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News briefs - December 16, 2008

Morning series

starts Thursday

LAKE WYLIE -- Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce will kick off its new morning series of timely topics and helpful information for small businesses from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the the chamber office, 264 Latitude Lane.

The focus of the series is to help in these hard economic times. Topics will include real estate, last-minute planning tips for taxes, helping business owners take advantage of opportunities in the current economic conditions, making the most of investments, strategies in the current market climate and retirement planning.

This week, Allan Gregory of Edward Jones and Donna Bordeaux, CPA, will present information to help with tax savings for this year and next. Gregory will talk about best places to put money now and how to take advantage of the economic changes.

Bordeaux, of Bordeaux & Bordeaux, will offer a free report called "Managing Through The Economic Crisis."

"Among our members we have so many experts," said Susan Bromfield, chamber president. "In this economy, our local experts can explain ways to work in this new system to get loans and help us understand the new rules because so much has changed from a year ago."

Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served. For more information, call 803-831-2827 or visit

Holiday band concert Thursday

CLOVER -- Clover Bands Free Holiday Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Clover School District Auditorium. Donations will be accepted for the Susan Warren Scholarship Fund.

Clover High School band director Eric Wells said via e-mail, "Susan Warren was an active parent in the Clover Band Booster Club for about 10 years. She had a son and daughter both come through the band program -- Kyle played trumpet and Caroline played clarinet and was drum major her senior year.

"She worked tirelessly and volunteered countless hours to the Clover Bands," he said. "She was the Clover Band Booster Club President from 2004-2007. The Susan R. Warren Scholarship was established in 2007 in honor of Susan Warren for her endless love and dedication to the Clover High School Band Program."

She and her husband, Ray, live in York.

Gym planning Jan. 2 opening

LAKE WYLIE -- Anytime Fitness should open Jan. 2 in Lake Wylie.

Owner Linda Watkins said Monday the plan is to open then, pending final building inspection approvals.

The gym is selling pre-memberships for the 3,600-square-foot facility that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The gym also will be the first tenant in The Anchor Shops Place at S.C. 49 and Evergreen Road.

For more on Anytime Fitness, visit, e-mail or call 803-627-6473.

For more information on The Anchor Shops Place, pick up a copy of the Dec. 30 Lake Wylie Pilot.

New sheriff's office opens

CLOVER -- The York County Sheriff's Office has moved its Clover satellite office to a new location with more space.

The satellite office is now in a business center near S.C. 557, closer to Lake Wylie. The office was formerly located in the Clover Police Department.

Students must pass course to park on campus

FORT MILL -- Fort Mill's high schools now require students who want to park on campus to pass a defensive driving course as part of Alive at 25, a defensive driving and early intervention program created by the NSC.

"It's about educating the community and educating young adults," said Brooke Russell, executive director for S.C. Chapter of the National Safety Council. "It's a collaboration of the community to save lives."

Car wrecks are the No. 1 cause of death among 16 to 24 year olds, Russell said. The NSC began offering Alive at 25 in South Carolina in February 2007. So far, 10,000 young drivers have taken the four-and-a-half hour course. Of those, one was killed in a wreck.

The program comes with a $35 per-student fee that includes the price of a booklet. Some of that money is used to offset the cost of the program for other students who can't afford the fee, Russell said.

Director of Secondary Education Marty McGinn said she will have a detailed plan to include Alive at 25 at Fort Mill High and Nation Ford High for the board to study in January or February.

Roberts named to state board

CHARLOTTE -- Jennifer Roberts, chairwoman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, has been appointed to a one-year term for 2008-09 to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners' Board of Directors by NCACC President-elect Mary Accor of Cleveland County.

Roberts will serve as an at-large director. She was recently elected to her third two-year term on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.