Today's News

  • Jury finds Moore guilty


    The jury at the Fairfield County Courthouse deliberated Thursday for a little over an hour before finding Christopher Moore guilty of murder. They subsequently found him guilty of possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

    Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases on Thursday, Public Defender William Frick having put his client on the stand to testify in his own defense.

    Following Moore's testimony, Frick rested his case and was the first on his feet for closing arguments.

  • Worker injured in tractor accident

    A farm worker was injured in an accident at Wilson’s Farms in Lowry’s Wednesday afternoon.

    Chester County Emergency Management Agency Director Eddie Murphy said the man was trying to crank a tractor when it “jumped” and ran over him. Murphy said the tractor must have been in gear when it fired up.

    Ed Darby, emergency planner for Chester County Emergency Management Agency, said the accident happened between 2 and 2:30 p.m. He said first responders, the fire department, EMS and Chester County Emergency Management responded to the accident.

  • Co-defendants testify in Moore murder retrial

    Firearms expert and retired SLED agent Don Defrees testified at the murder retrial of Christopher Moore at the Fairfield County courthouse Wednesday. Defrees was working in the SLED firearms department in November of 2014 when the evidence collected in the November 4 shooting death of Chester city councilman Odell Williams was brought to his lab.

  • Fanning claims the victory in primary runoff

    There was a celebration at the Fanning home Tuesday night.

    Family members and friends filled the home of Mike and Stephanie Fanning on Camp Welfare Road in Great Falls to celebrate first-time candidate Mike Fanning’s win over Senator Creighton Coleman in the Democratic District 17 senate seat primary runoff.

    A runoff election between Senator Coleman and Fanning was required after Coleman failed to collect the 50-percent plus one threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

  • Sunday alcohol sales ordinance passes second reading

    It appears increasingly likely county residents will be voting on whether or not to allow Sunday sales of beer and wine in Chester County in November.

  • Chester City Council briefed on codes enforcement

    Members of Chester City Council recently got an inside look at codes enforcement in the city. At a recent council meeting, Chester City Police Officer Makeesharia Tobias explained the successes the department has had with code enforcement.

    The CPD had been tasked with code enforcement following the absence of the city’s codes enforcement officer Dale Cook (who is now back at work following retirement).

  • South Carolina teachers make a ‘tree-mendous’ journey

    A group of South Carolina teachers from grades kindergarten ranging all the way to college is touring the state, learning about forestry and the environment, courtesy of the S.C. Forestry Association.

    “The Teacher’s Tour is a chance to show teachers all about forestry in South Carolina, from seed to finished product,” said Guy Sabin with the S.C. Forestry Association.

  • Data website lists Chester one of most stressed cities in state

    The City of Chester has been ranked as one of the “10 Stressed Places In South Carolina” according to Zippia, an Internet-based site that collects data on careers. But the statistics don’t tell the whole story, say community leaders.

    Chester came in fourth, just behind Clover, on the list that includes such municipalities as Marion, Moncks Corner and nearby Lancaster.

    The San Francisco, Ca. based site determined their scores based on six criteria, with data derived from the U.S. Census American Community Survey for 2010-2014. The criteria:

  • Ember Church tells guardians ad litem ‘Thank You’

    Ask any head of any agency across the county that operates with a volunteer force and they’ll tell you the volunteers never get enough thanks for what they do. A ministry of Ember Church in Chester acted recently to change that. The Love in Action ministry held a thank you luncheon for the volunteer guardians ad litem to tell them they appreciate what they do.

    Audrey Bryan is part of the Love in Action ministry at Ember Church.

  • Fanning wins runoff

    Challenger Mike Fanning has wrested the Democratic nomination for the S.C. Senate District 17 seat from Creighton Coleman in the June 28 runoff election.

    Unofficial returns from Tuesday night show in Chester County Fanning received 1447 votes to Coleman's 1384.

    In Fairfield County,  another part of the District 17 district, Coleman got 1898 to Fanning's 2583 votes. And in York County it was 353 for Coleman to Fanning's 644.