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Meeting July 1 on road improvements

Meeting July 1 on road improvements

A public information meeting on the Pennies for Progress plan on proposed improvements on Pole Branch Road is planned 5-7 p.m. July 1 at All Saints Catholic Church.

Call 803-684-8571 for more information.Free HIV testing Friday

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, Catawba Care will be hosting a free event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, June 27, at 500 Lakeshore Pkwy.

There will be free screenings for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

There will be food and educational games.

Catawba Care is a United Way funded, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote optimal health by providing medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and by educating the community to prevent the spread of HIV. For more information, call 803-909-6363 or visit

Blood drives announced

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold the following blood drives:

• June 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy St., Fort Mill.

• July 5, noon-4 p.m., Walmart, 970 E. Liberty St., York. Heidi Rhein student drive.

• July 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tega Cay Wash and Lube, 2888 S.C. 160, Fort Mill.

• July 12, 4-8 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

• July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Publix, 2186 N. Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Brandon Carroll student drive with free car wash.

• July 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oakdale Presbyterian Church, 12585 S.C. 55, Clover.

• July 15, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• July 16, 1-7 p.m., Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

• July 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Ebenezer Animal Hospital, 2445 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Aneisha Dobson student drive.

• July 25, 5-9 p.m., Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.

• July 27, 1-5 p.m., Bi-Lo Grocery, 1095 Filbert Hwy., York. Nikole Boulware student drive.

• July 30, noon-3 p.m., Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Pkwy., Tega Cay.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is recruiting students for its Students Saving Summer Scholarship program through Sept. 30. High school and college students who organize and host a successful blood drive have the chance to earn scholarship money for their secondary education.

For more information or to register for the scholarship program, call 704-972-4727 or email

Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment.

Home tour helps Justice Ministries

Everett Custom Homes presents the Home of Distinction at Lake Wylie July 4-18 with a tour of this mountain lodge-style home in Hands Mill.

The home is located at 3745 Rivergrass Lane, York.

Tour hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $10 at the home or $8 online at Proceeds go to Justice Ministries, a nonprofit organization committed to combating sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, with a focus on rescue and housing.

Sewage spill prompts no-swim call

Mecklenburg County officials issued a no-swim advisory June 18 for a portion of Lake Wylie, north of the Buster Boyd Bridge.

The advisory was issued for a cove on the lake at the RiverPointe development. It follows the discharge of untreated sewage into the lake June 18.

Rusty Rozzelle, water quality program manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, said about 800 gallons of sewage spilled into the cove from a broken sewer line. The discharge was stopped by Utilities Inc., a private utility company that handles sewer service in RiverPointe.

The cove is about midway between the Buster Boyd Bridge and McDowell Nature Preserve. But the area of the spill was contained in the cove, Rozzelle said, and the no-swim advisory did not affect areas near the bridge or the nature preserve.

The cove is at the end of Eagleview Drive and Woolwine Road.

Rozzelle said Storm Water Services staff collected water samples, and the no-swim advisory remained in effect until fecal coliform bacteria levels fell below the safe level.

He said the advisories are standard procedure.

“It was necessary to close the areas to recreation because of the potential risk to human health,” Rozzelle said. “That’s because Lake Wylie is designated as recreational waters.”

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Donations needed for fireworks

Donations for the Lake Wylie July 4 fireworks are needed.

The show begins at dusk, about 9:30 p.m. July 4, launching from Camp Thunderbird.

The show is funded solely through donations. Contributions can be made to Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Comedian highlights Hospice fundraiser

Chonda Pierce, the “Queen of Clean Comedy” brings her cheerful, unpretentious Southern charm, musical talent and laser-sharp wit to Rock Hill Sept. 4 for a Hospice fundraiser at First Baptist Church.

Pierce, the highest grossing female comedian of all time, headlines Hospice & Community Care’s second annual LOL event, which raises funds for underinsured hospice patients in the community. The evening will feature dessert and coffee.

Pierce has received five Emmy nominations, appeared in several films including “Your Love Never Fails” and “12 Wishes of Christmas,” is the author of six best-selling books and was recently honored with the “Comedian of the Year” Visionary Award.

Tickets are available at

For more information, call 803-329-1500.

Volunteers needed to serve meals

The York County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to frail, home-bound seniors in York, the nonprofit agency said Monday.

Anyone who wants to sign up to deliver meals or for more information, can call Elaine Kershaw at the York Senior Center at 803-684-6115.

Small grants available

Small Grants are available to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and schools throughout York County. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5 p.m. Sept. 1

Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year. Information and applications are available through the Arts Council at 803-328-2787 or