Local Newsmakers - August 19, 2007

Rock Hill youth wins awards at state finals

Celita Moore of Rock Hill competed in the National American Miss State Finals for South Carolina this month.

She won first runner-up in actress, talent and best thank-you; second runner-up in spokesmodel; spirit plaque; portfolio award; outstanding program participation trophy; spirit of America trophy; and state finalist trophy.

She received ribbons in casual wear, spokesmodel, photogenic, actress and talent. She was crowned for winning the '80s party dance-off. She is the daughter of James and Audrey Moore and the granddaughter of John and Mamie Carter and Martha Moore.

Tega Cay Lions host international students

The Tega Cay Lions Club hosted students from around the world with a Low Country shrimp boil at the Beach Club this month.

After a day at Carowinds the students enjoyed an evening swimming, eating and meeting their host families before returning to their native country the next day.

The students were from Hungary, Mongolia, Denmark, Crotia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Finland, Ireland and Italy. They and their chaperones were part of the South Carolina Lions youth exchange program. They sponsored Camp "Smiling Faces. . . Beautiful Places".

The camp is for ages 15 to 19 who are sponsored and recommended by a Lions member. The four-week program consists of two weeks living with a host family and two weeks of traveling with the group throughout the state and meeting local Lions.

Arts council names winners in art and literary events

The Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County has announced the winners of its 18th annual juried competition and regional literary competition. A reception and awards ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. A poetry and short story reading will follow the reception at 7 p.m. at the Cookie Café.

Winners in the juried competition are, best of show, Paula Smith of Rock Hill for "Contained"; first place, Wanda Steppe of Rock Hill for "Chasm with House"; second place, David Theissen of Charlotte for "To the Black Hills"; and third place, Paul Martyka of Rock Hill for "4 and 20."

The juror was June Lambla, a curator and art consultant. Lambla, who selected 26 pieces, will comment at the awards ceremony. Prizes and awards will be given by the arts council and with a contribution from Elizabeth Patrick.

Winners of the poetry competition are, first place, Lisa Hammond of Rock Hill for "Moving the State Line"; second place, Bonita Cochran of Calhoun Falls for "Just Gin and Me"; and third place, Susan Sistar of Rock Hill for "Ode to a Weed." Honorable mentions were given to Lynn Veach Sadler of Sanford, N.C., for "Fumigation" and Brenda Sloan of Rock Hill for "LifeStory".

Winners of the short story competition are, first place, Mary Ann Ruhl Thomas of Tega Cay for "Anger on the Heart"; second place, Karan M. Robinson of Clover for "Nan and Art"; and third place, Brenda McClain of Edisto Island for "Our Little Town." Honorable mentions went to Dianne Threatt Evans of Lancaster for "Lost in the Fifties" and Bonita Cochran for "The Transplant."

A free art crawl will be downtown at the Art Market on Main, Center for the Arts and the Gallery at Gettys. Works by local and regional artists will be on display and for sale. For details, call 328-2787 or visit

Bowater womens' group names new officers

The Bowater Women's Club started its 36th year of caring by installing new officers. They are Starr Albert, president; Pam Krehan, second vice president; Linda Thomas, first vice president; Shirley Kirk, treasurer; Sherry Nichols, secretary; and Tennille Altman, projects.

The goal is to raise funds through projects such as bake sales, bucket drops and candy sales and provide other means of support for those in need in the organization and community.

Chester teen named to state 4-H council

Richard Gore of Chester County is one of 12 youths selected to serve on the state 4-H Teen Council. The teens were selected for their outstanding leadership, commitment to excellence and dedication to 4-H.

Richard serves as council secretary; he and others will make plans and organize and implement statewide teen initiatives and events, such as state 4-H ambassador trainings. For details, visit