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  • H1N1 vaccine will be available soon

    Julie Graham can tell you about the nasty effects of H1N1, or swine flu.

    The Van Wyck resident was diagnosed with the virus right after her two young children came down with it.

    Her daughter, Rachel, 2, and 7-month-old son, Stuart, both experienced fatigue and high fever. Graham herself suffered from a high fever and a headache like she never felt before.

    “It felt like I got hit by a brick wall,” Graham said. “My head hurt horribly.”

  • Kershaw officials hope to move in new Town Hall next month

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter said the town’s new Town Hall will be something its residents will enjoy for years to come.

    There will be the convenience of the drive-through on one side of the building. At the old town hall, built on the same spot on Hampton Street, customers had to get out to pay their water bills.

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes and his staff will no doubt enjoy their new digs, where the floors won’t flood and the roof won’t leak when it rains.

  • How much has been spent on two courthouse buildings?

    The sight of orange cones, construction equipment and crews at work on two courthouse projects in downtown Lancaster have some residents wondering: How much do these projects cost?

    County Administrator Steve Willis fielded that question at County Council’s meeting Monday.

  • LHS band playing 'Motown Woodstock' this season

    The Lancaster High School marching band members played their instruments with force and pride. They marched with precision and even went back to fix mistakes that may have occurred.

    Everything seemed normal at a recent marching band practice – except one thing: The man guiding the ship was missing.

    Band director John Rhodes has been out on sick leave for the last few weeks. Despite his absence, the band remains determined to perform well this competition season.

  • Water disinfection process on hold

    The start of a new water treatment process designed to eliminate contaminates in the county water supply has been delayed.

    Mike Bailes, director of Catawba River Water Treatment Plant, said the new treatment process, originally scheduled to begin in September, has been delayed due to problems in obtaining a permit from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to allow the plant to install special waterlines to accommodate the new process.

  • Barbecue the featured attraction at Hog Jam

    KERSHAW – The wooden, pink piggy signs are everywhere, reminding folks with a taste for barbecue to attend Kershaw’s Hog Jam on Friday and Saturday.

    The fourth annual barbecue festival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The cook-off event will not be held this year, due to a low response from the teams that compete for prize money, organizers say.

    But all barbecue cookers who wish to set up as a food vendor are invited, and a trophy will be given to the top four people’s choices, based on a panel of anonymous judges.

  • Duke celebrates 100th anniversary of station tennial

    GREAT FALLS - An eagle hovered above the Catawba River as a large crowd gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rocky Creek hydroelectric station on Sept 24.

    The celebration was attended by past and present Duke Energy employees, town, county and state officials and others.

    The Rocky Creek station is the second power plant to be built by the Southern Power Company, the predecessor of Duke Power Co. and Duke Energy.

  • Barbecue vendors to jam in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Tune up your hog-calling skills and head down to the Kershaw Hog Jam this weekend.

    The fourth annual barbecue festival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    Nine barbecue vendors have signed up, and a trophy will be given to the top four people’s choices, based on a panel of anonymous judges. In all, there are nearly 60 vendors at the festival, said organizer Joyce Adams.

  • Former Fort Lawn officer awaits investigation results

    CHESTER ee" Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield has transferred a case involving an investigation of Robert Cauthen, a former Fort Lawn Police officer, to another solicitor.

    Cauthen, who is now Chester County chief, has been on unpaid leave since Aug. 7.

  • Suspect returns to face charges in armed robbery

    GREAT FALLS – A former Lancaster woman was released from the Horry County Detention Center and transferred to the Great Falls Police Department recently to face charges in connection with the Great Falls Pharmacy robbery on July 30.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said Kimberly Payne Arnold, 26, of 924 Sunset Ave., Clemmons, NC, was charged with armed robbery and grand larceny. She is being held at the Chester County Detention Center on a $75,000 surety bond.