Three County Council contenders holding events
Three people vying for York County Council seats are holding events.
Buddy Motz, current chairman and representative for District 6, is holding a drop-in fundraiser Thursday at The Cotton Factory, 300 Chatham Ave., Rock Hill, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
A benefit for Ashley Martin, who is challenging Curwood Chappell for the District 5 seat, is scheduled for April 22 at Beef 'O' Brady's, 940 Market St., Suite 100, Fort Mill. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 981-4498.
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One Democratic challenger for District 4, William "Bump" Roddey, will host a buffet-style breakfast April 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Nishie G's Cafe, 706 Mount Gallant Road. For more information, contact Markeisha Ross at 366-9277.
-- Kimberly Dick
Couple killed as oak tree falls on truck
CHARLESTON -- Charleston County deputies say a couple driving on a lonely road have been killed after an oak tree fell on their truck.
Sheriff's Lt. Jack Scarborough called what happened Tuesday a freak accident.
Witnesses told WCSC-TV the man driving the truck appeared to see the tree start to fall and slam on the brakes, but the tree smashed into the cab of the pickup.
The coroner's office told The (Charleston) Post and Courier the victims were 77-year-old Bill Mincey and his 71-year-old wife, Rhonda.
Arborist Brian Milleman told the newspaper a salamander had hollowed out the center of the tree, which likely also had root damage.
S.C. company gives cereal boxes a makeover
HARTSVILLE -- The cereal box, that staple of morning rituals for generations, is getting a modern makeover.
Sonoco, the South Carolina packaging giant that created the Pringles pop-top canister, has developed something similar for the breakfast table.
The canister has no liner bag and takes up less space than the standard sharp-edged cereal box. Plus, the new canisters are made with 50 percent of material previously used by consumers.
Target stores recently started offering oblong canisters of their house brand of cereal, Archer Farms.
Target brags on its Web site that the "bag-free container features an easy-flow spout and snap-shut lid that is reclosable" welcome words to those who've tried to rip open a paper liner and ended up with a cereal spill.
Target and canister maker Sonoco Products kept their lids shut Tuesday. Efforts to get more details were unsuccessful.
Sonoco is slated to unveil the new cereal canister formally today at its annual shareholders meeting in Hartsville.
-- The (Columbia) State