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  • Unemployment rate up in June

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    In June, for the first time in several years, Chester County fell out of the top 10 in the state in terms of unemployment rate. However, the news was not all good and Chester fell from the top 10 only because other counties saw big spikes in their rates.

  • Westbrook Road reopens after repairs

    A Chester County Road damaged by a flash flood has been reopened to the public.
    According to the S.C. Department of Transportation, Westbrook Road, which is located 2.66 miles southeast of the Town of Edgemoor was scheduled to be opened back up to traffic on Thursday afternoon.
    The road had been closed since June 30 due to the failure of a drainage line underneath the roadway. That failure happened during one of a series of torrential downpours the area has seen in recent weeks.

  • NEW UPDATE: Spratt Savings and Loan robbed

    At approximately 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Spratt Savings and Loan on Saluda Street was reportedly robbed. Within minutes, law enforcement vehicles from the City of Chester Police Department and Chester County Sheriff's Office were both at the scene and fanning out across the city. Nearly two hours later, 15 law enforcement vehicles remained at the scene.

  • Second arrest made in Sunday shooting

    A man who was in critical condition in the hospital with gunshot wounds early Sunday morning is now in jail, charged with murder
    According to the Chester County Sheriff's Department, there was a big birthday party going on at 786 Old York Road late Saturday. More than 100 people were reportedly in attendance. As the party lapsed over into Sunday, an argument of some kind broke out and the altercation eventually led to gunshots being fired, with two men being hit.

  • City still holding out hopes of landing kitchen

    Chester City Council his holding out hope that a planned commercial kitchen will still locate in the new downtown farmer's market.

  • Davis ends 33-year career as county librarian with 'so much peace!'


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    Tawana Howze Davis has diligently served as a Chester County librarian for more than three decades and during that time, she has had the opportunity “to wear many hats,” she said.

  • Unemployment up in May

    After three straight months of full percentage point drops, Chester County's unemployment rate rose in May.

    For the month, Chester's unemployment rate was 11.8 percent, up from a seasonally-adjusted 11.3 percent in April. The number of people with jobs did increase slightly (rising by 37), but the number of people who were unemployed, seeking work and collecting unemployment compensation stood at 1,749. That was up by 89 from the month before.

  • One dead, one wounded in Sunday shooting


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    One man was killed and another was left in critical condition following an early morning shooting Sunday.

    According to the Chester County Sheriff's Department there was a large party going on with 100 or more attendees at 786 Old York Road late Saturday. As the party spilled over into Sunday, a fight of some kind broke out and gunshots were ultimately fired, with two men being shot.

  • Man charged with stealing almost $510K

    A thick stack of warrants detailing more than a half-million dollars in misappropriated funds from three area agencies were served on a Lancaster man Friday, June 21.

    S.C. Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed Friday afternoon that “a handful of warrants” had been served on Ezra Brown Crenshaw Jr., 41, 2176 Country Club Drive.

    “Crenshaw surrendered this afternoon at the Lancaster County Detention Center and has been charged with multiple counts,” Berry said.

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