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Today's News

  • Foster retires from post office

    The post office is used to change.

    The price of stamps go up, rural routes change to more specific 911 addresses, the hand-sorting of mail is phased out by machines.

    One of the few constants at the Chester Post Office, for the past 39 years, has been the presence of Richard Foster.

    That too has now changed. Two weeks ago, Foster retired.

    Foster was first hired in May of 1969.

    "I started off as a part-time employee like everybody did in those days," Foster said.

  • New group selling downtown

    Shop Historic Chester, a new billboard just erected on Interstate 77 proclaims.

    Getting the sign up completes something Marlene Hinson has been wanting for years.

    Hinson, who owns the Mill Village Cafe on Gadsden Street has joined with 12 other downtown merchants to form an informal merchants association, the Chester Business Council.

    "We have got to do something to promote Chester," Hinson said Monday. "We have to get businesses here."

  • Battle of Beckhamville plans underway

    Have you ever seen a salt maker? Or watched someone make a broom? Or seen how tombstones were made from slate?

    You can if you want to soon in Great Falls.

    There will even be an 18th century lace maker, a refugee from France.

    All of this can be experienced at the seventh annual Battle of Beckhamville, which has been set for June 6, 7 and 8 in Great Falls on the original battlefield.

  • BREAKING NEWS Two more Cycs to sign

    Chester High basketball players Donald Sims and Xavier Mayfield will sign with USC-Salkehatchie, according to their coach Jason Smith.

    Sims averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds per game, while Mayfield added 10 points and 2 assists a contest for the Cyclones, who made it to the upperstate title game for the second time in history this season.

    USC-Salkehatchie is a two-year program. Both players could leave there with two years of eligibility. Smith said Sims is receiving some Division I attention.

  • VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Dancing the Decades
  • Gardening center causing zoning stir

    Chester County Council has again approved a zoning change that goes against its comprehensive plan, a change that will put a commercial business in the heart of a residential area.

    Some neighbors are opposed to the plan to give commercial zoning to allow a nursery operation on U.S. Highway 21 north of Fort Lawn.

  • Statuary now on sale

    Driving south on Interstate 77, there's a new reason to stop at Exit 65.

    Look to the right and there are stone urns, statues and a building where they are sold.

    Artistic Statuary opened March 28, a quiet opening, according to the lady running the store. Just a few locals were contacted, yet because of word-of-mouth, turnout was bigger than they expected.

    Sylvia Leckie Jennings, a Lando native, is running the business for her daughter and son-in-law.

    They live in Florida. About eight years ago, they bought Artistic Statuary, a 30-year-old business in Pompano.

  • CHURCH CALENDAR week of 05/09

    Armenia Baptist

    Mother's Day celebration, 11 a.m. Sunday. Speaker: Pastor Bessie Curbeam.

    Armenia UMC

    Dual sport fundraiser, Sunday, May 18.

    Bethel UMC

    • Annual spring bake sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in front of Cody's Jewelry Shop.

    • Mothers honored Sunday.

    Bethlehem UMC

    Homecoming, 11 a.m. Sunday, May 18. Lunch to follow. Bring chairs, picnics and drinks.

    Calvary Baptist, Calvary Church Road

    • Youth Sunday, May 11. Dinner to follow morning services. No evening services Sunday or on Memorial Day, May 25.

  • MY VIEW: Pregnant man births plenty of questions

    There's an old saying, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Since I'm no angel, I'll play my usual role and rush in with my thoughts about the Oregon man who is pregnant.

    Personally, I find this to be extremely disturbing news not for the obvious ethical, moral and religious questions that abound but for the implications on gender roles from this time forward.

  • I-77 Speedway Results

    On May 3, I-77 Speedway was alive again with the sound of cheering race fans and roaring race cars. The results of the race are as follows:

    • Late Models:

    1) Randy Smith, No. 84

    2) Walter Neal, No. 1

    3) Billy Thompson, No. 00

    4) Brandon Ifft, No. 27I

    5) Robbie Jordan, No. 47X

    • Super Street:

    1) Ben Watkins, No. 71

    2) Rusty Broome, No. R5

    3) Jerry Oliver, No. Y44

    4) John Kline, No. 69X

    5) Nick Norris, No. 1

    • Rookie Four:

    1) Tyler Love, No. 92

    2) Bubba Albert, No. 29