Today's News

  • Mayor briefs Fort Lawn Council on sewer study

    At their July meeting, Fort Lawn Mayor John Rumford provided a brief overview to town council of the sewer study they commissioned recently.

    The town had applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $25,000 for a pre-engineering study to determine the status of their aging sewer system. Rumford had told the council earlier that any application for a grant to upgrade the sewer system would almost certainly require the town to have completed such a study.

  • Traffic stop leads to three drug arrests

    A traffic stop at the intersection of West End Street and J.A. Cochran Bypass on Tuesday led to an arrest of three people for possession and distribution of meth and marijuana.

    According to a release from the City of Chester Police Department, on July 3, at about 11 in the morning, a CPD officer conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of West End Road and U.S. Highway 321 Bypass for a traffic violation. When the officer approached the vehicle, the officer ‘could smell an odor believed to be marijuana.’

  • School board passes $49.9 million budget

    Despite misgivings about taking money for the fund balance for recurring expenses, the Chester County School Board unanimously passed a $49.9 million budget at literally the last minute Thursday night.

    The board held a public hearing on the budget before the actual meeting where the second and final reading of the budget was approved. During that hearing, District Chief Financial Officer Mellanie Jinnette presented the proposed budget and explained where the district was in the budget process.

  • Sisk earns first start for Johnson City

    He’s currently pitching in the Rookie League, but Evan Sisk has looked like anything but a rookie for the past few weeks.

  • Tunall commits to App State

    Wyatt Tunall says he wasn’t always the biggest and strongest offensive lineman on the field. In fact, at one point he wasn’t a lineman at all.

    “When I played flag football I was the quarterback,” the rising Chester High senior said. “I was the only kid who could throw the ball.”

  • Light my fuse

    I’m not sure who decided that the best way to celebrate the birth of our nation was to blow up stuff in our backyards, but I’d like to thank that person.

  • "Every child an artist" at Fort Lawn Community Center art camps

    A sign hanging on the wall of the Fort Lawn Community Center quotes the great painter Pablo Picasso who said ‘Every child is an artist.’ The FLCC summer arts camp gives every child the opportunity to be one.

    The Fort Lawn Community Center is currently the recipient of three S.C. Arts Commission grants that have allowed them to offer some arts opportunities for kids of different ages, said FLCC Director Libby Sweatt-Lambert.

  • MaryGail Douglas bids farewell to State House

    State Rep. MaryGail Douglas, whose District 41 includes a portion of Chester County, stepped to the front of the S.C. House Chamber on Tuesday to address her farewell remarks to her colleagues. Douglas has served in the House for six years. She was defeated on June 12 in the Democratic Primary by Fairfield County School Board member Annie McDaniel, who ran unsuccessfully against her in 2012 for the same seat.

  • Some words with "Heart & Soul"

    At the Heart & Soul community meeting in Fort Lawn, there were a lot of inspiring words from H&S committee members and others. Here is a sampling of some of them:


  • Chester fire marshal urges fireworks safety

    Fireworks are spectacular when they light up the sky, but they can cause serious harm when not handled by a trained professional. Fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries in kids and adults.

    The best way to protect your family is to not use fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public displays and leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.