Edgemoor Auction Barn raises $4,000 for bikes
EDGEMOOR -- Friends of the Edgemoor Auction Barn raised nearly $4,000 this year to buy bicycles for needy children, according to the leader of the third annual Christmas fundraiser.
Chris Hoskins, who runs the auction barn with his wife, Alma, started the bike drive to help disadvantaged children in York and Chester counties.
This year, Hoskins was able to purchase 130 bikes, which were given to local law enforcement offices and a few other agencies and churches to distribute.
"They know who needs them out there," Hoskins said of the police departments. "They're out there every single day doing their community policing. They know who's getting left out."
The money came from selling hamburger plates, candy and quart jars of homemade chow-chow, along with cash donations from Hoskins' customers at the auction barn.
The number of bikes purchased has increased every year, and Hoskins hopes he'll be able to buy more bikes next year.
Clover Police Department distributes toys for kids
CLOVER -- Toys for 213 children were distributed Thursday by the Clover Police Department's Clover Santa project.
The community donated toys and $2,120 to serve children ages 3 months to 17 years. The department was able to supply about 50 bicycles, seven tricycles, skateboards, MP3 players, iPods, dolls, remote-control cars and other items, said Sgt. Frank Sadler.
Donations also came from area businesses and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, assisted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Sadler said.
Capt. Chuck Neil credited Sadler and Cpl. Neil Flack for organizing the local effort, which served 10 more children this year than last year. He also thanked the community.
"We want to let the people of Clover know how much we appreciate what they've done to make a difference," said Neil. "Their generosity is always outstanding."
Kelly Staffing honors local substitute teacher
A Rock Hill substitute teacher is being honored by the group that hired him as the substitute teacher of the semester for fall 2007.
Lester Strickland was recognized for his performance as a substitute teacher by Kelly Educational Staffing.
Strickland was chosen based on feedback from teachers and administrators. He will receive gift certificates and is eligible for the national substitute of the year contest at the end of the year.
"Lester is a wonderful substitute teacher," said Claudia McKay, a teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School. He is reliable, conscientious and has good classroom management skills."
Kelly Educational Staffing recruits, trains and hires substitute teachers across the country.
Rock Hill announces holiday trash schedule
The trash collection schedule in the city of Rock Hill changes slightly during Christmas week.
Trash will be picked up as normal on Monday. However, the Tuesday pickup day will move to Wednesday, while Wednesday pickup moves to Thursday and Thursday pickup moves to Friday. Pickup will be as normal on New Year's Day.
Thanksgiving and Christmas week are the only two holidays in which trash collection doesn't occur on a normal schedule.
Absentee voting now open in Chester County
CHESTER -- Chester County's absentee voters can request their ballots for the January presidential primaries now, said Earl Moore, director of the Chester County Election Commission.
To obtain a ballot, call the commission at (803) 385-2562. Absentee voters also can visit the Ella Street office and vote in the Republican primary now, Moore said. In-house voting for the Democratic primary will begin Dec. 26.
The deadline for in-house absentee voting is Jan. 18, Moore said. The last day to apply by mail is Jan. 15. Absentee applicants must be registered to vote.
The S.C. Republican primary will be held Jan. 19; the S.C. Democratic primary will take place Jan. 26.