Blood drives scheduled in York County

March 3, 2014 

Blood drives scheduled

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announced the following blood drives this month in York County:

• 4-8 p.m. March 8, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 10, Rawlinson Road Middle School, 2631 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 15, Walmart, 175 S.C. 274, Lake Wylie.

Look for more information at cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

Car break-in reported

The York County Sheriff’s Office last week released surveillance video of a car break-in at the parking lot of T-Bones on the Lake.

The suspect, an unknown male, was in the area for about 45 minutes. At about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect’s vehicle is parked next to a 2013 GMC Yukon Denali. The suspect looked inside the GMC vehicle, walked to the passenger side and broke the window. He stole the victim’s tan Michael Kors purse with matching wallet.

One of the victim’s stolen credit cards was used at 6:50 p.m. at the Circle K on Nations Ford Road in Charlotte.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321 or visit yorkcrimestoppers.com.

Look for the video online at lakewyliepilot.com.

Sign up for boating course by Friday

The York County Sheriff’s Office Lake Enforcement Unit is holding a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources approved boating safety course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 at the Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive.

The minimum age is 12 years old. In South Carolina, boaters younger than age 16 are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft or a boat powered by a 15 horse power motor or more.

There is no charge for the class. To register for the course, call 803-628-7634 or visit dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html by Friday, March 7.

Deputies honored with Medals of Merit

Three York County sheriff’s deputies received Medals of Merit on Feb. 24 from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for their heroic actions during an officer involved shooting on Jan. 7.

Lt. Chris Blevins, Master Deputy Jason Powell, and Master Deputy Greg Garrison were assisting CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team serving an arrest warrant on an armed robbery suspect in Fort Mill. The suspect ambushed officers firing a handgun striking CMPD Officer Shane Page twice. During the gunfire, Blevins, Powell and Garrison provided cover while trying to get the wounded officer to safety. The suspect was apprehended and arrested.

“My officers did a fantastic job in this tough situation,” said Sheriff Bruce Bryant. “Their quick thinking and brave actions very well could have been the difference in the situation not becoming a more tragic story.”

Officer Page has made a full recovery from his injuries.

CindyMackie Foundation awards grants

The foundation created to continue the legacy of late Winthrop University professor Cynthia Furr awarded several grants and scholarships to teachers and students studying the arts.

Furr and her daughter, McAllister, were killed in a crash near Lake Wylie in April 2009 that was caused by two other cars racing at speeds up to 100 mph on York Road in Steele Creek. Furr was an English professor who once taught high school in Charlotte. She also was an accomplished pianist and musician. Her family is from Chester.

Sharon Furr started the CindyMackie Foundation to keep her sister’s legacy of teaching, learning and love for the creative and performing arts alive. The foundation has raised and given away $70,000 in four years to students and aspiring teachers in South Carolina and North Carolina. This year’s awards totaled more than $10,000.

Recipients include Melinda Abercrombie from the media center at the Academy of Teaching and Learning in Chester County school district; Emily Rzepka, a musician attending the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities; twins Patrick and Helena Wheless, sixth-graders at Gaston Day School in Gastonia; Ella Campbell, a third-grader at Gold Hill Elementary School in Fort Mill; Carrie Dansby, a Winthrop freshman majoring in early childhood education; and Carlo Dawson, the English department chairwoman, creative writing teacher and literary magazine adviser at South Pointe High School.

To learn more, visit cindymackiefoundation.org.

Assisted living center breaks ground

Work has begun on Wellmore at Tega Cay, a $35.5 million assisted living community at the corner of S.C. 160 and Stonecrest Boulevard.

When finished, the 12.5-acre site will have 152 housing units, and a clubhouse with a dining hall and fitness room. The center will have a capacity of 210 people and will employ about 130. The center will have have a registered nurse on-site.

Construction is expected to take 14 months with an anticipated opening in summer 2015.

Wellmore at Tega Cay will offer three levels of housing: assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. As planned there will be 80 assisted care units capable of housing 120 people; 24 memory care units with a capacity of 30 for people with Alzheimer’s or similar conditions, and 48 skilled nursing units with a capacity of 60.

Prices for the units were not released.

Tax forms limited at library

North and South Carolina are no longer sending state income tax forms to public libraries.

York County libraries have a limited supply of Internal Revenue Service forms to encourage electronic filing. Libraries will not be able to order additional forms once supplies are depleted.

South Carolina individual income tax forms are available at the Rock Hill Service Center, 454 S. Anderson Road, Business & Technology Center, suite 202, Rock Hill or by calling 803-324-7641 or at sctax.org. For information on federal tax forms contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or irs.gov. Tax information is online at yclibrary.org, including schedules for local sites where AARP and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) are offering free tax filing assistance.

Animal foster homes needed

The Animal Adoption League seeks foster homes for dogs and cats.

Time and resources to provide a foster animal with adequate care is a must. Other requirements vary depending on animal needs. Foster homes are asked to provide foster animals with plenty of love, adequate food and water, shelter from the elements and exercise. Administering medication may also be necessary.

AAL is a nonprofit organized in 1992 by a group of individuals based in the Charlotte area. The mission to provide veterinary care and temporary-to-permanent housing for homeless and rescued animals.

For more information, visit mynextpet.com.

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.

For information, go to www.yccoa.com.

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.

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