Local Newsmakers - September 23, 2007

Two Tega Cay Lions at international forum

Tega Cay Lions Club President Peggy Upchurch and first vice president Jerry Church attended the 2007/2008 USA-Canada Forum for three days in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The focus was on making a difference through the Challenges of Change. International President Mahendra Amarasuriya from Sri Lanka stressed the need for Lions to reach out to a diverse membership, embrace technology and to be open to new ideas.

Lions International is the largest service organization in the world with more than 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 200 countries worldwide. The Lions Club donated $143 million to restore or save the sight of 7.3 million people through its SightFirst project.

The Tega Cay club is seeking members to serve in local and worldwide communities. Programs range from the popular Carolina Motor Madness Show in March to Cow Patty Bingo. For details, call Upchurch at (704) 813-9828.

Winners named in Fort Mill / Tega Cay pageant

The Little Miss-Teen Miss Fort Mill and Tega Cay pageant was at Gold Hill Elementary School this month. Winners will compete in the Little Miss-Teen Miss South Carolina pageant in June 2008 in Hartsville.

The winners are: Miss Tiny Tot Fort Mill, Mariah Brassell; Wee Miss Tiny Tot Fort Mill, Ashtyn Sanders; Wee Miss Tiny Tot Tega Cay, Lexi Bennett; Little Miss Tiny Tot Fort Mill, Skyler Jurey; Little Miss Tiny Tot Tega Cay, Hannah McManus; Wee Miss Fort Mill, Ervena Bartles; Wee Miss Tega Cay, Hailey Sanders; Little Miss Fort Mill, Clara Holloman; Little Miss Tega Cay, Lauren Bolam; Young Miss Fort Mill, Lindsey Twaddell; Young Miss Tega Cay, Perri O'Connor; Young Miss Teen Fort Mill, Payten Johnson; Young Miss Teen Tega Cay, Brittany Martineau; Teen Miss Fort Mill, Jenna Foster; Teen Miss Tega Cay, Katy Fulton; Little Miss Fort Mill Sweetheart, Candace Brassell; and Little Miss Tega Cay Sweetheart, Kaleigh Thompson.

Realtor groups team up for Habitat projects

ERA Wilder Realty and the York County Association of Realtors partnered for the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Sept. 7 to 14. Four homes were built. Wilder partnered with First Palmetto Properties Inc. to build the first home. Several agents from Rock Hill and the Wilder office participated.

Rock Hill woman honored in pageant

Liz Loftis of Rock Hill won awards in the National American Miss S.C. Pageant at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville in August.

Loftis, 17, won first runner-up for academic achievement, third place in talent and trophies for being a state finalist and outstanding participant. She competed against 58 girls ages 16 to 18.

Loftis, who is attending Erskine College, is a graduate of Rock Hill High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Loftis.

Rock Hill Civitans honor Roxie Turbeville

The Rock Hill Civitan Club held its 52nd annual awards program last week. President Leila Long presented Roxie Turbeville with the Civitas Order of Merit Award, given to a York County resident who has gone above the call of duty to better disabled persons.

Turbeville, a former supervisor for Rock Hill's Parks, Recreation and Tourism, created the therapeutic division and programs such as Camp Arc and Special Olympics. She teaches mostly disabled students at Chester High School and is a homebound teacher.

Other award winners are Wanda Simpson, Civitan of the Year, and Leila Long, Club Honor Key.

The club won these state awards: the governor's trophy, a top state honor; first-place scrapbook with membership under 30; first-place image award; first-place outstanding overall service projects for special needs; first-place outstanding single service project for special friends with eight birthday parties; first-place overall service to youth projects; second-place outstanding single youth project, sponsoring three soccer teams for the city; first-place outstanding overall community service projects for angel tree; second-place single community service project; first-place joint junior/senior civitan project, winter celebration; the Otis Jeffcoat Award given to Ella Messer; second-place percentage increase in fruitcake sales with 58 percent increase; and fourth-place for most pounds in fruitcake sales.