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Despite SC's humid climate, airbag maker's recall skips Palmetto State

An airbag manufacturer's recall affecting millions of cars -- and potentially thousands in Beaufort County -- has so far been limited to states experiencing...

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Kate and John Houpt</span>, of Bluffton, and their children, from right, A.J., 8, Joey, 6, Eliana, 4 months old, and Paxton, 3, are shown Saturday at their home next to their <span class="s1">Toyota Sequoia</span>.

Pastor who rocks the boat marks 50 years in ministry

John M. Miller reflects on half a century of religion and 28 years of making people think on Hilton Head Island.

John M. Miller

Gunman who killed 2 NYC officers was seeking revenge

A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushes...

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, right, stands beside Mayor Bill de Blasio as he wipes his eye during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York.

Sleeping Bluffton man faces drug charges

Police charged a Bluffton man with drug possession early Saturday morning after finding him asleep in his car, according to Maj. Joseph Manning of the Bluffton Police Department.

Ridgeland Christmas display raises money for teenager with cancer

The Brendlen's Lowcountry Christmas display with more than 80,000 lights is on every night through Dec. 31, and donations will support a local teenager...

The Brendlen family house outside Ridgeland is surrounded by a Christmas light display on Friday. The family begins working on the setup of over 80,000 lights in October said Chelsea Brendlen. Visitors are welcome to visit the display where the family is collecting donations for Ridgeland's Jessie Webster, who is undergoing treatment for Burkett's Lymphoma.
Business

Roy's Aquarium building for sale, but the business will go on, owner says

Roy's Aquarium is up for sale, but owner Roy Rivers says that doesn't mean he's closing shop.

Roy's Aquarium in Beaufort is up for sale and the owner says he intends to move. This view of the building was photographed Dec. 19, 2014.

Should you be worried about your airbag?

Use our lookup tool for Beaufort County registered vehicles to see if you should be in touch with someone about fixing your recalled airbag.

Tim Arnold taking over as head of Colonial Life

Colonial Life will welcome a new leader at the first of the year, but Tim Arnold is no stranger to employees at the longstanding Columbia business...

Tim Arnold is the new CEO of Colonial Life Insurance Company.

Rock Hill’s BeaconMedaes expanding product line

Rock Hill firm adding more products specifically designed for adults, toddlers and infants.

Reach of airbag recall spotty in SC- Why is that?

An airbag manufacturer’s recall affecting millions of cars — and potentially thousands in Beaufort County — has so far been limited...

From left, Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of global quality assurance at Japanese airbag maker Takata, Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, and Scott Kunselman, Chrysler's senior vice president of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance, take their seats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, prior to testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on airbags linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the US. Japan&#x92;s transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation amid the air bag controversy.
Features

Pastor who rocks the boat marks 50 years in ministry

John M. Miller reflects on half a century of religion and 28 years of making people think on Hilton Head Island.

John M. Miller

Double-lung transplant gives Beaufort woman new chance for life

Jessica Mattson, 36, of Beaufort, is enjoying a new lease on life after having successfully gone through a double-lung transplant as part of her ongoing battle with cystic fibrosis

'Dear Santa ...' Lowcountry kids have lots of gift suggestions for the big man this year

Editor's note: We've maintained the exact wording and spelling from the children's letters to Santa Claus -- because they did their best, and it'...

Opinion

Ban domestic abusers from possessing guns

For generations, domestic abuse was a shameful secret kept by families.

Best is yet to come for telecommunications

On Dec. 16, in a ceremony at Town Hall, Hilton Head Island was recognized as one of four "Connected Cities" in South Carolina. The award was made by the ConnectSC organization, which is an effort sponsored by Gov. Nikki Haley to improve access...

Playing field now even for whites and blacks

The Dec. 13 newspaper had an article about the wealth gap between whites and blacks in America. The reporter wrote that it stemmed from a "legacy of discrimination."

Postal Service still important

The U.S. Postal Service has been downsized and diminished by legislation passed in Congress. Their next step will likely be to do away with first-class mail.

Group responds wrongly to Supreme Court ruling

The recent opinion piece by Scott Price, director of the S.C. School Board Association, was disappointing. The SCSBA -- along with the S.C. Association of School Administrators and the S.C. Association of School Business Officials -- see the recent...

South Carolina

Santa Claus Visits Columbia

Santa Claus made several stops in Columbia during his busiest time of the year to find out what good boys and girls wanted for Christmas. During his visit on the weekend before Christmas, he recorded a special message for the kids for Christmas Eve...

Metts’ name slated to disappear from Lexington County sheriff’s complex

The name of ex-Lexington County Sheriff James Metts will be erased soon from the law enforcement complex he once supervised, key County Council members...

James Metts Law Enforcement Complex in Lexington.

Police: Kuechly jersey stolen from under senior citizen’s York County Christmas tree

The stolen jersey was worth $150.

Mom gets 2 years for children’s unnecessary medical care

A judge has ordered a mother to spend two years in prison for forcing her children to undergo unnecessary medical care.

Janna Elizabeth Smith-Johnson sits in court during a hearing at the Spartanburg County Courthouse on Friday morning.

Police: Armed robbery at Rock Hill Family Dollar store

Detectives with the Rock Hill Police Department are investigating a Friday night armed robbery of a clerk at the Family Dollar store at 781 Albright Road, police said.

Nation/World

Gunman who killed 2 NYC officers was seeking revenge

A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ...

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, right, stands beside Mayor Bill de Blasio as he wipes his eye during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York.

N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

North Korea warns of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with...

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Cuban president praises pact with US, but predicts ‘difficult struggle’

Cuban President Raul Castro says Cuba would not renounce its core socialist ideals as part of a deal he struck this week with President Barack Obama...

Cuba&#x2019;s President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Burying Pakistan’s children brings tears of agony

Tuesday’s school massacre – the worst terrorist attack in years – continues to horrify Pakistanis across the country.

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually.

Sports

College football bowl season offers plenty to see, think about

Welcome to the college football postseason:

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, cornerback Doran Grant (12) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) celebrate after a 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the 2014 Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Ohio State will play in the first College Football Playoff.

Prep roundup, Dec. 19: Thomas Heyward girls, Hilton Head Prep boys remain unbeaten

The Rebels beat Andrew Jackson Academy 58-52 to move to 8-0.

Photos and video: Special Olympians bowl in annual tournament in Bluffton

Special Olympians from Beaufort and Jasper counties participated in the Area 8 Special Olympics Annual Regional Bowling Tournament the morning of ...

Fisher Baroni, a 6-year-old from Hilton Head Elementary, watches his ball roll down the lane as his father, Marty, supports him while bowling Dec. 19, 2014, during the Area 8 Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Station 300 in Bluffton.

2014 Seahawk Holiday Basketball Classic tips off Saturday morning at Hilton Head High

The Seahawk Holiday Classic returns to Hilton Head Island High School on Saturday, as 16 basketball teams -- eight boys and eight girls teams -- will...

Morris: USC, Clemson on verge of actually having a basketball rivalry

South Carolina took a step Friday at Colonial Life Arena toward establishing a men’s basketball rivalry with Clemson. It might have been a baby step, but at least it was a step.

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