Local Newsmakers - November 25, 2007

Lodge members honored for service to fraternity

Gary Welch Sr. and Mike Troutman of Catawba Masonic Lodge No. 56 of Fort Mill were recently honored with plaques for their services during a ladies night banquet.

Welch received the William Lester Broadwell Memorial Award for lifetime service to the fraternity and community. He is the senior warden, the second highest elected position. He has been a member of the lodge for 25 years, serving on various committees and holding several appointments.

Troutman was given the Mason of the Year Award for service in the lodge and community. He was a member of the lodge in Spartanburg before transferring to the Fort Mill lodge. He serves as junior warden, third highest office at the lodge.

The awards were given by Randy Warren, worshipful master. Banquet speaker at the ladies-night event was Temp Dickson of Newport, past district deputy grand master of Masons.

Local ballet members have intensive training

Several member of the York County Ballet participated in select residential high school and summer intensive programs this year. They are:

• Samantha Miller was selected from a national audition to attend the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive Program in New York. After completing the program, she accepted a scholarship to the North Carolina School of the Arts residential high school program in ballet in Winston-Salem, N.C.

• Sarah McCain Grant, Allyson Leonard and Jessica Miller attended the Summer Program in Dance at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.

• Victoria Melvin attended the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Session in contemporary dance.

• Taylor Burnette and Kelsey Nyman attended Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Miss.

Other members also participated in the ST-Arts program at Winthrop University.

The York County Ballet performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Dance Festival in Charleston in June. The company danced a contemporary work by invitation in the Charlotte Dance Festival in September.

The local ballet also appeared at the Holiday Lights at the Garden at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The group plans to appear at Rock Hill's ChristmasVille Lighting of the Village ceremony Thursday and will perform selections from "The Nutcracker" at the ChristmasVille Homeless Theatre Stage on Dec. 1.

Area folks contributing to fill Empty Stocking

Each year, The Herald organizes the Empty Stocking Fund, a holiday assistance effort that raises money for charitable agencies that help needy families in the newspaper's readership area.

The following are contributors to the 2007 Empty Stocking Fund:

Ann Barron Supper Club, Billie Bell, Fred and Zella Dalton, Richard and Mary Demby, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Estridge, Earl and Flicka Gault, John and Margaret Hook, Jennings and Linda Neely, Neily Pappas, Dr. and Mrs. Greg Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Sadler, Jason, Susan and Alex Silverman, Pat and Bo Youngblood.

Checks to the Empty Stocking Fund should be mailed to the fund at P.O. Box 10921, Rock Hill, SC 29731; or drop by The Herald office at 132 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Contributors' names will be published in The Herald.