Local Newsmakers - August 12, 2007

Dog, cat food donated in summer pet food drive

Patients from Dr. Black's Family Chiropractic brought in more than 350 pounds of dog and cat food, treats and toys in its dog days of summer pet food drive. The items were distributed to shelters in the greater Rock Hill area. For details, call 328-3444.

Fort Mill youth accepted by summer ballet

Kayla Eikenberry of Fort Mill has been accepted by the BalletMet summer intensive program in Columbus, Ohio, to study ballet and other forms of dance.

The four-week program is for ages 12 to 18. Kayla auditioned for several summer programs, such as the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory in Connecticut, the Charleston Ballet in Charleston, Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte.

She chose BalletMet because of its programs and its proximity to relatives. She is studying dance at Kendra's Academy of Dance and is a member of the Fort Mill High School dance team.

Good Samitarian clinic receives grant

The Good Samaritan Medical Clinic in Chester has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation.

The clinic, founded in 2002, provides medical services to those without medical insurance, Medicare or access to a prescription drug plan. They also offer counseling and pharmacy services to the underprivileged of Chester County.

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is taking a statewide tour to recognize the recipients of more than $1.6 million in grants to school districts and counties in the state for a wide-range of projects including free medical clinics, dental health education and screening and school nursing programs. The foundation focuses its grants and funding efforts on childhood and adolescent health and healthcare access for the uninsured and underinsured.