Local Weather 146th YEAR - NO. 17 September 2, 2010 SERVING CHESTER COUNTY SINCE 1865 $1.00 Vandal burglarizes Jacks Creek Post Office Person of interest in custody, no charges filed as of Tuesday Our offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Our deadline for ALL ads and copy will be this Friday, Sept 3. School board to meet Considering naming an interim An interim for the position of Superintendent for the Chester County school district may be named as soon as next Thursday. The board has scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the school board meeting room at the home office to discuss the matter further. As outlined in last month’s meeting, the school board agreed at their upcoming September meeting they would convene and review the names they selected for interview for the interim position. Last month, current Chester County Supt. John Pipkin sent a list to each board member of all eligible interim candidates in the Chester County school district that would qualify. Pipkin informed approximately 18 local candidates meet the designated interim requirements. To meet qualifications to serve as interim faculty or staff members must have obtained their master’s degree in administration supervision. From the list of qualifiers, each board member was to nominate one for an interview, with the exception of Chairman Dwain Seaton who will no longer be serving on the board. However, the board elected to allow the newest board member, Norris Frank, to submit a name for consideration and interview. The interim interviews were scheduled to take place prior to this upcoming September meeting. The process for selecting a full-time superintendent is still underway and they will continue to accept applications until Sept. 30. To date, the school board has received five applications, two from Chester County, and others from Clarksville, Chicago, and North Carolina. Other items on the agenda include delegate the approval of school trips to the superintendent, consider changes to the policy manual, approve textbook committee, approve compliance assurances for 2010-2011, approve auditor for individual school accounts, and consider project for soccer program. See page 5-A When Jacks Creek postal employee Lori Martin came to work Monday morning at 7 a.m. it was business as usual, until she noticed someone had taped a priority mail bag over the work room floor door. “I guess they did it so no one would immediately notice it had been broken into,” Martin stated. According to the Chester County Sheriff’s report, the door that leads to the back room had been pried open with a large screw driver or a crow bar, causing $300 worth of damage to the facility. Mail and various packages had been scattered around the room where authorities believe cash was the target of the burglary. Jacks Creek Post Office hosts approximately 90 boxes and according to the sheriff’s report most of them had been had been vandalized and rifled through. The report noted the only thing missing at the time seemed to be money orders. Martin said the burglary had to have taken place between Postal Inspector Susan Link takes information from postal worker Lori Martin Monday morning after the Jacks Creek Post Office had been burglarized. Saturday afternoon and Monday morning at 7 a.m. Authorities are holding a person of interest in custody. This suspect was located in Savannah by authorities with evidence connecting him to the postal crime in Jacks Creek. As of Tuesday afternoon, no formal charges against the individual have been file. The United States Post Office will be handling the investigation. Mail tampering on any level is a federal offense. Community honors long-time city employee In normal circumstances when someone exits a place of unemployment after serving 30 years, they are usually cruising into retirement. For City Public Works Director Jerry King, he has desired to take the road less traveled and put it in drive towards a new adventure. King will be sworn in today (Wednesday) as the county road supervisor. The city of Henderson honored him with a luncheon Monday expressing their sincere appreciation for his dedicated service to the city and residents. “During this election I noticed a lot of the city residents didn’t really want to vote for Jerry for (county road superintendent), they were a little selfish,” Mayor Bobby King explained, “because they didn’t want to lose him as Public Works Director.” An appreciation plaque was awarded to (Jerry) King from Mayor King on behalf of the city of Henderson with Mayor King stating, “Whoever takes Jerry’s place has some big shoes to fill.” City Recorder Jim Garland, who once shared an office with King, presented his fellow co- Above: Mail litters the ground of the work room floor Monday morning after postal workers in Jacks Creek reported a break in. BBQ Festival update Henderson Mayor Bobby King presents former Public Works Director Jerry King with an appreciation plaque Monday. (Jerry) King will be leaving the city of Henderson as he was newly elected to serve as the county road supervisor. worker with a gift from all of the city employees and shared, “Today’s a sad day for the city, we’re losing a very dedicated, long-time employee. “He’s been a good friend to me, and a good friend to a lot of you all and I think every city resident has been blessed to have him as an employee. You can always count on him to be there when you needed him.” Former Mayor Eddy Patterson spoke similar words Monday, “Jerry was a loyal employee, and he set the bar very high, and I know this city is going to miss you. “We wish you the best as you start this new chapter and I know you will continue to serve the public well.” But (Jerry) King was quick to mention he will still continue to keep up with city business. “I just can’t walk completely away from it after all that time,” King said sharing deep sentiments, “I spent 30 years with the city and that was my life.” Public Works Director Jerry King reflects on 30 years Monday during a luncheon that was held in his honor for his service to the city of Henderson. There are only four weeks away until the 33rd annual Chester County Barbecue Festival, which is slated Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. According to festival coordinator Patricia Ledford, Saturday is going to be full of kids’ activities including storytelling, pet show, prettiest pig costume contest and lots more. Additionally, the Chester County Independent will be hosting a baking contest in conjunction with associate website, justapinch.com. Categories will include Cakes by Kids and Perfect Pies. Perfect Pie entries may be submitted from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Chester County Independent. Judging will be held that afternoon, and results will be announced in the Independent’s Barbecue Festival special section the following week. Pie entries must be dessert pies (no entrée or meat pies). Entries may be original recipe or “borrowed,” and should be delivered with a typed recipe. Please note the source of the recipe, whether a famous chef or country cookbook. Prizes will be awarded and winners will be announced on stage during the Barbecue Festival. Cakes by Kids entries may be submitted from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Independent booth at the Barbecue Festival. Entries may be original or from a cookbook or otherwise, should include a typed recipe with source listed, and should hopefully be edible. Shape and theme of each cake is limited only to each child’s imagination. Prizes will be awarded and winners will be announced during Saturday’s kid-friendly festivities. Stay tuned each week for more information regarding Chester County’s biggest festival.