Attic fire causes $30,000 in damage to York house
YORK -- A painting contractor using a heat gun to remove old paint on the exterior of a York house accidentally started a fire that caused an estimated $30,000 in damage Wednesday afternoon, said Fire Chief Domenic Manera.
Firefighters from York, Clover and Sharon responded to the fire at 17 Wright Ave. around 2 p.m. No one was in the home at the time of the fire.
"It was a house that was being renovated," Manera said. "It had a lot of furnishings in it and a lot of antiques in it, but the majority of those were saved because all the fire was in the attic space."
Most of the damage was done to the roof, he said.
This is the third fire York firefighters were called to in less than a week. Last Thursday, they fought a fire that destroyed most of the Lockmore Mill on Hunter Street. On Tuesday, they were called to a cooking fire in the county that destroyed a trailer on Dr. Nichols Road.
Greenhouse donation benefits York Place
YORK -- A greenhouse has been donated to York Place, the Episcopal Church Home for Children, by Bill Mixon of Hartsville, an agriculture teacher at Florence Career Center and adviser for the Future Farmers of America and the South Carolina Young Farmers.
The greenhouse will be delivered and set up by Mixon and his students at 11 a.m. Friday as part of a civic project of the FFA and S.C. Young Farmers. Also participating in the set-up will be area residents and volunteers from Sprouting Wings, a children's horticulture program of Clemson University.
York Place is a church-affiliated, nonprofit residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children.
Rock Hill schools host event for kindergartners
Rock Hill's youngest students have a chance to check out school for the first time tonight.
Elementary schools will host kindergarten transition night at 6:30 p.m.
Parents of rising kindergartners and their children are invited to learn about what school will be like and what they can do to prepare their children to succeed.
Families should go to the school students will attend in the fall. Families zoned for Mount Holly Elementary School next year should go to the school they are assigned to this year.
To find out what school you should go to visit www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us and click on the school locator tool.
For information, call 981-1557.
-- Jessica Schonberg
Payday lending event tonight in Rock Hill
A town hall meeting on the payday lending industry is planned for 7 tonight at the Freedom Center in downtown Rock Hill.
Entitled "Payday Lending: Asset or Liability?," the discussion will feature Rock Hill City Councilman John Gettys, Sue Berkowitz from the S.C. Appleseed Justice Legal Center and Jamie Fulmer from Advance America, a payday lending agency.
State lawmakers are debating whether to enact tougher regulations on payday lenders. Advocates for the poor say the practice traps people in a cycle of debt. The lenders say they fill a need.
Tonight's event is part of the quarterly town hall meeting series at the Freedom Center.
For information, call director Willie Lyles III at 327-7865.
Car show to benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation
The Dixieland cruisers will host the third annual Catawba River Rod Run car show from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Hill Galleria parking lot in front of Sears.
Vehicles may be registered for the show on Friday evening or Saturday morning. Friday and Saturday activities include music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and a cash drawing. Saturday events include goodie bags for the first 150 vehicles registered, a 2 p.m. live auction, the awarding of the top 40 trophies and a 3 p.m. presentation of a $5,000 check to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The Dixieland cruisers have donated more than $13,000 to the foundation.
Two hundred fifty to 300 vehicles are expected. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Carolina.
Alternative court bill stalls in S.C. House
COLUMBIA -- Legislators walked out of a House committee, leaving only a slim chance to pass a bill creating an alternative court system for nonviolent offenders and requiring prisoners to serve most of their sentences.
Attorney General Henry McMaster is pushing the idea. He says a combination of counseling, treatment and education under the alternative court system is a better way to rehabilitate people and will save the state money.
His bill would also require prisoners to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
A meeting on the bill Wednesday was forced to abruptly end without a vote after several members left for another meeting, and several more walked into the hallway to avoid a vote. Not enough members were left to continue.
Senators postpone vote on school bus ads
COLUMBIA -- A South Carolina senator who objects to advertisements on school buses told lawmakers considering the idea Wednesday that students shouldn't be force-fed corporate ads on their way to school.
Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, wants to ban school districts from putting ads in buses to raise money.
But some senators at the subcommittee meeting said such decisions should be left to local school board members and parents.
The panel postponed voting on the measure.