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In brief - May 5, 2009

Mother's Day flower sales benefit causes

LAKE WYLIE -- Carla Cullon and Lannette Conder will sell Mother's Day bouquets Saturday and Sunday at Lake Wylie to help raise money for two charitable causes -- Dakota's Spectacular Day on the Lake and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dakota's Day, now in its third year, brings about 150 children with cancer and their counselors to Lake Wylie for boat riding, tubing, singing, playing games, fireworks and more.

"We started this event to help the many children that are very much like our sweet son Dakota Gay, who passed away with brain cancer January 2007," Conder said.

Money also will be sent to support Cullon's team, Jake's J Walkers, who will participate in the next JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Cullon's son Jake, 18, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just before his 13th birthday. Both Gay and Cullon, best friends, were diagnosed the same week.

Flowers will be sold at two locations, Jac-Lyn's Gift & Hallmark Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and T-Bones on the Lake from noon to p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Donations for the Day on the Lake will be accepted, including money, grocery gift cards, gas cards and Wal-Mart gift cards.

River Hills Marina plan vote Friday

LAKE WYLIE -- River Hills property owners will be able to vote on the marina plans from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the community association office.

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.

Buffer zoning hearing May 18

YORK --York County Council has rescheduled the public hearing for the second reading of the new buffer zoning ordinance for 6 p.m. 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

Peeler's job bill moves forward

COLUMBIA -- S.C. State Sen. Harvey Peeler, who represents four counties including parts of York County, now has his bill to allow tax credits for companies hiring unemployed South Carolinians through to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Senate read the bill a second time April 28 and a third time the following day, sending it to the House. House members referred it to Ways and Means after first reading.

If passed, the bill would allow tax credits for companies at $100 per month for each hire for up to two years. Workers must complete four consecutive weeks of work for employers to receive the credit.

Taste of Belmont Saturday

BELMONT -- Belmont Rotary Club presents Taste of Belmont 2009 with a casino night theme from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Inn-Belmont.

Guests may dress in Vegas finest or as their favorite Vegas

celebrity. Red Hots band will provide live entertainment.

Food will be provided by 10 Belmont-area restaurants, and the "Best of Belmont" trophy will be awarded.

Proceeds go to the Belmont Community Organization and Belmont Downtown Merchants Association, sponsors of the summer Friday Night Live street concerts.

Tickets cots $50 per person. Business sponsorships for the event are available from the $150 level to $750. For information, call 704-825-2322.

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.

Cost to attend is $75 per person ($50 is tax deductible). To make reservations, call 803-831-1794 or 803-831-0122.