RALEIGH, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory last week named Tony Almeida as senior adviser to the governor for jobs and the economy, Fred Steen as the governor’s legislative liaison and Chris Estes as state chief information officer.
“In order to help North Carolina fulfill its potential, we must work together as a team to fix our broken government and make North Carolina a place of economic growth and opportunity,” McCrory said. “Tony, Fred and Chris will be an integral part of my leadership team as we work to achieve that goal.”
Chris Estes enters state government with extensive management and IT experience in the private sector. Estes most recently served as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm where he helped some of the largest companies digitize their customer experience. He previously served as Business Development Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining IBM after its acquisition of the company in 2004. Estes and wife Shelia live in Matthews and own a Lake Wylie home. They have two sons, James, 19, and Colton, 15.
Almeida joins the McCrory administration with 32 years of management experience at Duke Energy, where he served as vice president for economic development. At Duke Energy, Almeida was integral in developing the vision and strategy that resulted in the Apple, Google and Facebook data centers being recruited to North Carolina. Almeida also has extensive experience working with state, regional and local governments to implement large development projects and recruit businesses to the state.
Fred Steen joins the McCrory administration after serving the people of District 76 in the N.C. House of Representatives since 2004. Most recently, he was chair of the House Committee on Public Utilities and vice chair of commerce and development. Steen also served on study committees, such as Energy Independence, The Blue Ribbon Commission on Transitions to Community Living, Select House Committee on Public-Private Partnerships and Legislative Research Commission on the Third Party Sale of Electricity. He also served on the Joint Oversight Committees of Health and Human Services and Transportation. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, he was elected mayor of Landis, N.C., five times.
York County Sheriff’s Office updating website
YORK COUNTY The York County Sheriff’s Office is updating its website at yorkcountysheriff.com.
The new site will offer the same services but is more user friendly and will include links to social media.
Blood drives scheduled
YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas plans the following blood drives:
• 4-8 p.m. Jan. 19, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket to all donors.
• 5-7 p.m. Jan. 21, Fort Mill YMCA, 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill.
• 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 22, Nishie G’s, 727 Dilworth Lane, suite 105, Rock Hill. Free meal from Nishie G’s for all donors.
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 26, Helping Hands of Baxter Village, 3387 Richard’s Crossing, Fort Mill.
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Oakdale Presbyterian Church, 12585 S.C. 55, Clover.
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 29, Winthrop University, 701 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Free T-shirt to all donors.
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 30, York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Free T-shirt to all donors.
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 31, York Tech, 452 Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Free T-shirt to all donors.
Call 704-972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.
Library closed Monday
LAKE WYLIE The Lake Wylie Public Library will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
‘And Then There Were None’ on stage next month
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County’s Underexposed Film Series introduces the best in independent film and returns timeless classics to the big screen.
On Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. the classic film “And Then There Were None” will be screened at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.
“And Then There Were None” is based on the novel and ensuing stage play of the same name by Agatha Christie. When ten people are invited to an isolated island by the absent Mr. U. N. Owen, the guests are killed one-by-one until only two remain.
Directed by Rene Clair, the film stars the great character actor Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston – patriarch to
Hollywood’s famed Huston family, which includes actors, John and Angelica Huston – and Roland Young, Watson to John Barrymore’s Holmes in 1922’s “Sherlock Holmes” and featured as Katharine Hepburn’s uncle in “The Philadelphia Story.”
Tickets cost $6 and may be purchased through the Arts Council’s box office at 803-328-2787 or at the door the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information on this and other Arts Council events, go to yorkcountyarts.org.
These area groups need volunteers:
• The Clover Area Assistance Center seeks volunteers to answer telephones, financial assistance counselors, computer data entry clerks for client intake, pantry workers, special project workers and classroom instruction/curriculum development. CAAC, 1130 S.C. 55 E., is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.
Telephone volunteers are needed in shifts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during days of operation. For more information, call 803-222-4837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Volunteers are needed at the York County Animal Shelter to help with bathing and grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information and follow-up, publicity and marketing. Volunteers must be 18, and orientation and training are required.
For more information, call 803-628-3190 or visit the shelter, 713 Justice Blvd., York. Applications are available online at yorkcountygov.com.
• Agape Hospice of the Piedmont has patients and families in the York and Clover areas who need the caring support of local volunteers. Volunteer services can be an exceptional gift to patients and their families. Volunteers can offer a variety of services such as: provide clerical or administrative office support; provide caregiver relief; baking ministry; visit patients for companionship or socialization; listen to memories or record life stories; share music, magazines, books or scriptures; hold a hand or share a smile. To learn more, call 803-517-2021 or email email@example.com.
• Candidates interested in advocating for senior adults in Chester, Lancaster, Union or York County must file with the Catawba Area Agency on Aging. Catawba Caucus elections will be in March. The completed filing form, petition and $10 fee must be returned to Catawba AAA by Feb. 8. Election packets are available from Catawba AAA at 803-329-9670 or toll-free 800-662-8330.
Elected representatives will help develop recommendations for legislation and programs that affect South Carolina senior adults and present the ideas to the General Assembly and the governor.
For information, go to the S.C. Silver Haired Legislature website at http://scsilverhairedleg.org/Default.aspx.
For information on the regional Catawba Caucus, call 803-802-2231.
‘Taste of Relay’ cookbooks for sale
YORK COUNTY Relay For Life has compiled its second cookbook, “A Taste of Relay Two,” containing nearly 515 recipes from the 2012 Relay teams.
The books cost $15 and are available from Western York County Relay for Life.
Proceeds will go to the 2013 Relay to be held April 27 in York.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-684-3199.