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Catawba Nuclear Station siren test July 9

Vandals strike mailboxes, signs

The York County Sheriff’s Office says vandals damaged dozens of mailboxes, stop signs and street signs late Wednesday or early Thursday along the state line north of Clover.

The sheriff’s office said it had been contacted by 8 a.m. Thursday about 50 mailboxes either being opened or run over and destroyed. Trent Faris, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said street and stop signs also were damaged.

The damage took place on S.C. 577, S.C. 564, Parham Road, Cross Road, Ridge Road, and on Patrick Road in both York and Gaston counties.

The sheriff’s office asked that anyone with information in the case contact investigators at 803-628-3059 or Crime Stoppers, 1-877-409-4321.

Additional victims of the vandalism are asked to call 803-628-3056.

Nuclear station siren test Wednesday

Catawba Nuclear Station in York will test sirens at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 9.

No public action is required during this three-minute test. By testing the sirens, state and county officials and Duke Energy ensure the sirens are operating properly. This full-cycle siren test is performed once each quarter.

Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. The siren sounding is a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station in their area that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials would use these stations to provide information to the public.

For information, call 800-777-0006, select option 1.

Library board meeting Thursday

The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the York Public Library, 21 E. Liberty St..

Library board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. For more information, visit call 803-981-5831 or visit

Writer’s workshop Saturday

The 2014 Rock Hill South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Intensive will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave.

The workshop is for writers of all abilities and interests including bloggers, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, technical, illustrators and marketing.

Speakers are Ed Wilson, Rosemary C. Gray, Barbara K. Lawing, Craig Faris, Ann E. Eisenstein and Ed Green.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for SCWW members or $25 for others. Lunch is included.

Call 980-253-7261 or email

Self defense for women offered

The town of Clover is offering basic practical self defense for women 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12.

Topics to be discussed include recognizing potential threats and basic prevention; awareness of your surroundings; identifying different avenues to escape danger; evaluating potential danger & making crucial decisions; identifying and utilizing obstructions and barriers for safety; tips for avoiding physical confrontation; if physically confronted, how to stop the attack; and identifying personal weapons of opportunity.

Wear comfortable clothes and footwear. Class is being taught by Brian Boling, a 20-year veteran and trainer of law enforcement. Call 803-222-9493.

For more information, visit

Blood drives announced

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

• 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.

The CBCC said there is a seasonal blood shortage. While all blood types are needed, O type donations are at a critical low.

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.

Become a barbecue judge

The South Carolina Barbeque Association will hold an all-day seminar designed to start a person on the path to becoming a full-fledged Certified Barbeque Judge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St.

It is the first of a five-step process. The seminar cost is $45, which includes lunch. Membership in SCBA is $35.

Email for information.

Youth rowing program starts Monday

North Charlotte Rowing, a recreational and competitive rowing club, will offer its first youth program on Lake Wylie 8-10 a.m. July 14-19 at 1500 River Drive.

Other youth programs scheduled are 8-10 a.m. July 21-25, July 28-Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-8.

Cost is $100 for one week. Instructor is Wade Glaser, also a teacher at Gaston Day School in Gastonia.

Adult programs also are available.

For more information, visit

Marina hosts free movie nights

Lake Wylie Marina will host a movie night July 18 and Aug. 15 at sunset to raise money and awareness for the Saving Eliza story at the boat-in movie event.

The movie is free, but donations will be accepted to help Eliza O’Neill, 4, of Columbia, who was diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare genetic disease that attacks the brain. Money raised will send her for clinical trial at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Matt Sellhorst, Hall Marine employee, is cousin to the O’Neill family.

For more information about Eliza, visit

For more information about the marina, visit

Cooking workshops scheduled

The Clemson Extension Service in York County will teach a three-day cooking workshop 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 22-24 for ages 11-19 at extension office, 120 N. Congress St.

Children will learn the basic foundation of cooking and be able to personalize their own dishes. They will learn to prepare and cook quick breads, yeast breads and egg dishes.

The cost of the three-day workshop is $25.

Call 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or email

Hospice volunteer training July 24

Hospice & Community Care will offer a one-day volunteer training session 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24 at 2275 India Hook Road.

Offer companionship to patients, provide customer service at the Resale Shops, serve in the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, knit Prayer Shawls, help with fundraisers and community education, and more with flexible schedules.

Call 803-329-1500 to register.

Deadline for film entries nears

The third annual Underexposed Film Festival YC is accepting submission of professionally presented independent short films for this juried competition.

Films should have a run time of 45 minutes or less in the following categories: narrative, animation, experimental or documentary. Other categories include female director and student film.

For festival guidelines and entry information, visit Entries submitted online may be eligible for a $5 discount.

Entry deadline is July 18. Awards totaling $1,950 will be presented at the festival Nov. 13-15 at Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St. For more information on Arts Council events, call 803-328-2787 or visit

Become a master gardener

The 2014 Master Gardener class for York, Chester and Lancaster counties is accepting applications for the class starting Aug. 5.

Classes are held at the York County Clemson Extension, 120 N. Congress St., from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Nov. 11.

Call 803-684-9919 or email for information.

For anyone who cannot attend weekday classes, there is a statewide, online Master Gardener class offered through Clemson University. Visit for more information.

Comedian highlights Hospice fundraiser

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

Pierce headlines Hospice & Community Care’s second annual LOL event, which raises money 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.