Catawba Nuclear Station siren testing Jan. 8

January 4, 2014 

Nuclear station siren test Wednesday

Catawba Nuclear Station will test sirens at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8.

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. County emergency officials are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. The siren sounding is a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station in their area that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials would use these stations to provide information to the public.

For questions related to this siren test, call 1-800-777-0006, select option 1.

Steel Creek police probe shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a shooting near Steele Creek at an area Lowe’s that sent one man to the hospital, the Charlotte Observer reported Dec. 29.

Police said that about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot outside of a Lowe’s in the 8100 block of South Tryon Street. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

Karen Cobb, a spokeswoman for Lowe’s, said the victim was a Lowe’s employee.

“We don’t believe it was a random act of violence,” said Capt. Todd Lontz.

The shooting happened before the store opened at 8 a.m.

“There were no customers on site at the time it happened,” said Cobb.

The Steele Creek division is investigating. No one has been arrested in the case, Lontz said.

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 nongovernmental organizations who acquire conservation easements from landowners are eligible. Applications are taken on a continuous basis.

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

Free trees offered

Residents of South Carolina can get 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. New members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, three white flowering dogwoods.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb.1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free.

Members also receive a subscription to the foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. South Carolina residents also may join online at arborday.org/january.

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.

Gardeners can give extras locally

A local group wants to enlist York County gardeners in the fight against food insecurity.

“An estimated 25 percent of York County residents aren’t sure where their next meal will come,” said Lori Nash, a volunteer with the Master Gardeners of York County.

Food pantries often lack refrigeration or the ability to store fresh vegetables on an ongoing basis, so they focus on canned and boxed goods, Nash said.

“But fresh produce is essential to healthy living, and many of our gardens produce a bit extra that could go to good use,” she said.

Nash, chairwoman of the nonprofit group’s Share the Harvest York County committee, said anyone who grows vegetables can now donate food through 12 organizations, including Clover Area Assistance Center, in York County. The list is available at yorkmg.org/sharetheharvest, includes a map, addresses, telephone numbers and other information about specific agencies.

Master Gardeners give away several thousand pounds of vegetables every year. Organizations may email info@yorkmg.org to be included on the list.

Animal shelter seeks volunteers

The York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, and assisting in follow-ups, publicity and marketing, and various other jobs at the shelter.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and orientation and training are required. For information, call 803-628-3190 or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd.

CAAC seeks volunteers

Clover Area Assistance Center is looking for volunteers to serve four to five hours spans once or twice a month to help select foods for purchase from Charlotte area food bank Second Harvest.

Volunteers will be responsible for loading pallets and large boxes of food into a 26-foot truck and then offloading the merchandise into the CAAC warehouse.

Volunteers work in teams of three to select the food, and an additional team of four assist with offloading.

Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, able to drive and maneuver a large truck and forklift is a plus, but not required.

CAAC is located at 1130 S.C. 55 E. Food donations can be dropped off at CAAC 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

For more information or to obtain a volunteer application packet, call 803-222-4837.

Assistance available

Carolina Community Actions Inc. has money available to assist low-income families with services including mortgage, rent, water and heating bills. CCA’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, General Emergency Assistance Program and Duke Energy Project Share Program assists eligible households with benefits ranging from $50 to $1,000.

In addition, CCA Inc. administers employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, GED, childcare and youth leadership programs. Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

For more information, call 803-329-5196 or call 211.

Meal delivery volunteers needed

The York County Council on Aging is needs volunteers to deliver meals to frail, home-bound seniors in Clover. Delivery takes about one hour and can be done during a lunch hour or around that time.

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