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Today's News

  • Currence puts Heart (& Soul) into new job

    When you go to the Fort Lawn Community Center to talk to Robin Currence about her new role as the Community Heart & Soul project coordinator, she, typical for Currence, pulls in a group of H&S committee members to share the limelight (and the interview) with her, and what is usually a reporter’s worst nightmare, interview by committee, becomes an insight into the way Currence works – every thing, every decision and every action is a joint effort.

  • School board gets briefing on safety

    Chester County School District Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner stepped up to the podium at the June school board meeting to deliver his last operations report. Gardner retired at the end of this school year. The focus of his final report was an update on school safety. Later in the meeting, the board discussed the same topic, in light of the proviso that was included in the S.C. state budget for additional SROs.

  • Suspect in '09 Great Falls murder back in jail

    The suspect in a 2009 murder case who fled the state before his court date was caught in Baltimore last month and extradited to Lancaster.
    According to Baltimore City District Court records, Montrez Michael Clark, 28, was arrested June 12 on a fugitive warrant. He was booked at the Lancaster County Detention Center on June 22.
    Clark was charged, along with four others, in the murder of Lamario Demond Ford of Great Falls in 2009. Ford was found beaten and shot inside of a Cunningham Street home on March 31, 2009.

  • City True Value helps Hawthorne "Paint a Brighter Future"

    The future at Hawthorne Christian Academy in Chester will be a littler bit brighter, or at least their walls will, thanks to City True Value.

    Hawthorne was chosen recently by City True Value as the recipient of a corporate “Painting a Brighter Future” paint grant that gives them 30 gallons of free paint in their choice of color, to improve the look of their school. According to the list of the 2018 Painting a Brighter Future winners on the True Value Foundation website, Hawthorne is the only school in South Carolina to receive the painting grant this year.

  • Master Plan Steering Committee gets some beautification ideas

    In a joint meeting with the Gateway Master Plan Steering Committee, members of Chester County Council, county staff and the chairs of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, county officials got a glimpse of what the Gateway District and parts of Chester County could look like in the future.

    Two different planning consultants made presentations at the steering committee lunch, said Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker Dean. She along with Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart, are ex officio members of the steering committee.

  • Land found guilty in connection with 2017 armed robbery

    A Chester County jury needed just over an hour to convict Geraldo Land on all five counts he was facing in relation to an armed robbery at an Ashford Street home last April.

  • School stars walk the red carpet

    There were paparazzi (well, except for one harried newspaper reporter and one teacher, the paparazzo were cardboard cutouts), there were balloons and there was a red carpet. It was an event to rival any Hollywood premiere, and it was all about the students of the Academy for Teaching and Learning.

    The charter school opened their doors for the beginning of their school year on Wednesday. Academy Director Robyn Caldwell said the faculty came up with the idea to roll out the red carpet for the students on their first day at school.

  • Man fires attorney in court, represents himself in armed robbery case

    It’s a different twist on “self defense.”

    “My client wishes to fire me and will be representing himself,” attorney Geoffry Dunn said in court Wednesday.

    The client was Geraldo Land, who was charged with entering an Ashford Street home last April and robbing a table full of poker players at gunpoint.

    “You understand this is not the wisest decision you ever made,” Judge Mark Hayes said.

  • School board on referendum: Back to the drawing board

    The Chester County School Board said in a recent meeting there will be no attempt to put the failed bond referendum question on the November ballot.

    After the Chester County School District bond referendum question was defeated in February, there had been speculation in the community that the Chester County School Board wanted to put the same question, one that would have authorized the construction of a new career and workforce development center and a round of extensive repairs for the schools in the district, on the November ballot.

  • Fanning, Thompson "measure up" to Salkehatchie standards

    Chester Salkehatchie Camp volunteer Ron Poston told State Senator Mike Fanning and Legislative Coordinator Wanda Thompson they really “measured up” to Salkehatchie standards when they showed their support of the organization – and they've got the carpenter’s rule suspenders to prove it.