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In brief - May 26, 2009

Cash for the flash needed!

LAKE WYLIE -- The 16th annual Splash Dash, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce's annual 10K/5K race and 5K walk, will be held June 13 at Camp Thunderbird/River Hills.

This premier event is one of the most challenging runs in the Southeast.

Splash Dash is a ChampionChip event by Queen City Timing. The 10K course is USATF Certified, and the courses for both races and the walk wind through the scenic and undulating roads of River Hills. Starting time for the race is 8 am. Walkers will step off at 8:10 a.m.

Registration for the race is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Wheelchair racers are welcome. Each pre-registered runner will receive a T-shirt. Runners who register on the day of the race will receive a T-shirt as long as the supply lasts.

The fee to participate in the walk is $5, with proceeds going to the Camp Thunderbird Scholarship Fund. The first 100 walkers to register also receive a T-shirt.

To register for Splash Dash, visit and download a registration form, or call Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce at 803-831-2827.

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 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

Yard sale set for Saturday

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 Saturday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, 5780 Allison Creek Road.

Cost is $10 per space, plus 10 percent of sales. For questions or information about selling, call 803-325-8655.

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

Cancer benefit June 7 at Wylie

LAKE WYLIE -- River Hills hosts benefit events June 7 as Rally for a Cure and Arnie's Army Battles Prostate Cancer team up to offer golf, tennis and bridge.

The golf tournament begins at 1 p.m., with sign-ups under way at the River Hills Country Club pro shop. Cost is $80 for members, $115 for nonmembers.

Tennis begins at 1:30 p.m. at the nearby tennis center, with competition for mixed play, fastest serve and target hitting. Cost is $20 for members, $24 nonmembers.

Bridge begins at 2 p.m. in the country club Cove Room. Cost is $20. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m., with reservations required.

For more information call the golf pro shop at 803-831-2249, the tennis center at 803-831-1493 or 704-614-2042 for bridge.

GOP party to meet Thursday

ROCK HILL -- York County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Thursdays, Too, 147 Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

Speaker is Rep. Steve Moss, House District 30-Cherokee County.

Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. Call 803-631-1049 for more information.

Traffic signal working at site of fatal crash

Traffic light installed

STEELE CREEK -- A traffic signal installed at the site of a fatal wreck last month was to begin regular operation Friday afternoon on York Road (N.C. 49) at RiverPointe Drive and Palisades Parkway.

It was installed earlier in the week in yellow flash mode.

Three people died in an April 4 wreck at the intersection. A woman and her young daughter were killed when their car, pulling out of RiverPointe Drive onto York Road, was struck by a vehicle southbound on York Road. A passenger in the southbound car died the next day of injuries suffered in the crash.

Police charged two drivers with second-degree murder, saying the two were racing at the time of the wreck.

Residents of nearby neighborhoods said they had been lobbying officials for years to install a traffic signal at the site.

Lock down lasts less than hour

TEGA CAY--A Mecklenburg County fugitive caused a lockdown Friday morning at Gold Hill Elementary and Middle schools near Tega Cay, but the disruption lasted less than an hour.

Principal Terry Brewer of Gold Hill Elementary said the school was on lockdown for between 30 and 45 minutes after a fugitive was spotted in a nearby neighborhood.

Because the Gold Hill schools were near the sighting, a resource officer told them to secure themselves, school staff said. "We tried to keep teachers informed and keep our building safe and secure," Brewer said.

According to a message sent out by Gold Hill Middle principal Thomas Johnston, the fugitive was wanted by North Carolina-Charlotte Mecklenburg Probation and Parole Board. He was seen in the area of Gold Hill Road and S.C. 160 by York County Sheriff's Office and then fled on foot.

"The area was completely checked and the fugitive was apprehended by law enforcement," Johnston said in his memo to parents.

York County Sheriff's Office and the Tega Cay Police Department could not be reached by early press time Friday.

Wylie man killed in one-car wreck

CHARLOTTE -- Speed contributed to a one-vehicle wreck May 19 that killed a Lake Wylie man and tied up traffic for hours on Interstate 485 in eastern Mecklenburg County, the N.C. Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

Troopers identified the victim as Lee Roy Gunar of Lake Wylie.

He died when the convertible he was driving crashed in the median of I-485, on the outer loop, a short distance north of Idlewild Road.

Troopers say Gunar was speeding as he entered the freeway from Idlewild Road about 4 p.m., lost control of his vehicle, and slid into the median, hitting a set of retaining wires.

He died at the scene, according to Medic, Mecklenburg County's emergency medical service.

No other people were injured.