York County buys former grocery store for offices
York County is closer to having more office space after officials this week signed the contract to buy the former Winn-Dixie building on Heckle Boulevard.
The county is spending $1,395,000 on the complex, down about $30,000 because of a damaged heating system, County Manager Jim Baker said. Converting the building to offices would add an additional $2 million.
The Department of Social Services could move into the new office this year. Other county offices also might use some of the space, Baker said. DSS is moving across Heckle Boulevard from an office it outgrew more than a year ago. The agency also has an office in York.
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The county should close on the former Winn-Dixie later this month, Baker said. The next step is to design the renovations.
Woman robbed at Rock Hill hotel
A 19-year-old Rock Hill woman was robbed at gunpoint while returning to her hotel room, authorities said.
Around 12:10 a.m. Thursday, police responded to an armed robbery at Americas Best Value Inn and Suites, 914 Riverview Road.
The woman, who lives in Rock Hill, told police she was returning to her third floor hotel room when a man armed with a long, dark-colored gun grabbed her purse, according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department.
The purse contained the woman's driver's license, a credit card, cell phone and $800, the report states.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Rock Hill Police Department at 329-7200 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.
York County honors firefighter of the year
A Hickory Grove man credited with saving a woman's life last summer with a defibrillator was honored as York County's firefighter of the year.
Matt Gilfillan, a lineman for York Electric Cooperative, was recognized at a banquet late last month.
Gilfillan was credited with helping save a woman's life in July with a community-funded automated external defibrillator. The woman had a heart attack and went unconscious in a salon chair at Affordable Cuts and Styles on Wylie Avenue.
After some rescue attempts by employees, Gilfillan used a defibrillator that had been donated to his department by the York Electric Cooperative's Operation Round Up program.
Tickets on sale for school district fundraiser
Tickets are on sale for the Rock Hill school district foundation's annual fundraising event. The theme is "Showcase of the Arts."
The event will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. in the gym at South Pointe High School.
Tickets include appetizers prepared and served by culinary arts students from the Applied Technology Center.
Scheduled performances include South Pointe High School's Winter Drumline and Dance Team, Elementary Honors Choir, South Pointe High School's art department, orchestra, Stallion Corral Concert Choir and drama departments.
Projects and programs funded by the foundation in 2007 will be on display.
Tickets start at $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 981-1006.
House fire causes $200,000 in damage
No one was injured in an afternoon blaze that significantly damaged a Mega Drive house, firefighters say.
Rock Hill firefighters spent nearly an hour fighting the fire in the two-story house owned by Mark Shook and his family. Shook's wife and one of three children were home at the time of the fire, said Mark Simmons, Rock Hill Fire Department battalion chief.
Firefighters were dispatched to 619 Mega Drive at 12:48 p.m. and had the fire out at 1:40 p.m., Simmons said.
Simmons estimated the fire caused $200,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.
The fire appears to be accidental, but it remains under investigation, Simmons said.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family.