Rock Hill

Sarah Delia

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.


Marshall Terry / 90.7 WFAE

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.