Today's News

  • INCINERATOR: Covanta wants trash plan updated

    Chester County may change its long-term plan for handling all its trash, including municipal solid waste because of a request from a company that wants to build a $500 million waste-to-energy incinerator on 100 acres on S.C. Highway 9 between Fort Lawn and Richburg.

  • SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Third finalist withdraws

    The third of three original finalists for Chester County's vacant superintendent position has withdrawn from the search, according to reports.

    So now, all three of the original finalists selected by the Chester County School Board to fill the vacant superintendent position have removed their names from consideration.

  • SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATE: Fourth candidate withdraws, search still open

    The search for Chester County’s next school superintendent has been reopened.

    After a school board meeting Thursday night, Dr. Richard Hughes, the board chairman, issued a release stating that the months-long search would continue.

    Dr. Ron Wright, the fourth candidate under consideration, told The N&R Tuesday he withdrew from the search.

  • Fire destroys mobile home

    Fire destroyed the home of a Great Falls man last Wednesday afternoon.

    Great Falls Fire Chief T.J. Martin said the department was dispatched to the call at 4:12 p.m. and arrived on the scene two minutes later.

    According to Martin, smoke was showing when he arrived at the double-wide mobile home of Brian Garris on Shadow Lane off Lingail Acres.

    “It was all in the attic,” Martin said. “It did not go into a full out and out blaze.”

  • Chief disturbed by second shooting

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice is agitated.

    There have been two shooting incidents in just over two weeks, marking the third shooting in six months, Rice said.

    Rice said he is disturbed over the incidents because of a lack of cooperation from the victims. He said he is afraid the shootings may continue and innocent people get harmed.

    In the most recent shooting, police responded to 800 Chester Avenue, apartment 16 around 12:30 a.m. March 5.

    Upon arrival, an officer noticed a large crowd of people screaming and a man laying on the ground.

  • Flooding issue being addressed by council

    Great Falls Town Councilman Jimmy Williams said he is working on a flooding issue on Pinecrest Avenue.

    Williams gave the town council a brief update during Monday night's regular monthly meeting.

    Williams said there have been a couple of accidents where the flooding occurs but he is not certain if they are related to the overflow. He said he was told by an employee of the S.C. Department of Transportation that the town needed to flush out the line.

  • Despite losses, Great Falls Devils still winning

    You could call it an understatement.

    “Stiles Brunson and Gaither Bumgardner will be hard to replace,” said new Great Falls baseball coach Wally Weir.

    Last year, the two combined to log 112 of the 165 innings the team pitched. Bumgardner had an ERA under 1.00, hit .511, drove in 29 runs and did not strikeout at the plate a single time. The loss of the two senior leaders hasn't equated to more losses, though.

  • Spring sports round-up

    The Chester High softball team picked up a win in its final contest before the start of region play last night.

    The Lady Cyclones knocked off Northwestern by a score of 7-1 Monday, scoring all seven runs in the first two innings of the contest.

    “We continued to hit the ball after that, but we didn't score any more runs,” said Chester coach Tommy Bailey.

    Chester had six hits and scored four runs in the first inning of the contest. The hits continued in the second with Chester getting four more hits and three more runs.

  • Local products shine on diamond

    A number of Chester County baseball and softball products are off to solid starts this season at the college level.

    Gaither Bumgardner, a 2010 Great Falls High School graduate, recently had a single and a triple with an RBI in a loss to Florida Gulf Coast University. Bumgardner, who both pitches and plays the field, has a .233 average so far this year, with three triples and eight runs driven in. As a pitcher, Bumgardner has a 4.80 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 15 innings of work.

  • Filing opens, except for school board seats

    Filing began Tuesday for several local and statewide races, but not for one local board.

    Local officials have still not adjusted to the change of local school board elections from partisan to non-partisan three years ago.

    Candidates for the board previously ran on a political party ticket and filed during time for the primary.

    That changed in 2007 with a state law making the races non-partisan. Those elections did not appear in any primaries before the 2008 General Election, nor will they appear this year on any primary ballot.