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Office one of 44 in state to receive status

Sheriff’s office gets accreditation

By Chris Sardelli

Christopher Sardelli


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Three high schools show improvement

District report card improves

By Reece Murphy

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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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Board forgives two snow days

Spring break returns

By Reece Murphy

It’s official: Spring break is back on for the full school week of April 18-22 for Lancaster County students and their families.

Earlier this year, county school officials co-opted Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19 as make up days for classes missed due to dangerous road conditions during the snowy week of Jan. 11-14.

County schools already made up two of the four days in February and March.


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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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Situation could get worse as more lose their unemployment benefits

Request for help still great in Lancaster County

By Nita Brown

The official unemployment rate in Lancaster County for January was 14.6 percent.  


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Help available at several county agencies

By Nita Brown

Listed below are groups that offer regular assistance. It is not comprehensive, as more groups are rising to the occasion to meet community needs. 

Many churches and other groups offer case by case assistance, periodic or seasonal help. For more information, call the 2-1-1 hotline.


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