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  • Building repairs may cost 'chunk'

    A pair of city-owned buildings are in need of repairs that could cost "a good chunk of money" according to Mayor Mitch Foster.

    Chester's City Hall is experiencing some exterior deterioration. Several bricks are in need of replacement and the mortar holding many of the bricks together is starting to erode.

    "One day last week I was looking up at the building and saw two bricks missing," said Foster.

    "They were totally gone. We've got to do some work or it'll continue to deteriorate."

    Foster said it looks like birds are nesting in the areas missing bricks.

  • Red Cross begins annual campaign

    The American Red Cross kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign on Friday, getting together some people who want to be called "Heroes."

    The Chester County chapter of the Red Cross only asks the community for money once a year, says Director Jim Mayhugh. It exists to help people. But it needs the community's help right now, members say.

    Anyone who can raise $500 for the Red Cross is named a hero. They get recognized for their efforts, and their picture is put in a full-page ad donated by The News & Reporter at the end of the campaign.

  • County dedicates Roddey Building

    Chester County officially dedicated its new office building in front of a standing-room only crowd of county residents and visitors from county government around the state and area.

    State Sen. Linda Short was the keynote speaker at the brief dedication, in which the new office building was named for longtime Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey.

    Roddey praised Short, who is retiring from the Senate after this legislative session.

    Short praised Roddey, who just got back into County government after almost a decade.

  • Chester may fine funeral homes $100

    Chester City Council's vote to institute a $100 fine to funeral homes that do not follow normal protocol when it comes to burials at Evergreen Cemetery has gone into effect.

    Last June, the council heard from public works director Raymond Douglas, who said funeral homes were calling him during off-hours to mark graves. Douglas said he was sometimes called just hours before a funeral was to take place.

    "We are called out quite often," Douglas said then. "Sometimes it is two or three times a month."

    Public Works office hours are 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Branham says he'll run for re-election

    All three Chester County Councilmen whose districts are on the ballot have now said they are running for re-election.

    Councilman Joe Branham, who holds the District 3 seat, told The N&R Sunday he would be running for re-election.

    As previously reported in The N&R, District 4 Councilman Tommy Martin and District 6 Councilman Alex Oliphant are seeking re-election.

    Filing does not begin until next month. All three candidates have said they are working on official announcements that they will run closer to the filing date.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fort Lawn police make marijuana bust

    A pound of marijuana was seized in Fort Lawn and a local man was charged with several drug offenses Monday afternoon.

    The Fort Lawn Police Department served a search warrant at a house on Poverty Hollow Road.

    During the search officers seized about a pound of marijuana, $425 in cash, two firearms, scales, and other drug paraphernalia.

    Joshua Daniel Barton, 17, of 5474 Poverty Hollow Road, was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of two firearm by someone under 21.

  • Discover 2008: Coming to a paper near you on Friday

    Discover Chester County 2008 will be published Friday.

    Copies will be inserted in all subscribers' papers.

    Free copies will be placed in stores along with Friday's paper.

    Outside racks will not have copies of the magazines, but readers buying the papers in outside racks can pick up a free copy of Discover '08 at The News & Reporter's office on 104 York St. in Chester.

    Copies will also be available at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, the Chester County Economic Development Office, local real estate offices and other businesses in the county.

  • After falling down, Chisolm standing tall

    Sammy Chisolm said he was used to falling. He said he had fallen off the path God had for him, he had fallen from grace in Chester.

    Last year, Chisolm fell and couldn't get up. With his system full of drugs and alcohol, Chisolm stumbled, injuring his leg.

    "I broke it in three places," Chisolm said. "I stood up, but I fell down again."

    With the help of friends and God, Chisolm said he's standing again, on a much stronger foundation than before.

  • County overturns planning

    A divided Chester County Council voted to reaffirm a decision to overturn a unanimous decision of the County Planning Commission.

    The council's vote will allow a trucking company to be located in the heart of an area currently zoned residential.

    The trucking company is owned by Chester City Councilman Alan Clack. He wants to move D&C Trucking from its current location, where he is leasing land, to the new tract, which is on family land he and his sister inherited.

  • Job forum will get do-over

    Just about 15 people attended an information seminar held Tuesday night to show people who are out of work how to prepare themselves to get a new and possibly better job, as well as how to handle their finances in the event of a layoff.

    Chester County has a drastic need for jobs and people need help.

    A married couple, both out of work, attended the seminar and said they heard some things they never heard before and learned about possible programs and benefits that might help them in the future.