Lake Wylie area artists holding open studios April 5

April 1, 2014 

York County leaders discuss lawsuit settlement

After spending Thursday behind closed doors in settlement talks, officials with York County and the Culture and Heritage Foundation said progress had been made through mediation to try to avoid continuing a court battle.

The county, and the foundation it is suing, are trying to settle an ongoing lawsuit concerning nearly 300 acres of donated land along the Catawba River, which is expected to be sold to a development firm for $10 million.

York County Council chairman Britt Blackwell said Thursday’s mediation was “a positive meeting.” Resolution could be in sight, he said, but the county still needs “proper accounting” of donated assets and spending from the foundation.

Blackwell did not attend the mediation session in Greenville, he said, but fellow Councilman Chad Williams did attend. Councilman Michael Johnson participated via tele-conference.

The foundation’s attorney, Jim Sheedy, said “progress was made and the parties are still working toward resolution.”

Sheedy did not comment further, citing state legal rules that govern public discussion about mediation proceedings.

York County has spent more than $140,000 in its legal fight against the foundation.

The disputed donated land is a major part of the county’s lawsuit. The 274 acres – located in Fort Mill, near Sutton Road and Interstate 77 – is the remaining portion of an original 400-acre gift from Jane Spratt McColl and her family. Before the county filed its suit, foundation officials offered to settle years of arguing by sharing the proceeds from the donated land with York County’s museum system.

Neither side revealed specifics about Thursday’s settlement talks.

Sheriff’s Association offers honorary memberships

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Bruce Bryant says York County residents are invited to become honorary members of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.

Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for $25, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. Contributions are tax deductible.

Call 803-772-1101 or visit for more information.

South Carolina Sheriff’s Association does not solicit via telemarketing. If you receive a phone call, hang up.

Combs graduates Navy training

Navy Seaman Recruit Nicholas Combs, son of Timothy D. and Amanda L. Combs of Clover, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Combs completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is Battle Stations, which gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Combs is a 2013 graduate of Clover High School.

Fort Mill councilman running for Congress seat

A Fort Mill Democrat is banking on moderate voters tired of what he calls dysfunction in Congress to win against a Republican stronghold in this year’s Fifth Congressional District election.

Fort Mill Town Councilman Tom Adams has filed to run against Republican incumbent Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land in the district that includes York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Mulvaney, who defeated longtime Democrat John Spratt in 2010, said he plans to seek a third term. If re-elected, Mulvaney said he would push issues like continued job growth, spending cuts and health care reform – as well as smaller issues that specifically affect his constituency such as government regulation of community banks and credit unions.

Adams, who manages an automotive dealership, is running a pro-business campaign that emphasizes “compromise” and “coalition.” The filing period closed Sunday.

The 55-year-old councilman said the same principles apply to Congress. “We cannot kick the art of compromise to the curb,” Adams said.

Blood drives scheduled

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

• 4-8 p.m. April 5, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donating.

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12, Lions Club-Tega Cay, 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay.

Through April 30, CBCC will make a financial contribution for each donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

The center wrapped up its fifth annual “Pints for Pounds” campaign by donating 48,850 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. During January and February, CBCC donated 7 pounds of food for every pint of blood donated.

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

Local artists holding open studio Saturday

Artists Jann Pollard and Anne-Marie Steele, both Palisades residents, will have their paintings on display in an Open Studio from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at 10307 Wabeek Court, Charlotte.

The artists are offering a 30 percent donation of any purchase to cancer to in your name.

See their work online at For more information, call 704-910-6422 or 704-733-9969.

Check out summer art camp at open house

Katherine Leonard, of KL Creative, and Rose Grigg will hold an Open Studio from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at River Hills Marina, featuring summer camp offerings in photography and art for ages 8 to 17.

Sessions will explore themes of landscape, nature, still life and portraiture. Daily practice includes shooting on location, editing and printing. The afternoon art sessions mirror themes explored in photography using a variety of art forms and techniques, including printmaking, drawing and sketching, paper and found object collage.

Participants will create portfolios. Space is limited, with a maximum of six participants in the photography camp and eight in the art camp. Half-day camps are $175 and full day camps are $350. Price include materials and snacks. Photography students should bring their own digital camera with batteries and memory card.

For more information, visit, or call or text 704-460-6948.

Juvenile Arbitration volunteer training Monday

The York County Solicitor’s Office will have Juvenile Arbitration Training for volunteers beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the York County Solicitor’s Office Juvenile Court Division, 1070 Heckle Blvd., suite 207, Rock Hill.

Juvenile Arbitration is a community-based diversionary program for first-time juvenile offenders charged with non-violent crimes. Arbitrators serve to review the facts of a criminal allegation and determine what the appropriate consequence should be for the juvenile involved. This can include restitution to the victim, community service, tours of detention centers, drug and alcohol counseling or anything reasonably intended to correct the behavior of the offender. The arbitrator monitors the progress of the juvenile and, if necessary, refers them back to court for prosecution if there is a lack of compliance.

Volunteers have to be at least 21 years of age. Additionally, all volunteers will be screened by SLED and DSS, and must be approved by the Solicitor’s Office. Call 803-909-7557 or email for an application.

Financial planning for retirement Monday

Family Trust Federal Credit Union is offering a free money management workshop called “Growing Old is Not for Sissies” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at 1219 S.C. 55 E.

Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne & Black will provide an overview of wills and documents for power of attorney and healthcare power of attorney. Payne is a founding member of the Carolina’s Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and a member of the elder law committee for the South Carolina Bar.

Register online at, or call 803-326-2187.

Realtors provide children’s seats

The York County Sheriff’s Office was presented March 19 with 10 child safety seats from the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors as a part of its Realtors Care community service campaign.

As a result of PRAR’s efforts to raise money to provide the Victim’s Advocates at the Sheriff’s Office with resources to safely transport children in emergency situations, the Combi manufacturers donated all 10 child safety seats to PRAR. PRAR is continuing to raise money for this project in hopes to donate several more seats to the Sheriff’s Office. PRAR’s REALTORS Care Community Service Campaign will wrap up April 15.

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