Kaitlyn Cannon

Civil Rights Journalist Made a Difference in Rock Hill

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Marshall Doswell

Marshall Doswell came to Rock Hill as the Managing Editor of The Evening Herald in 1957. After living in South Carolina for a short time, he was made aware of the racial division and tension that existed here. Knowing the power of the press, Doswell felt called to use his position to advocate for equality and change. At the time, Doswell’s belief in equality was not commonplace. His advocacy for racial justice was perceived as progressive and radical.

York County's 1 Cent Sales Tax Improves Roads

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Pennies for Progress Sign

"We have a great place to live, we have great school systems, and people want to live here. They’re coming; it’s growing. Without pennies...my personal opinion is without pennies, there’s no way we could keep up with the roads infrastructure. And so, with pennies, we have the opportunity to not only prepare for the future, the citizens of York County who vote on it have a say-so in how we do it," says Jerry Helms, a Pennies for Progress 4 Chairman.

SC Vietnam Veteran Discusses Time Served as OH-6A Pilot

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Frank Walker

Lietuenant Colonel Frank Walker was born in Rock Hill, S.C. He reported to his assignment in the Republic of South Vietnam as an OH-6A Scout Pilot in November 1971.

Walker talks about the first time he flew in Vietnam, and shares a humbling story about the courage of his crew members. In regard to his retirement, he says, "I  didn’t worry about what was in the past.  I worried about what was coming up.  And I guess I can say I made lemonade out of my lemons."

SC Vietnam Veteran Reflects on His Time Served as a B-52 Navigator

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Boyd Gilbert, Vietnam Veteran and B-52 Navigator.

“I think it was a part, something for all of us. I can’t speak for anyone except myself, but I think it’s something that affects us all, in terms of our own personal maturity, especially at a young age, and it sort of stays with you always,” says Boyd Gilbert, Vietnam Veteran and B-52 Navigator from 1970 to 1973.

He discusses his involvement in Linebacker II, the mission that made the North Vietnamese ask for a ceasefire and that brought them back to the peace negotiations.

BMX Media Showdown

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Novant Health Supercross Track

The sun beat down on the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track in Rock Hill, South Carolina, as media professionals from the area congregated at the registration booth. After they registered with The City of Rock Hill, they received one-day USA BMX licenses, got fitted for a BMX bike and helmet, and met the professional BMX riders who would be their coaches for the day.

Behind the Scenes of “Liberty or Death - The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas”

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Historic Brattonsville Reenactment in McConnells, SC.

This past weekend, passionate Revolutionary War Reenactors set up camp in McConnells, South Carolina, despite the certainty of sweltering temperatures and cloudless skies. They came for “Liberty or Death - The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas”, which is a national reenactment event that portrayed how the turning point of the Revolution was defined in South Carolina. It was one of the largest living history demonstrations in the southeast, with hundreds of reenactors from around the country congregating to form infantry and cavalry regiments.

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