Local Newsmakers - July 1, 2007

Zeta Phi Beta crowns Miss Blue Revue

Raven Mobley was crowned Miss Blue Revue during the Zeta Phi Beta sorority's Miss Blue Revue pageant.

First runner-up was Talaya Richmond and second runner-up was Maya Stewart. Talaya was awarded first place in the talent competition. Cierra Morrison was crowned Little Wee Miss and Mikayla Burns was first runner-up.

Twelve girls participate in sewing camp show

The Woman's Club of Rock Hill hosted a 4-H camp sew fashion show last week at its clubhouse, 601 Aiken Ave., Rock Hill. Twelve girls modeled clothing and purses they made during the camp.

The 4-H camp sew students who modeled are Sarah Berry, Kelsey Barnes, Carissa Cauthen, Valerie Gillespie, Rebecca Horn, Victoria Niemann, Ashley Pullin, Joanna Rogers, Amber Smith, Kristen Steward, Claire Templeton and Caroline Walters. Kateline Hinnant, a junior at Northwestern High School, was teen leader.

Volunteer leaders included Shirley Elmore, Lynn Gettelfinger, Lady Margaret McGill, Barbara Smith, Gladys Blake, Jan McCoy, Ranny Eite and Betty Anne Rudasill.

The Rock Hill Optimist Club supported the camp. The campers sew at their clubhouse. 4-H adviser and camp director Margie Sippel was assisted by summer intern Kathryn Keller, a senior at Clemson University. Funds from the club enabled 4-H to pay for Keller's internship. Marsha Vogel was the show's commentator.

The local club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs; Connie Zdenek is president. The camp and fashion show are projects of the home life department, of which Lois Kirkpatrick is chairman, and the conservation department, of which Geri Rhinehart and Judy McCardle are chairmen.

Four to compete in state pageants this week

The 2007 Miss South Carolina and South Carolina Teen pageants are this weekend through Saturday at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg.

Pageant participants are not required to live in the community they represent. Four local residents are participating in the pageants; their names and titles are:

• Miss Aiken County -- Ashley Killough of Rock Hill.

• Miss Metropolitan -- Merideth L. Watford of Rock Hill.

• Miss Columbia Teen -- Taylor Hoverman of Tega Cay.

• Miss Lancaster Teen -- Rebekah Platt of Rock Hill.

The teen preliminaries will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the Miss South Carolina preliminaries at 8 p.m. The final teen pageant will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Miss pageant at 8 p.m.

River Hills Lions donate money, give awards

The River Hills Lions Club recently distributed $112,000 to charities.

The beneficiaries are Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, Clover Area Assistance Center, Community Radio Lake Wylie, Dental CAAC, educational scholarships, Hospice & Community Care and others, including Lions charities.

The club held fundraisers, including a benefit drawing, golf tournament, Christmas tree sales and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes.

To become a member, call Bill Burgin at (803) 370-2828 or visit www. Nonprofit charities that would like to be a beneficiary may call Bob Daily at (803) 831-8011 for an application.

The club presented the following awards:

• R J Phillips was named 2006-2007 Lion of the Year. He joined the club in 2002. He has served on the River Hills telephone directory committee as co-chair and sales manager and worked on the Christmas tree project, golf tournament and benefit drawing. He has held positions including third vice president and second vice president and is this year's president.

• Pat Duffy and Ralph Byra were named new Lions of the Year. New lions are recent active members. Duffy, who joined in 2005, was part of the telephone directory team, participated on the golf tournament committee for two years, sold Christmas trees and worked on the benefit drawing's silent auction. Byra, who joined in 2006, was part of the telephone directory team, active on the golf tournament committee and with Christmas tree sales. Byra played a key role in the golf tournament by helping golf chairman Don Meyer.

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Sam Griffin named to state VFW post

Sam Griffin of Fort Mill was elected junior vice commander of South Carolina for the Veterans of Foreign Wars during a department convention in Columbia.

Griffin has been active in the VFW since his retirement from the U.S. Army; he has served as commander and quartermaster of the Fort Mill Post 9138 for 17 years. He received many honors from the department and national headquarters, including recogniton of the Fort Mill Post as All American and All State.

For three years Griffin will be working in Columbia on a limited basis and will travel to other units. Griffin is a retired U.S. Army officer and a former member of the Fort Mill National Guard and town manager. He is the first from Fort Mill to be elected to this office.

Rock Hill artists gets state fellowship award

The South Carolina Arts Commission Board of Commissioners has approved 2007-2008 individual artist fellowship awards.

Each fellow received $5,000 in recognition of his or her artistic merit. Alternates were named in each category. One fellow and one alternate from York County were named. They are:

• Elizabeth Melton of Rock Hill, fellow for visual arts. She received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Winthrop University, where she is enrolled part-time in the master of fine arts program. She teaches weaving at the university.

• James D. Connell, alternate for crafts.

Fellows and alternates are selected through a competitive, anonymous process. Out-of-state review panelists make recommendations based on a review of work. The panel's recommendations are approved by the board of the commission. For details, visit or call (803) 734-8696.