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.)

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...
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...
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...
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...

The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

Gainesville High linebacker excels on field amid family's struggles
Up in the stands at City Park Stadium, Brown shakes her pom-poms, shouts her son's number and waves to the players. "When he looks up and sees me sitting up there, a smile gets...
Behind coach Courtney Newton's 'basketball IQ,' Flowery Branch girls basketball team soaring
Just behind her office desk in the Flowery Branch gym, neatly pressed into a commemorative frame, Courtney Newton's old No. 22 jersey from her days at the University of South...
'Once in a lifetime': Deshaun Watson's most significant plays, from Gainesville to Clemson
Even after 41 years of coaching, Bruce Miller still isn't sure if he's seen it all. It's funny how players like Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson can change your...
Johnny Smith remains steadfast as voice of East Hall football
There's something about the view at East Hall Stadium that gets to Johnny Smith every time.
Thackham: West Hall's Reachel Beaulieu showed never-say-die attitude that transcends wins or losses
There was still a trickle of blood threatening to run down Reachel Beaulieu's face as she climbed the stairs of Jefferson's Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
Artificial turf's influence in high school sports rising in Southeast
Fifteen minutes into his team's Class AAA state championship game at Mercer University, West Hall striker Sammy Coto was pouring ice water into his boots, trying to adjust to...
Sims' rise from afterthought to star powers Alabama
Don't tell Blake Sims he's in a competition.
Ramey set to compete in Olympic youth weightlifting event in Colorado
HOSCHTON - Eyes half open from exhaustion, 13-year-old Jackson Ramey pushed his way out from his desk in an early math class and tried to block out the loud klaxon bells ringing...
Senior Ty Cockfield peaking at right time for Johnson basketball
Terry Brownlee was close to heading to bed at around 3 a.m. one January morning when he noticed his phone had lit up with a text message.

Peninsula Pilots features and coverage

Pilots' timely defense keeping Peninsula in the Petitt Cup hunt
HAMPTON - Trapped in the visitors dugout, Taylor Ostrich was nursing a broken right wrist when he and his Peninsula Pilots teammates celebrated their Petitt Cup victory in...
Peninsula Pilots' Sam Tidaback regaining rhythm at plate
HAMPTON - As the hot beach sand crunched beneath his toes, an ocean stretching out in front of him for miles, Sam Tidaback couldn't help but think he made the right choice to...
Pilots shortstop beating odds to play after recent shoulder surgery
HAMPTON - One of the most vivid memories Andres Nelo brought to America from his home in Maracay, Venezuela, was when his father, Hector, talked about the dream he had for his...

Legacy 76 NPSL coverage

Virginia Legacy helps connect soccer recruits, colleges
To Scott Cooper, it was a simple text, but to former Tabb High School soccer standout Rachael Brewer, it meant a chance to continue playing the sport she loves.
Former pro Gunderson gives 'wisdom' back to Legacy 76 teammates
WILLIAMSBURG - Even when he's on the field, coaching has almost become a natural reaction for Legacy 76 midfielder Jamie Gunderson. It's hard to blame Gunderson. After two years...
North Dakota native 'fitting in' with Legacy 76 soccer teammates
WILLIAMSBURG - As a child growing up in the harsh winters of Fargo, N.D., Jacob Weiler relished the days when the snowplows rumbled down his street near Fargo South High School....

NFL / College football

Redskins' Gruden: Training facility gives us 'great opportunity'
RICHMOND - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden gave his team's Richmond training facility a glowing review Friday afternoon on his first visit to the area.
Eagles' LeSean McCoy entertains kids at W&M pro camp
[Video included] WILLIAMSBURG - With just five weeks until he reports to Philadelphia Eagles training camp, two-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy stepped on the football...
Sherman, Super Bowl-winning Seahawks 'play like kids'
WILLIAMSBURG - Every time Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman lines up on the hash, he tries to make eye contact with his opposing receiver. The ploy is that Sherman's...

Sports feature stories

PGA H.O.P.E. program: Golf lessons give wounded soldiers H.O.P.E at Fort Eustis
Golf is a funny little game for Army Staff Sgt. Antoine Buckner.

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