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  • State issues fire alert to discourage burning

    The S.C. Forestry Commission issued a Red Flag Fire Alert for the entire state Friday to discourage all outdoor burning.
    Darryl Jones, commission fire chief, said weather forecasts through Sunday include stronger-than-normal wind gusts and low relative humidity. When combined with dry conditions, those factors increase the likelihood that outdoor fires can rapidly spread out of control.

  • Rescuers help ailing man down from roof

    INDIAN LAND – Pleasant Valley firefighters used their training and a ladder truck Thursday afternoon to get an ailing man off the roof of an under-construction building behind his home.
    “He wasn’t hurt. He just couldn’t get back down the ladder,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder. “He had previously undergone back surgery and lost the feeling in his back and legs while he was up there.”

  • Sumter Democrat says he’ll compete for District 5 seat

    The first Democratic candidate for the 5th District congressional seat will announce his candidacy Tuesday, facing off against seven Republicans competing to replace Mick Mulvaney.
    Archie Parnell, 66, a Sumter business executive, said he plans to launch his bid at a 3 p.m. news conference in York.
    “Now is the time for me to try to help,” Parnell said Friday, noting he was “quite surprised” when Donald Trump won the presidency.
    Parnell said he plans to focus on three things – constituent service, taxes and healthcare.

  • Lancaster business owner shot dead outside his home

    A respected Lancaster County business owner was shot to death outside his home on Craig Manor Road about 11:30 Thursday night, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Harnish J. Patel, 43, who lived across the street from the White Oak Manor nursing home, was returning home after closing his convenience store, the Speedee Mart at 1416 Pageland Highway.
    Investigators believe he drove from the store directly home, where he was confronted by his killer when he got out of the vehicle.

  • New youth librarian loves working here

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Patrons of the Del Webb Library at Indian Land may have noticed a new face leading youth and family programs.
    Maggie Keeble joined the library in November as children and youth services librarian.
    Keeble comes to Indian Land after working in the Davie County Public Library in Mocksville, N.C.

  • Storms leave little damage across county

    A band of thunderstorms that rolled across Lancaster County Wednesday night full of sound and fury turned out to be mostly huff and puff.
    That’s not to say it wasn’t scary for some, like Aaron Adams and his family, who live on Henry Harris Road in Indian Land.
    Adams said the storm hit full force about 8:30, its winds buffeting the family of five’s doublewide with hail and branches.
    Then 40-foot pine trees started falling.

  • Maker of airbag that killed Kershaw man admits guilt

    The maker of a faulty airbag that killed Kershaw’s Joel Knight in late 2015 has admitted in federal court that it knew the equipment it sold worldwide was defective, a central allegation in a negligence lawsuit the company settled with Knight’s family last year.
    Takata Corp. of Tokyo pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit to one count of wire fraud in a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department. The company was ordered to pay a $1 billion criminal penalty.

  • Winning the fight of her life

    Madie DeBruhl is a little quiet, but make no mistake, she has a lot of fight in her.
    The 12-year-old from Heath Springs is now on the winning side of a two-year fight for her life. It’s a battle that has won her a place in medical history.
    Madie is the first person born with a rare form of leukemia and is now the disease’s longest-living survivor.
    Until two years ago, chrono neutrophilic leukemia (CNL) had only been found in adults 65 and older and had a two-year survival rate.

  • Dancing with the Stars

    There were seven songs, 14 dancing feet and anticipation aplenty as competitors took the stage in hopes of dancing to the top.
    The Lancaster County Dancing with the Stars was Saturday night at USC Lancaster, showcasing the artwork and choreography of students in Andrew Jackson Middle School’s Arts Focus Program.
    “We were just so excited about how it all came together,” said Ashley Collins, the event’s coordinator. “I just thought the dancers did an amazing job.”

  • Lancaster woman gets federal prison term on weapon charge

    From release

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in federal prison for making a straw purchase of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
    Lillie Mae Govea, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia and was sentenced by District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis.
    A straw purchase occurs when someone who can pass a federal background check buys a firearm for someone who either cannot pass the background check, or does not want their identity associated with the weapon.