Benefit fishing tourney Oct. 19
LAKE WYLIE A benefit fishing tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Buster Boyd Access Area.
Proceeds will help with medical expenses for 1-year-old Bo Brown’s family. Bo was diagnosed July 2 with encephalitis and a traumatic brain injury. He is the nephew of Jeff Brown of Lake Wylie.
Cost is $100 per boat. Sign-ups run 5-6:45 a.m. Cash payout awarded to first four top finishers with $1,000 for first place.
Raffle tickets will be sold for additional prizes; each participant receives one ticket.
The event is hosted by Lake Wylie Bait & Tackle, and sponsored by Pleasant Hill Presbyterian/Relevant Church, Lake Wylie Tax and Sterling Source Inc.
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Landowner wins award for protecting water
The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission presented its 2013 Blue Fin Award on Wednesday night to Kay Killian for preserving more than 500 acres that protect the region’s water supply.
Killian and her family have preserved 562 acres in Lincoln and Gaston counties through agreements with the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The land borders Johnson Creek, the largest tributary on the lake’s western side.
The annual award recognizes people or organizations who have taken actions that benefit the lake, its residents and visitors. Killian is an assistant district attorney in Lincoln County who grew up on the family farm.
“The Killian family has lived in the Mountain Island area for generations and own land that would be prized for development,” commission Chairman Kari Lanning said. “Instead, Kay Killian and her family have put their land into conservancy, preserving it as rural and protecting the water quality of Mountain Island Lake.”
Nearly half of Mountain Island Lake’s shoreline is protected by similar conservation easements and by land purchased by county and state governments, protecting the water source for nearly 1 million people.
Lake info available on app
LAKE WYLIE Duke Energy has made its lake information “smart-phone friendly” in time for the peak of hurricane season.
The site can be accessed on a smartphone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for “Lakes and Recreation.”
Duke Energy’s lake information web pages – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.
Duke Energy’s lake management teams are prepared for severe weather. Lakeside residents are encouraged to be prepared by monitoring weather forecasts and checking for lake level alerts when heavy rainfall is predicted.
In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.
Boater safety course offered
LAKE WYLIE US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 offers About Boating Safely Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Saturday, except December.
Cost is $35 for first family member and $10 for each additional family member.
For more information, call 704-576-0821.
Scuba club dives into events
FORT MILL The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renew S.C. hunting, fishing license
South Carolina hunting and fishing license sales for 2013-2014 are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses also are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 866-714-3611 or by visiting dnr.sc.gov.
Residents and nonresidents 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Anyone born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course to obtain a hunting license.
Hunting license applicants who do not have a hunter education certification may use a one-time exemption and apply for an annual Apprentice Hunting License.
Covekeepers meet monthly
LAKE WYLIE The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeepers, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.
The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit catawbariverkeeper.org.
Water emergency team needs volunteers
YORK COUNTY The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.
The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and search for missing people.
Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.
For more information, call 803-372-7593.
Marine group meets monthly throughout area
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.
The public is invited.
For more information and meeting location, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.
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