Blood drives set to help McKemey
CHARLOTTE -- The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and the Shepeard Community Blood Center are joining again to offer more community blood drives to support 13-year-old burn victim Connor McKemey, who is recovering from severe burns he suffered in a Dec. 21 outdoor fireplace accident at his Tega Cay home.
To date, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has hosted six blood drives in honor of Connor McKemey. Upcoming blood drives will be held:
• Saturday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tega Cay Fire Department, 5000 Tega Cay Drive, Tega Cay.
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• April 11: 10 a.m.-noon at the Lowes Foods Shopping Center, corner of Gold Hill Road and S.C. 160 near Tega Cay.
To make an appointment, call 704-972-4712.
Former Army Major General coming to Wylie
LAKE WYLIE -- Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack, ret., is the guest speaker for the River Hills Lions Club's April 7 meeting of the River Hills Lions Club.
Swannack was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Military Academy in 1971. He served his nation for more than 30 years in command and staff positions at every level from platoon to Department of the Army.
Swannack served as deputy commander of the XVII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, where he helped prepare corps units for deployments to Iraq. Before assuming these duties, he commanded the 82nd airborne divisions from 2002 to 2007.
During this time he provided forces to Combined Joint Task Force 180 for combat operations in Afghanistan, and he personally led the division during combat operations from Kuwait to Baghdad and later civil military operations in western Iraq.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. reservations required. Call 803-370-2828 or 803-631-3543, or visit riverhillslions.org.
LAKE WYLIE -- Phil Huffman of Lake Wylie, owner of Dilworth Coffee House, is looking for donors and sponsors to help with prizes and giveaways, entertainment and food for the second annual Coffee House Poker Run for "I'm a Kool Kid" Foundation to be held in April.
"I'm a Kool Kid" Foundation is a group of volunteers committed to improving the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, according to the group's Web site, imakoolkid.org.
This year's event will run 150-miles, starting and ending in Lake Wylie, after riding through the North Carolina mountains with stops at coffee houses and some other locations at Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.
To find out more, call 803-371-8545.
High Court upholds decision
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld its decision to hear South Carolina's oral arguments against allowing intervenors in the "water war" case against North Carolina's request to withdraw water from the Catawba River.
The court made the decision Jan. 9, as reported by the Lake Wylie Pilot, ruling Monday against appeals from Duke Energy and Catawba River Supply Project. Both groups, along with the city of Charlotte, filed to intervene in the case accusing North Carolina of inequitable use of Catawba River water by allowing transfers from the basin north of the state line.
The action is the latest in a battle over the Catawba River basin. In 2007, South Carolina filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop North Carolina from draining the watershed.