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Living will seminar Oct. 17 in Rock Hill

Mounted Patrol earns awards

Two York County Sheriff’s Office deputies from its Mounted Patrol won awards at a nationwide competition.

Deputies Mark McCarter and Jamie Sandifer traveled to Wilmington, Del., to compete in the North American Police Equestrian Competition Sept. 25-29, according to the sheriff’s office. The two won 12 awards.

McCarter and his horse Cochise won first place in the Western division, as well as the Novice and Obstacle combined event. They finished third in the Novice Equitation and obstacle course event.

Sandifer and his horse Barney placed sixth in the Western competition and 12th in the Obstacle competition.

The deputies also placed third in a combined team event with a member of the National Park Service.

The deputies competed against 14 law enforcement agencies and more than 70 horses across the U.S. and Canada.

Rep. Pope awarded for rec help

S.C. Rep. Thomas E. “Tommy” Pope was recently named the 2014-2015 Legislator of the Year by The South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association. The award is given to an individual in the Legislature who has contributed to the recreation and parks field.

The SCRPA works to build the community through programs and advocacy for parks, recreation and tourism. The receiver of this award must show leadership and dedication to advocating and assisting with these programs on a state level.

Pope has shown this leadership and dedication by his work to obtain the same discount for the SCRPA as the Special Purpose Districts on SLED background checks for volunteers in 2011, by working to pass a three year proviso for the SCRPA in the state budget in 2012, and by assisting in the obtaining of additional funding for the Parks and Recreational Development fund in 2014.

Pope serves District 47 in the S.C. House of Representatives. He is managing partner at Elrod Pope Law Firm with offices in Rock Hill and Lake Wylie.

2 deputies are national champs

Two York County Deputies won back-to-back championships at the National Rifle Association, Tactical Police National Shooting Competition in Albuquerque, N.M.

Last month, York County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Buddy Brown and Investigator Heath Clevenger became NRC-TPC Tactical Division, National Champions. The team won first place out of 11 teams from the U.S. Border Patrol, Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies across the country. This is the second year in a row Clevenger and Brown took first place in the Tactical Team Division.

“To win against the best shooters in the country once is great, but to go back and win back-to-back titles is truly an awesome accomplishment, I’m very proud of my officers,” said Sheriff Bruce Bryant.

Individually in the tactical division, Brown took second place and Clevenger took third place. Both men won against 45 other contestants from law enforcement agencies from across the country. In 2013 at the same competition, Clevenger and Brown finished first and third individually.

The NRA-TPC three-gun course is based on real life scenarios, broken down into six courses, featuring obstacles and targets. An added natural obstacle at the competition this year was rain and flooding on and around the shooting course.

For a list of full results, go to

Conservation group meeting Oct. 16

The York Soil and Water Conservation District meeting is at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the USDA ServiceCenter, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway.

The public and agencies interested in conservation issues are welcome to attend. For information, call 803-684-3137.

Agape living will seminar Oct. 17

Agape Senior will host the Five Wishes seminar noon-2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Jackson’s Cafeteria.

Five Wishes is a living will written in everyday language that helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.

Reservations recommended. Call 803-329-4544.

Lake Wylie Crop Hunger Walk Oct. 19

The Lake Wylie Crop Hunger Walk will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 starting at River Hills Community Church Life Center.

CROP Walk is a chance for neighbors to walk together to raise awareness and money for local and international hunger relief.

The 3-mile walk along Charlotte Highway goes from River Hills Community Church to Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and back. It is not a race. Strollers and pets are welcome, but no bikes.

Equally split, 25 percent of proceeds will be returned locally to CAAC, PATH and God’s Kitchen.

Sponsors, teams and donations are wanted. For more information, call 704-301-3652 or visit

Blood drives announced

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

•  4-7 p.m. Oct. 20, Nishie G’s, 727 Dilworth Lane, Suite 105, Rock Hill.

• 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Fort Mill Ford, 801 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill.

• 4-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31, ESP Associates, 3475 Lakemount Blvd., Fort Mill.

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

Joy 4 Tots ride Nov. 9

The 10th annual Joy 4 Tots Ride will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 9.

The ride starts at the Oakridge Community Building and ends at Roosevelt Park in Clover. Bring one toy per biker. Refreshments will be served.

Call 704-813-2792 or 980-522-1328 for information.

RideAbility fall fest Nov. 15

RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center will host a family and friends fall festival 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 15 at 937 Stallion Spirit Trail at Cherokee Farms.

The event will include face painting, tie-dying T-shirts, cornhole, a scavenger hunt, a horseless obstacle course for children, carrot feeding for the horses, a bake sale and raffle baskets. Earth Fare is sponsoring drinks, fruit and snacks.

Call 803-222-6008 or visit

Good Folks plan December luncheon

Good Folks of York County’s annual fundraising luncheon will be Dec. 2 at the DiGiorgio Center on the Winthrop University campus to benefit Keystone Substance Abuse Services’ planned Youth and Adolescent Center.

The fee to join Good Folks of York County is $30, which includes the luncheon. To become a member, visit

Sewer spill reported at River Hills

A no swim advisory was issued Oct. 6 after a wastewater overflow near River Hills Marina Club.

Carolina Water Service issued a public notice that afternoon. A spill of less than 2,000 gallons drained into Lake Wylie in the cove between Oakwood Lane and Marina Road. The incident occurred between 7:17 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6 from a manhole behind 12 Oakwood Lane.

The incident impacted Marina, Old Post, Ridgeport and Sunrise Point roads, Sunrise Point and Tall Pines courts, Oakwood Lane, Riverview Terrace and the marina club.

Carolina Water put out the public notice and sent out phone calls to residents in the area.

Police: Lake Wylie father, son charged

Two men believed to be father and son were arrested on drug charges, days after warrants were issued for assault and burglary charges stemming from a incident involving lost smoking pipes, according to York County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Bryan Bower, 47, and Collin Bower, 17, were arrested Oct. 1 in a narcotics investigation by the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Unit at a Hidden Cove address. The elder Bower was said to be in possession of cocaine and three doses of diazepam, the report states. The younger Bower was found with the same three doses of diazepam and marijuana, the report states.

The Bowers were wanted for active warrants by the York County Sheriff’s Office from an assault and burglary incident.

Police were dispatched Sept. 29 to a Greenwich Boulevard residence in Lake Wylie for an assault. They found bloodstains on the living room carpet and a blood trail leading to the balcony area. The victim claimed they were attacked by the Bowers over marijuana pipes left at their house.

The victim found marijuana pipes in her son’s room in August, the police report states. He said they belonged to Collin Bower. She banned her son from allowing Bower to come over and threw the pipes out, the report states.

Bower texted the victim, asking him to return the pipes, the police report states. Collin Bower told the victims that his father, was going to be mad because the pipes belonged to him, police say. Collin Bower sent a text at 8:38 p.m. saying to bring him his stuff, the report says. The victim’s boyfriend said for Bower to come over, police say.

At 10:25 p.m., the Bowers, as well as three other teenagers, allegedly entered the victim’s home and assaulted the victims, the report states. One of the victims went for a shotgun in the bedroom, but it was grabbed and pulled away from him, the report states.

The fighting allegedly took place in the living room and the balcony.

Before they all left, the elder Bower reportedly said he would come back and kill the victim. “Do you know who I am? Do you know how much power I have around here?” Bower repeatedly asked, according to police.

A white shoe and a red-and-white ballcap with a Ferrari symbol on it were recovered from the balcony and placed into evidence.

Warrants for first degree burglary, second and third degree assault, and battery by mob charges were drawn up for both Bower men. Bryan Bower was also drawn a warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the report states.

Komen Charlotte offering small grants

Susan G. Komen Charlotte is offering grants up to $5,000 to York County nonprofit and health organizations for urban outreach, rural health and capacity building to serve uninsured or under-insured individuals in the community.

Grant opportunities were made possible in part through funds raised at Kickin’ It Challenge, a two-day youth soccer tournament, barbecue dinner and silent auction.

Grant applications must be submitted through the Komen Charlotte’s online Grants eManagement System. For information, visit and click on small grants.