Local News

  • Building permit activity

    The Catawba Regional Council of Government tracks regional building permit trends in its four-county area, including Chester County.

    It's latest report available online, for July to Sept. 2007, shows building activity by census tract in Chester County.

    The heavy building activity in the county is shown in the red area above, outside of Chester, south to the Broad River and up to the county line with York County.

    The north Chester area around Lowrys, in white, shows no building permit activity.

  • York County power outage leads to Lando fire

    A power outage in York County caused more than 1,200 people in both Chester and York counties to lose their power. When the power came back on, line overload caused a fire in a field.

    The power outage was along Edgeland Road, east of Lando to the York County line, according to Chester County Emergency Mananagement Director Eddie Murphy.

    Duke Power crews were trying to get the power restored in the Mount Holley area, he said, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    When the power was restored, however, there was an overload, Murphy said.

  • Law officials target underage drinking

    Underage drinking in the region is now under attack. That was the message from a meeting of law enforcement and behavioral health agencies in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, who met last month at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to discuss progress being made by the new Alcohol Enforcement Team's to enforce the state's tougher underage drinking laws passed July 1.

  • School district, chamber look at housing for new teachers

    There are plenty of good new teachers in Chester County schools.

    But most of the new teachers aren't in Chester County, according to a committee looking into teacher recruitment and teacher retention.

    When the new school year started in August, the Chester County School District had 70 new teachers this year. Of them, 33 are brand new, never having taught anywhere before. Seven had previously worked for the district and returned.

    The N&R profiled some of those teachers.

  • I-77 Speedway coming back

    The I-77 Speedway, known affectionately to fans as "The Little Diamond of the South" will open for a full season of racing this year.

    The track abruptly ceased operations in June of last year, roughly halfway through the season. Bo Smith, who was operating the track and was in the process of buying it posted a message on the track's website on June 26 that said stated in part "after careful and lengthy deliberations we have come to a very tough and sad decisions that the I-77 Speedway will not host weekly races effective immediately."

  • City to have charrette meeting Tuesday

    From staff reports

    The City of Chester's charrette process will have an imporatnt meeting next week.

    Over the past several months, downtown Chester has been going through a master plan process to outline recommendations to implement ideas presented in the 2006 charrette.

    The master plan for downtown has four key strategies; residential, the arts, business and organization.

  • Parking SNAFU at new county building

    The Chester County Treasurer's and Auditor's offices move to the new office complex on the J.A. Cochran Bypass has taught county officials a lesson about who uses county services right now.

    The parking lot at the front of the building, off the bypass, has just 15 spaces, but that seems to be where many people are trying to park. That lot is actually reserved for county officials, Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey said Saturday night. He said the public should use the bigger lot at the back of the new office building off Wilson Street Extension.

  • In the bag: President of company bringing 400 jobs talks 'trash' (bags) to chamber

    The Chester County Chamber of Commerce got "trashed" at its 50th anniversary banquet.

    That is to say members got a primer in the trash bag and plastics business, offered to give some insight into why a company will soon build a multi-million dollar plant and bring 400-plus jobs to Chester County.

    The main speaker at the chamber banquet last week was George Hall, the chief operating officer of Poly-America.

  • 'Phone boy' to top cop: Chester native honored by U.S. Attorney

    Max Dorsey II had wanted to be a high school government teacher.

    But soon after he graduated college, he caught the law enforcement bug.

    He's learned drug investigation from some of the most respected, longtime experts, he said Wednesday.

    For 10 years, he has been with SLED, working narcotics, the statewide grand jury, public corruption cases and now vice.

    The Chester native was honored last week by U.S. Attorney Reginald I. Lloyd as the top statewide law officer in South Carolina.

  • Allen to retire as Milliken president, CEO

    Roger Milliken, chairman of the board of directors of Milliken & Co. announced the pending retirement of Dr. Ashley Allen, current president and CEO of the company.

    It is effective May 1, after Allen's 65th birthday.

    Allen has led Milliken as president and CEO since 2005.

    Prior to his current position he served as chief operating officer and in several leadership positions over his 38-year career, including president of Milliken's Chemical Division. Dr. Joe Salley will succeed Dr. Allen. He is currently the chief operating officer.