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Today's News

  • Chester's run comes to an end

    After his team bounced back from an 11-0 second quarter spurt in a third round playoff game against Travelers Rest, Chester coach Jason Smith said basketball was a game of streaks and runs.

    "If someone puts together a run, you just have to hit them back with a run of your own," Smith said.

    At Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday night, Chester's run ended, as a turnovers and some long scoreless streaks put the Cyclones on the wrong end of a 67-53 decision against Greenville.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Joyce Autry files for town council seat

    Joyce Autry hopes to fill a seat on the Great Falls town council once occupied by her husband, the late Wayne Autry.

    Autry, 71, is making her first-time bid for an elected office. The election will be held April 8.

    Autry said gaining employment for the citizens of Great Falls is the single most important issue facing the town.

    "I will seek to improve the appearance and cleanliness of the town so prospective employers would wish to locate in Great Falls," Autry said.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Senate tackles payday lending, DUI bills

    The Senate had a very busy week debating and passing two major pieces of legislation. We spent a great deal of time in the Senate chamber listening to our fellow colleagues debate the DUI bill and the regulation of payday lending.

    We have amended the House version of their driving-under-the-influence bill. The amended bill includes a tiered penalty system so drivers with higher alcohol levels get tougher penalties. The higher penalties would not start though until a blood alcohol concentration of .16 and above.

  • Isn't there a plan?

    We are dismayed at a recent, unusual rezoning request. County Council has voted to overturn the Planning Commission. Unusual, but not unheard of.

    The issues at stake remind us of the fuss over Tiger World, where someone needed zoning changes to bring a few jobs and create an attraction that might bring tourists.

    It would have substantially changed the nature of the community where it wanted to be. County Council actually created ordinances to regulate and ban dangerous animals as a result. The county's Zoning Board of Appeals also rejected a change, standing up for locals.

  • THAT GUY: Another planting season, another batch of tomatoes to grow

    Two weeks ago (about Feb. 4), I was collecting some prescriptions at Wal-Mart here in Chester and I happened to notice that they had some miniature hothouses that are used for starting seed. The price was right but, to be fair, they were not as sturdy as the ones I have gotten in the past from Parks Seed.

    I decided to give them a try this year because my tomato seed and bell pepper seed had arrived and I wanted to get some "children" growing. Following the instructions I added water to the peat pots and then placed one seed in each pot.

  • Red Cross begins annual campaign

    The American Red Cross kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign on Friday, getting together some people who want to be called "Heroes."

    The Chester County chapter of the Red Cross only asks the community for money once a year, says Director Jim Mayhugh. It exists to help people. But it needs the community's help right now, members say.

    Anyone who can raise $500 for the Red Cross is named a hero. They get recognized for their efforts, and their picture is put in a full-page ad donated by The News & Reporter at the end of the campaign.

  • County dedicates Roddey Building

    Chester County officially dedicated its new office building in front of a standing-room only crowd of county residents and visitors from county government around the state and area.

    State Sen. Linda Short was the keynote speaker at the brief dedication, in which the new office building was named for longtime Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey.

    Roddey praised Short, who is retiring from the Senate after this legislative session.

    Short praised Roddey, who just got back into County government after almost a decade.

  • 'Strong Man' Hemlepp de-stresses through sport

    Competition is the name of the game for lawyer Michael Hemlepp.

    He lives it, he breathes it -- not only on his job but in his personal life.

    Hemlepp admits he has a competitive spirit.

    "I've always been considered a high energy dude," Hemlepp said. "I'm prone to getting a lot of adrenaline."

    " I've always been naturally strong. I was known as the guy who was always running or doing push-ups," he added.

    As a criminal defense attorney representing clients who have been charged with various crimes, Hemlepp said his profession is a high-stress job.

  • Chester may fine funeral homes $100

    Chester City Council's vote to institute a $100 fine to funeral homes that do not follow normal protocol when it comes to burials at Evergreen Cemetery has gone into effect.

    Last June, the council heard from public works director Raymond Douglas, who said funeral homes were calling him during off-hours to mark graves. Douglas said he was sometimes called just hours before a funeral was to take place.

    "We are called out quite often," Douglas said then. "Sometimes it is two or three times a month."

    Public Works office hours are 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Branham says he'll run for re-election

    All three Chester County Councilmen whose districts are on the ballot have now said they are running for re-election.

    Councilman Joe Branham, who holds the District 3 seat, told The N&R Sunday he would be running for re-election.

    As previously reported in The N&R, District 4 Councilman Tommy Martin and District 6 Councilman Alex Oliphant are seeking re-election.

    Filing does not begin until next month. All three candidates have said they are working on official announcements that they will run closer to the filing date.