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CCCS students recognized for historic win in annual history competition

By LorettaRodgers Appropriately named, “The Truth,” a trio of three seventh graders representing Chester Community Charter School’s (CCCS) middle school, captured first place in the annual Heritage Bowl held recently on the campus of Lincoln University. Erli Acuna, Davon Lewis and Dasha Jenifer received thunderous applause as they were presented a large trophy and… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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City recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month

Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. recently presented a proclamation to Nafis Nichols and Mischico Warren recognizing April as National Alcohol Awareness Month. The proclamation included statistics pertaining to alcohol abuse and encouraged all adults in the city to lead by example and help young people avoid alcohol. Nichols, senior coordinator for the Chester Youth… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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Snow surprised by appreciation award

By LorettaRodgers The coordinator of the city’s recycling program, Chester resident Phoebe Snow, thought she was attending a recent City Council meeting to answer questions about recycling. But Snow was greatly surprised when Councilwoman Portia West called her to the front of the meeting room and presented her with an award for dedication and… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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Chicks: the deadly Easter basket treat

  You may have noticed signs hanging in your local farm supply, hardware or home improvement stores: “Easter Chicks Coming Soon.” Every year around now, hatcheries and some backyard breeders gear up for what is, for the most part, the only time of the year when there is a big demand for chicks. Many people… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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Fresh food center opens downtown, Chester gets first co-op grocery

By JessicaBautista Business owners along the Avenue of the States all agreed that retail traffic is routinely low, but with the grand opening of Chester’s first “community-owned grocery” store over the weekend, many are optimistic that Chester’s Central Business District is one step closer to revitalization and Chester’s Co-op may be the catalyst needed in generating more foot traffic. Chester, recently called a “food desert” in one press account, now has its first community-owned grocery store, providing low-cost, locally-grown produce, vegetables, meat, herbs and many other items carried by big-name supermarkets outside the city. In being community-owned, the market is run by the members who shop there and the shelves are often stocked with items requested by shoppers. Members pay $50 to join, a $200 refundable investment, and agree to work three hours a month. Non-members will be able to shop there for the first two weeks. The market, significantly capitalized with a $150,000 grant from The Reinvestment Fund on the fourth request for funding, the co-op was the brainchild of Tina Johnson, a Chester-resident and community activist who said she realized long ago the market could benefit people on several levels, aside from the demand for access to quality food. “I live in the city and I know unemployment has been a big issue,” Johnson said. Johnson said the co-op idea dates back to 2005 and in...

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