Today's News

  • Chester's Whitlock chooses Gamecocks

    COLUMBIA -- His trip to Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday is just a preview of things to come.

    Chester football stand-out Charles "C.C." Whitlock made official on Monday what had been widely-speculated for a few weeks, he'll play his college football at the University of South Carolina.

    Whitlock was in Columbia for The Gamecocks' game with Florida two weeks ago. He said though USC lost that game, he saw some promising things.

    "They have a young team," Whitlock said. "They have a lot of potential."


    It was a weekend of champions for Chester County. The Red Devils went to Orangeburg, losing a heart-breaker in the state finals, and the Chester Cyclones, in their last game at home of the year, beat Union County to claim the Upperstate Championship title.

  • Chester claims upperstate title

    In the waning moments of Friday's Chester-Union County game some Cyclone players filled a Gatorade bucket full of ice water and prepared to dump it on head coach Victor Floyd. Their plot was foiled, though, when the bucket was turned over before it found its intended target.

    It was one of the few times all night the Cyclone missed their mark.

    Chester posted its state-leading seventh shutout, while the offense had another productive night in a 16-0 win over the Yellow Jackets that sent the Cyclones to the state title game for the first time in 44 years.

  • Missed opportunities doom Devils' state title bid

    ORANGEBURG -- Great Falls quarterback Gaither Bumgardner winced as he pulled off his pads following Friday's Division II-A state title game.

    The shoulder injury that took him out of the game in the fourth quarter no doubt hurt, but it couldn't match the emotional sting.

    "I felt like I let my team down," Bumgardner said. "Win or lose, I wanted to be out there with my team. We've been through so much that those guys feel like my family. Not being out there with them hurt worse than anything."

  • BREAKING SPORTS: Chester wins 16-0

    CHESTER -- Julius Pedergraff scored on an 18-yard touchdown run and Gene McCaskill ran in for the 2-point conversion to put Chester up 8-0 in the state AAA Upperstate playoff game against Union County.

    Chester dominated the Yellowjackets but only managed to get the one touchdown in the first.

    It added a second TD in the second half and blanked Union County to win the Upperstate title.

    Keep checking in to OnlineChester.com for further updates.

  • BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Great Falls loses to Blackville-Hilda, 14-7

    ORANGEBURG -- Great Falls lost the state Class A Division II title to the Blackville-Hilda Hawks Friday.

    Blackville-Hilda scored on a 48-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half to take the lead for the first time in the game. The Hawks then got the 2-point conversion to take the go up 14-7.

    Great Falls held the lead 7-6 at the half.

    The Devils led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter on the strength of a 41-yard touchdown pass from Gaither Bumgardner to Terrell Hutchinson. The PAT by Kyle Heffner was good.

  • GOT A MINUTE: Willing to help fix education system

    Since moving to Chester some two plus years ago I have consistently talked about what a wonderful move it was. We both love it here.

    But now some disturbing news has unsettled us. It appears that South Carolina is No. 50 of 50 states in terms of educating its students. Granted we are 82 years old and the school system may not be a prime consideration for us.

  • The icing on the cake says it all

    Thank you again for the Mercy Flights coverage -- everywhere I go, people comment on not knowing about that service.

    I just hope they will use it.

    To bring, hopefully closure on a long, hot "how I spent my summer vacation" saga -- the cake pictures say it all.

    The "blue" is for guys (prostate cancer) and pink is for ladies (breast cancer) -- Dr.David Brizel, world renowned head and neck cancer specialist at Duke Medical is holding the cake with Eileen Duffy, RN and me.

  • NEWS UPDATE: Vests are in

    Chester County Sheriff's Department and Chester City Police Department have received vests paid for by donations from local people and businesses. County Council will have a presentation ceremony at its Dec. 3 meeting.

  • Church Calendar week of 11/23

    Armenia UMC

    The staff/parish relations committee of Armenia UMC, 2840 Armenia Road, Chester, will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the parlor of Bethel UMC.

    Bethel UMC

    The United Methodist Women of Bethel UMC, 101 York St., will have a Christmas brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the social hall.

    Bethlehem Baptist

    Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2995 West Chester School Road, will hold its annual Women's Day program at 2 p.m. Sunday.