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  • Video touting county premieres

    It took about a year and two additional donations, but Chester County has a slick DVD now that it will be presenting to potential industrial and commercial clients.

    At the 2007 Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, developer Mel Graham offered to donate $10,000 so that the county could prepare a video.

    Graham, the nephew of evangelist Billy Graham, is the man behind Montrose Plantation, a huge community in the planning stages to be built along Interstate 77 in Chester County.

  • PRIMARY ROUNDUP: These boots were made for voting, this cake was made for polling

    • "What were the totals?" a member of the Chester County Election Commission shouted out Saturday night.

    So another member, Anna Boulware, knew right where to look.

    She had a leather-bound filing system. She kept a couple of pieces of paper stuffed into the top of her right boot.

    The left boot?

    Well, a bit like Maxwell Smart, it can ring. Boulware stuffs her cellphone in the top of it when she wears it. She unzipped both, a little, to get out what she needs.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Chester fire district improves ISO

    The Chester Fire District is the latest county fire department to improve its rating, going from a 4 to a 3 in the city limits.

    A recent ISO audit was the first for Chester in 18 years, said Chester Chief Paul Caldwell.

    The ISO rating is based on three criteria; fire alarm communication systems, water supply and fire department response and operations.

    Caldwell said the auditor complimented the readiness of his staff, noting that most audits take between three and five days to finish, but it only took a day-and-a-half to rate Chester.

  • Trail will connect 15 counties, two states

    Glinda Coleman is excited about the possibilities.

    Earlier this month, Chester County Council voted to support a proposed trail system, and that makes the executive director of the Great Falls Home Town Association thrilled.

    Becoming a part of the system, Coleman said, may be a vital link in connecting Great Falls and Chester County with other trails and green spaces in the Carolinas.

  • Grandpa's girl attends ceremony

    She loves her Grandpa -- her T-shirt said as much.

    But Morgan Leigh Young never got to meet him.

    Tommy Lee Davis died in a car crash in July 28. He'd been looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild.

    Morgan Leigh came along Nov. 28, born at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville. She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 and half inches long.

    Tommy Davis never got to hug Morgan Leigh, but her family has said they are going to make sure she remembers the man honored Thursday night by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Grand juror says system needs help

    A member of the Chester County grand jury approached Chester County Council Tuesday asking for help for the county's beleaguered, over-burdened criminal court docket.

    The grand juror, Tom Kellerhals, served on the grand jury last year. The grand jury is composed of 18 county residents. Its job in the criminal court system is to determine if there is enough evidence for a trial to be held.

    Six members of the grand jury serve two-year terms. Kellerhals was one of the six from last year's grand jury who was carried over.

    "I'm concerned," Kellerhals said.

  • Chamber honors Davis, McCain

    The Chester County Chamber of Commerce honored the late Tommy Davis during the chamber's 50th annual celebration Thursday at the Chester War Memorial Building.

    The award was presented to the Davis' widow, Patricia McClurkin Davis.

    The chamber also announced plans to start an annual scholarship at Chester High School in Davis' memory.

    Davis, a community leader in Chester County, died July 28, 2007, in a car accident.

    He enjoyed taking rides and watching the food channels, according to his daughter, Nikki Davis Young.

  • Volunteers clean up Mt. Hebron cemetery: About 30 pass up a day off to work

    It's probably not a coincidence that Chester Mayor Mitch Foster called Monday's clean-up of Mount Hebron Cemetery "a great event."

    Just a few days earlier, Foster evoked a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., telling everyone in attendance at Chester's City Council meeting that "everyone can be great, because everyone can serve."

    Foster pointed out that members of King's family have said the best way to honor Dr. King is to be of some service on the holiday that bears his name. With that in mind, Foster asked for people to volunteer to clean up the old cemetery.

  • County ranks 3rd for jobless

    South Carolina's unemployment rate rose sharply in December from 5.9 percent to 6.6 percent, the State Employment Security Com-mission reported last week.

    Chester County's unemployment rate rose, but it remained ranked third worst in the state for the second month in a row. The county's ranking of third worst followed four consecutive months where the county ranked or was tied for the second highest unemployment among South Carolina's 46 counties.

  • Lawyer appointed to research IBT suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court appointed a San Francisco lawyer to research the state of South Carolina's suit against the state of North Carolin over the latter state's approval of a tranfer of millions of gallons of water a day from the Catawba River basin.

    The Supreme Court appointed Kristin Linsley Myles as a Special Master in the Catawba River litigation (South Carolina v North Carolina).