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Today's News

  • Chester ends season with victory

    It wasn't the ending coach Dennis Jensen hoped for, but it wasn't a bad one.

    The Chester High baseball team closed the regular season with a win Monday, knocking off Lewisville by a 5-1 count. The out-of-region win over a county rival was satisfying, Jensen said, even though Chester will not qualify for the playoffs.

    "It was a good win," Jensen said. "We got to play a lot of people and we played pretty well. It's nice to finish with a win."

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Budget passes after many hard funding choices

    We had to make some tough funding decisions after the Board of Economic Advisors adjusted estimated state revenue downward by $180 million. The estimate included an unexpected shortfall in the current budget year of $90 million and an additional $90 million decrease for fiscal year 2009-2009.

  • North Central Family Medical Clinic opens

    The North Central Family Medical Clinic is new to Chester, but Chester patients aren't new to the clinic.

    The clinic opened its doors at 102 Renaissance Square in Chester on April 7. The doors have been open at three Rock Hill locations, though, for 16 years. The clinic's executive director, Ernest Brown, said a lot of patients from Chester used to make the drive to Rock Hill.

    "Opening this office in Chester makes our services much more accessible," Brown said. "Since we opened, we've already seen some of them here."

  • ELECTION '08: Martin running for re-election

    Chester County Council-man Tommy Martin has announced he is running for re-election to the District 4 seat on Council that he has held since 2004.

    Martin, 55, is married to Freda Martin. The couple have one son, T.J.

    Martin works for the S.C. Department of Trans-portation in its Winnsboro office.

    He graduated from Chester High School in 1971 and has taken continuing ed classes at York Technical College.

    He attends St. Paul Presbyterian Church.

    He issued the following statement on his re-election bid.

  • ELECTION '08: Branham running for re-election

    Joe Branham is running for re-election to Chester County Council.

    He has held the Distirct 3 seat since 2006, when he was elected to fill the unexpired term of Gene Cudd. He previous held the seat from 1980-1990.

    Branham, a Democrat, is running on a platform of optimism for coming growth.

    "What I'd like to project over the next four years is a positive atttitude, with the anticipation of being great.

    "The next four years are going to be somehting the people will look forward to."

  • Chester H.R. now its own department

    The City of Chester has a new department.

    It's a department of one.

    At Monday's meeting of city council, a motion to create a stand-alone human resources department was passed. Current personnel director and city clerk Carla Roof will be the lone member of the department.

    In 2006, the council, after much disagreement on the matter, voted to make the finance director a department head. Among the duties assigned to the position were having all other front office personnel report directly to the finance director.

  • Catawba River is endangered, group says

    Chester County's eastern border is endangered.

    The Catawba River has been listed as the most endangered river in the United States, according to a river advocacy group.

    American Rivers released a report late last week that listed the Catawba -- Chester County's entire easter border -- as the No. 1 most endangered river in the nation. Its main threat -- outdated water supply management, according to the report.

    River report

  • An iron resolve

    "Iron sharpens iron."

    That line from Proverbs has been adopted as a theme by the Great Falls baseball program this year. Coach Brett Blackmon got the idea from Justin Temple, a 2007 Great Falls graduate who came back to visit the team during an early-season practice.

    "It was amazing, he probably didn't say five words while he was here," Blackmon said. "But he's obviously matured since he left to go to college (Temple is a member of the baseball team at North Greenville College). He showed up and said he wanted to talk to the team. He told them that iron sharpens iron."

  • VIDEO, STORY: Kiss my tips: Flo, gang get $2,000 for Relay

    VIDEO of a Relay for Life fund-raiser held in Chester Friday.

  • UPDATE $20 million initiative to help teachers buy first homes

    Two state agencies announced a joint $20 million initiative to offer low-interest home loans to South Carolina teachers – and help with their down payments, too.

    Monday’s announcement comes just days before a Chester County group, which has been looking into the issue of available housing for teachers, will meet.

    The 2008 Palmetto Hero Program, run jointly by the S.C. State Housing Authority and the S.C. Department of Education, will offer the assistance to eligible teachers hoping to purchase their first homes.