https://www.onlinechester.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en BREAKING NEWS: Tinsley denied bond on new murder charges https://www.onlinechester.com/content/breaking-news-tinsley-denied-bond-new-murder-charges <p> Not only will Hezekiah Tinsley not be getting out of jail anytime soon, he&rsquo;ll stay there facing new, more serious charges.</p> Clemson fans in Columbia?? https://www.onlinechester.com/content/clemson-fans-columbia <img src="https://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/clemson_fans_ligon.jpg" alt="State Rep. Randy Ligon of Chester wore this S.C. state flag and Clemson orange tie to his first day of the S.C. legislative session at the statehouse. He is pictured here with seatmate Rep. Raye Felder from Fort Mill." title="State Rep. Randy Ligon of Chester wore this S.C. state flag and Clemson orange tie to his first day of the S.C. legislative session at the statehouse. He is pictured here with seatmate Rep. Raye Felder from Fort Mill." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /> Former deputy suing over unused leave time https://www.onlinechester.com/content/former-deputy-suing-over-unused-leave-time <p> An issue that was a topic of discussion at a recent Chester County Council meeting may soon play itself out in a courtroom.</p> <p> James Simpson Darby III, a former Chester County Sheriff&rsquo;s Deputy, is suing &ldquo;Chester County and Sheriff of Chester County&rdquo; for not paying him for unused leave time at the time his employment with the county was terminated. In this instance, &ldquo;Sheriff of Chester County&rdquo; refers to the office, not to Sheriff Alex Underwood per se.</p> County Councilmembers, Supervisor, Probate Judge sworn in https://www.onlinechester.com/content/county-councilmembers-supervisor-probate-judge-sworn <img src="https://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/council_swears_in.jpg" alt="Chester County elected officials from left, County Councilmember Mike Vaughn, County Councilmember Mary Guy, Probate Judge Terri Zion, Councilmember Brad Jordan and County Supervisor Shane Stuart took the oath of office for their respective positions at a swearing-in ceremony at Chester County Council chambers Monday night." title="Chester County elected officials from left, County Councilmember Mike Vaughn, County Councilmember Mary Guy, Probate Judge Terri Zion, Councilmember Brad Jordan and County Supervisor Shane Stuart took the oath of office for their respective positions at a swearing-in ceremony at Chester County Council chambers Monday night." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In a mass ceremony of affirmation, two returning and one new Chester County councilmembers were sworn in Monday night, along with Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart and new probate Judge Terri Zion.</p> <p> The ceremony where each swore to their oath of office took place in the Chester County Council chambers as friends and family watched each of the elected officials take their oath.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are proud of everyone who is getting sworn in today,&rdquo; said Chester County Supervisor-Elect Shane Stuart, including himself in that list of elected officials.</p> Continuing the "education overhaul" https://www.onlinechester.com/content/continuing-education-overhaul <img src="https://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fanning_education_part_ii.jpg" alt="State Sen. Mike Fanning talks about the education bills he has pre-filed." title="State Sen. Mike Fanning talks about the education bills he has pre-filed." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> <em>Part II of a two-part story</em></p> <p> State Sen. Mike Fanning (D-Dist. 17) has introduced a slate of education-related bills amounting to what he calls an &lsquo;education overhaul&rsquo; for public education in the state. Armed with the knowledge that South Carolina may receive an extra $1 billion in revenue ($500 million in recurring funds) Fanning has taken aim at improving the life of teachers, cutting down on accountability testing and abolishing the Education Oversight Committee. The bills were pre-filed in the S.C. Senate before the session began.</p> Dr. Pratibha Raut, long-time Chester obstetrician, passes https://www.onlinechester.com/content/dr-pratibha-raut-long-time-chester-obstetrician-passes <p> Dr. Pratibha Premanand Raut, who practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Chester for more than four decades, passed away at the age of 81 on Dec. 15, 2018.</p> <p> A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Barron Funeral Home, 133 Wylie St., Chester. The family will greet friends after the service.</p> McClinton arrested for Club Images shooting https://www.onlinechester.com/content/mcclinton-arrested-club-images-shooting <p> Quinton McClinton, who was one of four co-defendants in the 2014 murder of former Chester City Councilman Odell Williams, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and other charges in connection with a Christmas Day shooting at a local club.</p> Bomb threat evacuates Chester Walmart Friday afternoon https://www.onlinechester.com/content/bomb-threat-evacuates-chester-walmart-friday-afternoon <img src="https://www.onlinechester.com/sites/www.onlinechester.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_20181228_124011.jpg" alt="Police line tape is across the entrance to Walmart, seen from the Pizza Hut parking lot." title="Police line tape is across the entrance to Walmart, seen from the Pizza Hut parking lot." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" />Customers and employees evacuated the Chester Walmart early Friday afternoon following a bomb threat. Customers were told to put their packages down and exit the building. Customers and employees in the surrounding shops and restaurants in the shopping center and next to it were also evacuated. Customers reportedly overheard other people saying the threat was that the Walmart would be burning about an hour. Walmart employees along with those from Taco Bell and Pizza Hut gathered in the Pizza Hut parking lot. They were moved a safer distance by police officials at least once.