York County library board to meet April 10

April 9, 2014 

Library meeting Thursday in Rock Hill

The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. Library board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

All York County Libraries will be closed April 21 for staff training.

For more information, visit yclibrary.org or call 803-981-5831.

Clover man charged in Lake Wylie break-ins

A Clover man was arrested March 27 and charged in connection with a string of Lake Wylie break-ins dating back to 2013.

Thomas Grant Bridges, 20, was arrested on 11 charges ranging from grand larceny to burglary, according to a York County Sheriff's Office press release. More charges are possible.

Bridges is suspected of breaking into at least six homes in the Lake Wylie and River Hills communities dating back to December 2013. The amount of items stolen is approximately $95,000, the release states.

Bridges’ bond was set at $30,940.

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.

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.

County offers free program

Anyone interested in learning more about the York County government is invited to apply for a new program debuting in May.

The York County 101 Citizens Academy is a free program that will walk participants through government departments, and give residents a look at public functions and services.

The program will run from May to October and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon the fourth Thursday of each month.

To sign up or for more information, call 803-684-8511 or visit yorkcountygov.com/citizensacademy.

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 sheriffsc.com for more information.

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

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 19, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free Movie Ticket!

• 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 21, Oakdale Presbyterian Church, 12585 Highway 55, Clover.

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

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

Interpreter earns state recognition

The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission recognized Kitty Wilson-Evans as an interpreter and storyteller at its annual meeting March 28 at South Carolina Archives and History.

Wilson-Evans, an alumna of Winthrop University and a former resident of Lancaster, has been reenacting the slave experience for over two decades. She started at Historic Brattonsville in 1991 as a volunteer, and has since performed in many venues. Her role as Kessie, one of 139 slaves on the Bratton Plantation, earned her recognition. In 2008, in conjunction with Lucinda R. Dunn, she published a children’s book entitled “Kessie’s Tales: The Adventures of an African-American Slave Girl in South Carolina.”

“I’m doing this to make sure people know slaves left their mark in history, and that their contributions need to be told,” she said.

In 2010, Wilson-Evans retired from Historic Brattonsville. However, she continues to travel to events and festivals throughout the Southeast.

CAAC seeks volunteers

Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55 E., is the largest food pantry in Western York County and provides critically needed aid through food, financial assistance, education, medical and dental care.

CAAC needs volunteers including those with skills in curriculum development/instruction; programs and services; information technology; and financial assistance and personal budgeting. Hourly positions for pantry and computer intake also are available.

For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Students invited to enter photo competition

The York Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a photography contest for York County students from kindergarten to college age.

Guidelines, judging and awards are as follows: amateur photographers may enter up to five photos; all entries must be digital and submitted electronically via email; a release form must be submitted for each photo.

Photo categories are: Conservation in Action, Close-up Conservation and Agriculture across America.

Deadline for entries is April 18. Photos will be judged on technical merit and composition.

At least one first prize of a $25 gift card will be awarded in each of the three photo categories and each of the following age groups: Grade K-5, Grade 6-8, Grade 9-12, College age 18-22.

Complete rules and entry forms may be obtained by calling 803-684-3137, ext. 101.

Diabetes classes begin May 8

Living Healthy with Diabetes will held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning May 8 at Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St.

This is a six-week workshop running Thursdays until June 12 to help you manage diabetes by learning how to manage symptoms, eat healthier and read nutrition labels, keep blood sugar in check, fight fatigue and pain.

Classes are sponsored by NC Cooperative Extension. Classes are free but registration is required. Call 704-865-3291 by May 1.

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