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Today's News

  • Andre` Williams named School District Chief of Security

    Andre` Williams, the former Chief of Police for the City of Chester, has been named the Chief of Security for the Chester County School District.

    In a Wednesday morning press release, the school district announced Williams would assume the positon as the district's Chief of Security:

  • UPDATED: Chester Chief of Police Andre` Williams resigns

    After almost exactly four years on the job, Andre' Williams is stepping down as the the City of Chester's Chief of Police.
    Williams informed Mayor George W. Caldwell, City Human Resources Director Carla Roof, members of council and City Administrator Sandi Worthy of his decision on Wednesday morning. Williams is relinquishing his position to become the new head of security for the Chester County School District (see related story). Worthy said that Tammy Levister, who has worked with the department since 2002, is expected to fill the position on an interim basis.

  • One vote cast in city race so far

    Turnout in early voting for next month's Chester City Council special election has been light so far...to say the least.
    "So far, one person has voted and that was one of the candidates," said Terry Graham, Chester County elections director.
    That vote was cast through in-person absentee voting at Graham's office. Six other voters have requested paper absentee ballots, Graham said.
    "There's hasn't been a lot of interest so far, unfortunately. I'm afraid the turnout is going to be low," Graham said.

  • Fort Lawn is ready for small-town 4th of July

    The fireworks have been ordered, the food is on its way, the volunteers are ready – everything is set for the Fort Lawn July 4th celebration, said Fort Lawn Community Center Executive Director Libby Sweatt-Lambert.

  • Firework safety tips from the Richburg Fire Department

    If you want to know how dangerous fireworks can be, ask a firefighter. The Richburg Fire Department has been utilizing their Facebook page to great effect and educating the public on the possible danger of fireworks. As we approach the Fourth of July, the N&R sat down with Richburg Fire Chief John Agee and Assistant Chief T. Melton to get some fireworks safety tips.
    “If you're going to shoot fireworks, be aware of where you are shooting them, or where they are going to end up,” said Chief Agee.

  • State motorists file 500 damage claims against DOT

    On the morning of March 25, 2013, William Pritchard was driving to the University of South Carolina-Beaufort when his Ford F-150 pickup truck hit a large pothole on Argent Boulevard in Jasper County between Hardeeville and Beaufort, causing the vehicle to lose control and strike a tree.
    Pritchard survived but suffered “serious and severe” injuries, according to a lawsuit he filed in October 2013 against the S.C. Department of Transportation.

  • Smoke and (no) mirrors

    For Scott Atkinson, any barbeque he might make is all about the smoke. No fancy footwork and mirrors required.
    Atkinson is the proprietor and chief cook of J. Scott's Catering Service. He started working for a catering company in 1997 and opened his own catering business in Chester in 2012.
    Atkinson started cooking barbecue at his catering kitchen about four months ago, ably assisted by John Goodyear, who worked in a barbecue establishment, though not as a cook.

  • Underwood named to National Sheriff's Association board

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Sheriffs' Association. Sheriff Underwood was elected to the board of directors Tuesday by sheriffs from across the country during during the National Sheriffs' Association national conference in Baltimore, Maryland. He will be representing 3080 sheriffs across the nation. This is the first time a sheriff on his first term of office has ever served in this capacity.

  • Mass casualty exercise tests abilities of emergency reponders

    An area-wide mass casualty exercise Tuesday in Chester County tested the procedures used by emergency responders and hospital personnel in the event of a real emergency.

  • Majority of legislators favor Confederate flag removal

    A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.
    The Post and Courier newspaper, the South Carolina Press Association and The Associated Press asked all lawmakers how they intend to vote. At least 33 senators and 83 House members say the flag should go.