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IL growth drives Lancaster County to fastest-growing rank in state in 2013-14

County tops S.C. growth charts

By Reece Murphy

Driven by growth in Indian Land, Lancaster County surpassed York County and two others as the fastest-growing county in South Carolina between 2013-14, earning it a spot as one of the fastest growing counties in the country.
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, Lancaster County grew by 2,640 new residents between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, from 80,520 to 83,160, an increase of 3.3 percent.
By comparison, York County grew 2.5 percent during the year, from 239,415 to 245,346 residents, the fourth highest growth rate in the state.


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Disabilities and Special Needs Center packs 6,000 eggs for annual hunt

Prepping for the Hunt

By Denyse Clark

Clients of the Lancaster/Chester Disabilities and Special Needs Center, 1158 Camp Creek Road, are joyous about hiding candy in plastic eggs at Easter, said Nikki Bramlett, director of day services at the center.
These “consumers,” as Bramlett calls them, are experiencing their third year packing the eggs provided by the city of Lancaster for Rosie’s Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds.


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Lancaster stop on statewide tour

New DSS director visits county

by David Kellin/for The Lancaster News
Susan Alford, the new director of the S.C. Department of Social Services, visited Lancaster County on Tuesday, March 31.
She is touring county DSS offices across the state to review what is working and what needs improvements.
In the afternoon, she met with a variety of community agencies that partner with Lancaster County DSS, to gather their feedback.
The stop in Lancaster is the second in a statewide tour. She believes that the changes that DSS has to make will be made at the local levels.  


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Pet goats stolen, again

Couple hopes for another Easter miracle

By Reece Murphy

The last time The Lancaster News wrote about Neil and Lois Zarrelli, it was to tell the story of their reunion with five stolen pet goats shortly before Easter 2012, thanks to the help of a vigilant reader.
In the last five months, the couple has been the victim of two more “kidnappings” – and now they’re once again asking for the public’s help in the hopes of another Easter miracle.


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Stacks fall at Del Webb library

By Reece Murphy

If there was ever a job you wouldn’t normally associate with the term “occupational hazard” it would have to be “librarian,” but an experience Del Webb Library Branch Manager Nancy Berry had last week proves the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.
The accident occurred March 25 during a maintenance shutdown to add more shelf space.
“We were trying to take out some supports (on a bookshelf), so we could put in some more shelves, and before we could get them in, it toppled,” Berry said.


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Baker, Briggs, Rhodes also honored

Hinson is Kershaw’s Citizen of Year

By Denyse Clark

KERSHAW – Business owners and dedicated leaders of the community were honored March 24 during the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Kershaw Country Club.
As she greeted the crowd, Sheila Hinson, president of the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, said the goal of the chamber during the previous year had been to buy tables for the country club and that project was complete.
“We hope you enjoy eating on them tonight,” she said, with a laugh.


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International Christian Center gets international help

New Life for an Old Church

By Denyse Clark

African Christian Fellowship International is launching the new International Christian Center at Abundant Grace Church this week with prayer services at 7 p.m. each day through Saturday, April 4.
The weeklong celebration will culminate with a special service 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5, with guest speaker Dr. Wayne Shenk, pastor of Northside Church in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada.


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VA streamlines online applications process

By Denyse Clark

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs project became effective Tuesday, March 24, that puts online improvements in place to make it easier for veterans to apply for benefits.


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Woman’s strange behavior leads to arrest

By Reece Murphy

A Granite Falls, N.C., woman was arrested for stealing items from Springs Memorial Hospital after a local pawn shop owner called county deputies to report her strange behavior.


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Two injured when car rams trash truck on Flat Creek Road

By Reece Murphy

Two York women were injured in an automobile accident on Flat Creek Road outside Lancaster on Thursday, March 26, involving a car and a garbage truck.


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