News briefs

June 1, 2014 

Blood drives set this month

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold the following blood drives this month:

•  4-8 p.m. June 4, Mount Holly United Methodist Church, 1996 Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill. Allie White student drive.

• 4:30-7:30 p.m. June 5, Army Recruitment Office, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill.

• 5-9 p.m. June 6, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

• 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7, Rock Hill Galleria, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill. Omegas of Rock Hill drive.

• 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 8, Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 1691 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. Lauren Miller student drive.

• June 10, 1-6 p.m., Danny's Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, 2435 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. Lauren LaFranca student drive.

• Noon-5 p.m. June 14, Applied Technology Center, 1625 S.C. 55 E., Clover. Tyron Francis student drive.

• 3-7 p.m. June 17, Freedom Temple Ministries, 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

• 1-4 p.m. June 19, Uni Health of Rock Hill, 261 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• Noon-4 p.m. June 20, West Marine, 860 Marine Drive, Rock Hill.

• 4-8 p.m. June 21, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 21, Domino’s Pizza, 1742 Herlong Village Drive, suite 105, Rock Hill. Raegan Bailey student drive.

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 29, Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy St., Fort Mill.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is recruiting students for its Students Saving Summer Scholarship program through Sept. 30. High school and college students who organize and host a successful blood drive have the chance to earn scholarship money for their secondary education.

For more information or to register for the scholarship program, call 704-972-4727 or email KLJones@cbcc.us.

Call 704-972-4700 or go to carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.

9 graduate Citizens Police Academy

The York County Sheriff’s Office honored nine members of the 2014 graduating class of the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy on May 19. Through the 12 week class which met on Monday evenings, the residents were offered a personal look into the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The Citizens’ Police Academy introduced participants to the functions of the York County Sheriff's Office featuring instruction by staff from the different units of the Sheriff’s Office. Classes included lessons on Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol, Forensics, Polygraph, Public Information, Crime Prevention, Dive Team, K-9 and SWAT. The class also took tours of the Detention Center and York County Public Safety Communications.

Several graduates of the academy said they were surprised how much they learned about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office. Graduates stated they now have a greater appreciation and awareness of the difficult challenges and decisions deputies face on a daily basis.

The goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy, in addition to providing an overview of the Sheriff’s Office, is to create meaningful partnerships with the residents of York County and give the Sheriff’s Office the ability to serve residents better and more efficiently through the open exchange of knowledge and communication.

The Citizens’ Police Academy class is open to adults, 18 years of age and older, and is provided free of charge.

Library summer programs begin Monday

Registration is open for York County libraries free summer programs being held June 9-Aug. 1.

With a science theme, York County libraries offer four distinct summer reading programs: Tiny Tots: children ages 3 and younger and their parent; Fizz, Boom, Read: children ages 3-11; Spark a Reaction: teens ages 12-17; Literary Elements: adults.

Each reading program features prizes and incentives to complete reading requirements.

In addition, free programs for children and families include weekly performances by puppeteers, theater groups and magicians. Teens can participate in free programs including chess club, anime and gaming.

All summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. For more information and to register, go to yclibrary.org.

Donations needed for fireworks

Donations for the Lake Wylie July 4 fireworks are needed.

The show begins at dusk, about 9:30 p.m. July 4, launching from Camp Thunderbird.

The show is funded solely through donations. Contributions can be made to Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Small grants available

Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools throughout York County. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5 p.m. Sept. 1

Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year. Information and applications are available through the Arts Council at 803-328-2787 or yorkcountyarts.org.

County offers free program

Anyone interested in learning more about York County government can apply for a new program debuting next month.

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

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

For more information, call 803-684-8511 or visit yorkcountygov.com/citizensacademy.

Sheriffs’ Association offers honorary memberships

Sheriff Bruce Bryant invites York County residents 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 with a $50 contribution. The funding provides technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. Contributions are tax deductible.

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

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

CAAC seeks volunteers

Clover Area Assistance Center, 1130 S.C. 55 East, is the largest food pantry in western York County and provides 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; financial assistance; and personal budgeting. Hourly positions for pantry and computer intake also are available.

For more information, call 803-222-4837.

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