King to announce bid for state House
John King will formally announce his candidacy on Friday for the state House seat being vacated by the retiring Bessie Moody-Lawrence. The public is invited to the noon event at King's downtown Rock Hill funeral home on East Main Street.
King will compete in a Democratic primary against Montrio Belton, a middle school principal who graduated from Winthrop University. In 2006, King lost to Moody-Lawrence by nine votes in the general election.
District 49 stretches across predominantly black neighborhoods in southern York County and has long been considered a Democratic stronghold.
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The winner in the Democratic primary likely will face off in the general election against Republican Marvin Rogers, 31, who moved here from Greenville, where he worked in the district office of U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis. Rogers is the only declared GOP candidate.
City launches customer service numbers
The city of Rock Hill has redesigned its phone system to make customer service more streamlined and convenient.
To report power outages or make payments using a 24-hour automated system, call 329-5500. The system requires customers to have a valid phone number on file.
Customers who want to personally speak with a person at City Hall should call 325-2500.
A new automated menu will allow callers to be directed to the appropriate department.