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Storm knocks out power in Chester

CHESTER -- A thunderstorm Friday evening knocked down several power lines in Chester County, leaving some residents in the dark.

Eddie Murphy, Chester County emergency management director, said the storm knocked out power to an unknown number of residents and also left S.C. 97 near Boyd Road under about 6 inches of water.

No injuries were reported, though one car did hydroplane on the water, Murphy said.

The York County Office of Emergency Management had not received any reports of weather-related problems Friday night.

Clemson, Citadel OKs tuition increases

CLEMSON -- Clemson University's trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase Friday for in-state students and a 10 percent increase for out-of-state students.

In-state undergraduate tuition will rise to $4,935 per semester, while out-of-state tuition will be $10,900 per semester.

The extra money will pay for new professors and an enhanced computer network as well as cover $9 million in inflation and mandatory cost increases, Clemson president Jim Barker said.

Also this week, The Citadel's Board of Visitors approved an average tuition increase of 7.4 percent for all students.

In-state freshman will pay about $569 more a semester, while out-of-state first-year cadets will pay about $1,187 more, the military college said Friday. Upperclassmen will be charged about $434 more per semester if they are from South Carolina and $1,052 if they come from another state.

Under the new plan, graduate students at The Citadel will pay an increase of about 5.4 percent.

S.C. to replace road signs with dark blue signs

South Carolina is replacing its road signs with blue-and-white signage, but don't try to tell a Tarheel it's the new Carolina Blue.

All the lettering, borders and symbols on the new signs will be a medium blue, darker than the pale blue shade so revered by University of North Carolina fans.

South Carolina's road-marking signs now have black letters, borders and symbols.

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