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The Heights At Lake Murray

Date: 5/23/2016 5:46:00 AM

Once in a while, you'll discover someplace special. A place away from the stresses of everyday life where time seems to slow and matters of the day dissolve away. Welcome to The Heights at Lake Murray, all the comforts you've come to expect in an apartment

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Officials urge caution at the start of boating season


Date: 5/22/2016 6:51:00 AM

With four city lakes in Ardmore where boating is allowed and Lake Murray in close proximity, Ervin said it is important that as people take to the lakes, they stay safe. At a city commission meeting Monday, Mayor Doug Pfau declared May 21-27 as National

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Chasing the Swamp Rabbit - Part 3, Sievern and Edisto Academy

Date: 5/21/2016 9:51:00 PM

I was on a quest to find traces of the "other" Swamp Rabbit Railroad, a passenger service on the Blackville, Alston & Newberry line that ran from Blackville in Barnwell County to Seivern in Lexington County. So far the task had been easy

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Deputies: Man Robbed Same Store Four Times


Date: 5/20/2016 9:58:00 PM

Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- The Lexington County Sheriff's Department has arrested a man they say robbed the same store four times. Darryl Stephon Walker, 26, has been charged with four counts of possessing a weapon during a violent crime and kidnapping

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Coroner identifies 63-year-old as victim in fatal crash

Date: 5/20/2016 3:14:00 PM

The Lexington County Coroner's Office says Clyde Richard Poole, who had to be extricated from the car, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that accident occurred at about 7:26 a.m

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• Surface Area: 48,000 Acres
Lake Murray is approx. 48,000 acres in size with 500 miles of shoreline. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of water sports. Best known for its largemouth bass and striped bass fishery, other popular gamefish include bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie and catfish. Public access includes 11 boat ramps and 8 pier/bank locations; 24 fish attractor sites are maintained by the SC DNR, (the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources).

Lake Murray was impounded in the late 1920's to provide hydroelectric power to the state of South Carolina. Lake Murray is fed by the Saluda River, which flows from upstate South Carolina near the North Carolina state line. The Saluda Dam (officially the Dreher Shoals Dam) was an engineering feat at the time of its construction. The dam, using the native red clay soil and bedrock, was the largest earthen dam in the world when it was completed in 1930. Lake Murray itself is named after the project's chief engineer, William S. Murray. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 miles long and 220 feet high. Lake Murray is 41 miles long, and 14 miles wide at its widest point. At the time when the lake was finished, it was the world's largest man-made reservoir.

Since its construction, Lake Murray has been the focal point of the region. Many different communities in four counties are all tied to the lake, and the local history has as much to do with the lake as the lake has to do with the local history. Considering Lake Murray now covers an area that was once populated, the story of what lies beneath its surface is the story of Lake Murray itself.

South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources, 2-2015

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