Hospice volunteer training Thursday
ROCK HILL Hospice & Community Care will offer a one-day volunteer training session 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at 2275 India Hook Road.
Volunteers 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. Schedules are flexible.
Call 803-329-1500 to register.
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Blood drives announced
YORK COUNTY The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold the following blood drives:
• 5-9 p.m., July 25, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket for donors.
• 1-5 p.m., July 27, Bi-Lo Grocery, 1095 Filbert Hwy., York. Nikole Boulware student drive.
• noon-3 p.m., July 30, Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Pkwy., Tega Cay.
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 KLJones@cbcc.us.
Call 704-972-4700 or go to carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.
Sheriff’s office accreditation forum set
YORK York County Sheriff’s Office employees and the community are invited to offer comments during the office’s on-site accreditation process at a public information session at 5 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Jury Selection Room at the Moss Justice Center, 1675-2A York Hwy.
York County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 earned Law Enforcement Accreditation as administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. Accreditation status is subject to review during a three-year accreditation award cycle and the York County Sheriff’s Office is approaching its third review. During the review, CALEA will conduct an on-site assessment of the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Comments also will be accepted from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 by calling 803-818-6634. Comments during the public information session and telephone session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.
To submit written comments about York County Sheriff’s Office ability to comply with the standards for accreditation write: CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., suite 320 Gainesville, Va. 20155.
For more information, call 803-628-5998.
Sheriff honors teen with Citizens Commendation
YORK COUNTY On June 26, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant awarded Luke Dowdle, 17, with a Sheriff’s Office Citizens Commendation for his actions on March 28.
Dowdle was home alone when someone broke into his home near Sharon. Before the suspect drove off, Dowdle took a photograph of the suspect’s truck with his cellphone. The photograph helped investigators find the suspect. Bryant Edward Bolin was arrested for burglary first degree.
“Luke showed courage and foresight during the ordeal,” Bryant said. “He had presence of mind to take a cellphone photograph of the suspect vehicle as it was leaving; something few people would have thought to do under such stressful circumstances.”
Become a master gardener
YORK 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
For anyone who cannot attend weekday classes, there is a statewide, online Master Gardener class offered through Clemson University. Visit clemson.edu/extension/mg/ for more information.
Comedian highlights Hospice fundraiser
ROCK HILL 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 HospiceCommunityCare.org.
For more information, call 803-329-1500.
Entries sought for literary competition
ROCK HILL The Arts Council of York County presents its 11th annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast, and the third annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across York County. The postmark deadline for entries is Sept. 19.
The annual Literary Competitions include two categories – short story and poetry. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and the poetry competition, and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition. Awards are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. There will be no repeat prize winners within the categories. The winners of the Youth Literary Competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.
There are no restrictions on subject matter. All participants must submit three copies of each entry for distribution to judges. Email entries will not be accepted. No entries will be returned. Your name must not appear on the manuscript, and pages must be numbered with the title of the entry. Include the title of the submitted work and all contact information on the entry form. For complete guidelines and entry information, visit yorkcountyarts.org.
Entry fees for the adult competition are: nonmembers: $15 per entry; ACYC members: $10 per entry. There are no entry fees for those entering the youth competition. Those submitting to the youth competition must be enrolled in a K-12 program to be eligible to enter.
All participants are invited to a free, public reception and awards ceremony 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., where the winners will be announced. Winners are encouraged to read passages from their work at the reception.
For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit yorkcountyarts.org.