Attorneys for both James McClurkin and Ray Degraffenreid appeared in a Chester County courtroom Monday, seeking to get their 1977 convictions overturned in the 1973 Chester murder of Claude Killian. Judge Brian Gibbons ruled that the S.C. Supreme Court, not the court in Chester, is the right place for the legal argument to be heard. Both McClurkin and Degraffenried were released on parole in late 2016. Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood has said that evidence shows neither Degraffenreid nor McClurkin was even in Chester at the time Killian died.
The Catawba Pre-Release Center, a minimum-security prison in York County, is closing in November. Employees will be able to transfer to other prisons. What remains to be answered is what the state will do with the property just south of Rock Hill.
Harry Jennings of Rock Hill received a new car Wednesday as part of the "Recycled Rides" program. Calliber Collision, State Farm Insurance and other agencies presented Jennings — a former homeless man who received help through Renew Our Community and now works there — with a 2011 Nissan Altima.
Nearly 1,000 families may be impacted by the United Way of York County's Holiday Partners Program this winter. The program, which partners with The Herald's Empty Stocking Fund and WRHI's Toys for Happiness Program, will begin taking applications for holiday assistance in October and November.
Archie Parnell of Sumter vowed to run for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District seat in 2018. Parnell narrowly lost the seat this summer to Republican Rep. Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill, by about 3 percentage points. The campaign surprised many national political pundits and was the closest race of all the summer special elections. Parnell talked about his campaign goals at a kickoff event at the Five & Dine restaurant in Rock Hill.