https://www.onlinechester.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en County emergency agencies take part in hazardous material transpo exercise https://www.onlinechester.com/content/county-emergency-agencies-take-part-hazardous-material-transpo-exercise <img src="https://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hazardous_exercise_1.jpg" alt="In the early part of the HMEP exercise, firefighters applied foam by hand lines to contain the fumes from the chemical." title="In the early part of the HMEP exercise, firefighters applied foam by hand lines to contain the fumes from the chemical." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Chester County Emergency Management Deputy Director Ed Darby&rsquo;s presentation to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was full of acronyms like ARFF, PPE, HAZMAT and HMEP. What sounded like a confusing collection of letters actually told the story of an important training exercise in Chester County.</p> Request Denied https://www.onlinechester.com/content/request-denied <p> The Chester County School District says a chart of 10 locations it considered for a potential workforce and development center is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and has denied a News &amp; Reporter attempt to obtain the document.</p> Meeting on school district's future draws comments from the public https://www.onlinechester.com/content/meeting-school-districts-future-draws-comments-public <p> <em>Note: Fresh from the defeat of a bond referendum on the career and workforce center and school maintenance, the Chester County School District held a special called meeting recently to talk with citizens abut the future of the district and where they go from here since the referendum was voted down. This is Part One of a report on that meeting. </em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Community pitches in to help neighbor https://www.onlinechester.com/content/community-pitches-help-neighbor <p> On May 21, high winds, lightning and heavy rains visited Chester County. The home of Louise Dixon on Walker Street in Chester was damaged when a tree knocked down by high winds blew onto her house and damaged her front porch.</p> <p> Dixon was quoted in a Facebook post saying she puts all her trust in the Lord. When it comes to getting the damage repaired and the debris hauled away, she said at the time, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m waiting on Jesus.&rdquo;</p> County ready to move on 1814 https://www.onlinechester.com/content/county-ready-move-1814 <p> For the time being, nothing is publicly known about the company behind the economic development code name &ldquo;1814&rdquo; but that could apparently change soon.</p> City still weighing courtroom security request https://www.onlinechester.com/content/city-still-weighing-courtroom-security-request <p> The Chester County School District says a chart of 10 locations it considered for a potential workforce and development center is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and has denied a News &amp; Reporter attempt to obtain the document.</p> Currence puts Heart (& Soul) into new job https://www.onlinechester.com/content/currence-puts-heart-soul-new-job <img src="https://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/currence_heart_soul_2.jpg" alt="Currence, right, goes over some H&amp;S ideas with intern Briana Craig at the Fort Lawn Community Center." title="Currence, right, goes over some H&amp;S ideas with intern Briana Craig at the Fort Lawn Community Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> When you go to the Fort Lawn Community Center to talk to Robin Currence about her new role as the Community Heart &amp; Soul project coordinator, she, typical for Currence, pulls in a group of H&amp;S committee members to share the limelight (and the interview) with her, and what is usually a reporter&rsquo;s worst nightmare, interview by committee, becomes an insight into the way Currence works &ndash; every thing, every decision and every action is a joint effort.</p> School board gets briefing on safety https://www.onlinechester.com/content/school-board-gets-briefing-safety <p> Chester County School District Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner stepped up to the podium at the June school board meeting to deliver his last operations report. Gardner retired at the end of this school year. The focus of his final report was an update on school safety. Later in the meeting, the board discussed the same topic, in light of the proviso that was included in the S.C. state budget for additional SROs.</p>