Local Newsmakers - February 3, 2008

Officers are named for local Republican women

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women have named new officers for 2008. They are Blanche Bryant, president; Suzanne Krause, first vice president; Joyce Ballard, second vice president; Fay Bergman, secretary; and Barbara Baker, treasurer. Commissioner Becky Richardson, chairman of the S.C. Employment Security Commission, presided over the swearing-in ceremony.

Good Folks donation aids Clover shelter, thrift store

Good Folks of York County raised $55,000 during a December luncheon, the largest amount of money in its 17-year- history. A check for the amount was presented Thursday to the 2007 designated beneficiary, Lighthouse Shelter and Thrift Store in Clover.

Good Folks raises money during an annual luncheon in December, which usually generates $35,000 to $50,000. Donations from individuals, businesses and other organizations are collected by Good Folks and given to a designated charitable organization each year.

The Clover shelter and thrift store plans to use the Good Folks donation to help build a new facility that will serve homeless people in York County with short-term housing.

For more information on Good Folks, contact board member Ted Matthews, 548-4705 or (803) 280-3670.

Local gymnasts place in Raleigh meet

York County students at First in Flight Gymnastics Academy in Gastonia, N.C., placed at a recent meet in North Raleigh, N.C.

Dmitry Tereshenko of Clover placed third all-around of 19 boys in his level 5 age group. Patrick Rosemond place first all-around and Jacob Vaneske placed second all- around, both in the novice level 5 group. The boy's team placed seventh of 23 teams.

Coach Sergei Tereshenko is from the York area.

Dale Turney named Lesslie firefighter of 2007

Dale Turney was named the Lesslie Fire Department's 2007 firefighter of the year during a banquet in December at Neely's Creek ARP Church family life center.

Turney joined the department in October 1989 and has held the office of captain for many years. He helped bring the department up to speed on special extrication techniques and arranged for outside instructors to provide additional training.