White sheet bandit robs convenience store
A bandit wearing a white sheet robbed a Rock Hill gas station earlier this week, police said.
Around 8 p.m. Monday, a man covered in a white sheet walked into Exxon Quick C at 1308 E. Main St. and pointed a long gun at the 44-year-old male clerk and demanded money from the register, according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department.
The report states the clerk fought with the man, who fired a round that was later recovered by police. The clerk was injured in the fight, the report states.
The man took $800 and six cartons of Newport cigarettes, the report states. The man was later seen running down Porter Road in black pants and a white shirt.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Rock Hill Police Department at 329-7200 or CrimeStoppers of York County 1-877-409-4321.
Fund set up for family of fallen soldier
A fund has been set up locally for the family of Shawn Hill, a Spartanburg County soldier who was killed last week in Afghanistan. Hill was a member of the 178th Combat Engineers unit in Wellford. The 178th is headquartered in Rock Hill and has a unit in Fort Mill.
Contributions can be made to any Founders Federal Credit Union branch. By mail, write to Founders Federal Credit Union, Shawn Hill Fund, 1404 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
Brattonsville renovation work to cost more
Renovation work on Hightower Hall at Historic Brattonsville will continue with a specialized contractor costing $53,000 more than the lowest bidder.
The York County Council approved a Hampsted, N.C., company's contract to remove lead paint from 1850's villa, but not without questioning why the merits of the additional cost. Assistant County Manager David Larson said Eastern Environmental's qualifications could deliver higher-quality work.
Councilman Joe Cox said all the contractors should be able to do the work required to code, even if another company has more experience in restoration work.
In addition to the company's experience, a specific timeline and details outlined in the bid prompted Larson to recommend the county spend around $50,000 more.
Removing the lead paint is the second step in a $1.5 million renovation project that's been in planning phases for six years. In October, the risk of losing a state grant nudged window and door restoration work to start.
Nuclear plant siren test set for today
Sirens around the Catawba Nuclear Station will be tested just before noon today.
During the three-minute test around 11:50 a.m., the public isn't asked to do anything. County emergency officials test the sirens quarterly to ensure they are working, Duke Energy says.
Normally, hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. The siren sounding is a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station in their area that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials would use these stations to provide information to the public.