Conservation group meeting June 24 in York

June 15, 2014 

Conservation group meeting June 24

The next commissioners meeting of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will be at noon June 24 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 803-684-3137.

Blood drives set this month

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

• 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

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

Library summer programs underway

Registration is open for York County libraries free summer programs, which began Monday and run through 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

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.

Deputies do well in shooting competitions

Three of York County Sheriff’s Office deputies placed high at National Rifle Association Tactical Police shooting competitions.

On May 30-31, Investigator Heath Clevenger placed second out of 77 individual shooters in the Team Tactical Division at the NRA – Tactical Police Competition in Fairfax, Va. Clevenger competed against shooters from law enforcement agencies across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North and South Carolina. Clevenger also competed against members of the Army, Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol.

On April, 18-19, Sgt. Buddy Brown and Detective Nick Schifferle placed well at the NRA-TPC event in Anderson. In the Tactical Division, Brown finished eighth, while Schifferle placed 24th out of 69. Together Brown and Schifferle placed fifth in the team competition, beating out shooting teams from Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina as well as teams from the Air Force.

The tactical portion of the competition had courses that simulate real life events, versus just shooting at a bull’s-eye on a target. Competitors are asked to run through doorways, identify hostiles, fire around barriers, avoid no-shoots targets and hit center mass of the targets. One course simulated an injury during a gun fight after a traffic stop. There are penalties if competitors miss a target, shoot outside of the firing area, drop a loaded magazine and run out of time.

Free HIV testing June 27

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, Catawba Care will be hosting a free event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 27 at 500 Lakeshore Pkwy.

There will be free screenings for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

There will be food and educational games.

Catawba Care is a United Way funded, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote optimal health by providing medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and by educating the community to prevent the spread of HIV. For more information, call 803-909-6363 or visit

Volunteers needed to serve meals

The York County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to frail, home-bound seniors in York, the nonprofit agency said Monday.

Anyone who wants to sign up to deliver meals or for more information, can call Elaine Kershaw at the York Senior Center at 803-684-6115.

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

County offers free program

Anyone interested in learning more about York County government can apply for a new program York County 101 Citizens Academy, a free program giving residents a look at public functions and services of government departments.

The program runs 9 a.m. to noon the fourth Thursday of each month through October.

For more information, call 803-684-8511 or visit

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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