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Columns

  • A Chester hometown success story

    I'm a competitive guy, but in the past couple of months, I have not minded coming in "second" a bit.

    Not coming in second to Travis.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Health program for children gets start

    We were pleased to learn that the new S.C. Health Insurance Program enacted by the General Assembly last year has been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Department of Health and Human Services has already begun accepting applications for this program.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Senator honored for service

    Last week some of my close friends from Chester, Annette Strickland, Webbie Keels, Lois "Dee Dee" Hall, and my daughter, Lindy Blanks, my mother in law, Betty Short from Clover, and my niece, Dawn Cline from Gastonia, N. C. came to Columbia to attend the Jean Laney Harris Luncheon.

  • Got A Minute? I had plenty for Harvey

    Within a few days of starting as the interim editor of The News & Reporter in early 2005, a guy came into the office, wanting to write a column. He had just moved here. I knew he'd be nothing like your average resident of Chester, except I'm a person who believes there's no real "average" person in any town, county, state, country. Stereotypes have some truth to them. But they aren't the whole truth, nothing but the truth.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Getting ready for more senate budget work

    As the House of Representatives enjoyed a week off, all Senate Finance Budget Subcommittees continued hearing from agencies and their budget requests. The Finance Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard from the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Commission on the Blind.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Looking at draconian cut in voucher program

    The House of Representatives finished its version of the $7.2 billion state budget in two and a half days. Meanwhile the Senate Finance Subcommittees are still meeting to hear requests from state agencies. This past week, the subcommittee of which I am a member heard from the departments of Mental Health and Disabilities and Special Needs. Next week we hear from the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Commission on the Blind. In addition to hearing a formal presentation given to the subcommittee, we often also meet individually with the heads of the various agencies.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Writer has concerns about using ethanol

    The following information was gleaned from the Energy Justice Network's fact sheet on ethanol. I want the people to know. County Council will not listen (maybe). The full sheet can be found at http://www.energyjustice.net/ethanol/factsheet.html.

    For each gallon of ethanol produced, typical ethanol plants consume 3.5 to 6 gallons of water and produce 12 gallons of sewage-like effluent in the fermentation and distillation process."

  • WEB UPDATE: OnlineChester.com interactive again

    OnlineChester.com, your web location for Chester County's news and notes, is interactive again.

    Readers will be able to place comments in stories.

    The website has also returned its Yellow Ribbon List and Online Memorial features, which can be foundhere.

    Our old website had a similar feature, called SimpleBlog. The new commenting feature will appear similar, but it will have a substantial difference.

  • 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.

  • LEGISLATIVE HAPPENINGS: Sen. Short defends Montrose, says she's doing fine

    Over the weekend, one of my constituents from Fairfield County left a message in opposition to the Montrose Project.

    Chief among his complaints was that we do not have enough water to serve the current population so why would we think we could serve 8,000 more homes. Additionally, he asserted that the increased population would make us a large city instead of the beautiful rural area that we currently are.