and Business Reporting. Judges were complimentary of his body of work in each category. His spot news award was for coverage of the death of local soldier Logan Tinsley.

  • Grant to help with upgrades for Wylie Park

    An enhancement could be coming to Wylie Park.

    Grants Writer Terry Hare asked Chester City Council for permission Monday to seek a grant that will allow for construction of a quarter-mile walking trail between the park entrance and Park Drive.

    The grant will be for $21,000 with another $2,000 for a gazebo. The city's share will come to about $4,600.

  • Group may help reopen Finley Center

    For now, the S.L. Finley Center is still closed, but plans are in the works to refurbish and reopen the building.

    The building served as Chester's black high school up until integration. It was then used as junior high school until 1998. The City of Chester obtained the building after it closed and opened it as the headquarters of the recreation department in 2003. Last summer the building was closed because of poor air quality.

  • Fire destroys log house during storms

    A family of five was put out when their pre-manufactured log home burned to the ground early Wednesday morning.

    The family told offficials they had smoke detectors, but didn't hear them go off. No one was injured. They woke up and escaped the house.

    "It was a log house," said South Chester Fire Chief Blair White. "It burned like gasoline."

    The fire was in the South Chester district. White's department and the West Chester Fire Department both got the alarm at the same time, around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Hospital plans diabetes seminar

    Chester Regional Medical Center will hold a diabetes prevention and treatment seminar next week

    Called "Take Control -- Make an Impact, Explore The Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes," the seminar is open to the public.

    Registration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 14, followed by lunch and guest speakers from noon to 1 p.m.

  • County gets $50,000 for trail study; Heritage Tract expands

    Chester County has been approved for a $50,000 grant to do a master plan for greenways and trails across the county, Supervisor Carlisle Roddey said Monday night.

    County Council voted in January to support the proposed Carolina Thread Trail project.

    The grant requires a $5,000 match by the county.

    Councilman Archie Lucas said the council did not approve the match at Monday's meeting. Roddey only provided news of the grant award, Lucas said.

  • Burglary arrest leads to other charges

    An arrest in Fort Lawn Sunday that led to other charges and an inter-agency investigation.

    Fort Lawn Police solved three burglaries after arresting two Fort Lawn men Sunday night.

    The arrest led to an interagency cooperative effort that resulted in other charges and guns being taken off the street.

    In the first incident, Fort Lawn officers were dispatched to a residence on Foxcroft Drive Sunday when a local woman said a person was refusing to leave her residence. Upon arrival Fort Lawn officers found Jeffery Cox and Brandon Conner in the room playing a video game.