CHS students receives Congressional award
CLOVER Rachel Park, a rising senior at Clover High School, received her Congressional Gold Award on June 19 in Washington, D.C.
The Congressional Award is given by Congress and at this year’s ceremony, 246 Gold Awards were given out. Park was one of four from South Carolina to receive the award.
The Congressional Award is about challenging youth in setting personal goals and planning activities to achieve them in four areas: 400 hours of voluntary public service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and an expedition/ exploration activity with four consecutive nights.
Sen. Tim Scott and Congressman Mick Mulvaney were at the ceremony held in the Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill. Attending with Park were her parents, Steve and Martha Park, sister, Haley, and grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. David Swygert of Fort Mill and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Park of Columbia.
For more information about the award, visit congressionalaward.org.
Sheriff’s Office wins Badges for Blood drive
YORK The “Hope” Trophy will stay with the York County Sheriff’s Office for another year.
York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant announces the Sheriff’s Office is the winner of the second Badges for Blood drive with the highest percentage of employees donating blood.
The YCSO had 51 people presented and a total of 45 blood donation. Over the course of three days of donations from YCSO, Piedmont EMS, county fire departments, and community walks-ins, the Community Blood Center of the Carolina’s collected 108 pints of blood, which in turn will impact 324 lives in York County and the surrounding areas.
Piedmont EMS did win the popular vote. Those are the votes collected by donors and walk-ins (non-employees). EMS 61 – Sheriff’s Office 54 -Fire Department 6.
The “Hope” Trophy is the trophy given to the agency who wins the annual blood drive. They trophy will be on display in the Moss Justice Center lobby.
To learn more about the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, visit cbcc.org.
School resource officer honored
YORK COUNTY York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant congratulates Deputy Tonya Jones for being named Upstate Region School Resource Officer of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers.
School administrators, teachers and students at Castle Heights Middle School nominated Jones for the award through a letter writing campaign to the SCASRO. Jones was selected out of 26 other school SRO’s in eight counties in the upstate region. The upstate region of the SCASRO includes York, Cherokee, Union, Spartanburg, Greenville, Pickens, Oconee and Anderson counties.
Jones has been with the York County Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and has been a SRO at Castle Heights Middle School for seven years. The award was presented to Jones at the 2013 SCASRO Conference in Myrtle Beach on June 28.
Nuclear station siren test Wednesday
YORK Sirens at Catawba Nuclear Station will be tested at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 10.
No public action is required during this three-minute test. By testing the sirens, state and county officials and Duke Energy ensure the sirens are operating properly. This full-cycle siren test is performed once each quarter.
Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. The siren sounding is a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station for an emergency message.
Neurologist to speak at MS meeting
LAKE WYLIE Dr. Michael Kaufman, an award-winning clinical neurologist will be the guest speaker at a Multiple Sclerosis support group meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the home of Cathy Penson, 4474 Island Forks Road.
Kaufman has been involved in several MS research projects and is past chairman of the Integrative Panel of the Congressionally Directed MS Research Program. He will be available to answer questions.
For reservations, call 704-301-3569.
Library board meeting Thursday
CLOVER The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St.
Library board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. For more information, call 803-981-5831 or visit yclibrary.org.
Gettin’ Lucky on the Lake July 13
STEELE CREEK Gettin’ Lucky on the Lake annual fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. July 13 at the Red Fez Club.
Along with door prizes and entertainment, there will be a reverse raffle with the grand prize of $1,000 with a pre-purchased $50 ticket. Call 704-634-2800 for tickets or more information.
Artists’ entries due Friday
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County presents the 24th annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, July 12.
The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.
Entry fees cost $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10 for members; or $40 per entry, each additional piece is $10, for non-members. Limit four pieces per artist.
Top award is $1,000. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Aug. 15.
Visit yorkcountyarts.org for guidelines, or call 803-328-2787 for more information.
Blood drives set throughout county
YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives:
• July 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oakdale Presbyterian Church, 12585 Hwy. 55, Clover.
• July 17, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.
• July 20, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lakewood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3520 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill.
• July 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., McClancy Seasoning Co., 1 Spice Road, Fort Mill.
• July 27, 2013, 4-8 p.m., Charlotte Knights, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. Free game admission for donors.
For blood donation information, call 704-972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org.
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas also is holding a whole blood and platelet donation campaign.
Donors who give whole blood two times at one of CBCC’s five donor centers – Charlotte, Hickory, Monroe, Gastonia and Concord – through Sept. 30 will be entered into the “Grilling Hot Summer” drawing for a Weber Genesis E310 gas grill. Donors will receive a free T-shirt for their first donation. For appointments, call 704-972-4729.
For those who donate platelets three times during the months of June and July at any of CBCC’S five center locations will receive a family-sized soft-side cooler. Platelet donors are eligible to donate every two weeks. To participate, call 704-972-4700.
Library summer reading programs continue
York County libraries are offering summer reading programs for all ages.
Participants may keep track of hours read with the online summer reading program.
The four programs are: “Tiny Tots” designed for children ages 3 and younger and their parent; “Dig into Reading” for children ages 12; “Beneath the Surface” for rising sixth-12th graders; and “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults.
Each reading program features special prizes and incentives for those who complete the reading requirements.
In addition, free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theatre groups, and others.
The last of this month’s programming is Aesop’s Fantastic Fables at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28. Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” brings his handmade puppets to life with three of Aesop’s Fables: “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Recommended for pre-K-fifth graders. No registration is required, but seating is limited.
Teens can participate in free programs including geocaching, chess club, anime and more.
The summer reading programs are sponsored by Friends of the York County Library. Register at yclibrary.org and view a complete schedule of summer programs.
Horse trails conference July 18-20 in Rock Hill
ROCK HILL The first National Equestrian Trails Conference will be held July 18-20 at the Baxter M. Hood Center with equestrian experts from across the country helping to educate trail riders on policies and practices.
The three-day conference themed, “Helping the American Trail Rider Understand Conservation Policy,” will feature presentations on the future of wilderness; policies that affect trails, trail horses and trail riders; qualities of good horse trails; protected species and how they affect land use; use of private lands; preserving open space; and creating trails through partnership.
There also will be a Youth Trails Quiz Bowl, a friendly competition testing trail building knowledge.
In addition to the conference seminars, attendees will visit local attractions featuring equestrian amenities such as Kings Mountain parks and Anne Springs Close Greenway.
Conference registration costs $200. A single-day registration fee is $80.
Formerly known as the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference created in 1998, the National Equestrian Trails Conference was the brainchild of Dr. Gene Wood, professor emeritus at Clemson University.
The South Carolina Horsemen’s Council is sponsoring the event with the assistance Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
For more information, call 803-828-288-3911 or 803-329-5200, or visit NETC2013.com.
Barbecue served July 27 in Belmont
BELMONT A barbecue fundraiser for the Belmont Historical Society will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 at 40 E. Catawba St.
Music by the Elks Academy will be provided from 2 to 5 p.m.
Plates cost $8 and include barbecue, beans, slaw, dessert, two buns and sauce. Used books, drinks, and cookies will be for sale.
Call 704-724-6086 or 704-491-0790 to order tickets or for more information.
Shakespeare Carolina awarded grant
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County announces the allocation of Small Grants awards for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. Organizations and individual artists residing in York County may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.
This quarter’s recipient is Shakespeare Carolina for $491.22 to help purchase a portable stage lighting system to be used primarily for the production of “A Comedy of Errors,” to be performed outdoors in a festival setting July 11-21 at the Winthrop University Amphitheatre.
Shakespeare Carolina is the region’s premiere classical theatre, providing an avenue for artists and audiences to communicate through the works of history’s greatest playwrights, as well as the work of playwrights inspired and influenced by the work of the masters. Working in partnership with Winthrop University, Shakespeare Carolina reached more than 500 people in 2012 with their production of “Brecht’s Antigone” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
To review the Small Grant guidelines, visit yorkcountyarts.org. The next deadline is Sept. 2 for programs occurring in October-December.
Art exhibit applications accepted
LAKE WYLIE The committee for the “Visions of Art” invites experienced and beginner artists in Lake Wylie and surrounding areas to submit works for the Sept. 20-21 non-juried exhibit at River Hills Country Club.
Applications for paintings, sculpture and photography will be accepted through Aug. 23. The entry fee is $30.
Artists age 18 and older may submit three entries with size restrictions. Participants are invited to meet the public at a preview party from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Call 704-617-9180 or 803-831-7173 for an application or more information.
Art on Main accepting applications
FORT MILL The Fort Mill History Museum will present Art on Main, a Fine Art and Master Craft Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5.
With fine art and master crafts as its focal point, Art on Main will feature local entertainment, art demonstrations and food concessions from local restaurants.
For booth or show information and applications, visit FortMillArtOnMain.org.
CAAC needs canned veggies
CLOVER Clover Area Assistance Center is in need of canned vegetables such as corn, peas and green beans.
Anyone doing a food collection on CAAC’s behalf is asked to emphasize the need for these items.
Food donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at 1130 S.C. 55 E.
For more information or to make special drop-off arrangements, call 803-222-4837.
Meal delivery volunteers needed
CLOVER The York County Council on Aging is needs volunteers to deliver meals to frail, homebound seniors in Clover. Delivery takes about one hour and can be done during a lunch hour or around that time.
Anyone interested in volunteering should call Clover Mill Senior Center at 803-222-9286 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.