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In brief - May 19, 2009

Military issues topic of Friday luncheon

LAKE WYLIE -- The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women present Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Stanhope S. Spears, adjutant general for South Carolina, as featured speaker at the May 22 luncheon meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. at River Hills Country Club.

Spears will talk about current military issues including an update on U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A South Carolina native and graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Spears has served as head of the military department of the state of South Carolina since 1995 and is senior among U.S. state adjutant generals. He administers the affairs of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, the Emergency Management Division, the state guard, Youth Challenge and Americorp.

The public, both men and women, are invited. Cost is $15 per person. Call 803- 831-0550 or 803-831-0689 by May 19 to make a reservation.

Banking topic of June 2 meeting

LAKE WYLIE -- Dr. Anthony "Tony" Plath, associate professor of finance, UNC Charlotte, will be speaking to the River Hills Lions at 7 p.m. June 2 at River Hills Country Club.

How did an associate professor at UNC Charlotte get to be the go-to guy for commentary on North Carolina-based banks, showing up not only in the Tar Heel press but in such national publications as Business Week and The Wall Street Journal? Well, as they say in the news game, Tony Plath gives a good quote.

Plus, as the son of a sportswriter, "I return reporters' phone calls."

The Ohio native, earned his MBA at Kent State University, worked for Columbus-based Huntington National Bank and Cleveland Trust. He joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1987.

His research interests include deregulation and technological innovation in the commercial banking industry, leasing and capital project evaluation in corporate finance and contemporary financial education. Dr. Plath can often be heard in the morning on WBT Radio.

Call 803-631-3543 to make a reservation or visit

Poker run for kids revs up June 6

LAKE WYLIE -- Phil Huffman of Lake Wylie, owner of Dilworth Coffee House, is looking for donors and sponsors to help with prizes and giveaways, entertainment and food for the second annual Coffee House Poker Run for "I'm a Kool Kid" Foundation to be held June 6. The 150-mile ride will start and end in Lake Wylie after riding through the North Carolina mountains.

To find out more, call 803-371-8545.

Input on new center sought

ROCK HILL -- The community is invited to attend one of three public forums to gather information and opinion about the new Community Performance Center scheduled to open in fall 2009.

Times are 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 28 at Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, and June 8 and 11, locations to be announced.

The Arts Council expects renovation of the Community Performance Center at 249 E. Main St. to be completed in mid-August. A grand opening will be held in the Fall of 2009.

E-mail the Arts Council at by May 22 with comments or visit for more information.

See more news on page 5B.

Learn to manage stress naturally

STEELE CREEK -- Learn how to conquer stress from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 29 at Peaceful Dragon Martial Arts and Cultural Center, 12610 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte.

Dr. Camilo Sanchez, OMD,L. Ac, MQG, will present "Breaking the Cycle of Stress: Learn how stress can lead to chronic health problems and five ways to manage stress naturally."

With more than 20 years of teaching and clinical experience in qigong, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Sanchez loves to share his knowledge, and has lectured thousands of students throughout both North and South America.

This lecture is free and open to the public as part of a free monthly lecture series held the last Friday of every month .

For more information, visit

Reunion planned

CLOVER -- Clover High School Class of 1994 is looking for classmates for the 15-year reunion July 25 at the Larne Building in Clover. For updates, call Shannon Walden Nix 803-487-9073 or e-mail

Vendors sought for yard sale

YORK -- Mid-Upstate Mothers of Multiples Club and Allison Creek Preschool are seeking sellers for their annual Yard Sale/Consignment Sale to be held at 8 a.m. to noon May 30 at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, 5780 Allison Creek Road.

Cost is $10 per space, plus 10 percent of sales.

For questions or information on selling, call 803-325-8655 or visit

Wylie man charged with lewd sex act

LAKE WYLIE -- A Lake Wylie man was charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault after a woman said he exposed himself and made unwanted sexual advances toward her, according to a York County Sheriff's report.

Joseph B. Patterson, 24, was arrested Saturday night after friends went to look for a 20-year-old woman missing from Hamilton's Bay apartments in Lake Wylie.

The woman told deputies she was talking to Patterson outside the apartments Saturday when he grabbed her by the wrist and told her he had something to show her in the woods, according to the report. She told

deputies she questioned where they were going, but didn't scream.

Once in the woods, the woman reported Patterson touched her inappropriately, pulled her to the ground and exposed himself to her, the report states. The woman told deputies she told Patterson to stop, according to the report.

The woman was able to get away once she heard her friends calling her name in the woods, the report states. Patterson was seen running while pulling his pants up, according to the report.

Patterson was being held on $30,000 bond Monday after being charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and exposure of private parts in a lewd manner.

-- The Herald

Buy cards, fight autism

Ally Salyers, 10, daughter of Teresa and Brian Salyers of Steele, has drawn shoes used on greeting cards to help raise awareness about Autism. She hopes to collect $1,000 for the October Walk Now for Autism at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

For $15, you will receive 10 note cards featuring five shoe designs. A donation of $10 will go toward 10-year-old Salyers' team.

To purchase "Whose Shoes?" note cards, visit

Catawba Care receives grant

ROCK HILL -- Catawba Care Coalition of York County was one of 24 grantees who received funding from the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and one of two organizations funded in York County to provide breast health services for the medically underserved.

Catawba Care Coalition is a United Way funded agency whose mission is to promote optimal health for York, Chester and Lancaster County residents by providing medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and by educating the community to prevent the spread of HIV. For more information, call 803-909-6363.