Library board meeting March 14

March 11, 2013 

The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle.

Library board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. For more information, call 803-981-5831 or visit

Events help Humane Society

Several upcoming events are planned to help the Humane Society of York County.

• 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 14, Spring Bling Jewelry Party at the Fish Market in Baxter.

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23, yard sale with household items, sporting goods, frames, furniture, books, toys, purses, clothing and more.

• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6, annual Hop for the Shot Photo Shoot at BowZee WowZee, 116 Massey St., Fort Mill. Get a professional photo of your dog for $20, $10 for each additional pup. Check and cash only accepted.

• 6 p.m. April 25, Cause for the Paws at the Long Branch Club in Rock Hill. Wing War features four restaurants. There will be a silent auction, music by local bands, mechanical bull rides, raffles, karaoke and more. Tickets in advance: $20 each or $30 couple. For more information, visit

Historical Society celebrates York schools

The Yorkville Historical Society and the Culture & Heritage Museums will commemorate the history of the Yorkville Female Institute and the York Graded School at a public ceremony on Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at the McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson St. in York. Former McCelvey students, staff, volunteers and supporters are encouraged to attend. Guest speakers will be Mayor of York, Eddie Lee; former Congressman John Spratt; former principal Bill Plaxco, and former York High band director and first director of McCelvey Center John Bostic. Special music will be provided by York Comprehensive High School wind ensemble and concert choir. Following the unveiling of the marker, visitors can enjoy refreshments and historical exhibits. A commemorative booklet will distributed at the ceremony.

The State Historical Marker is presented by the Yorkville Historical Society and the Culture & Heritage Museums. The event is sponsored by Rock Hill Coca Cola Bottling Company, Stacy’s Greenhouse and Garden Center and York School District 1. For more information, call the Historical Center of York County at 803-684-3948, ext 2.

Blood drives scheduled

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has scheduled the following blood drives this month:

• March 16 4-8 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for all donors.

• March 19 5-7 p.m., Fort Mill YMCA, 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill.

• March 21 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Compact Power-Rock Hill, 225 NorthPark Drive, Rock Hill.

• March 25 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oakdale Presbyterian Church, 12585 Hwy. 55, Clover.

• March 28 9-11 a.m., Hall Chiropractic, 1171 Market St., suite 206, Fort Mill.

More public drives can be found online at Call 704-972-4700 for more information.

Forum on health care, Medicaid

ROCK HILL A community forum on Affordable Care Act implementation in South Carolina will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 19 at the Baxter Hood Center.

anelists include Katherine Record, JD, MPH, MA, a senior clinical fellow in the health law and policy clinic at Harvard Law School; Rozalynn Goodwin, director of policy research at the South Carolina Hospital Association; and Medicaid Director Tony Keck, S.C. Department of Health & Human Services. Lucas McFadden, CN2 Anchor/ Producer, will be the panel moderator.

Following remarks from the panel, there will be a question-and-answer session. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 803-909-6363, ext. 221.

3 charged in Clover area power outage

York County Sheriff’s Office charged three men involved in multiple cases of theft of copper and damage to property, including theft/damage to property that caused a power outage in parts of Cloveron Feb. 20.

Gary Lee Scott, 27, Mark Allen Main, 23, and Robert Keith Sweeney, 45, were charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, criminal conspiracy, larceny, malicious injury to telephone/Eeectrical systems, and possession of tools capable of being used in a crime. The arrests came as a result of an investigation that began in December 2012 concerning thefts from cell phone towers and electric co-op substations in Clover, Sharon, Hickory Grove, York and Smyrna.

On Feb. 20, York Electric contacted the York County Sheriff’s Office to report grounding wires had been cut at a sub-station on Green Pond Road in Clover. The York County K-9 team was activated and canine units led deputies nearly 1.5 miles to 111 Cloverleaf Drive in Clover; residence of Scott and Main. A search warrant was executed at this residence and detectives seized several items of evidence related to several theft cases. Information received during this search warrant led detectives to the execution of a second search warrant at 3262 N. York St. in Sharon, Sweeney’s residence, and detectives recovered cut wire connectors and four large batteries.

During interviews with the suspects, statements were given implicating their involvement in about nine cases in York County and also cases in Charlotte and Gaston County. The current monetary amount in theft and damages in the York County cases totals rmore than $22,500. The investigation is ongoing.

Speaker brings graveyard history to life

Dan Patterson, professor emeritus of English and Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill, will speak at 2 p.m. April 7 at Old Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 7407 Steele Creek Road. The event is sponsored by the Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society.

Patterson is an expert on early folkways of the North Carolina backcountry with a specialty in the early tombstone carvers of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. He will talk about the tombstones carved by the Bigham families of the Steele Creek community. A guided graveyard tour will follow.

Patterson is the author or editor of nine books. His most recent book, “The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry,” tells the story of the Bigham family of stonecutters in Pennsylvania and North Carolina from 1730 into 19th century. In describing these early settlers and their craft, he tells a story of life in early Mecklenburg that goes beyond the names and dates.

On March 25, Patterson will address the dinner meeting of the Mecklenburg Historical Association, focusing on Scotch-Irish settlers such as the Bigham family.

Lowe’s offers clinics for Habitat’s Women Build

As the national partner of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, Lowe’s in Rock Hill is offering free training clinics for women interested in volunteering with the Women Build.

The following training clinics are scheduled 8-9 a.m.:

• April 7 – How to install insulation and drywall

May 5 – How to finish interior with paint and trim

• June 2 – How to frame walls and roof (conducted offsite at Habitat for Humanity ReStore)

Space is limited to 20. Lowe’s in Rock Hill is located at 1350 Springdale Road. For more information or to sign up to participate, call 803-328-1728 or visit

CAAC Gala set for April 25

Clover Area Assistance Center announces the annual fundraising gala with this year’s theme, “An Evening in the Orient,” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. April 25 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.

There will be food, open bar, live auction and music.

Cost is $90 per person. To request an invitation, call CAAC at 803-222-4837.

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