Clover High anglers reel in win

December 13, 2013 

Clover fishing team members hook wins

Two members of the Clover High School Bass Fishing Team reeled in a win Nov. 30 at the Anglers Choice High School Series at Lake Norman.

The two won a championship trophy for the high school after catching seven fish, five of which weighed in at a total of 11.25 pounds; the largest was 3.8 pounds.

Sophomores Jacob Grigg and Trevor Underwood presented the trophy to Principal Mark Hopkins, with CHS staff member and Bass Fishing sponsor Clyde Gibson.

SCDNR honors director

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources Agency Director Alvin Taylor was recognized for his law enforcement service to the state of South Carolina during a Dec. 10 luncheon at Ft. Jackson.

The Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement, established by the late Sen. Strom Thurmond in 1983, are given each year to one city, county, state and federal officer in South Carolina. Also recognized were: York Police Chief Charles Robinson, Kershaw County Sheriff James Matthews and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent Alan Cornett.

Taylor has spent a lifetime in the service for the Palmetto State. He graduated from Clemson University in 1976 with a bachelor’s in zoology. He completed training at the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Training Center in Yorktown, Va., in 1976, and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1977. He began his career with the DNR in 1977 and progressed through the ranks serving as an officer, private first class, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and as colonel, the agency’s law-enforcement chief. He is a certified scuba diver and for several years supervised the DNR Aquatic Investigations and Recovery Unit dive team. He is an active member of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, serving as its president in 2003, and he is the state boating law administrator for South Carolina.

Covekeepers meet monthly

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

Marine group meets monthly

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 locations, visit

Volunteers sought to teach clinics

Experienced freshwater anglers are sought by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section to become Certified DNR Fishing Instructors to teach Family Fishing Clinic programs.

The Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants will learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Education Section hopes to accomplish this through the FFCs and a trained set of skilled volunteers.

Volunteers must be willing to attend a training session and undergo a SLED background and driving record check. Once trained, the Certified DNR Fishing Instructors will be expected to host at least two clinics a year for a minimum of 15 participants and no more than 25 participants and turn in the required reporting documents.

The Certified DNR Fishing Instructor Training is set for Jan. 25 in West Columbia from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit

Lake info available on app

Duke Energy has made its lake information “smartphone friendly.”

The site can be accessed on a smart phone at 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.

In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

Scuba club dives into events

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

Dive team needs volunteers

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 searches for missing people.

Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.

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