Local Newsmakers - November 4, 2007

Walk raises more than $74,000 for leukemia, lymphoma

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk raised more than $74,000 last month at it's walk in Rock Hill.

Awards were given. For Top Corporate Teams, the recipients are: first place, Comporium/Comporium Pioneers "Logan's Heroes" for raising more than $31,000 and also top fundraising team in the state; second place, D & G Squad; and third place, Chili's Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Top Family & Friends Teams are: first place, Joanie & Heidi's Group for raising more than $22,000 and also the top family & friends team in the state; second place, Team Emily Ann; and third place, the Derresha Rhinehart Youth Festival team. Top individual fundraisers are: first place, Logan Barnes; and a tie for second place, Joanie Grubb and Heidi Mendenhall. Bright Light individuals who raised $1,000 or more are Logan Barnes, Dave Dobrowski, Joanie Grubb, Mike Grubb, Shannon McCall and Beverly McLaughlin.

Donations are being accepted until Nov. 19. For more details, call Phyllis Dunham at (803) 731-4060 or visit

Rock Hill woman crowned Miss Florence

Ashley Killough of Rock Hill was crowned Miss Florence 2008 on Oct. 27. She will compete for Miss South Carolina in July.

In addition to the title, she won the talent performing competition for singing "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin. Her platform is on child abuse prevention and awareness. She completed more than 500 community service hours this year and has been recognized across the state as the guardian angel for the prevention of child abuse.

Ashley, a 2006 Northwestern High School graduate, is the daughter of Phillip and Julie Killough. She will attend Winthrop University in the spring.

Central City Optimists honor teachers, students

The Central City Optimist Club recently honored educators, students and a member at the 24th annual banquet. They are:

• Antwon Sutton, assistant principal at Clover High School, Educator of the Year.

• Winter Smith, a freshman at the University of South Carolina and Northwestern High School graduate, Youth of the Year.

• Darlene Ledwell, administrative assistant to the executive assistant to the president at Winthrop University, Optimist of the Year.

Newly elected officers also were installed. They are Larry Burnside, president; Gloria Burnside and Belinda Nix, vice presidents; and secretary/treasurer, Charlie Robinson. Directors are Dawn Johnson, Lynette Bell, Joyce Argo, Marc Swygert, Reico Barber and past president Trina Ricks.

Tourism commission gives out awards

The Olde English District Tourism Commission held its annual awards luncheon at the Clark Room in Heath Springs last weekend. Speaker was Chad Prosser, director of S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Betty J. Skeen, manager of the Interstate 77 Fort Mill Welcome Center, received the Lifetime Achievement in Tourism Award, the first presented by the district. Skeen was recognized for promoting the state and for more than 35 years of service to the tourism industry. In her honor, the award has been renamed to the Betty Skeen Olde English District Hospitality Employee of the Year award.

The Olde English District is a tourism promotion and marketing organization seeking to increase tourism and visitation in seven upstate counties, including Chester, Lancaster and York counties.

Shriners award given to local Miss York

Megan Mullis, Miss York, was presented with the Shriners Golf Leaf Award by South Carolina Potentate Luke Thompson.

Megan was the guest speaker at an Oct. 16 dinner at the Chester Shrine Club. She discussed how she has been collecting aluminum tabs for seven years. The tabs are given to the Shriners, then used to help pay expenses for burn victims at the Shriners Hospital. So far, Megan has turned in 31 gallons.

Megan is the daughter of Anna and Stanley Mullis of York.