Today's News

  • Lewisville's Robinson, Foster make college choices

    Today is National Signing Day, and a pair of Lewisville Lions will put their names on the dotted line this afternoon.

    At 12:30, Antwan Robinson will "probably" sign with Campbell University in North Carolina according to Lewisville coach Floyd Drum.

    "I think that's where he's decided to go," Drum said.

  • Starter project will aid county housing problem

    Chester County needs housing.

    The Chamber of Commerce and the School District are looking into ways to get housing for new teachers, but the problem isn't just limited to teachers.

    Daryl Boyd, a resident of Chester for 26 years and the owner of Pro Window & Siding Co., Inc. and Air Tight Spray Foam, wants to be a part of the problem solving in the need for housing.

    "I saw a need for more houses in Chester," Boyd said.

    He's now building three "starter homes" in the city limits.

  • Richard Smith announces second run for sheriff

    Fort Lawn Police Chief Richard Smith has been keeping a secret. Kind of.

    "It's probably the worst-kept secret in Chester," Smith said. "I'm running for sheriff."

    Smith's run will be his second. He challenged current Cheriff Robbie Benson in the Democratic Primary in 2004. He wasn't able to spend as much time introducing himself to voters that year as he would have liked.

    "It's hard to campaign when you're 6,000 miles away," Smith said.

  • UPDATED: Democrats hope for record local turnout

    Chester County Democratic Party Chairman expects record turnout for precinct meetings

    With S.C. Democratic Party voter turnout at unprecedented levels, the Chester County Democratic Party has predicted that more voters than ever will participate in the state's Democratic precinct re-organizational meetings at 10 a.m. Feb. 23.

    eeLocally, the precinct meetings are held to organize and to elect delegates to the county's convention, to be held at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Chester War Memorial Building, 154 Main St., Chester.

  • 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.

  • Filing ends Friday for April election

    Time is running out so if you're interested in seeking a seat on the Great Falls town council, you need to act quickly.

    Friday is the last day to file a letter of intent if you want to be a candidate in the April 8 election. Letters of intent must be filed by 5 p.m. Friday.

    The election will be held to fill the office of three four-year term council members and one two-year unexpired council member term.

    The four-year terms of Councilman Earl Taylor and Councilwoman Maxine Wood are up for election. Wood is completing the term of the late Councilman Wayne Autry.

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  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Sponsoring bill to protect appraisers

    I have just signed on as a co-sponsor to the "Appraiser Independence Bill." The purpose of the legislation is to protect borrowers and real estate appraisers from coercion in a variety of forms, including but not limited to, blacklisting, bribery, extortion, intimidation, and non-payment. There are already state and federal statutes to punish or revoke the licenses of appraisers whenever an appraiser breaks the law. Also, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice requires an appraiser to be an "impartial, unbiased third party" in the business.

  • 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.