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  • AG arrests former Chester PD officer on child porn charges

    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Michael Timothy Young, 51 of Chester, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Young is a former police officer with the City of Chester Police Department. The alleged crimes did not take place when he was a police officer with the City of Chester, with his tenure there having ended several years ago.

  • "Highly-experienced jumper" sustains fatal injuries at parachute jump

    A skydiver who was characterized as a ‘highly experienced skydiver’ sustained fatal injuries Sunday during the landing at Skydive Carolina.

    Skydive Carolina released the following after the accident:

    ‘On Sunday, July 14th at approximately 2:35 p.m. EST, a highly experienced skydiver, aged 33, with more than 800 skydives succumbed to fatal injuries sustained while performing an advanced landing maneuver at Skydive Carolina Parachute Center.

  • UPDATED: Infant death under investigation
  • Raising a stink...Industry denies union claim they targeted protests with manure

    Members of the United Steelworkers Union (USW) that have been demonstrating near the entrance to Giti’s Richburg plant said the treatment they’ve received from the tire company’s management has left a bad taste in their mouths…and a pretty bad smell in their noses.

    “They dumped turkey s*** out here,” one of the demonstrators said.

  • Election Commission postpones challenges to residency claims

    The Chester County Election Commission met recently to consider challenges to the residencies of Chester County School Board member Maggie James and elector the Rev. Bill Stringfellow. Because the parties did not receive proper notice that their claims to residency were being challenged, the hearing was postponed. The commission will meet again to consider these challenges at 1 p.m. on July 8.

    Commission Chair Bill Marion said the commission only has the right to hear the elector protest for the Rev. Stringfellow.

  • Breaking news: Judge Angel Underwood reappointed Chester Chief Magistrate

    The Honorable Judge Angel C. Underwood has been reappointed as Chief Magistrate of Chester County.

    Judge Underwood was appointed the ‘Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts’ (which are the magisterial and municipal courts) by the South Carolina Supreme Court, according to an order from the Court dated June 28, 2019.

    According to the order, signed by S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty, Underwood’s appointment begins ‘effective on July 1, 2019.’

  • Unemployment rate up slightly in May

    Chester County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in May despite an increase in the number of employed residents.

  • Fire destroys local hangout

    A Sunday fire destroyed what has been described as a local “hangout spot” in Chester, popularly known as RJs.

    According to Chester Fire Chief Paul Caldwell, firefighters from the Chester Fire Department responded to the call at 174 Saluda Street in Chester about 915 p.m. Sunday night. When they arrived on scene they saw that the building was showing heavy smoke and fire and the fire has penetrated through to the roof.

  • Jones Hamilton expanding in Chester County

    CHESTER COUNTY, SC – Jones-Hamilton Co., an employee-owned manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, announced plans to expand its plant in Chester County, South Carolina. The Walbridge, Ohio-based company is the world's largest producer of sodium bisulfate and a major supplier of hydrochloric acid to the North American market.
    Jones-Hamilton Co. President, Bernie Murphy, said “the expansion is in line with the original site design to accommodate more production as our business outlook was realized.”

  • Remembering "Mrs. Ann"

    Ann Callender Davidson Marion, 92, of Chester, SC, died on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, S.C. She is remembered throughout the Chester County community as an avid and prolific historian, the person who was instrumental in the beginning of the Chester County Historical Society Museum, and a person with a smile and a full heart for everyone.