Celebrate local cycling history July 18 in Rock Hill

July 14, 2014 

Celebrate cycling local history

Historic Rock Hill will kickoff the “75th Year, Still One Gear” Tour on Friday, July 18, with a party inviting the public to cheer on James White Spratt V as he begins his 800-mile bike journey Saturday to recreate his great-grandfather’s historic bike ride from Rock Hill to New York. Local cyclists are invited to begin this ride with him.

In 1939, 64-year-old businessman James Spratt White II made the journey from Rock Hill to Flushing, N.Y., as Rock Hill’s goodwill ambassador to spread the message that “Rock Hill is a good town.” He traveled through 10 states and more than 800 miles during his historic trek on his trusty bike, Old Betsy.

Now 75 years later, his great-grandson will make the same journey on a replica of Old Betsy named Old Betsy II, to honor his grandfather’s historic ride, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World’s Fair and to spread the word of how Rock Hill is a good biking town.

“At the time of my great-grandfather’s historic bike ride, Rock Hill was a big bike community, known for racing and the city won several regional championships,” White said. “Rock Hill has recently had a huge resurgence in cycling with its newest amenities such as the Giordana Velodrome and its other biking amenities. Rock Hill has become the epicenter of cycling in the Southeast, and there’s a difference between biking activities in a town and a good biking town.”

The journey, which begins on July 19, will take two weeks and will be documented through Facebook and a video blog.

“I want to do the same exact thing he did as much as possible including taking the train back,” White said. If still in existence, White plans to even stop at shops and restaurants his great-grandfather visited.

Historic Rock Hill will present a public exhibit, “Riding Through Rock Hill: A Retrospective on Cycling,” taking a look at the rich cycling history of Rock Hill and the White family’s love for cycling. The exhibit will feature the original Old Betsy along with other vintage and modern bicycles.

For more information, call 803-329-1020.

Film entry deadline Friday

The third annual Underexposed Film Festival YC is accepting submission of professionally presented independent short films for this juried competition.

Films should have a run time of 45 minutes or less in the following categories: narrative, animation, experimental or documentary. Other categories include female director and student film.

For festival guidelines and entry information, visit withoutabox.com. Entries submitted online may be eligible for a $5 discount.

Entry deadline is Friday, July 18. Awards totaling $1,950 will be presented at the festival Nov. 13-15 at Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St. For more information on Arts Council events, call 803-328-2787 or visit yorkcountyarts.org.

Conservation group meeting July 22

The next Commissioners meeting of the York Soil and Water Conservation District will be at noon July 22 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 announced

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

• 1-7 p.m., July 16, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• 9 a.m.-noon, July 19, Ebenezer Animal Hospital, 2445 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Aneisha Dobson student drive.

• 5-9 p.m., July 25, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

• 1-5 p.m., July 27, Bi-Lo Grocery, 1095 Filbert Hwy., York. Nikole Boulware student drive.

• noon-3 p.m., July 30, Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Pkwy., Tega Cay.

The CBCC said there is a seasonal blood shortage. While all blood types are needed, O type donations are at a critical low.

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.

Cooking workshops scheduled

The Clemson Extension Service in York County will teach a three-day cooking workshop 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 22-24 for ages 11-19 at extension office, 120 N. Congress St.

Children will learn the basic foundation of cooking and be able to personalize their own dishes. They will learn to prepare and cook quick breads, yeast breads and egg dishes.

The cost of the three-day workshop is $25.

Call 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or email fisreal@clemson.edu.

2 deputies awarded medals

On Thursday, Sheriff Bruce Bryant awarded two Deputies the Lifesaving Medal for their actions helping two people seriously injured.

On April 23, deputies Travis Shealey and Eddie Covert responded to a domestic violence call near Catawba. They found a man and woman with serious lacerations to each of their throats. Both officers provided patient care until emergency services arrived. They also provided accurate and timely information to EMS personnel while they were in route and when they arrived on scene. Their actions resulted in saving two lives.

“These deputies showed great poise and bravery,” Bryant said. “If both deputies hadn’t reacted quickly, the outcome could have been much worse.”

The Lifesaving Medal is one of the highest honors given to a York County Sheriff’s Deputy.

3 deputies receive Medal of Honor

Three York County Sheriff’s deputies received Medals of Honor from Sheriff Bruce Bryant on Thursdasy for their heroic actions during an officer involved shooting on Jan. 7.

During the incident Lt. Chris Blevins, Master Deputy Jason Powell and Master Deputy Greg Garrison were assisting the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team serve an arrest warrant on an armed robbery suspect in Fort Mill. While searching a home, one of the Charlotte officers was shot and wounded. These officers subdued the suspect and pulled the Charlotte officer to safety, and assisted in providing care for the wounded officer.

“Having assessed the situation, these deputies remained calm, and used their training and experience to save the lives of not only the Charlotte officer, but also those around the area,” Bryant said.

Charlotte officer Shane Page has made a full recovery from his injuries.

Hospice volunteer training July 24

Hospice & Community Care will offer a one-day volunteer training session 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24 at 2275 India Hook Road.

Volunteers offer companionship to patients, provide customer service at the Resale Shops, serve in the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, knit Prayer Shawls, help with fundraisers and community education. Schedules are flexible.

Call 803-329-1500 to register.

Entries sought for literary competition

The Arts Council of York County presents its 11th annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast, and the third annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across York County. The postmark deadline for entries is Sept. 19.

The annual Literary Competitions include two categories – short story and poetry. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and the poetry competition, and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition. Awards are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. There will be no repeat prize winners within the categories. The winners of the Youth Literary Competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.

There are no restrictions on subject matter. All participants must submit three copies of each entry for distribution to judges. Email entries will not be accepted. No entries will be returned. Your name must not appear on the manuscript, and pages must be numbered with the title of the entry. Please include the title of the submitted work and all contact information on the entry form. For complete guidelines and entry information, visit yorkcountyarts.org.

Entry fees for the adult competition are: nonmembers: $15 per entry; ACYC members: $10 per entry. There are no entry fees for those entering the youth competition. Those submitting to the youth competition must be enrolled in a K-12 program to be eligible to enter.

All participants are invited to a free, public reception and awards ceremony 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., where the winners will be announced. Winners are encouraged to read passages from their work at the reception.

For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit yorkcountyarts.org.

Become a master gardener

The 2014 Master Gardener class for York, Chester and Lancaster counties is accepting applications for the class starting Aug. 5.

Classes are held at the York County Clemson Extension, 120 N. Congress St., from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Nov. 11.

Call 803-684-9919 or email pthmpsn@clemson.edu for information.

For anyone who cannot attend weekday classes, there is a statewide, online Master Gardener class offered through Clemson University. Visit clemson.edu/extension/mg/ for more information.

Comedian highlights Hospice fundraiser

Chonda Pierce, the “Queen of Clean Comedy,” brings her cheerful, unpretentious Southern charm, musical talent and wit to Rock Hill Sept. 4 for a Hospice fundraiser at First Baptist Church.

Pierce headlines Hospice & Community Care’s second annual LOL event, which raises money for underinsured hospice patients in the community. The evening will feature dessert and coffee.

Pierce has received five Emmy nominations, appeared in several films including “Your Love Never Fails” and “12 Wishes of Christmas,” is the author of six best-selling books and was recently honored with the “Comedian of the Year” Visionary Award.

Tickets are available at HospiceCommunityCare.org.

For more information, call 803-329-1500.

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