Local Newsmakers - January 27, 2008

David Faircloth earns Eagle Award

David Faircloth, a member of Boy Scout Troop 31, received his Eagle Scout award last month at Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill. Scoutmaster Jody Spradley directed the ceremony, assisted by Jeremy Dreier.

David's 10 years of Scouting began with Troop 31 in 1997 as a Cub Scout. He is the 129th Scout of Troop 31, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, to attain the rank of Eagle.

He has served as senior patrol leader, librarian and historian, earned 21 merit badges and earned the Order of the Arrow. For his Eagle project, he created a 164-yard by 8-foot hiking trail at River Park in Rock Hill that involved 108 man hours.

David, a senior at Northwestern High School, is the son of John and Shirley Faircloth.

Jack Haher named Unsung Hero by Lions

Lions Club member Jack Haher received the Unsung Hero Award from the River Hills Lions Club. The recipient must be active in community service and live up to the Lions "We Serve" motto. The award was given to Haher, accompanied by his wife, Peg, by Lions past president Bob Dailey.

Haher has volunteered at the Clover Area Assistance Center, is a 15-year member of ther River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS and has served River Hills Community Church. In Charlotte, he is a member of the board of Adventures in Learning at the Shepherd Center, a continuing education organization for seniors.

He is a World War II veteran who continues to serve by working at the USO of North Carolina at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

He has been an active member of the River Hills Lions for 17 years, serving on the board and committees and as chairman of the annual benefit and golf tournament. He has worked at the mobile health screening unit, helped build bicycles for needy children and been a sales team captain for six years.

Leadership named for annual arts campaign

Rick Jiran with Duke Energy will serve as the corporate chair of the 2008 United Arts Fund campaign, while Angie McCrae with the Springs Close Foundation will serve as the individual campaign chair.

The campaign leadership was announced last week by Sarah Lynn Hayes, president of the board for the Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County.

The annual arts campaign conducted by the arts council raises money to support cultural programming at the Center for the Arts and the Tom S. Gettys Center, arts education in York County schools, visual arts exhibitions, live performances, festivals, gallery crawls and grants.

The campaign goal for this year is $150,000. The 2008 campaign was kicked off Saturday night, during a black tie-optional gala at the City Club of Rock Hill.

A corporate kickoff luncheon is planned for Feb. 20, featuring music, lunch and a chance to win original art.

Last year's campaign netted $122,705. York County arts organizations are eligible to receive funding.

Applications are due April 1. For application and more information, visit the Web site, or call the arts council at 328-2787.