Community news for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, Aug. 11, 2016

Hopewell hash will be served for lunch Wednesday at the 99th annual Hopewell Day Picnic and gospel singing at the old Hopewell Schoolhouse in Hickory Grove.
Hopewell hash will be served for lunch Wednesday at the 99th annual Hopewell Day Picnic and gospel singing at the old Hopewell Schoolhouse in Hickory Grove. Herald file photo

▪ The 99th annual Hopewell Day will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the historic Old Hopewell School, off S.C. 97 on Hopewell Road, Hickory Grove.

The event features the famous Hopewell Hash, picnic and gospel singing. Open to the public.

Back to school

▪ Kut Kreators will offer free hair cuts, back-to-school supplies and free food, 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 15 at the shop, 875 Albright Road, Rock Hill.

▪ Students in grades pre-K-12 and their parents can get ready for school and learn about useful library resources at two York County Libraries on Saturday. The main library in Rock Hill’s event will be 9-11 a.m. and the Public Library in York event will be 2-4 p.m. Free school supplies will be available while supplies last. Students must be present to receive school supplies. The events are sponsored by the Friends of the York County Library. School supply donations can be dropped off at all libraries through Friday.

▪ The second annual Empowerment Conference, sponsored by My Brother’s Keeper, will be 8 a.m. Aug. 20 at Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center, 745 Saluda St., Rock Hill. There will be workshops for students in pre-K to high school. Special sessions will be offered for parents and guardians. Students will get free school supplies. Lunch served. There will be outdoor activities, games and giveaways. Free registration. To register go to

▪ Roosevelt Community Watch will host a Back-to-School Bash, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Roosevelt Park, 312 Mobley St., Clover. Children are given school supplies at the event which includes food, games, music and recreation. Those interested in making donations can contact Linda Brown at 803-222-4535 or Darlene Brown at 803-810-3185.

▪ The Oakland Baptist Ministry at 1021 Charlotte Ave. (next to the Bridal and Formal Gallery) will provide free school uniforms for students in Rock Hill middle schools. Uniform distribution will be 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Proof of Rock Hill residency is required.

Special events

▪ Two hundred and fifty years ago on Thursday Col. William Bratton signed the deed to purchase 200 acres of land in York County. “Deed Day” is a celebration of the origins of Historic Brattonsville and offers discovery on how different things were in 1766. Culture and Heritage Museums’ historians, preservationists and collections team will be giving house tours, discussing the site’s archaeology and the Bratton family history. Ongoing activities include toys and games from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and kid’s militia drills and historic surveying from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live music by the Contraras will be played on the front lawn of Col. Bratton’s house from 5-8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase; picnic baskets are always welcome. “Deed Day” at Historic Brattonsville is free from 5-8 p.m. Regular admission applies during the site’s normal hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

▪ Gallery 120 in Clover is currently accepting artist submissions for its 2017 exhibition calendar. Artists are asked to submit 3-5 pieces of hi-res digital images of their work, including title, medium and size, artist bio and statement for consideration to Artist must reference "Monthly Artist Feature Submission" in the subject line. For information, contact Amy Gonzalez at


▪ St. John’s United Methodist Church yard sale will be 8 a.m.-noon in St. John’s Center off White Street, Rock Hill. Proceeds to missions.

▪ The Central City Optimists Club 13th annual Charity Golf Tournament will be 8:15 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Spring Lake Country Club, 1375 Spring Lake Road, York. Cost is $60 per person or $240 per team. Registration deadline is Sept. 3. Proceeds benefit the local youth through our scholarships, oratorical contests, essay contests and other projects. For information, call Lonnie Harvey at 803-493-0001, Charlie Robinson at 803-230-3325 or Leonard Adams at 410-259-1365.


▪ The Chester District Genealogical Society annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 5724 Lancaster Highway, Fort Lawn. Cost is $20. James Gill Knox III, a past president of the Chester District Genealogical Society, will speak on the history of Richburg. A native of Chester County, he is the principal of Lewisville High School. Mail checks check for reservations to Chester District Genealogical Society, PO Box 336, Richburg, SC 29729. Deadline is Monday.

▪ The York County Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Teresa Justice and Darlene Beltman, quilters and authors, will present “Behind The Scenes: From Research to Publication” as they explain how to write and publish a quilting book.

▪ Western York County branch of the NAACP will meet 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce. For information, contact Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.

▪ The York Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners will meet 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at the USDA Service Center, 1460 E. Alexander Love Highway, York. Open to the public. For information, contact Barbara O’Connell at 803-684- 3137 ext. 101.


▪ Rock Hill Community Theatre presents “Hillbilly Hankerin’ ”, by Pat Cook and directed by Eva Montes, Friday-Sunday and Aug. 19-21 at the theatre, 546 S. Cherry Road, Suite N (in the Apple Center behind the ROC). Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Pa’s girls have a bad case of The Hankerin’. His woes only get worse with the arrival of a government man and an ongoing family feud between the Herfords and Guernseys. The production is suitable for the family. For tickets go to or call 803-326-7428.


▪ The Ballroom Dance Club will meet 7:30-10:20 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Oak Room, Fort Mill Golf Course, 101 Country Club Drive. Guests: $15, couples; $7.50, singles. Free 30-minute dance lesson. Dances include swing and shag. No alcohol; light refreshments provided. Dressy casual. All skill levels are welcome. For information, Call Bob at 803-329-5764, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


▪ The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 August reunion planning meeting will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Emmett Scott Center, Crawford Road.

▪ Former students from Hillcrest Elementary School will meet 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.

▪ The George-Millings family reunion will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday on Wilkerson Street, Hickory Grove for descendants of Macroni George and Hattie Millings George. Bring a covered dish to share. For information, call 803-493-5603.

Support groups

▪ Celebrate Recovery Life Groups meets 6:50 p.m. Thursdays at the Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy Street, Fort Mill. Free. No registration required

▪ Alateen meets 8-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte. Meetings are for two age groups: 6-12 and 13 and older. For information, call 803-547-2124 or 704-904-7834.

▪ Al-Anon meets 8 p.m. Mondays at Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill; noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

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