• Chester needs residential growth

    To the Editor:

    After many years of depression and unemployment, Chester County is finally rising from the ashes. New industries and small businesses are popping up all over the county. With that growth comes a need for housing. Developers are offering to meet that need. Are we willing to open this door of opportunity?

    Or are we looking for ways to slow this growth by indecision on impact fees, increased need of schools, police, emergency services, water and sewer services? It appears Chester wants the benefits of growth without the costs.    

  • Info on fibro

    To the Editor:

    Fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders. It is estimated that more than five million people in the U.S. have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was Saturday, May 12.

    One of the themes for this year's awareness campaign is "Helping Yourself While Helping Others" (www.fmaware.org). With that in mind, long time fibromyalgia and chronic pain advocate Tabatha McC. Strother would like to help you by providing some information.

  • Photovoice thanks extended

    To the Editor:

    The Tobacco Free Coalition wants to thank everyone who participated in the second annual Photovoice contest on Wednesday, May 9.

    The event was called Photovoice, which brought awareness about tobacco through photography. Every photo entered into the contest was submitted by a middle or high school student in Chester County.

    Tobacco awareness is important because it is the largest preventable cause of death. Chester County currently ranks in the top numbers of adult smokers in S.C. (Source: DHEC 2014-2015, S.C. Adult Tobacco Survey).

  • The root of the problem

    To the editor:

    I am very, very sorry for and pray for the families of the victims of the Florida shooting and am very, very sorry that it happened.  It is a true tragedy.  Unfortunately, I suspect that there will be more of these event. 


  • Retired teacher weighs in on referendum

    To the Editor:

    I worked as a professional educator for 43 years. Thirty-five of those years were with the Chester County School District. I started the Teacher Cadet program at Chester High School. I have served on the LES School Improvement Council and now serve on the SIC at Lewisville Middle School. I also volunteer at the Edgemoor Head Start. I state these things to give my background as a supporter of public schools.

    Despite my strong support for our schools, I could not vote for the 2018 bond referendum. I would like to explain my position.

  • Supports school bond referendum

    To the Editor:

    I came to Chester permanently 33 years ago. One of the first things I did as an interested employer was visit the schools. Most of them were in deplorable shape, and we all got involved in the bond referendum in 1991 to made that situation better.

    One of the schools that did not get a lot of money from that referendum was the Career Center. My initial impression years ago was that we as a community were not equipping our high school graduates who chose a trades career with very much real world training.

  • MLK celebration a success

    To the Editor:

    Dear friends and citizens of Chester and surrounding areas, once again God has bestowed His blessings on the MLK 26th annual holiday celebration.

    We were proud to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the theme, "Dr. King: 50 Years Gone and the Dream Lives On!"

  • Youth group says thanks

    To the Editor:

    Count Me In To Do The Right Thing wishes to say "thank you" to the following businesses and organizations for their support during 2017:

    Bi-Lo, the Chester County School District, the Sheriff's Foundation of Chester County Inc., The News & Reporter, Food Lion, Harris-Teeter, the Lewisville Community Library, Publix, The Herald, IGA, New Life Radio Station, Richburg Fire Department, the Town of Richburg, WRBK Radio Station and our board members.

  • Recognize signs of overdoses

    To the Editor:

    Overdoses are happening everywhere, all over the country. In our current society, the streets are filled to the brim with ultra-strong heroin that's often mixed with fentanyl and a multitude of its analogues, making life saving efforts like Narcan futile when trying to reverse an overdose.

    The thing is, overdoses don't just happen in the bathroom or bedroom at home. In fact, many people who overdose do so in public areas. Overdoses can happen in the grocery store, in the car, at a shopping mall, just about anywhere.

  • Support the Red Cross

    Often during the holidays, one stops and looks back over the past year. For  

    me, it’s about reflecting on what it truly means to be there for others in  

    need. Seeing how much people throughout the country went through this year  

    and seeing how the American Red Cross was there, time and time again, makes  

    me proud to say that I support our local Red Cross.


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