• Needed reminder

    We belive in open government and freedom of information. We aren't such strict adherents that we believe there is never an occasion for discussion that can be carried out behind closed doors, but the simple fact is, more often than not, closed door meetings are overused and unnecessary and they can get governments into more trouble than they are actually worth.

  • Work is delayed

    We are a bit dismayed that the minute something starts to get done to clean this town up, a complaint stops it.

    What's worse is that the complaint is valid.

    Chester County has been trying for about a year to tear down dilapidated houses and structures that are unused, unlivable or unusable. Some are probably dangerous to nearby residents.

    In October, we reported on the county's efforts. It planned to take down 11 buildings. It published a list of those structures, by addresses. When no further information was gathered from the owners, the county began its work.


    What was the top story of 2007 in Chester County?

    Make no mistake, Chester County is the newsiest county in Dixie.

    We've got plenty to look back on and take pride in, and some things that give us a little shock to recall.

    And that was just last week.

    A whole year of a newsy town like this? Wow.

    We've been going through last year's stories and picked out 10 that stood out most to us.

  • Wondering why?

    What another sad day not only for Chester County and its people, but for its many, many pets.

    We are again saddened to know the county has lost its second veterinarian in recent months. Dr. Crack Anderson died suddenly two weeks ago. Crack was popular with his clients, beloved by many here, and a local boy to the core. He was a "crack" jet fighter pilot in his day, with many a story. Crack served his community on state boards. We still have people writing us, mourning his passing.

  • On impact fees

    We ran a story two weeks ago about Chester County Council's decision to look into impact fees.

    The story drew a response from a local real estate agent, a Realtor who is a member of some groups that oppose such fees.

    Her point was an interesting one. We don't have the development in Chester County right now -- not enough to creates an "impact" on government services, particularly our schools.

  • Van for veterans needs drivers now

    As we wrote in October, there are more than 63,000 miles on the Disabled American Veterans van since a couple of local guys drove it back from Detroit, when it was brand new in 2003.

    The van has logged almost all those miles in one worthy purpose -- getting veterans to and from necessary appointments, mostly medical, usually in Columbia.

    The dire need is here for the local DAV chapter because the three guys who have regularly driven the van have all had quadruple bypass surgeries, said Wade Stroud, head of one local veterans group.

  • Cyclones -- champs to us

    We want to congratulate the Chester High School Cyclones and head football coach Victor Floyd for the season they concluded Saturday.

    If fan support and the intensity of the support could win the day, then the Cyclones would be polishing the new addition to the trophy case. But it does come down to 11 young men facing off against 11 others. It comes down, sometimes, to how the ball bounces.

    (Some also would say the refs play a part. Perhaps, with a touchdown taken away, we wuz robbed.)

  • Editorial for Nov. 30, 2007

    We have just one thing to say today, it's about as important as anything else we've discussed of late.



  • A bit more to be thankful for

    Wednesday's paper had an interesting advertisement in it, received from the state of South Carolina.

    The ad contained a bunch of blocks with corporate logos in them. One of the blocks contained the logo for JRS Custom Fabrication Inc. Just in time for Thanksgiving, the state was thanking a bunch of industries that had chosen to locate or expand in South Carolina in the past year.

  • Still much to be thankful for

    We are sure most of you agree with our headline. The only persons who might take issue with it, we think, are English teachers and sticklers for grammar. We don't dangle prepositions lightly. To write it right, we still have much for which we are thankful.

    For one thing, all who read this and realize it's basically the same beginning as last year's Thanksgiving editorial, be thankful. You made it, again, to another holiday season.

    Last year, we wrote how "most of the leaves" had already fallen from the trees. Thanksgiving was about a week later, last year.