Today's News

  • Coleman wins Senate runoff, but it's close

    The Senate District 17 runoff in Chester County was tight but supporters of Creighton Coleman say the state representative built an insurmountable lead in the race to succeed state Sen. Linda Short.

    With all but six precincts tallied, Coleman led Rock Hill lawyer Leah Moody by 21 votes. When the last six boxes came in, his lead was increased to 111 votes. The final result in Chester County was 1,365 to 1,254.

  • Catawba River now 'scenic'

    About 30 miles of the Catawba River have been designated as part of the state's scenic river system.

    The designation includes the northern part of the Catawba in Chester County south to the S.C. Highway 9 bridge.

    A bill for the designation was introduced April 30 by Sen. Wes Hayes of York County. Sen. Greg Gregory of Lancaster County and Linda Short of Chester County also signed on as co-sponsors.

  • Mayor Foster 'back' to work

    Back surgery has kept Chester Mayor Mitch Foster from coming to work but it hasn't kept him from working. In the next few days, Foster said he'll be back in his office at city hall.

    "I guess I can take a pain pill at city hall just as well as I can take one at home," Foster said. Foster had surgery to alleviate back pain three weeks ago. He had a check-up Tuesday and was told he could begin to undertake whatever duties he felt up to doing.

  • It may take time, but I'll have pep in my step again

    In case you haven't noticed, I'm back! My absence, it seems in the past year, has been nothing out of the norm. It started in June 2007 and has been a continuing saga since.

    I only missed a week from work after the first outpatient surgery. A second surgery in October kept me out of commission for four weeks. I thought the nightmare was over.

    In March, I was faced with another surgery that kept me in the hospital for several days. The surgeon told me I'd be out of work six to eight weeks.

  • PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Firefighters honored

    The nine firefighters from Charleston, who died June 19, 2007, when a burning warehouse's roof collapsed were honored Wednesday, along with four Chester County firefighters who have passed away.

    The local firefighters did not die in the line of duty like the Charleston Nine.

    They are

    • Todd Orr

    • Jimmy Jeter

    • Carl Tate and

    • Lou Branch.

    Tate was Chester County Fire Coordinator.

  • CHURCH CALENDAR week of 06/20

    Armenia UMC

    New minister, the Rev. Harry Gindhart Jr., to begin Sunday. Covered dish lunch in his honor, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, fellowship hall.

    Bethel UMC

    Welcome reception for new pastor, Sunday.

    Black Rock Baptist

    Car wash to raise money for the youth, 8 a.m. every Saturday in June and July 12, 19 and 26 at Auto Zone.

    Blackstock First Baptist

    • Vacation Bible school, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 23-27. Classes for birth to adults with a class for special needs children.

  • That's my name, too

    Chester High School has turned out some notable athletes and is usually competitive in most sports, but it's on the basketball court and track where the school really shines and though the football team has traditionally struggled, there is hope on the horizon.

    That could describe the Chester High Cyclones of South Carolina or the Chester High Clippers of Pennsylvania.

  • DISCUSSION: Jail problem might hurt towns as well

    It won't just be county property taxes going up if a penny sales tax to pay for jail improvements does not pass in November.

    The committee meeting to establish what will be on the ballot for the sales tax came to the conclusion that municipal taxes are probably going to jump as well.

  • City may remove blighted homes

    The City of Chester may soon be back in the demolition business.

    At Monday's meeting of city council, the idea of removing blighted houses was revisited. The city was, at one time, steadily working to remove more than 30 homes featured on a blighted structure list. That work came to a halt last year because of economic problems. The projected cost took an unexpected jump when it was discovered that many of the old houses contained asbestos and lead-based paint. That caused the landfill tipping fee to take a huge jump.

  • County to pave at least 28 dirt roads

    Parts of 28 county dirt roads will be paved in the next few months.

    Slightly more than $1 million worth of work will be done.

    Instead of using asphalt paving as has been the process in the past, the roads will be paved using a process called full-depth reclamation, according to L.B. Cannon, the road engineer working with the Dennis Corp, the county's road engineering firm.