Chester County to honor deceased veterans
CHESTER -- Chester County's late veterans will be honored Sunday afternoon outside the War Memorial Building on Main Street.
Bricks bearing the names of those veterans, the military branch in which they served and the wars during which they served will be placed around an American flag. A dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
The bricks honor all deceased veterans, including those who did not die in combat.
The ceremony is the work of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 1161, Chester County Devil Dogs.
Rock Hill, York County to vote on smoking bans
A debate over smoking that began nearly four years ago will culminate in a pair of votes on the same night.
Rock Hill and York County elected officials will vote separately Dec. 15 on proposed bans that would make it illegal to light up in public places.
An approval is expected from the Rock Hill City Council; Mayor Doug Echols has encouraged passage of a rule for several months. The vote among York County Council members could be tighter, but Chairman Buddy Motz has said he believes the measure will pass.
Supporters hope the two bodies can become the first local governments in South Carolina to partner on a joint policy. At least 21 municipalities in the state have imposed no-smoking policies.
Bans apply to indoor, public gathering spots, meaning restaurants and bars are by far the most affected.
7,000 in S.C. missing Social Security checks
GREENVILLE -- Up to 7,000 people in northern South Carolina expecting their Social Security checks have not received them.
Officials tell The Greenville News that the problems are in 29 ZIP codes spread across the region.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman Harry Spratlin says the checks aren't missing, and postal employees are working with Social Security officials to figure out the problem.
Social Security spokesman Frank Viera says anyone whose check is late needs to call the agency at 800-772-1213 or their local office because officials can't help unless they know someone is missing a check.
Officials say a similar problem was solved this week in New Hampshire.