York County Sheriff’s Office earns Litter Achievement Award

July 13, 2013 

Sheriff’s office receives litter award

The York County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded the 2013 Zero Tolerance for Litter Achievement Award.

The Sheriff’s Office Code Enforcement, Anti-Crime Team, and Uniform Patrol focused on identifying litter hotspots in the county. Deputies pinpointed unsecured loads of litter haulers, made traffic stops and conducted litter check points, as well as making litter investigations to identify and charge regular littering suspects.

Deputies notify Public Works of littered areas and clean-up crews were dispatched. Crews then installed signs in those areas warning litter haulers to secure loads and sweep sideboards of their trucks prior to entering a highway. The information collected produces a litter index which helps prioritize and focus on the worst litter hotspots in the county.

“York County is our home. We are passionate about fighting litter and keeping our county clean,” Bryant said.

The York County Sheriff’s Office and York County Public together educate businesses and residents about the dangers of litter, and the county codes and laws.

Locally, 24 litter citations were issued, 13 of which have been successfully prosecuted and 18 warnings issued, resulting in more than $11,280 worth of fines.

The York County Sheriff’s Office is the only county agency in South Carolina to win this award. The city of north Charleston and S.C. Department of Natural Resources also were winners.

College of Charleston posts grads

College of Charleston announces the following students earned bachelor’s degrees May 11 in a ceremony in the historic Cistern Yard:

• Lake Wylie: Brandon Lee Barr, Brittany Nicole Pennington and Sara Robinson.

Barr, a business administration major with a concentration in finance and minor in economics, is the son of Harry and Karen Barr of Lake Wylie and graduated from Clover High School.

Pennington graduated with a major in classics and earned the Gerentology Award for her work as an undergraduate in the Alzheimer’s community. She is the daughter of Jack and Cheryl Pennington of Lake Wylie and graduated from Clover High School.

• Clover: Courtney Barnett, Ryan Griffin, Jessica Hatcher, Casey Jackson, Ashlee McGinnas, Michelle Perez, Sarah Shelton, Mallen Urso and Kaylan Vanderlip.

Blood drives set throughout county

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives:

• 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 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

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.

Learn about Mended Hearts July 24

Gerald Kemp, regional director of Mended Hearts, will be the speaker at the July 24 Lunch-n-Learn from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Club of Rock Hill.

The cost is $15 per person, which includes buffet lunch, beverages, tax and tip. Reserve a seat by calling 803-524-5671 or visit TheHeart2HeartFoundation.org.

Each month, the Heart2Heart Foundation features programs to raise awareness about heart disease and educate women about prevention.

The local chapter meets the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Doctor’s Dining Room at Piedmont Medical Center.

The foundation encourages women to take advantage its screenings available at PMC. Cost is $39.95. Screenings must be scheduled in advance by calling 877-228-3638.

Barbecue served July 27 in 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.

Art exhibit applications accepted

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

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 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

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.

Group offers college student tip

Many colleges require students to have a meal plan, especially if they live on campus. Meal plans vary, but most give students a number of dining hall meals per week and the option to add flex dollars students can use at the campus food court or other locations.

Students who choose their meal plan carefully may be able to cut college costs, according to KHEAA, a nonprofit agency that provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents..

Most often, the meal plan will come out of students’ financial aid or their parents’ money if they’re footing the bill. Funds will be loaded on a card students swipe at on-campus cafeterias and restaurants.

Students can waste a lot of money eating off-campus and even rack up credit card debt by charging food. Most meals on-campus are already paid for through the meal plan, so students should eat on-campus as much as possible.

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