On Tuesday at the State House, SC legislators will honor Rock Hill’s Friendship Nine civil rights activists who were jailed for a month in 1961 for protesting the second-class treatment of blacks. These heroes will have to walk past the Confederate flag – a symbol of slavery and racial discrimination that South Carolina’s government sanctions – to be honored.
David Lee Geter, 65, lives in a house his parents, long deceased, owned. He has one mangled hand from a long-ago cotton mill incident and is on disability from heart problems. The dilapidated house is now deemed “unsafe” by Rock Hill officials but Geter, a senior citizen on a fixed income who never completed the probate process to get the house into his name, has no money to fix it.
Bob Jenkins’ legacy is on quarter-mile oval tracks, but his name will live on forever along a stretch of highway near Northwestern High School. On Saturday, many of the athletes Jenkins coached over four decades will be on hand as the state Department of Transportation officially christens Rawlinson Road – from S.C. 5 to Heckle Boulevard – the “Coach Robert T. ‘Bob’ Jenkins Memorial Highway.”
When Morgan Varn was going into labor Thursday morning, she couldn’t make it to the hospital from Fort Mill. The cavalry came in the form of two York County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who assisted her until an ambulance arrived – and none too soon; the baby arrived moments later.
The annual games for more than 1,000 athletes from York, Chester, and Lancaster counties Friday exemplified what effort, love, and sportsmanship is really all about. Hundreds of volunteers gave their time, and their hugs, to help the Special Olympics athletes have their day when no disability or special needs was too great to keep them from trying.
David Adam Pate was called “The Devil” by the brothers of the Lancaster man he stabbed 39 times in 2013. Pate pleaded guilty Thursday, admitting that he “just wanted to play with the guy” he had just met, then used a “big ol’ butcher knife” to repeatedly stab Rickey James.
The Rev. Carl Williams of Lighthouse Pentecostal Holiness Church in Fort Mill walks miles along one of York County’s busiest roads on Good Friday every year. The cross has tiny wheels and rolls, but the message is the same: Show thousands who see him the message of faith.
Alex “Little A” Collins of Pennsylvania came back to Chester this week to see Alex “Big A” Underwood for hunting and fishing over his spring break. A mix-up in December led the 9-year-old from Chester, Pa. to Chester, S.C. to hunt and fish with Chester’s top cop, and the trip was so much fun Little A came back to try and bag a turkey and a giant fish.
There is a once-a-year-fundraiser in tiny Hickory Grove SC in western York County, where beef hash and barbecue will be sold to pay for the volunteer fire department’s service to the community. But Saturday’s fundraiser is not what matters most. What matters most are the humble volunteers who serve others others through the fire department.
Newport SC Fire Department firefighters Joseph “Hero” Volk and Rich Diamanti were hurt Monday afternoon after an explosion when they were fighting a house fire. Both remain hospitalized, Tuesday, but their dedication to serving the public means more now than ever.
Ronald Fred Gregory killed his wife and granddaughter a year ago after fighting for custody of the granddaughter. Gregory left granddaughter Mia to die after shooting her. The shootings were one of the most horrific crimes in York County history.
Ice Cream for Breakfast Day was the dying wish of Rock Hill’s Bruce Rosenberg, who three years ago urged people to enjoy life and share joy by eating ice cream for breakfast one day a year. Rosenberg’s daughter shared it with her second-grade class at Tega Cay Elementary School on Friday.
Emily Elkins of Rock Hill died last week but her legacy will live on with the shelter for families who need emergency housing. The teenager became a celebrity after her cancer donation jar was stolen but she forgave the man who did it. Now, her family wants to meet the man and tell him he is forgiven and that what he did was part of God’s plan for Emily to help others.
Hundreds of people packed Rock Hill’s First Baptist Church on Tuesday to celebrate the life of Emily Elkins. The crowd was white and black and Asian and Hispanic, people who live in trailers and in big houses on the hill. They all came for one reason – to say goodbye to a 16-year-old girl who squeezed every drop of life out of the little time she had.
The guy walking in the grocery store with the mask on that covers a huge smile is not a robber. He is not a superhero, even though his kids say he is the real-life Spider-Man. Rock Hill’s Richard Jenkins, 32, smiles because he is alive. Living, with two new lungs and a new heart, after years of illness that he believes was caused by an untreated black widow spider bite.