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  • Senate OKs firing squads, electrocution

    Responding to the unavailability of lethal-injection chemicals, the S.C. Senate has voted to reinstate the electric chair for death-row executions and to add the option of firing squads.
    The bill, sponsored by Republican Sens. Greg Hembree of Horry County and Shane Martin of Spartanburg County, passed 26-13 in the Senate last Wednesday, and is now in committee in the House.
    Lancaster County’s two senators, Republican Greg Gregory of Lancaster and Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Camden, did not vote on the bill.

  • Still swooning after 70 years

    Clyde Brazell and Emily Williams met playing dodge ball with a group of their teenage friends.
    “She was my target,” Brazell said this week. “When I threw that ball, I said, ‘You better look out! I’m gonna get you!’”
    And he did. On Jan. 22, Clyde and Emily Brazell celebrated 70 years of married life together. Almost 80 friends and relatives gathered Jan. 26 to mark the couple’s platinum anniversary, a contrast to their secret wedding, which they hid from the bride’s family.

  • Mom, child escape Acacia Road blaze

    A mother and her child narrowly escaped a fire Friday morning in their Acacia Road home north of Lancaster.
    The woman told firefighters she heard a loud pop in her home and found a small propane heater had caught fire in another room shortly after 10 a.m., according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    Firefighters from Shiloh Zion, Unity and Riverside volunteer fire department fought the blaze for nearly two hours as neighbors stood by, taking in the destruction.

  • Teen arrested in shooting of young girl on French Street

    A Rock Hill teen has been arrested in last weekend’s shooting of a young girl at a North French Street house.
    Draevious Jakeim Mingo, 16, is charged with attempted murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said he originally thought the shooting was accidental, but after further investigation it became clear that it was an intentional act.

  • New Church of Christ coming to Indian Land

    Denyse Clark
    For The Lancaster News

    With the start of the new year comes the beginning of a new house of worship – Church of Christ at Indian Land, to be built at 651 Jim Wilson Road.
    This new but familiar congregation is an outgrowth of the Church of Christ at Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, said Elder David Beels. One hundred members are moving to the new Indian Land church with the expectation that more will join them when the new sanctuary opens.

  • Accessible Shakespeare

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is bringing an entertaining, exciting and emotive performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to the stage starting this weekend, with an intriguing cast of new and recurring actors.
    “I think audiences who are afraid of Shakespeare because of the language are going to be really surprised,” said Director Harold Skinner at rehearsal Tuesday night. “They’re going to come and see something that they really do understand and that they can be entertained and moved by.”

  • Norrell pushes bills on child marriage, date-rape drugs and defining consent

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell is working this year to change the state’s laws relating to sexual consent and criminal sexual conduct.
    “We have some laws that really need changing that we’ve just neglected for a long time,” Norrell said.  “It boils down to human decency.”
    The District 44 Democrat was made first vice chair on the House Judiciary Committee for this session. That means 40 percent of the bills that come through the House will go over her desk, she said. 

  • 2nd Campbell Lake Rd. blaze prompts arson investigation

    Two fires in two days at the same Campbell Lake Road home have resulted in an arson investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    The first fire, shortly before lunchtime on Jan. 23, was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the fire was mostly contained to the living room, where a kerosene heater had been left on, but the house was no longer livable due to extensive heat and smoke damage.

  • EMS supplying military-grade tourniquets for cops, firefighters

    First responders and law officers now have the proper equipment to use in case of a gunshot wound or other serious injury, thanks to an initiative by EMS and the county’s Public Safety Committee.
    EMS Director Clay Catoe said his department wanted to do what it could to help other first responders in the county, and it set out to raise $3,500 for the project.
    Lancaster businesses have contributed $2,400 so far, enough to buy 100 military-grade tourniquets. The devices are used to stop bleeding after severe injuries.

  • Buying SMH, 3 others will cost MUSC up to $137M

    The Medical University of South Carolina’s purchase of Springs Memorial Hospital took another step forward this week, as state officials approved spending up to $137 million total for SMH and three other S.C. hospitals.
    The State Fiscal Accountability Authority voted Tuesday to proceed with the deal, under which MUSC will acquire the hospitals from Tennessee-based Community Health System. The financing will be provided through a loan from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.