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2008-10-03 12:00:12

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com A bailout plan of sorts for the fall planting season won approval Tuesday, clearing the way for homeowners in Rock Hill and much of York County to water their yards twice a week through November. The change takes effect immediately within city limits. Other jurisdictions that buy water from Rock Hill, including Fort Mill and York County, have said they would switch to the same policy. A landscaper applauded the move, saying it will encourage...

2008-09-26 12:00:21

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com Just in time for the fall planting season, homeowners in most of York County should soon be able to water their yards twice a week. Rock Hill and surrounding jurisdictions are poised to ease drought rules that have limited lawn watering and car washing to once a week for much of the past year. "It allows people to take advantage of this planting season, what's left of it," said Nick Stegall, the city of Rock Hill's public services...

2008-09-17 12:00:22

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com Another film crew came to Rock Hill on Tuesday, not to shoot a movie but a TV commercial for the cell phone provider T-Mobile, which just launched service in the Carolinas. The ad shows bystanders watching curiously as three big trucks carry a new product into town. The crew filmed scenes in various locations around Rock Hill but spent more than an hour shooting in downtown at the corner of Main Street and Oakland Avenue. Producers chose...

2008-09-12 12:00:24

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com Hoping to counteract months of criticism directed toward the local airport, Rock Hill and York County leaders have created a citizens group to promote the facility and educate the public about its importance. Business executives, professional pilots and nearby homeowners are among the members of what organizers are calling a community airport advisory group. The panel will hear from various neighbors and businesses affected by the airport,...

2008-09-09 09:00:31

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com The dispute over new zoning rules at Rock Hill/York County Airport moved closer to a conclusion Monday night, when Rock Hill leaders voted in favor of them. But another clash is only just beginning. "The future for us is going to be the expansion," said homeowner and lead opponent Scott Ball. "We are not done with this fight." The new rules aim to protect land around the airport, where local officials are pursuing a 1,000-foot runway extension...

2008-09-03 12:00:33

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com Rock Hill's HIV/AIDS clinic will broaden its outreach to minorities with a $60,000 infusion of money. Two-thirds of Catawba Care Coalition's clients are from racial and ethnic minority groups, said director Anita Case. That ratio mirrors national figures that show black Americans suffer disproportionately from HIV and AIDS. The Southeast has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS cases in the country. For black women ages 25 to 44, HIV/AIDS has become...

2008-08-22 12:00:37

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com Neighbors fighting changes around the Rock Hill/York County Airport seized one of their final protest opportunities this week, imploring a city planning board to halt land rules they fear will drive down their home values. But after nearly three hours of haggling, the proposal for an airport overlay district, or AOD, continued its march toward approval. Planning commissioners voted Tuesday night to recommend it to the City Council....

2008-08-12 12:01:05

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com An outdoor movie series in downtown Rock Hill ended its inaugural run Friday on a sweet note - and organizers already are making plans for the next show times. About 300 people turned out Friday night for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," the 1971 classic starring Gene Wilder. A week earlier, an audience of 300 enjoyed cross-dressing Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe yuk it up in 1959's "Some Like It Hot." The biggest crowd came in...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com Area utility officials agreed Thursday to hold off on heightened water restrictions, though they gave the idea some serious thought during a conference call. A few days of stormy weather have brought much-needed relief, allowing watering rules to remain unchanged for at least another three weeks, officials said. "If we had not had any rain at all, it was a possibility that we could've eliminated watering on the weekends," said Nick Stegall,...