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In brief - December 2, 2008

Curtain up on holiday musical Friday in York

YORK -- "There Will Be A Star," a Christmas musical written by York Playwright Laura Pfizenmayer with music by Tom Robinson and lyrics by Ellen Reddick, will be performed by the Divine Saviour Players at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Brendan Hall at Divine Saviour, 232 Herndon Ave., York.

The first performance is "pay as you exit" with donations accepted at the door.

Cost for the Saturday show is $25 per person, which includes dinner and dessert.

The Sunday matinee costs $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors, and includes coffee and desserts. There also will be caroling before and after the performance.

Only 100 tickets will be sold per performance, with no tickets sold at the door. Reservations are required by calling 803-684-3431 or 803-628-7966 or e-mailing lpfiz@bellsouth.net.

All proceeds will benefit Divine Saviour.

Tega Cay Police go hi-tech

TEGA CAY -- The Tega Cay Police Department is going hi-tech.

Last spring, the department received a new software program to help officers work more efficiently, officials said.

One of the newest features allows an officer to file a report in his car while someone at the station sees it in real time. The old system made it difficult and time consuming because the officer would have to come back to the station to provide dispatch or superiors with the information.

TCPD Capt. Dave Nelson said Southern Software, based in Southern Pines, N.C., is "officer friendly," because a police officer created it.

When it comes to looking for a suspect, the new system provides officers with fast, detailed descriptions.

An officer can save hours by typing in a suspect's name to get a background check as opposed to digging through paper records.

It also makes for better record keeping. When putting a report through the system, certain standards must be met, according to the TCPD.

-- Fort Mill Times

Countywide smoking ban vote Dec. 15

The prospects for a York Countywide ban on smoking in public places are still uncertain more than a year after elected officials started talking seriously about the idea.

Four County Council members said they are undecided or opposed, suggesting the measure could pass the seven-member council by a razor-thin margin in the initial Dec. 15 vote -- if it passes at all.

"I feel like we'll be able to get that passed," said Council Chairman Buddy Motz, an early supporter. "But it's going to be close."

Supporters view the ban as an urgent public health issue, arguing secondhand smoke kills thousands every year. They also say people have a right to breathe clean air, whether at work or enjoying dinner.

Opponents say the hazard is when the government tries to dictate a decision they say is better left to individuals. Bans typically apply to indoor public gathering spots, such as restaurants and bars.

Councilman Tom Smith of Lake Wylie said he wants to hear from more constituents before deciding. He can be reached at 803-631-4116.

-- The Herald

Join KOP mission trip

LAKE WYLIE -- Kenya Orphanage Project is organizing a mission trip April 2-11 to Jubilee Children's Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

Volunteers are needed to construct more bunk beds and high school desks, as well as teach basic computer skills, organize the library, hold music, arts and crafts, and dance groups, read with the children, play board games and update children's records.

Price of the ticket is about $1,650. Accommodations will be at the Methodist Guest House with a double room, breakfast included at about $70 per room, or $35 per person if share a room.

Additional expenses will be for daily transportation, lunch and dinner, about $30 a day, medical expenses of about $350 for malaria pills and recommended shots, and cost of a passport and Kenyan visa.

An optional safari after April 11 will likely range from $900 to $1,500 depending on how many days you want to spend.

For more information, call 803-746-5133, e-mail KOP founder Monique Boekhout of Lake Wylie at Boekhout@comporium.net or visit kenyaorphanageproject.org.

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