Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
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HOPKINS, SC (WIS) -
Jerusalem Baptist Church has been a staple in Lower Richland County since 1877. It's seen plenty of change and growth in the last two centuries, but Pastor Patrick Harvin never thought he'd come to church Sunday morning to find a charred shell of what used to be a bus and a van.
"I'm studying, getting ready for 8 a.m. service when I get a call from one of our trustees that our bus is on fire and get to the church and surprise, look what we see," he said.
The church's 25-passenger bus and van were destroyed by fire at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
"We really didn't focus so much on the van or the bus," said Harvin. "We really just focused on worshipping God because really those things can be replaced. We're more concerned about the soul of someone who would do something like this."
In December, the church completed building a new sanctuary to accommodate its growing congregation. The vehicles were paid off so they weren't budgeting for new buses.
"Obviously that was something not on our radar screen to have to provide transportation for the church," said Harvin. "We just trust God and know that he'll provide."
They used the van to pick up parishioners as far out as Northeast Columbia and Lexington. They take youth trips, and do missionary work.
The church is constantly doing community outreach, and that outreach that won't stop. Now they'll just have to be more creative.
"One thing it taught us is we have to be persistent in prayer," said Harvin. "And many times when you try to do positive, there are always things that will happen to try to discourage you."
The fire is considered suspicious by investigators. An arson investigator with the Richland County Sheriff's Department is currently working on this case to determine if in fact the fire was intentionally set and who is responsible.
"We're not a people that can pass judgement on anyone," said Harvin. "All of us have made mistakes, all of us have done things that don't make any sense at all. And we have to be the people of the Bible and love those who've done things wrong."
The church is in the process of beefing up security and controlling access to the grounds at night. Security cameras are being installed and they are looking into putting a gate around the property.
If you know anything that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:28 AM EDT2013-05-19 12:28:00 GMT
Boston Marathon Bombing victim Nicole Gross is back home in Charlotte. Gross along with her husband returned from Boston Saturday with cheers, tears and hugs from her supporters. "I just felt an outpourMore >>
Boston Marathon Bombing victim Nicole Gross is back home in Charlotte.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
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A bill representing the largest overhaul of state government in decades is again approaching passage. BMore >>
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Saturday, May 18 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:39:18 GMT
A Delta flight out of Charleston bound for New York City made an emergency stop in North Carolina Saturday morning after a warning indicator went off in the cockpit, according to an official with the airline. MichaelMore >>
A Delta flight out of Charleston bound for New York City made an emergency stop in North Carolina Saturday morning after a warning indicator went off in the cockpit, according to an official with the airline.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:16:32 GMT
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.The county is paying $150,000 to the estate of Derald Hill, Sr. and his wife, Nichole. The couple wasMore >>
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.More >>