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  • 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.

  • Indian Land incorporation petition gets county’s OK

    Lancaster County election officials have certified the Indian Land incorporation petition, clearing the way for the group behind the effort to submit its proposal to the state for consideration.
    As the Indian Land proposal moves forward, a group pursuing incorporation for the Van Wyck community will head back to Columbia next week for a previously postponed hearing on its proposal.

  • Scott Grant named Lancaster police chief

    The Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night chose Capt. Scott Grant as the city's next police chief.
    Grant, 51, who has worked at the Lancaster Police Department since 1998, received the unanimous vote of the city council. He had served as interim chief since the retirement of Chief Harlean Carter late last year. She endorsed him for the job and told city council that he was the choice of the department's rank and file.

  • Fire destroys Hunters Ridge home

    A fast-moving fire tore through a home Monday afternoon in the Hunters Ridge subdivision off McIlwain Road south of Lancaster, leaving a family of five homeless.
    The fire at 3245 Silver Fox Circle was reported at 2:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.
    “As I understand it, one of the parents was outside waiting on a child to come in from school, and when they went inside, the house was filled with smoke,” Blackwelder said.
    Lancaster County Council member Steve Harper reported the fire.

  • Woman shot in ‘absolute senseless act of violence’

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a woman was shot for no apparent reason Saturday while driving into a public housing complex.
    Zion Twitty, 18, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and providing false information to police. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center after bond was denied.
    Twitty was arrested Sunday. The 18-year-old victim, who was shot once in the right shoulder, was treated and released from Springs Memorial Hospital, according to arrest warrants.

  • Red Cross disaster training camp in Lancaster March 4

    From release
    When a disaster strikes in South Carolina,  local American Red Cross chapters respond, providing food and shelter to those who have lost everything. Now, the Red Cross is looking for members of the community who want to be trained now to quickly take action to help their neighbors when a disaster strikes.

  • Nunnery out of job at 911 center

    Chris Nunnery, who has run the county’s 911 communications center for five years, is no longer employed by the county, and no one will explain the surprise departure.
    “That’s a personnel matter,” County Administrator Steve Willis said Friday. “You’ll have to talk to Lisa Robinson in HR.”
    Thursday was Nunnery’s last day on the job, according to Robinson, the county’s director of human resources. Numerous calls to other county officials, who were shocked by the news, yielded no information about what had happened.