David Thackham

Multimedia journalist / Communications specialist

Hi, I'm David. I'm the economic development/ government reporter at The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.

Alongside a dedicated staff of colleagues, I help inform our readers about local government officials, new companies coming to the tri-county area, and criminal justice updates.

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The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

'Keep it up, Rock Hill, York Co.,' says Sen. Graham, touting area's growth
York County is "growing like a weed," said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who praised the area's leaders for their work to attract businesses and newcomers.
'You'd lose everything' if York County voters reject 2018 alcohol proposal
The York County Chamber of Commerce is working with the York County Council to place an alcohol sales referendum on the ballot for the next general election in November 2018...
DOJ wants to know how South Carolina purges voters. Here's what the state will say
The DOJ letter was sent on the same day the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter requesting states release personal voter information.
'Candy striper' to CEO: Lancaster hospital legend retiring after 51 years
Janice Dabney recalls running a warm washcloth over a woman's body, and patting the patient's arm reassuringly. The patient, badly-injured in car-crash, had glass dotted all...
'Run as fast as we can': Inside Democrat Archie Parnell's campaign in S.C. 5th District
Archie Parnell of Sumter is new to the political scene, but is campaigning for hard-to-win votes in South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District ahead of a June 20 general...
Lake Wylie residents worried about possible 'danger' from Duke Energy land sale
Mark Sleeper wanted to find out exactly what Duke Energy's plan was to sell 348 acres in the Concord Road area along Lake Wylie. That proved to be a little more difficult than...
York County planners to make final decision about proposed 842-home development
Lake Wylie could soon welcome 842 new homes in a 432-acre development off Daimler Boulevard, between S.C. 49 and 274, south of Five Points.
York students honor fallen veterans with grave site flags in preparation for Memorial Day
Ashley Nance couldn't help but tear up when she thought of the servicemen and servicewomen who fought and died for her freedom.
Pennies for Progress: What you need to know about possible $278M roads plan
The fourth phase of Pennies for Progress is the largest and most expensive roads-fix plan ever proposed in York County.
Is your Rock Hill road in good shape? Use this interactive map to find out
City officials say they seek to get the biggest bang for the taxpayers' buck when it comes to road repairs.
Documents say a water park is planned in Rock Hill. A county leader is 'frustrated'
Public documents gathered by The Herald show that developers are planning a 25-acre water park on Rambo Road in rural Rock Hill.
A tax mistake cost her $2.5K; she says York County should 'do the right thing'
A taxing issue is back on the docket for the York County Council.
Winthrop students, 2 teens and a lab rat help fight SC health issues
Middle school students Vanessa and Brian walk into biology class one sunny morning to find they're in for a busy day. Their teacher is walking them through the basics of germs,...
'Tragedy binds us together': Fallen York County deputy honored with road dedication
Tragedy binds people together, said York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson.
'We love making monsters,' says Fort Mill couple. And you can watch them work.
When you enter The Creature's Crypt for the first time, don't be surprised if you bump into someone with his brains replaced with candy.
Rock Hill council members pose tough questions about proposed bus transit plan
Several Winthrop students, as well as three Rock Hill City Council members, are questioning Rock Hill's proposed bus transit plan, citing concerns such as ridership and funding.
DeVos, Sessions 'woefully unqualified,' say York Co. protesters in plea to Graham
Around 50 York County voters marched to Sen. Lindsey Graham's Rock Hill office on East Main Street Monday to ask him to vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary...
Rock Hill, Carolinas foster kids 'need to feel safe.' This program plans to help
Thanks to a partnership between Rock Hill's Bedgear, and foster care agencies Ticket to Dream and Together We Rise, 200 foster children in the Carolinas will receive a pillow...
How much is Rock Hill sports tourism worth? More than you'd expect
The dream of Rock Hill making money off sports tourism began with a park.
Rock Hill hosts a world championship in July. Here's how to get in for free
In four months, thousands of the world's foremost BMX enthusiasts will flood into Rock Hill to celebrate the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships. And if you're a York County...
Rock Hill adjusts proposed bus route to include more homes, stores
The people have spoken, says Mayor Doug Echols.
York County's generosity shines for six Rock Hill kids found in poverty
Angelica Evans wishes she could be there to see it. Six Rock Hill children, all beaming from ear to ear, eying a mountain of Christmas presents and hoping the moment never ends.
Behind the numbers: Graphs show how York, Chester, Lancaster voters changed election
York County and Chester County voter turnout dipped slightly from the last general election, while Lancaster County voters saw an uptick in activity at the polls.
Rock Hill mom mourns death of son, 14, in 'choking game': 'It's in my mind forever.'
The York County Coroner's Office is teaming up with local school districts to host an educational program about the dangers of "the choking game." The program will include the...
Football player tried to save his dad with CPR. Then he just 'made him proud'
Panic hit Danny Warren like a bucket of ice water. Usually, when he came home from football practice, he'd find his father resting in bed and hear the familiar "Hey!" each time...
Hurricane nearly ruined their wedding, but strangers from Rock Hill saved the day
Move over, Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Hord is here to party. Rock Hill natives Tyler Hord and Samantha Berinsky will hold their wedding Saturday evening at the City Club in on...
Tillman Hall protest begins, ends peacefully at Winthrop
The protest began with a number: 715 victims of police violence in 2016. The movement intensified with a building: Winthrop University's Tillman Hall. Around 70 students and...
'Leaving friends I love': Rock Hill medical staffer on 52 years
From an early age, Joyce McGarity loved being around others. As a student at Rock Hill High School, she would walk right up to new people, tell them her name and strike up a...

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