Rock Hill convenience store robbed
A man with a gun robbed a Rock Hill convenience store over the weekend, police said.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, police responded to an armed robbery at Exxon One Stop at 2460 W. Main St. in Rock Hill. A man armed with a small, black revolver pointed it at a 41-year-old clerk and said, "Give me the money," according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department.
The man came behind the counter as the clerk removed the cash drawer from the register. She put the money into a brown bag. Then, the man asked, "What are you doing? Waiting for a customer to come in? I will shoot them, too," the report states.
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The man fled the store with the bag that contained $36 and walked toward Meadowlark Road, according to the report.
No arrest has been made. Anyone with information is asked to call Rock Hill Police Department 329-7200 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.
Hearings to address river designation
The Department of Natural Resources is holding public hearings in Rock Hill, Fort Lawn and Lancaster to address concerns about designating 30 miles of the Catawba River, from Lake Wylie dam to Fort Lawn, as "scenic."
Becoming a scenic river creates a group of river advocates and a partnership with the natural resources department, they would look out for the best interest of this free-flowing stretch of the Catawba River.
Designation of the river corridor carries no restrictions for landowners and provides for broader recognition and river protection. York and Chester counties have indicated support for the designation.
Questions and concerns can be raised in the Rock Hill meeting Jan. 30 at the City Hall chambers at 7 p.m.
Other meetings are being held Jan. 28 in the Stevens Auditorium on the campus of USC-Lancaster and Jan. 29 at the Community Center in Fort Lawn, also at 7 p.m.
The Catawba's eligibility study can be viewed at www.dnr.sc.gov/pubs/catawbaeligdraft.pdf.
School locater available for Rock Hill residents
The Rock Hill school district has a new tool on its Web site to help parents figure out what schools their children should attend.
Using the school locator tool, residents punch in their address and the tool tells them which elementary, middle and high schools their children would attend.
The tool can be used for this school year and also is updated for the reassignment that will take affect for the 2008-2009 school year.
The tool was created in partnership with York County government.
Rock Hill schools' Web site is www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us.
Reporter for conservative Web site to speak
Amanda Carpenter, a reporter for Townhall.com -- a conservative political news Web site, will speak at Winthrop University on Thursday.
Carpenter will talk about politics, the presidency and feminism at 7 p.m. Thursday in McBryde Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Carpenter is the author of "The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Clinton," a book written by non-Clinton supporters.
A question-and-answer session will be held after Carpenter's talk.
The event is being hosted by Winthrop's College Republicans group. It is the group's largest event of the year.
ROTC instructor accused of groping student
SPARTANBURG -- A Spartanburg County ROTC instructor has been arrested after a high school student accused him of kissing and groping her.
Maxie Carroll Miller was being held Tuesday at a Spartanburg County jail on $30,000 bail. The 49-year-old is charged with second-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.
It was unclear if Miller has an attorney; a sheriff's department spokesman and a jail official did not immediately know.
Investigators say a Broome High School student told authorities Miller asked her to stay behind while the rest of the ROTC class went to the weight room. She says that's when Miller kissed and groped her.
Miller has worked at the high school since August 2006.
Nearly all of S.C. remains in severe drought
COLUMBIA -- Nearly all of South Carolina remains in a severe drought, even after the state has seen more rain than normal during the past 30 days.
The state Drought Response Committee met Tuesday and determined while the rain and a little snow have provided short-term relief, it has not been enough to refill reservoirs and recharge groundwater.
The committee says it is also worried that forecasts continue to call for below normal rainfall from February through April.
The drought committee will meet again in April as the growing season starts and as water demand starts to increase.
All of South Carolina is under a severe drought except for Jasper and Beaufort counties, which are in a moderate drought.