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ROCK HILL, S.C. — Authorities say a South Carolina man charged with murder intentionally slammed on his brakes after pulling in front of a motorcycle, causing a fatal crash.

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The only homeless day shelter in Rock Hill will close its doors Wednesday night, but another group has stepped up so people served by the shelter will have somewhere to go.

Iris Smalls-Hubbard, executive director of Renew Our Community, said social services nonprofit Pathways will take over the operation on a day-to-day basis.

Rock Hill broken water pipe
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The boil water advisory has been lifted in York County, South Carolina, the city of Rock Hill tweeted Friday afternoon. 

Rock Hill broken water pipe
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Updated Thursday, 12:50 p.m.

Water service has been restored in York County, South Carolina, after a water main break Wednesday, but residents have been asked to continue boiling water through at least Friday. 

Uptown Charlotte is seen Sept. 20, 2019, from Suttle Avenue.
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Rock Hill and Fort Mill transportation officials have voted to update a transit study that explores mass transit options from York County, South Carolina, to Charlotte.

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After one of the most tumultuous weeks in American political history, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren campaigned Saturday evening at Clinton College in Rock Hill.

Rock Hill's My Ride electric buses are lined up at the transit hub.
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The city of Rock Hill launched a new, free bus service in July, with four loops beginning and ending downtown. Planners decided to use electric buses, making it the first bus system in the country to go electric from the start. 

CATS Blue Line train
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People who need to commute between Charlotte and Fort Mill or Rock Hill currently have the option of Charlotte transit bus service that makes limited runs during rush hours. But another idea, a light rail system has been gaining attention in recent months.

Police are seeking suspects after two people were found shot to death in a car in Rock Hill Tuesday.  

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William "Bump" Roddey has vowed to file an ethics complaint against Rock Hill Schools after losing Tuesday's runoff for Rock Hill mayor.

The York County councilman says the school should not have robocalled or emailed parents the night before the election.

BMX World Championships Held In Rock Hill

Jul 28, 2017
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Roughly 3,700 BMX racers from 48 countries have been in Rock Hill this week. They’ve been competing in the Union Cyclist International BMX World Championships. Rock Hill City Manager David Vehaun says he expects the event to generate $12 to 13 million for the city.

“These are the largest world championships that they’ve ever had and the stands have been just jammed every single day,” he said.

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In 1961 the Friendship 9, a group of young African-American men, sat at the counter of McCrory’s Five and Dime in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The counter was whites only and the group was quickly arrested. But instead of paying their $100 fine, they served 30 days in jail. They weren’t the first to peacefully protest and sit in a white only section, but they were credited with the creation of the “jail, not bail” strategy.

Friday night, remaining members of the Friendship 9 will speak at Emmett Scott Center, sharing their memories and their thoughts on civil rights today.


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In 1961, 10 African-Americans were convicted of trespassing and breach of the peace for refusing to leave a McCrory’s store all-white lunch counter in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. The men were given two options at sentencing: serve 30 days in jail, or pay a $100 dollar fine.  Nine of the 10 chose jail and received 30 days of hard labor at the York County Prison farm. It was the beginning of the “Jail, No Bail” strategy of the Civil Rights Movement. That group of nine is known as the Friendship Nine, named for the junior college many of them attended.

Their convictions are still on the books. That will change today.

York County’s Solicitor Kevin Brackett will tell a judge the convictions should be cleared. WFAE's Marshall Terry spoke to him outside the courtroom where today’s hearing will take place.


Tega Cay Considers Purchasing Private S.C. Utility

Feb 10, 2014
Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

The Tega Cay city council will meet Monday night to discuss whether to purchase a private sewage-treatment company and bring it under the city's control.

Last week, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control fined the Tega Cay Water Service $136,000 for repeated sewage leaks.


Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

UPDATE: The city manager of Tega Cay says the city received an offer from the Tega Cay Water Service to acquire its assets for $7.86 million, according to a letter obtained by the Fort Mill Times. On Thursday, the city said it will propose a counter offer in the upcoming weeks. 

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control has fined a sewage-treatment company $136,000 for repeated sewage leaks, many of them, into Lake Wylie.


The best disc golfers in the world are gathering in Rock Hill this week.  They’ll be competing in the U.S. Disc Golf Championship.   One of them may make history.   


York County Celebrates Its Own

Nov 14, 2012
York County Culture & Heritage Museum

The ceremony celebrated three York County residents. There was civil war women’s historian, Pat Veasey, retired Winthrop professor, Joe Zdenek, and history loving radio DJ, Allan Miller.