Lake Wylie artist awarded $2,000 grant

December 16, 2013 

Lake Wylie artist awarded $2K grant

Lake Wylie artist Shelli Johnson is one of the 30 regional artists to be named a 2014 Regional Artist Project Grant recipients.

Johnson will be awarded $2,000 to attend a master class at Hedgebrook, a rural retreat in Washington state.

The Arts & Science Council – in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Rowan, Rutherford, Union and York counties, and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blumenthal Endowment – awarded the established and emerging artists with grants for $240 to $2,000.

The grant is open to artists in all disciplines, from film to performing arts and literature to visual art. This year’s grantees were selected from 86 applicants, who requested a total of $146,369 for $50,000 in available funds. Recipients were selected in a competitive process by 15 regional panelists.

Friends of library honors volunteers

The Friends of the York County Library recently announced that Nancy Coleman is the 2013 recipient of the Joann W. McMaster Volunteer of the Year award at a reception to honor Friends of the Library volunteers. The award is named in honor of Joann McMaster, who helped found the Friends of the York County Library organization in 1975 and served as its first president.

Coleman has been a Friends of the Library volunteer for more than four years and has served on the Friends board, worked at book sales and volunteers on a weekly basis at the library. She has logged more than 150 volunteer hours this year. She said she looks forward to Tuesdays, her volunteer day at the library. She has made good friends through volunteering, and likes helping to promote the library and reading.

A Catholic elementary school librarian for 10 years in Ohio, Coleman enjoyed working with her students and instilling her love of reading in them. She and her husband, Dennis, moved to Rock Hill from Toledo, Ohio, in July 2008 and have two adult sons and a granddaughter.

The Friends also recognized nearly 100 volunteers, who donated 3,098 hours on behalf of York County Libraries. The Friends of the Library hold used book sales and other events to raise funds for library programs. They are the major sponsor of the summer reading programs for all ages and other library needs not provided for in the library budget. For more information on the Friends of the Library, call 803-981-5837 or visit

Be a Santa to a Senior

Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior – a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to seniors in York and Chester counties. The program runs through Friday, Dec. 20.

For more information, call 803-817-1901 or visit

Holiday meal deliveries underway

Clover Area Assistance Center is collecting food for holiday meals.

Items needed include turkeys and hams of all sizes. Nonperishable food items needed are: cranberry sauce, potatoes, yams, green beans, corn, gravy, stuffing mix, broth, olives, pie filling, quick bread mixes, and biscuit or muffin mix.

Holiday food distribution continues through Thursday, Dec. 19.

Food can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at CAAC, 1130 Hwy. 55 E., Clover. Other times by appointment. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Blood drives set in York County

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives in York County:

• 1-7 p.m. Dec. 19, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 20, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• 2-6 p.m. Dec. 22, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free movie ticket.

• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 26, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free movie ticket.

The center is holding its ninth annual Puppies for Patients program through Dec. 31. Donors who give blood during this time will be able to sign a tag that will be attached to a stuffed toy puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays.

More public drives can be found at Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment at any location.

Shoe donations accepted

Lake Wylie Realty, 1 Executive Court, is collecting gently used and new shoes to be redistributed by local charitable organizations through Shoe Closet project.

Call 704-309-1549 for more information.

Library accepting food for fines

York County Libraries will be collecting “Food for Fines” through Dec. 31 to encourage the return of overdue library materials while giving back to the community.

Library users may pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. For each donated item, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines. It will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials.

Nonperishable food items, toiletries and disposable diapers will be collected for local food banks. Library patrons are encouraged to participate even if they have no outstanding library fines.

Donations will be accepted at any library and on the Bookmobile. For more information, visit

Environmental program accepting applications

Farmers may apply by Friday, Dec. 20, for cost-share through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help eligible South Carolina landowners who address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife through EQIP. This program helps farmers improve production while protecting environmental quality by addressing such concerns as soil quality, grazing management, water quality, forestry and wildlife.

Producers interested in applying should visit the York County USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy., York, or call 803-684-3137 for information.

Visit for more information, including eligibility requirements.

Conservation program open

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program and Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program for new enrollments.

CSP helps agricultural producers take their conservation efforts to higher levels with enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy. Deadline for enrollment is Jan. 14.

FRPP helps landowners keep their land in agriculture, develop conservation plans for highly erodible land and ensure that the land is not converted to non-agricultural use. Tribal and local governments and non-governmental organizations who acquire conservation easements from landowners are eligible. Applications are taken on a continuous basis, with deadline of Jan. 3 for first round of requests.

Learn more about these programs by visiting or visit York USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy, York.

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