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  • JUDGE DENIES MOTIONS TO DISMISS IN 911 CASE

    Two motions to dismiss the case in the battle for who will control the Chester County 911 were dismissed Friday morning by Judge Knox McMahan.

    On Thursday afternoon, during the seven-hour long presentation of the case, Jon Robinson, an attorney representing Chester County, asked for a summary judgement in the county's favor from Judge McMahan. Attorneys for Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood also made a motion to dismiss the case.

  • Don't fear the (Carolina) Reaper

    Ed Currie of Rock Hill doesn't fear the pepper he calls The Carolina Reaper. In fact, he developed it. Currie's pepper was recently named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest pepper in the world.
    Currie grows the pepper in locations in York and Chester Counties and has stores that sell products that are made from the pepper in Fort Mill and at the 7th Street Market in Charlotte.
    Currie said he and his partners tried out several names before setting on the dangerous-sounding name of The Carolina Reaper.

  • BREAKING NEWS: SCHOOL DISTRICT ON TWO-HOUR DELAY WEDNESDAY

    Due to yet another frigid morning expected on Wednesday, the Chester County School District will run on a two-hour delay for students on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Tuesday morning, the transportation department did have some maintenance issues with cold buses.  The extra time ensured that buses were safe and ready to transport students to school.  

    This delay is for students only; faculty and staff are expected to report at their normal time.
     

  • Child dies in dirt bike accident

    A seven-year-old boy was fatally injured around 4:45 p.m. New Year's Eve after his dirt bike collided with a tractor trailer truck on S.C. Highway 97 near Great Falls.
    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Tristan Gabriel Mericle of 5116 Great Falls Highway, Great Falls was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma.
    Tinker said the boy was riding a Baja Motorsports 49cc dirt bike he got for Christmas when he was struck by a City of Lancaster tractor trailer truck.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Child dies in dirt bike accident

    A seven-year-old boy was fatally injured around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday after his dirt bike collided with a tractor trailer truck on S.C. Highway 97 near Great Falls.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Tristan Gabriel Mericle of 5116 Great Falls Highway, Great Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma.

  • Chester County Year in Review, Part 2

    July

    Chester County Council voted to delay a plan to implement a new business license fee. The main benefit of the fee touted by officials was the ability to know what businesses were operating in Chester County. The plan was expected to raise $250,000, but an uproar from local business owners brought about a vote to delay a final vote on the plan until August.

  • Watch Night service looks to the past, ahead to new year

    To hear the Rev. Charles Pratt tell it, the church celebration known as Watch Night originated in the 1700’s with John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement.
    Also to hear Pratt tell it, his church is to be credited with bringing the Watch Night service to Chester County. Pratt is the pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Chester.
    “I started this service about 17 or 18 years ago when I came here,” said Pratt, who lives in Gastonia, N.C.

  • Chester County 2013 Year in Review, Part 1

    January

    The year began with sad news as Ed Melton passed away. Melton was known as "The Apple Man" or "The Peddler" as he spent the better part of 30 years selling produce off his truck around town and entertaining folks with his stories and one-liners.

  • Fort Lawn fire destroys house

    A Tuesday night fire in Fort Lawn destroyed the home of David and Ann Varnadore of 5613 Elm Street.
    According to Fort Lawn Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas Casey, the fire took place Tuesday evening, December 17, 2013.
    “The house was a total loss, either by fire or by smoke and water damage,” Casey said. He added that firefighters did manage to recover many of the Varnadore's valuables from the house.
    No one was injured in the blaze, although David Varnadore was home when the fire started, Casey said.

  • Help at Christmas: Food pantries, Battered But Not Broken get special donations

     

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    From staff reports

    The big heart of the owner of a bar in Fort Lawn has lead to some special donations to local food banks and the Battered But Not Broken organization.