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Today's News

  • Candidate filing for Fort Lawn council seat opens today

    Candidate filing for the seat vacated earlier this month by Fort Lawn Town Councilwoman Linda Roddey opens noon today and closes June 3 at noon.
    On May 3 at the regular monthly meeting of the Fort Lawn Town Council, Mayor John Rumford read Roddey's letter of resignation to the council.

  • Cunningham speaks softly

    Chasity Cunningham spoke softly as she announced to a packed gymnasium where she would be going to college Wednesday, but true to the old axiom, she carries a very big stick.
    Cunningham has signed to play softball at USC-Salkehatchie in Allendale.
    Cunningham has been one of the top offensive players for Chester High for the past couple of seasons. She has twice won the "Big Bat" award the team gives out each year to the top Lady Cyclones hitter, hit .421 last year and led the team in home runs nearly every year.

  • A touch of Gray

    Athletes choose where they are going to school based on a number of factors. They might hit it off with a coaching staff, they might like that a school is close to home or they might be tempted by the promise of early playing time. Chester's K.D. Hicks found something else to like about Gray Military Academy in Columbia.
    "Their jerseys are cool. I like the color, they are sort of light gray," Hicks said.
    That wasn't the only thing that attracted Hicks to the school where he will spend the next year.

  • Raven Sanders' strength pays off

    Jerry Thomas, Lewisville's head softball coach, marvels at the strength in Raven Sanders' throwing arm.
    "She has a stronger arm than some young men," Thomas said.
    She's got a pretty strong will too. Despite suffering a pair of terrible injuries and dealing with personal tragedies, the excellent student and athlete signed to play softball at USC-Lancaster on Wednesday.

  • Hardin heads to Tech

    Colleges have been aggressively pursuing Chester senior Deterrion Hardin because, well, he himself is so aggressive.
    The 6-foot-3 receiver will spend a semester at North Carolina Tech, then hopes to transfer to an ACC school.
    "N.C. State really likes him," said coach Anthony Sterling.
    Quarterback Tony McNeal liked Hardin too, as the big receiver became one of his favorite targets, particularly in the red zone. Hardin likes catching passes, but actually gets more enjoyment from pursuing the physical aspects of the game.

  • Wright signs to play at Pikeville

    He hasn't seen the school with his own eyes yet, but Chester senior linebacker Rodriguez Wright said that Pikeville College in Kentucky is the place for him. Wright signed to play at the school on Wednesday.
    Pikeville has a history of recruiting South Carolina well. Wright said a member of the Pikeville coaching staff is from Union, which explains why so many Palmetto State players go to the school. Wright said Chester coach Anthony Sterling sent the school his highlight tape, which is what got them interested in him.

  • Versatile Strong headed to North Carolina Tech

    How good a wide receiver is Chester's Deon Strong? Coaches at North Carolina Tech didn't even see him play the position at a recent combine, yet still made him an offer to play the spot in the fall.
    "There were about 30 receivers at the combine and only about 10 defensive backs," Strong said. "So I took all my reps at defensive back."

  • Church Calendar For Friday, May 20, 2011

    Anointed Church of God
    • Spring revival, May 22-25. The Rev. Ronald O. McClurkin of Good Hope Baptist, Winnsboro, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Johnny Morgan of Mount Olive Baptist, Fairfield, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Ina C. Harris of Chestnut Grove AME Zion, Chester, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Jerome Boyd of Pine Grove Baptist, Chester, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Everyone welcome.
    • Church is at 238 Gadsden St. Sunday school at 9 a.m., devotion at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. Bible study, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

  • Your time of restoration is...

    Right around midnight on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning you would have thought the gates of hell had been unleashed on our farm.
    No, we weren’t on fire, but there was an evil madness all around us and it was definitely unleashed and horrifying and traumatizing and scary, and all I can say is oh my gosh, is this another Hugo! 

  • City leaders predict budget shortfall next fiscal year

    The City of Chester faces a shortfall of just over $368,000 in its proposed budget, leaving city leaders with only a few weeks to craft a plan that'll help the city either sink or swim next fiscal year.
    During their budget workshop Monday night, City Administrator Jeff Kerr gave Chester City Council a comprehensive snapshot of the city’s projected revenues for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
    The picture wasn’t all too pretty.