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  • Chester County Library showing Civil War traveling exhibit through Friday

    The Chester County Library in historic downtown Chester will be displaying a Teacher's Discovery Traveling Exhibit featuring the importance as well as the grim reality of the American Civil War.

    The display is in Chester for just a few days.

    It officially opens Monday, but some displays are already set up.

    Library Director Ann Ramsey said a woman coming out of one room saw a life-sized picture of a soldier and got startled, thinking it was a real person.

    The exhibit is being shown at the Main Library on the hill Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18, 2008.

  • BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Spratt says EPA won't levy fine from '03 oil spill

    Chester County Council has already gotten a good word from its Congressional delegation.

    The council voted Monday night to ask the delegation, U.S. Rep. John Spratt and U.S. Sens. Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint, for help getting repaid money the county spent to clean up the 2003 oil spill at the old J.P. Stevens Mill No. 2 in Great Falls. Also at issue was a fine the Environmental Protection Agency threatened to levy against the county over that spill.

  • Club 321 a nuisance, sheriff says: Club management, patrons say they are being targeted

    The manager of a local club is denying his club has any responsibility in a recent shooting or several other incidents, some going back years.

    Maurice J. Obley, one of two managers of Club 321, says in a statement released to The N&R earlier this week that club staff and patrons believe the club is being targeted unfairly by Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson.

  • School IDs being made in-house

    Students at Great Falls High School will need more than a pass to walk the halls soon.

    Great Falls High, along with all the other high school and middle schools in Chester, is now equipped with software and a printer that produces identification cards for students, which was paid for by Safe School/Healthy Students.

    GFHS Principal Corey Murphy said the main benefit of having the cards is to make it easier to spot folks who don't need to be on school grounds.

  • Chester to get trees from grant

    The City of Chester will have some new trees growing before spring even arrives.

    Chester was one of 15 cities statewide to receive a tree grant from PalmettoPride, the state's anti-litter effort.

    The city will receive 16 trees in all, including 12 crepe myrtles, two red cedars and two white oaks. The city received grant money to buy trees from Clemson Extension a few years ago. This grant is different in that the city actually gets trees instead of money to buy them.

  • County asks Spratt to help with mills again

    Chester County Council is again going to ask its Congressional delegation for help getting repaid money it spent to clean up the 2003 oil spill at the old J.P. Stevens Mill No. 2 in Great Falls.

  • Doug Marion joins York Technical College commission

    Dr. A. Douglas Marion of Chester has been appointed to the York Technical College Area Commission, the college's governing board, the college recently announced.

    Marion appeared with York Tech President Greg Rutherford at a Chester County Council meeting Monday night, at which Rutherford briefly updated the council on the construction of York Tech's Chester Center.

  • Chester Fire Department holds awards banquet

    The Chester Fire Department recently held its annual awards ceremony, to honor firefighters for their work during the year.

    Ben Grant won the "Volunteer of the Year" award, Matt Terry was named "Firefighter of the Year," Ricky Benson received a pin to honor his 25 years of service and Eumon Chisolm was given a retirement plaque.

    Fire Chief Paul Caldwell said all were worthy of the honors they received. Grant, for example, managed to serve as a volunteer while working full-time and attending college at USC-Union.

  • 2007: Grants among positives in '07

    The Town of Great Falls realized some positives during the year 2007. The ISO rating for the town dropped, another doctor came to town, the streetscape project continued and a tax increase was prevented for property owners.

    Negative events and happenings also added to the year's happenings. Two former town councilman passed away, a neighboring community center was destroyed by fire and the police department reported an increase in acts of violence toward officers.

  • Two businesses open at site of pool hall

    The former site of the Best Best Convenience Store on Lancaster Street is the new home of both Deluxe Pools of Chester and Diane's Floral Designs.

    Both businesses were formerly located at separate locations on Gadsden Street.

    "This building is now a dual operation," said Deluxe Pools owner Dick Blair.

    The former location of Deluxe Pools, which is just a few yards across the railroad tracks from the new location, will now be used as a service center and warehouse. Blair's wife rented her former location, Diane's Florist, on Gadsden Street.