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Community News: Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 21, 2014 

Historic Brattonsville in McConnells will be open Monday for Memorial Day activities, including costumed interpreters, who will help honor all active military and all veterans from the 18th century to today.


The 2014 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour kick-off is 2 p.m. June 3 at Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive, Richburg.

The event is a preview of the June 21-22 four-county tour, with some of the farmers and artisans. There will be refreshments and live entertainment.

The tour features 48 sites in York, Chester, Lancaster and Fairfield counties.

Speakers are state Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, state tourism director Duane Parrish, state Arts Commission Director Ken May, and deputy state commerce secretary.

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Special events

• Historic Brattonsville will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for Memorial Day activities at 1444 Brattonsville Road in McConnells. Costumed interpreters will help honor all active military and all veterans from the 18th century to today. Other Culture & Heritage Museums sites will be closed.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for ages 4-17, and free for CHM members, children 3 and younger, and for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families. For more information, go to or call 803-684-2327

• The annual York County Veterans Memorial Day weekend ceremony is 4 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Memory Gardens cemetery on U.S. 321 between York and Clover.

The event, sponsored by the York County Veterans Advisory Council, honors those from York County who have been killed in foreign wars, as well as the families of those troops.

This year, the 208th Army Band from North Carolina will perform before the ceremony, starting at 3:30 p.m.

The York County veterans memorial monument is located at Lakeview Memory Gardens. All York County military men and women who have died in wars starting with World War I through Iraq and Afghanistan are on the monument, which was dedicated in 1986.

There will be speakers and honors for the families of troops, including special presentations to the surviving mothers of those troops, who are called Gold Star Mothers. At least five Gold Star Mothers are expected to attend.

Lt. Col. David Guyton, a Family Court judge and Marine Corps and Army combat veteran, will be master of ceremonies. Circuit Court Judge Lee Alford, a Navy veteran, will present speakers.

Honor Guards from American Legion Post 34 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2889 will participate.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

• The Arts Council of Chester County will host a community reception for the winners of the 19th Annual Superintendent’s Art Show, 4-7 p.m. May 29 at the Ann D. Marion Gallery, 123 Main St., Chester.

The winning pieces are on display through June 12. The show is produced in partnership with the Chester County School District with grants from Chester Healthcare Foundation and Carolina Panthers Charities.

In conjunction with the reception, Jon Sealy, author of an acclaimed first novel, “The Whiskey Baron,” will discuss his work and sign books from 5:30-7 p.m. in the gallery at a Business After Hours sponsored by the Arts Council of Chester County and the Chester County Chamber of Commerce

Sealy, a native of Six Mile and a graduate of the College of Charleston, is descended from a family with deep roots in western Chester County.

The setting for “The Whiskey Baron,” the fictional town of Castle, S.C., was inspired by the author’s memories of Chester and the surrounding countryside.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Lauren Medlin, Arts Council director, at 803-581-2030.

•  Summer Safety Fun Fest, hosted by Keystone, will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31 at Manchester Village, behind Bob Evans, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill.

The event includes teen driving demonstrations, water safety, child fingerprinting, mounted horse patrol, K-9 units, bike derby, face painting and balloon twisting, smoke house, drug and alcohol preventions, giveaways, prizes and food.

•  Pre-Memorial Day celebration and William “Bump” Roddey appreciation will be 9 p.m. Saturday at the Elk Home, 1644 Ogden Road. Music by deejay Ronnie Cee. Donation, $10.

•  Old Town Farmers Market off Caldwell Street in Rock Hill will be open 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The market features produce vendors, arts and crafts, and entertainment. Amanda DeCarlo will perform. Whispering Hope Farm will bring rare breeds of bunnies for petting. The next market will be 5-8 p.m. May 29.


• Children and youth groups are invited to a free Summer Kickoff Concert 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Old Town Amphitheater. The concert features Charlotte’s Providence Rd. Band along with performances by the Sanctuary of Life Outreach Youth Choir, the Emmett Scott Mighty Star Steppers, and the Just Dancin’ Dance Studio.

The concert is presented by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Weed & Seed, No. 1 Question: Is It Good for the Children? and C.R.A.V.E. Call 803-329-5661 for details.


•  Riverview Presbyterian Church will have a yard sale, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31 at the church on Sutton Road, Fort Mill. Hot dogs, tacos, soft drinks and baked goods will be sold. Proceeds to the sanctuary roof fund. Items are being accepted for sale. For information, call Linda Ferrel at 803-802-0048 or 803-547-2581.

• The Women of Divine Saviour Catholic Church 14th annual indoor yard sale will be 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 31 in the parish life center, 232 Herndon Ave., York. Furniture, household items, toys, clothes, and more. Fill a grocery bag with clothing for only $3. Free coffee will be available. Everything will be half price at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the ongoing projects and charities of the women of the church. Donated items may be dropped off at the church this week 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. May 27-30. For information, call 803-684-3431.

•  Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church will have a hash and bake sale Saturday at 8 a.m. until it runs out at the church, 4619 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Chester. Quarts are $14. To place orders, call 803-581-0605, 803-548-1766, or 803-417-4018

• Round for the Hounds 2, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of York County, will be 6-9 p.m Thursday at Millstone Pizza + Taphouse, 121 Caldwell St in Rock Hill. The restaurant will donate a portion food and beverage proceeds. There will be raffles and a silent auction.

•  Fort Mill VFW will host a fish dinner and entertainment, 6 p.m. Saturday at 1442 Harris Road. Plates are $5 and include fried flounder, french fries, hush puppies and tartar sauce. Entertainment with a DJ begins at 8 p.m. Open to the public. For information, call 803-547-5480.

•  Eastside Baptist Church will have a community yard sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot, 318 N. Jones Ave., Rock Hill. Spaces are available for $15 (tables not provided) by calling Ashley Ford at 803-322-3843.

Hunger relief

• The Second Harvest Partners sponsored by Providence Presbytery will have a hunger relief site 9 a.m. Friday at St. John Baptist Church, 3726 Woodlawn St., Sharon. Volunteers will help distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. For information, contact Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.


•  York County Democratic Women’s Club will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Golden Corral, Anderson Road, Rock Hill. State Rep. Bakari Sellers, candidate for lieutenant governor, will speak.

•  York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet at 4:30 p.m. May 27 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Hwy., York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684-3137 ext. 101.

•  Indian Land VFW will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 8083 Charlotte Hwy. Potential new members are asked to arrive at 10 a.m. and bring DD214. For information, contact John Marker at 704-843-6930.


•  Newcomers Club of York County monthly luncheon will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11 at the Brakefield at Riverwalk, 1111 Brakefield Drive, Rock Hill. Lunch is $15. Visitors welcome. RSVP to by June 6.


• South Carolina Legal Services will have a Pro Se Divorce Clinic at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Municipal Court, 120 E Black St., Rock Hill. Participants will not be admitted after 2 p.m.

The clinic, conducted by an attorney, is for those who have been separated from their spouse for more than one year, have no minor children, have no property to divide and are seeking a divorce on the grounds of one year continuous separation only.

Participants must know where the spouse resides in order to participate. The spouse must not be incarcerated and live in York County or the couple must have lived in York County the last time they lived together. Also, the wife must not have given birth to any children during the marriage, either by the husband or anyone else.

Registration is required. For information, 803-327-9001 or 1-800-922-3853.

Summer camp

•  Camp High Hopes, a free summer enrichment camp for ages 8-15, will be June 16-19 and June 23-26 at Boyd Hill Baptist Church family life center, Glenn Street, Rock Hill. Lunch provided. To sign up call, D.H. Seale at 803-324-1502 or Felicia Minter at 803-899-9938.


• The Early Learning Partnership’s Free Children’s Clinic is open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays in the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St. Children, birth to age 18, who do not have health insurance may see a doctor or nurse practitioner for free services that include sick visits, immunizations, and sports and school physicals. Call 803-322-6636 to make an appointment. Other clinics are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in York, Fort Mill and Clover. York County children may attend any of the four clinics.


•  Agape will host a volunteer session, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 29 at Agape Senior Assisted Living, 1785 Lexington Commons Drive, Rock Hill. For information, contact Kay G. Lee at 803-517-2021 or email


•  Rock Hill High School class of 1954 will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, Anderson Road, Rock Hill. Members, family and friends are invited.

York County Library

• All York County libraries will be closed Saturday-Monday for Memorial Day. Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday. For information about library programs and services, go to

Support groups

•  Overeaters Anonymous meets 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. For information, go to

•  Safe Passage in Rock Hill will host a weekly sexual assault survivors support group 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 104 Oakland Ave., next to the Varsity Restaurant. Participants in the support group meeting must be 18 or older. For information, call Safe Passage at 803-329-3336.

•  Alateen meets 8-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte. Meetings are for two age groups: 6-12, and 13 and older. For information call Lisa at 803-547-2124 or Sandy at 704-904-7834.

•  Al-Anonmeets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Serenity Club, Rock Hill; noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

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