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Today's News

  • Darby Road water project moves ahead

    A possible grant to help extend water lines to residents in and on Darby Road east of Chester is moving ahead.

    Chester County Council-woman Mary Guy said the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, which is handling the application for the county, has received income surveys from most of the residents on the road and the application for a Community Development Block Grant can proceed. The surveys were received April 11.

  • Stabbing at bar, 1 charged

    A Chester man was arrested early Saturday morning after a stabbing at a local club.

    At about 1:20 Saturday morning, police responded to The Cattlemen's Club on Saluda Road in reference to a stabbing.

    When officers arrived, they were advised that the subject, Travis Leigh Smith, 27, of Mercengill Drive in Chester, had fled into the woods. Officers went into the woods in an attempt to locate Smith. While they didn't locate Smith they did find a blue-striped shirt with a large blood stain on it.

  • CHURCH CALENDAR week of 04/23

    Antioch Baptist

    Benefit for Marvin Douglas, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the church, 2452 Boyd Road. Sponsors: Blackstock Community Association and Antioch Baptist. Master of ceremony: Arthur Craig. Checks to Rose Douglas. Call 581-3701 or 519-9996 for details.

    Armenia UMC

    Bethel-Armenia picnic, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Chester State Park. Bring covered dish.

    Bethel UMC

    Annual spring bake sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, in front of Cody's Jewelry Shop.

    Black Rock Baptist

  • Chester County man dies in collision

    Andrew Steven Correll, 21, of Edgemoor, died early Sunday morning when his vehicle hit a tree on Harmon Church Road.

    The collision occurred at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Correll was not thrown from his vehicle, Deputy Coroner Tommy Williams said Tuesday.

    There was another death in a car over the weekend, Williams said, but it was not a collision or an accident. The driver of a car near Center Road died of an apparent heart attack.

  • Candidate who filed dual office complaint jailed on drug charge

    An unsuccessful candidate for Great Falls Town Council who filed an election protest against the top vote-getter was arrested on a drug charge Thursday.Randy Beckham, 47, of 48 Circle St., Great Falls, remains in the Chester County jail on a $5,000 bond.

    Deputy Scott Thompson of the county's Drug Enforcement Unit said the DEU got some complaints and set up a sting, in which an undercover operative bought about 19 prescription pain pills from Beckham.

    The pills, Thompson said, were Lortab and Xanax.

  • VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: 'AWESOME' Off she goes into the wild blue yonder

    By Kristin Malone

    Special to The N&R

  • You never even call me by my name

    My friend Tommy Sims never called me by my first name.

    I'm not sure why. Travis is the name my mom gave me, and I think it's a pretty good name.'

    Not to Tommy for some reason. He always called me "Jenkins" or "Homey" or "Dude." Never Travis, though.'

  • Federal jobless benefit not yet expanded

    An extension and improvement of unemployment benefits that laid-off Springs and Schumacher workers use is tied up in wrangling in Congress.

    Springs and Schumacher workers were made eligible for the benefits years ago, and as the companies went ahead with reductions and closings of plants, the workers were able to tap them almost immediately.

    But the clock is about to run out for some workers, and they had hopes the extension could give them more time to find a new job or complete retraining.

  • Chester girls rally for win

    It was a big night for the Chester softball team on Thursday.

    Chester rallied from a fifth inning deficit to claim a 3-2 victory over Daniel in the first round of the AAA playoffs. In the game, senior pitcher Taylor Roof recorded her 500th career strikeout.

    Chester will have a home playoff game Saturday at noon against either Camden or J.L. Mann.

  • Greenleaf signs with Lander

    The various pieces of bulky protective gear that a catcher straps on prior to a baseball game are often called "the tools of ignorance."

    That moniker hardly seems appropriate for Great Falls' Justin Greenleaf.

    For one thing, Greenleaf's coach Brett Blackmon has called Greenleaf one of the most aware, intelligent players he coached. For another, Greenleaf's acumen on the diamond has earned him a college scholarship to Lander University.

    Greenleaf officially signed with Lander last week.