Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -
An iconic Lexington County rock formation has fallen, and officials aren't surprised.
Peachtree Rock, which stood for ages in an extraordinary upside-down pyramid fashion, is now lying on its side.
The sandstone formation is located in Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve on Highway 6 near Edmund.
WIS viewers started sending in photos of the toppled rock on Sunday.
The rock's strange configuration was a result of the erosion of lower layers of rock and sand, with the upper layers of hard, coarse-grained sandstone eroding at a slower rate, according to the Nature Conservancy of South Carolina.
"It was inevitable at some point that that was going to happen," said Colette DeGarady, Senior Conservation Ecologist, SC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. "It was eroding over time."
DeGarady says the bottom part of the formation had been disappearing, but the rock had also been vandalized in the recent past. "In the past year, we have had some varying amounts of vandalism that increased the rate of erosion," said DeGarady. "At some point in time it was going to go down on its own."
Lexington County Sheriff's deputies, according to DeGarady, have been patrolling the parking lot at night to keep an eye out for possible vandals.
At this point, officials don't have any evidence a single human act brought the rock down. DeGarady said rain has been the largest factor in the natural erosion of the formation.
The state Department of Natural Resources already has a good explanation of what may have happened.
"The rock out-cropping itself is many
millions of years old. We can safely say that particular one through erosion and
so forth, is several hundred years old," said Brett Witt, spokesman for
the SC Department of Natural Resources.
But if you want the truth as to what the rock means to the area, just ask a kid.
"You're going to see it. It's going to
be terrible," said Daniel Garcia, 12. "I was just shocked right
there. It just stopped my heart a little bit."
Experts say it's likely a combination of
people picking at the rock and natural erosion that caused it to topple. No
matter what the reason, people who love Peachtree Rock, say it's hard to see it
on its side.
"I was kind of sad because it was the
pride of this town and I was just amazed, " said Garcia.
"It's sort of like watching the passing
of something that we're not going to see its like again," explained Witt.
The rock will stay as is, but many wish it
didn't have to be this way.
"I just want to see it up to again,
just like one last time again," said Garcia.
Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve comprises 460 acres and is co-managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Department of Natural Resources.
For more information on Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, click here.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>