Chester County area offers a varied choice for housing, from historic
homes to farms or subdivisions. Within the City limits of Chester
is a large Registered Historic District of homes dating from 1835.
Styles range from Queen Anne to Craftsman to brick ranch. On tree-lined
streets the homes reflect the eclectic designs of the early builders
in Chester and shed a quiet charm upon the surroundings. A recent
revitalization of the downtown replaced the early period lights
and trees and the new look enhances the artistry of the buildings
outlying area around the town has developed since the end of World
War II and has a variety of homes on restricted lots. Many of
the subdivisions have acre-plus lots, wooded and private. Brick
homes are popular in the South and many are scattered through
these areas. Newer vinyl- sided homes and combinations of brick
and vinyl are the recent choice of builders.
In the area around Richburg and the I-77 interchange
are several new subdivisions featuring large wooded lots; Cherry
Hills, one new subdivision, has a lake. Victorian Hills and Britts
Meadow are other new areas. Most of the new homes built in recent
years are in this area of Chester County.
Great Falls, on the Southeastern
corner of the County, is a smaller town that offers housing much
like the Chester area. In addition Lake Water
and the Fishing Creek Reservoir offer lakeside living. This
area of South Carolina still offers peaceful country dwellings
scattered throughout the rest of the County
in the communities of Lowrys, Lando, Lewis Turnout, Edgemoor,
and Fort Lawn. The selection of homes in Chester County is varied
and interesting for any potential buyer.
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Chester County School District has approximately 6,868 students
and 765 employees. The district has three elementary schools,
three middle schools, three high schools, one career center and
one adult education center. The school system operates with a
$29.3 million budget. Sixty percent of teachers have a Masters
degree or higher. In addition to the basic program of studies,
the Chester County School District offers a variety of programs
designed to meet special needs. These include gifted/talented,
academic assistance, state-of-the-art wireless technology computer
program, two-way interactive distance learning studios at all
high schools, honors classes, advanced placement, college preparatory,
pre-kindergarten, full day kindergarten, career education and
arts in education. The business community sponsors Communities
In Schools and Junior Achievement. Business partners also sponsor
Chester County School District strongly supports the concept of
community involvement in the education of students. School-business
partnerships and volunteer programs are in place and have won
numerous state awards and recognitions. The involvement of parents
and other citizens is also an active component of the school system.
Modern facilities are a real plus
in Chester County. Three new school facilities were completed
in 1993 as a result of a $22.5 million bond referendum. A $19
million bond referendum was approved in 1996 for a new Chester
Middle School, and additions and renovations to two other schools.
All Chester County Schools are
fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
and the State Department of Education. Secondary
and continuing education is provided to Chester County residents
by nearby York Technical College, located next door in York County.
Students may also attend classes at the new Long Distance Learning
Center, created in partnership with Chester Telephone. This satellite
campus is conveniently located on York Street
Technical College opene in 1964 as a technical Education Center
and began with 60 students enrolled in seven programs all housed
in one building. The College has grown in the past three decades
from the initial enrollment to over 3,600 credit students in more
than 50 credit programs. The College campus has also grown from
one building to fourteen. In 1974, York County Technical Education
Center became York Technical College.
York Tech is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates.
York Tech also has established and maintains agreements with area
vocational schools and area senior colleges
to aid the transfer of student work both to and from the College.
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Chester County Hospital and Nursing Center, located in Chester
is a publicly owned full-service acute care hospital and long-term
care center. The hospital has 82 acute care beds and 100 long-term
care beds, a 12-suite day hospital, an emergency room staffed
24 hours a day, and a new surgical wing.
The entire hospital underwent a $15 million renovation project
in the past few years. Physicians are associated with the hospital
in areas including family practice, internal medicine, general
surgery, radiology, neurology, ENT, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, pathology,
and orthopedic surgery. Chester County has an Emergency Medical
Service with ambulance substations located in several areas of
Chester County Health Department provides basic medical care through
centers in Chester and Great Falls. There are also private offices
of physicians, dentists, and other health care professionals in
Chester, Great Falls and Richburg.
Piedmont Healthcare System, located
in Rock Hill, is dedicated to bringing comprehensive health care
to the people living in York, Chester and Lancaster Counties.
It is committed to enhancing service availability and advanced
technology. The scope of services has expanded from heart surgery
and other acute hospital centers of excellence to ambulatory operations,
pain care and sleep studies.
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County is strategically located in the center of three large commercial
areas, Charlotte- Mecklenburg in North Carolina, Greenville-Spartanburg,
and Columbia in South Carolina. Rail and major highway transportation
in all directions is readily available,
and has led to an organized, planned expansion of the industrial
textiles is still considered a major employer in the region, other
multi-national industries have made Chester County a truly diversified
place. Plastics, steel, glass, fiberglass, paper, wood products,
and several types of specialty chemicals are all manufactured
in Chester County. Major industries throughout the State are supported
by many smaller companies in the county.
of these industries are in turn supported by a host of retail
establishments, financial institutions, repair facilities and
other necessary infrastructure, making Chester County an ideal
place for future economic expansion. The
people of the area also posses a strong work ethic, and a willingness
to be trained in new skill areas, supported strongly by the Chester
County School system and York Technical College.
Approximately 300 businesses make
up the membership of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Members
make frequent use of services and resources offered by the Chamber,
including Industrial roundtables, Human Resources roundtables,
small business seminars, and many networking events for all their
employees. The Education Committee of the Chamber annually sponsors
the most famous Teachers Appreciation Day in the State, with business
partners coming together in a huge way to show our teachers the
support they need to make the business-education partnership work.
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