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Campers step up, out through the arts

By Jesef Williams

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Musical performances were aplenty June 29 at the last day of a special week-long camp held at the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center and Deliverance Word of Faith Church in Lancaster.
The two buildings are within walking distance of one another.
The Arts Initiative Summer Camp, held June 25-29, gave area children ages 9 through 13 a chance to engage in the aesthetics of visual art, dance, music and drama.


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News staff wins 16 awards in 2011 LCNI editorial contest

From staff reports
Barbara Rutledge, editor of The Lancaster News, wasn’t very surprised by the strong showing of TLN and Carolina Gateway staffers in the annual editorial contest held by the paper’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers (LCNI).
“As a team, they work hard to bring the news of this community to readers,” Rutledge said. “They are committed and dedicated to doing the best job they can.”


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Elected leaders react to health-care ‘tax’ decision

By Chris Sardelli

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Should the requirements of the national health-care law be interpreted as a tax?
That’s one of many questions state lawmakers and government officials are debating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the country’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


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Explaining the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling

By Reece Murphy

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It’s been more than a week since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the nation is still talking about it.
In the weeks leading up to its decision, much speculation surrounded the court’s pending ruling, based largely on conservative justices’ harsh questioning of government attorneys during oral arguments in March.


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Firefighters battle heat, massive blaze

Fire destroys Rich Hill hay barn

By Greg Summers

County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.


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S.C. House District 44 race in November may feature four candidates

Cook, Coy place hopes on petition drives

By Jesef Williams

The two men who were removed from the S.C. House District 44 primary ballot say they’ve made substantial progress in their quest to still appear as candidates in November’s general election.

Bob Cook and Joseph Coy are each running a petition campaign to be placed on the election ballot as an independent candidate. District 44 is completely enclosed in Lancaster County.

Cook, a Kershaw resident, had been seeking the Democratic nomination against Mandy Powers Norrell.


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Scams target utility customers

Duke Energy and Lynches River Electric Cooperative are warning their respective customers to be on the lookout for two new identity theft scams.

Duke Energy District Manager Rick Jiran said one that’s sweeping the nation claims President Barack Obama will pay utility bills through a new federal program.

Jiran said consumers are being asked for personal information including their birth date and Social Security number and are given instructions on how to make a utility payment.


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Thieves targeting copper, aluminum inside for sale to scrap metal yards

Reward offered in theft of AC units

By Chris Sardelli

Authorities are asking for help finding whoever stole several air conditioners and related parts from a Kershaw business during the last few months.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Kershaw-based ECN Industries, located at 425 Little Dude Ave., to track down and arrest those responsible for several thefts at the business, according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

The business is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.


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Firm out to set golf cart world record

That's one fast 'fore' wheeler

By Reece Murphy

INDIAN LAND – Put away your Corvettes, boys, your fancy new Camaros, your Shelby Mustangs, your Porsche 911s, and don’t even bring your daddy’s old Dodge Viper to the track. None of ‘em stand a chance against one Plum Quick Indian Land golf cart.


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School board also revises medication, first-aid policies

School lunch prices to increase

By Reece Murphy

Parents can expect to pay more for their children’s school lunches next year after the Lancaster County school board approved an increase in prices.

The approval came during the board’s meeting June 26, a meeting in which board members also approved first reading of policy revisions regarding student medication and first aid.

In a vote prompted by U.S. Department of Agriculture policy changes, the school board unanimously approved a 5-cent increase in elementary school lunches and a 10-cent increase for middle and high school lunches.


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