Library to resume normal hours Monday
The Rock Hill branch of the York County Library will reopen Monday after being closed for about two weeks for renovations.
The branch, 138 E. Black St. in downtown Rock Hill, will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, when it resumes normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Renovations have been made to the library's first floor to take advantage of unused space.
Confederate cannons from CSS Alabama preserved
CHARLESTON -- After more than eight years of work, scientists say two cannons from the Confederate raider CSS Alabama have been preserved at the same lab conserving another Civil War artifact, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.
Workers scraped away hardened sediment on the 32-pound, smooth bore cannons each weighing about 5 tons. The cannons also were soaked in chemicals to leech out sea salts.
In appreciation for the work, the Navy, which owns the cannons, may allow one to be displayed at a museum which will one day display the hand-cranked Hunley, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Friday.
"It will be a great addition to the Hunley museum because we want it to be a full Southern Maritime museum," said Randy Burbage, a member of the South Carolina Hunley Commission.
The Alabama was built in Liverpool, England, for the Confederacy.
Perdue announces first cabinet appointments
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue on Friday named some holdovers from her predecessor's administration -- as well as a veteran Marine prosecutor and judge -- to run three public safety-related agencies.
Announcing her first Cabinet members eight days before her swearing-in, Perdue said she chose Reuben Young, Linda Hayes and Alvin Keller Jr. because of their experience and willingness to make changes and tough decisions in their new departments.
"I wanted leaders who could get the bottom-line results that I expect from everybody who works for the state of North Carolina," Perdue told reporters.
Perdue picked Young, outgoing Gov. Mike Easley's chief legal counsel, as secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Hayes, longtime chairwoman of the Governor's Crime Commission, will head the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The Democratic lieutenant governor also chose retired Marine Corps Col. Alvin Keller as the new correction secretary.
$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Gastonia
GASTONIA -- A $2 lottery ticket bought at a Gastonia convenience store won $1 million in Wednesday night's Powerball lottery, officials said Friday. The winner has not yet claimed the prize.
The ticket was sold at One Stop Grocery, 510 E. Franklin Blvd. The buyer got a $1 Powerball ticket and paid an extra dollar for the "Power Play" option, which means any winnings are multiplied by a factor determined at the drawing. The ticket matched the five white balls pulled Wednesday to win $200,000, said Pam Walker of the N.C. Education Lottery. The Power Play multiplier of five -- the highest possible -- bumped that up to a million.
State and federal taxes generally take about 32 percent, Walker said.
Since the N.C. lottery began in March 2006, about 40 people have been million-dollar winners. The biggest win was $74.5 million, by a Halifax woman.