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  • UPDATED: Chester City Councilman charged with threatening public officials

    Chester City Councilman Odell Williams was arrested on Wednesday, charged with threatening the life of City Police Chief Andre' Williams and Maj. Gene Gilmore.
    The State Law Enforcement Division made the arrest on Wednesday. A release from the agency says "Odell Williams, 70, has been charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official, a felony with a penalty upon conviction of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. The incident took place March 10, 2014 following a city council meeting."

  • N&R staff wins 19 SCPA awards

    The staff of The News & Reporter brought home 19 awards from this weekend's South Carolina Press Association Awards Banquet held in Columbia.
    Staff members won four first place awards.
    Editor Travis Jenkins won the annual Harris Award for Editorial Writing.
    "Strong, well-written, convincing editorials. Nice job. Good organization," the judges said.
    The Harris Award is an all-weekly award, meaning Jenkins was competing against every non-daily paper in the state.

  • Fire in Fort Lawn camper injures two

    A fire in a camper that broke out this past Tuesday night after one person had an accident with a gas stove injured two people, one who was injured by the fire and another who attempted to put the fire out.
    Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp said he heard the Chester County Emergency Management Services called out to Cindy Lane in Fort Lawn Tuesday bout 8:40 p.m. Since he was in the vicinity, Culp himself responded, though the fire department was not called out.

  • Jobless rate jumps in January

    After consistently dropping in recent months, Chester County's unemployment rate moved in the wrong direction in January.

  • Mulvaney Meet and Greet rescheduled

    The Meet and Greet with Congressman Mick Mulvaney set for Friday, March 7 at Chester State Park has been canceled and will need to be re-scheduled.

    Jayne Scarborough with the Olde English District sent out an email Thursday afternoon with the following announcement:

    We are sorry, but due to concern over safety of all involved, the Meet and Greet with Congressman Mulvaney is postponed because of the threat of dangerous weather. We will contact you as soon as we have a new date.

  • Updated: Underwood can hire 911 assistant director, county not found in contempt


  • One potato, two potato

    If you like late winter veggies like Irish potatoes, beets and radishes, you should have been at last Wednesday's “In the Garden” class with Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson. He is based in York County, but works as an extension agent for Chester and Lancaster counties. He also co-hosts a gardening radio show on station WRHI.
    Thompson talked to an eager, mixed crowd of farmers and gardeners about the care and harvesting of late winter vegetables, and even provided some samples of a cooked radish that had to be tasted to be believed.

  • Tornado Drill is March 4

    Chester County will test their tornado sirens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in conjunction with the state-wide coordinated tornado drill.
    According to a release from Chester County Emergency Management, the county currently has two sirens; one in Richburg and one in Great Falls.
    Also on the same date NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio will be alerted using a Tornado Warning Text Message.

  • Montgomery will be on ballot


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    Leroy I. “Lee” Montgomery Jr. will be listed on the ballot as a candidate for mayor, the Chester County Elections and Registration Board decided at a hearingThursday evening.

    Montgomery's residency was challenged by Great Falls Mayor Don Camp. Camp challenged Montgomery's residency as an elector and not as the current mayor of Great Falls.

  • Building permit activity mixed in 2013

    Building permit trends in Chester County saw some ups and some downs in 2013.