State Sen. Greg Gregory is among the latest state residents to be honored with the Order of the Palmetto award, South Carolina's highest civilian honor.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell of Charleston presented Gregory, R-Lancaster, the award, recognizing him for his 16 years of service in the Senate.
Gregory said he's proud to receive the honor.
"It means a great deal to me," he said. "I have always taken great pride in this state."
The Order of the Palmetto was created in 1971 by Gov. John West to recognize lifetime achievement and service.