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In brief - April 28, 2009

Buffer hearing rescheduled

YORK --York County Council has rescheduled the public hearing for the second reading of the new buffer zone ordinance at 6 p.m. May 4 to May 18 at Council Chambers, 6 S. Congress St., York. A third reading, pending approval, would likely be held June 1. To view the draft ordinance, visit

Mill house grand opening Saturday

BELMONT -- The Belmont Historical Society is holding a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday of the newly restored Yates Abernethy Mill House at 40 Catawba St.

The mill house was donated to the historical society by Parkdale Mills and moved from the Acme Mill Village in north Belmont in 2007. Society member Yates Abernethy was instrumental in acquiring and restoring the house. Other members spent long hours restoring the vintage mill village home to its 1930-'40 era charm.

Inside are period furniture and artifacts donated by Belmont residents or purchased by the society. A tour of the home transports visitors to a lifestyle shared years ago by mill workers on the "mill hill."

Also on display is a must-see "memory quilt." The quilt pictorially depicts most mills in Belmont's textile history.

The home will be open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For more information, call 704-825-4848 or visit

Yard sale for Hospice Saturday

LAKE WYLIE--Local Motion Bar & Grill, 4555 Charlotte Hwy., hosts a yard sale from 6 a.m to noon Saturday to benefit Hospice & Community Care in York County. For more information, call 803-831-0037.

Derby Party benefits many

FORT MILL -- The York County Community Foundation will be distributing grants totaling $15,010 to eleven nonprofit organizations at Saturday's fifth annual Kentucky Derby Party from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn, 540 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill.

Food, beverages, a hat contest, stick horse races and other events will precede the Kentucky Derby race, which will be shown live on big-screen televisions.

Event proceeds benefit the York County Community Foundation's community fund, from which grants are awarded annually to York County nonprofits. Last year's Kentucky Derby Party raised more than $47,368.

Among the 2009 grant recipients is $1,500 to the Catawba Riverkeeper to pay for training and program materials for the Lake Wylie Covekeeper and Muddy Water Watch program, as well as travel expenses for the staff who will coordinate the trainings in York County, and $1,500 to Steppin High to purchase new shoes, mostly sneakers and new socks for children in need in the Rock Hill and Clover school districts.

Tickets cost $50 per individual or $85 per couple. Call 800-973-7244 or visit

Hear about nuclear station Monday

ROCK HILL -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an informal open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Rock Hill City Hall Rotunda, 155 Johnson St., Rock Hill, to discuss the assessment of safety performance during 2008 at the Catawba nuclear power plant on Lake Wylie.

The NRC found the Catawba plant met all NRC safety objectives during 2008, and performance at the plant was at a level that resulted in no additional NRC oversight.

"Throughout the year, we inspect and review the performance of the Catawba plant and all commercial nuclear plants," NRC Region II Administrator Luis Reyes said. "We issue several inspection reports during the year and an overall annual assessment. This open house allows us to discuss that assessment with local officials and people near the plant, and answer any questions they may have."

Current performance information for Catawba Unit 1 is available at Current performance information for Unit 2 is at .

Tickets for CAAC gala on sale

CLOVER -- The Clover Area Assistance Center will host its annual gala with "A Safari Adventure" theme from 7 to 10 p.m. May 14 at the Museum of York County's African Halls.

The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, open bar and wine tasting provided by Lake Wylie Liquor.

Traditionally hosted in the fall, CAAC moved the date of its annual fundraiser to the spring this year to avoid conflicting with other charitable events in the area.

The need for services and assistance to the less fortunate in the Clover community has increased alarmingly with the recession.

Cost to attend is $75 per person ($50 is tax deductible). To make reservations, send checks to CAAC, P.O. Box 521, Clover, SC 29710, or call 803-831-1794 or 803-831-0122.

Car and truck show, fish fry set

STEELE CREEK -- Red Fez Shrine Club on Lake Wylie will host its fourth annual Car & Truck Show & Cruiz-in from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16.

At 2 p.m., a fish fry begins for $9 a plate.

Judging will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Awards will be given for top 50, club president's choice and best engine, paint, interior and best of show. There will be $600 in cash and prizes awarded.

The entry fee is $18. Entry to the cruiz-in event costs $5. Call 704-568-3362 for more info.