York County library board to meet March 13

March 9, 2014 

Library board to meet Thursday

The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing.

Library board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. For more information, call 803-981-5831 or visit yclibrary.org.

St. Pat’s Festival Saturday in Clover

The town of Clover will host its 17th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, along Main Street.

The event will include a Leprechaun Leap 5K run, fun run/walk, walkathon and strong man bench press competition, all hosted by the YMCA.

Other events include the annual pooch show, live blues band, vendors and amusement rides and activities for children of all ages.

SCDNR boating course Saturday

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. Saturday, 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 horsepower motor or more.

There is no charge for the class. Call 803-628-7634 or visit dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html.

Church bookkeeper from Clover pleads guilty

A Clover church bookkeeper has pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud as part of scheme in which prosecutors say she stole more than $650,000 of the church’s money.

Sandra Stroupe, 67, of Clover, was the secretary and bookkeeper at the 121-year-old Clover Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on Kings Mountain Street in downtown Clover.

U.S. District Court Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia accepted her plea on Wednesday and will sentence Stroupe after reviewing a report prepared by the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

The penalty for mail fraud is up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Wylie woman awarded in story competition

Pamela Hawthorne of Lake Wylie has earned honorable mention for her story, “Keep We From Ebil,” in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story competition.

In its 33rd year, the competition received 1,197 entries from around the world.

Hawthorne was among 43 to honorable mention winners.

Wylie residents to model in fashion show

The American Cancer Society recently announced models for the third annual Cure By Design event to be held March 22 in Charlotte at the Fillmore.

Cure By Design brings the fashion, design and retail communities together with the local corporate community. The focus of this special evening is a fashion show featuring local cancer survivors. The survivor models demonstrate the progress being made in the fight against cancer and portray a message of hope for a cure.

Among the models are Brittany Hilton and Robin Scott of Lake Wylie.

The event includes a reception, live and silent auctions and the fashion show. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets cost $125. Visit curebydesigncharlotte.org or call 704-553-5378.

Blood drives scheduled

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

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

• 3-6 p.m. March 17, Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2020 Hillcrest Road, York.

• 5-8 p.m. March 17, Omni Health and Fitness Center, 2685 Celenese Road, Rock Hill.

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

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.

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