Local Newsmakers - September 2, 2007

Duke employees help Clover center

Duke Energy employees from the Catawba Nuclear Station sorted and stocked donated items at the Clover Area Assistance Center's food pantry this week.

It was a service project to support the United Way of York County's week of caring. For more than 20 years, employees of Catawba Nuclear Station have supported Lake Wylie and surrounding communities by volunteering in schools, churches, community and civic organizations.

Last service project, Catawba station employees donated more than $139,000 to the United Way of York County from employee pledges and fundraisers.

Chester Civitan Club brings home awards

The Chester Civitan Club won several awards at the 60th annual Civitan Club convention last weekend at the Marriott Hotel in Spartanburg. Chester club president Betty Bagley attended.

Awards chairman Ella Messer presented the awards to the club. They received fourth place in increased fruit sales and third place in increased candy box sales.

The Area 6 Outstanding Civitan of the Year was presented to Bagley for leadership and exceptional service for the 2006-2007 year. John Wayne Holcolmbe was presented with the Civitan Medallion Plaque for 25 years of service.

Hal Stone and Karlissa Parker from the Chester County Economic Development were speakers at the meeting at the Cyclone Restaurant. The club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the restaurant.

Two new staff members join local arts council

The Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County has added two new faces to its staff.

Kristin Barnette Sessions, 27, is the new resource development coordinator. Sessions, a native of York, graduated from the College of Charleston in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in arts management.

Katie Medlock, 22, is the new arts in education/marketing and technology coordinator. Medlock, a native of Columbia, graduated from Winthrop University last May with a bachelor's degree in integrated marketing communication.

The council is one of several organizations in the state that have been awarded an Audience Participation Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, said executive director Debra Heintz.