Local News

  • Chester County Year in Review, Part 2

    The second half of 2012 was just as busy as the first half. Here is a look back at what happened from July to December.

    • The S.C. Department of Commerce announced that Chester County was one of 28 communities in the state to receive a community development block grant. The $427,009 coming to Chester was ticketed for improving water service on Meadowbrook Road, which is on the western end of the county off of S.C. Highway 9. The old pipes serving the road were too narrow to provide residents with adequate service.

  • Chester County News Year in Review 2012, Part 1

    News...there was plenty of it in Chester County in 2012. This is the first half of our annual look back at the year that was.


    As the year began, South Carolina was gearing up for the Republican Presidential Primary. Chester is rarely visited by candidates, but one prominent surrogate came to town when Jackie Gingrich Cushman, daughter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, made a campaign stop at The Summit. Gingrich himself made a close pass by Chester, holding a town hall forum in Winnsboro.

  • Unemployment rate, number of employed, fall in November

    The unemployment rate dropped in Chester in November, but so did the number of employed persons.

  • Gas prices plummet just in time for holiday travel

    Motorists across the country are breathing a sigh of relief as pump prices continue to fall as the busy year-end holiday travel period begins. Fuel prices have been affected by a variety of factors, including the switch to winter-blend fuel, which is less expensive to produce; increasing gasoline inventories; cheaper crude oil prices; lower demand and economic concerns, said Michael Green, manager for AAA public relations. Prices in every state are less than they were one week ago, he said. The most dramatic declines are in the Midwest with prices 14 cents to 21 cents lower.

  • Richburg to test tornado warning system today

    A warning siren will blast for at least three minutes in the Richburg area today but residents are warned to not be alarmed, it's only a test. The Richburg Fire Department is scheduled to conduct a full test of its tornado warning system at 7 p.m., said Richburg Fire Chief John Agee.
    “The three-minute full test of this siren will be just as it would if there was a real tornado,” he said. “We're going to have people out in different areas to hear the volume of the siren.”

  • Unemployment compensation ending for thousands

    According to a release from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, thousands of state residents will have their unemployment benefits end soon.
    Federal unemployment benefits will end next month for individuals nationwide as the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expires.
    The department estimates this change will affect approximately 29,000 South Carolinians and remove an estimated $6.2 million from the state’s economy each week.

  • Walmart hosting wellness event

    The new Chester Super Walmart is holding a free community outreach healthcare event today.
    The event focuses on general wellness but has a special focus on diabetes. The lab director from Chester Regional Medical Center , the vision center manager from the Lancaster Walmart and Walmart's health and wellness district manager will all be on hand. Pharmacist Dee Frederick said there will be free diabetic screenings and blood pressure checks. Special prizes and informative brochures will be given away and everyone participating can register to win a glucometer.

  • Minimizing effects of security breach

    In addition to the free credit monitoring that the Department of Revenue has established, the Department of Consumer Affairs wants to make sure consumers are aware of the proactive steps they can take to minimize any negative effects of the breach.

  • UPDATE III: Underwood wins sheriff's race, incumbents win all other races

    All but one incumbent in Chester County won re-election on Tuesday night.

  • Lancaster Street traffic to be diverted for a day

    A stretch of road near Chester's downtown area will be closed for a day in the near future.
    The Lancaster and Chester Railroad issued a press release on Monday asking motorists to be aware that the railroad crossing at Lancaster Street in Chester will be repaired starting at 7 a.m. on Nov. 17 (a Saturday). The repairs are expected to conclude the following day at 7 p.m. While the work is being done, that stretch of road will be closed and motorists will be directed to take detours.