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In brief - August 14, 2008

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous begins regular weekly meetings at Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle, Aug. 20. Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

For more information, call Katy at (704) 466-2660.

No Smoke Ban for Tega Cay

TEGA CAY -- The Tega Cay City Council has decided not to vote on a resolution to ban smoking in city-owned buildings.

During a special meeting Thursday, Mayor Bob Runde moved to vote on the resolution, but no one seconded it, so the measure died without a vote. The council then directed city manager Grant Duffield to bring the issue back as an ordinance at the next regularly scheduled council meeting set for Aug. 18.

"The reason I didn't vote," Councilman George Sheppard said, "is because I believe we shouldn't do this by resolution. It's a one-time vote that doesn't allow public discussion."

The resolution would have stated that it would be unlawful for any person to smoke or "possess lighted smoking material" inside of any enclosed structure owned by the city. As a resolution, the measure would have required only one council vote, and it would have expired at the end of the year. As an ordinance, it will require two council votes, which would allow for public comment between votes. An ordinance also carries the force of law.

-- Fort Mill Times