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Beach Bash & Boogie set for April 8

Jesef Williams
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 Come dance the night away at what has become an annual event to benefit local children.
Lancaster County First Steps is gearing up for its 2011 Beach Bash & Boogie, which will be held April 8 at The Artisans Center at 119 S. Main St. in downtown Lancaster.


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Hundreds of customers lose power

Christopher Sardelli
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A piece of bamboo left hundreds of Lancaster County homes and businesses without power for a few hours Monday afternoon.
At about 12:30 p.m., a power surge cut service to 366 customers in the Lancaster area, said Duke Energy telephone representative Amanda Burris.


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Chamber breakfast is Friday

Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce

It’s a new year for the U.S. Congress and the S.C. Legislature and both have begun considering significant statewide and national issues that will impact the Lancaster County business community in both the short- and long-term future. 


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January county jobless rate is 14.6 percent

Lancaster County’s unemployment rate dropped in January, a trend that mirrors job growth statewide.

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, unemployment in Lancaster County fell to 14.6 percent in January, a 1 percent drop from December’s rate of 15.6 percent. 

Lancaster County had the state’s 12th highest unemployment rate in January. 

The newest reported rate is 3 percent less than January 2010’s unemployment rate of 17.6 percent.


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Catawba Basin in Stage 1 drought

Lancaster County Water and Sewer District

Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials re-emphasize that dry climatic conditions are responsible for the Catawba-Wateree Basin remaining in Stage 1 drought level of the low-inflow protocol. 

The protocol is an agreement between major water users in the basin that establishes a shared responsibility and priorities to conserve the limited water supply.


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District 16 forum set for March 29

Senate hopefuls to discuss issues

By Jesef Williams

Local residents will soon be able to hear from the three men hoping to become the next District 16 state senator. 

Democrat Keith Brann, Republican Greg Gregory and Libertarian Stan Smith will appear at the Before You Vote candidates forum March 29 at the Bradley Arts and Science Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. 

There will be a meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m. The forum is slated to run from 6 to 8 p.m. 


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Office one of 44 in state to receive status

Sheriff’s office gets accreditation

By Chris Sardelli

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Three high schools show improvement

District report card improves

By Reece Murphy

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Incumbent defeats write-in candidate

Rhodes still mayor of Kershaw

By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW - Wayne Rhodes will serve as Kershaw’s mayor for at least another four years.

Rhodes defeated Donald McMaster in Tuesday’s mayor’s race, in which Rhodes received 209 votes (79 percent) compared to 56 for McMaster, who ran as a write-in candidate. 

Rhodes is thankful for the victory and said the outcome affirms that the residents are happy with the direction the town is headed. 


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Students improve on test scores at school

Clinton Elementary overcoming challenges

Lancaster County School Board members got the chance to hear about some of the good things going on at Lancaster’s Clinton Elementary School from Principal Rachel Ray and Assistant Principal Shirnetha Stinson during Tuesday’s meeting. 


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