Local Newsmakers - December 9, 2007

Head Start event raises more than $700 for church

Carolina Community Action Inc. Head Start, in partnership with Cedar Creek AME Zion Church, held its first Rock Hill Round Ball Classic last weekend.

The event helped raise $711 for the church that was destroyed by fire last year. The event enabled parents and their children to participate in activities including basketball.

Several individuals and groups received awards. The championship winners are Showmars PTPERS, coached by Chris Thomas. Charlotte Rough Riders, coached by Rodney Guy, got second place; N-Flight, coached by Kenny Orr, came in third.

Jon Adams was named the Most Valuable Player. Winter McCotter, Vernon Benjamin, Bobby Isom and Letrasky Pressley were all named to the all-tournament team.

The event was sponsored by Advance America, CiCi's Pizza and the Upper Palmetto YMCA.

Jane Spratt art exhibit shown in Washington

Works by artist Jane Spratt of York are on display in a month-long show at Zenith Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The collagist and painter's work will be shown until Dec. 30. Spratt's work, featured with eight others, uses the simple themes of everyday life and sense of place.

Spratt, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-York, studied art, drawing, painting and photography at the Corcoran School and has participated in group and solo shows in South Carolina, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Local Red Cross chapter receives disaster grant

The York County chapter of the American Red Cross has been awarded $20,000 from the Cardinal Health Foundation. The money is part of a $585,000 grant to assist cities in preparing for and responding to disasters.

The grant supports 12 local chapters where the company has a sizable employee base, such as the one in York County. It will enable local Red Cross chapters to expand the capacity of shelters, improve training, promote the use of emergency preparedness kits and support blood collection services.

The York County chapter of the Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provided emergency assistance to more than 160 individuals in York County last year who lost their homes and possessions to fires and other disasters.

It also collected more than 6,800 pints of blood last year. The local chapter offers classes in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator, lifeguarding and other programs. For details, call 329-6575.

Youths named winners in skateboard contest

The following are local winners of a skateboarding contest held at Indigo Moon. In the beginners category, they are Nick Vecellio, first place; and Billy Edwards, second place, both of Rock Hill.

In the intermediate category, winners are Will Mux, first place; Ryan Wert, second place; and Hunt Smith, third place, all of Rock Hill. Advanced category winners are: David Coursey of Rock Hill, second place; and Jace Cooney of Fort Mill, third place.

Project HOPE receives ExxonMobil grant

Project HOPE in Rock Hill received $2,000 in grants this year from the ExxonMobil Foundation.

The money was given as part of a volunteer grant program offered to retired employees who volunteer at local nonprofit organizations.

Rock Hill resident Ken Gasque is a retired ExxonMobil employee who volunteers at Project HOPE, a crisis assistance agency that provides food, clothing, medicine, transportation, lodging, utility and kerosene to those living in the Rock Hill school district.

Sybil Huskey receives regional artist grants

The Arts Council of York County has announced that Sybil Huskey is the recipient of $2,231 in regional artist project grants.

Huskey was one of 22 artists chosen by The Arts & Science Council board of directors to further her development in the performing and/or literary arts. The board approved $70,000 in grants.

Huskey will use the money to choreograph a modern dance duet for performers 50 and older.

The program is open to emerging and established artists. Performing and literary artist were eligible to apply for the 2007-2008 grant cycle. Visual artists and filmmakers will be eligible to apply next year. The local arts council was the only organization from South Carolina involved in the process. For more details, call 328-2787.

Contributions coming in for Empty Stocking Fund

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 Empty Stocking Fund for the week ending Nov. 30:

The Began family, Elliott and Brenda Bollinger, Ralph and Shirley Brannan, Blance and Bruce Bryant, Harold and Gete Buice, Stanley and Millie Byars, Meredith and Barbara Bynum, David and Lorre Coone, Harold and Sandra Copeland, Sam and Sara Curry, Michael Dockery, Gene and Kelly Herring, Albert Jester, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Land, W. E. Latham, Jack and Laurie Leader, Todd and Janet Lewis, Ray and Barbara Loflin, Dr. Martha MacDonald, Mary Mallaney, Johnny and Patricia McGee, Ruth Norwood, Karen Olson, George and Mary Parow, Elsie F. Pitts, Saigon Bangkok Restaurant, Betty B. Segal, Coleman and Sheryl Tharpe and Harold and Patsy Walker.

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