News In Brief - June 13, 2007

No mandatory water restrictions for now

Rock Hill utility officials decided Tuesday to hold off on mandatory water restrictions for at least another week.

"Although we're OK right now, we need our customers to actively participate in voluntary water conservation efforts on a daily basis," said Utility Director Jimmy Bagley. "We'll certainly need more rain in upcoming days and weeks to avoid moving to mandatory restrictions."

Rock Hill treats and serves water to Fort Mill and York County, meaning each fall under the same requests. Customers are asked to continue conserving water, especially during peak daytime hours.

Should mandatory restrictions be imposed, customers would be required to water their lawns and gardens between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., two days per week, staggering days based on odd and even addresses.

Water runoff into the street, parking lots or sidewalks would be prohibited and fines of up to $300 could be issued. The drought status will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Teachers win Winthrop excellence award

Winthrop University has recognized Gail Rogers and Elaine Young, both Rock Hill teachers, with Awards of Excellence for the 2006-2007 school year.

Rogers is an English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher, and Young teaches fourth grade at York Road Elementary.

Rogers works at Rosewood, Old Pointe and York Road elementary schools. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Winthrop and a master's degree in early childhood from the University of South Carolina. A national board certified teacher in early childhood education, Rogers has served as the ESOL Extended School Year director, designed ESOL curriculum and provided staff development for local elementary schools.

Young, who was a mathematics and science teacher for the Clover school district for nine years, holds a bachelor's degree in medical technology from Lander University and a master's degree in early childhood education from USC. She is a doctoral student in elementary education at USC. Young was a teacher in residence at Winthrop for five years, coordinating the Corps of Mentors program and preparing about 200 teachers to mentor interns in Winthrop's teacher education program.

Richburg officials re-elected

RICHBURG -- Richburg's mayor and Town Council members were re-elected Tuesday.

Mayor John Boyd McCrorey, who is believed to be the longest serving mayor in the state, was elected to his 21st term, said James Sanders of the Richburg Election Commission.

Council members James Harris, Barnette Nichols, Ed Sharpe and James Terry all were re-elected, Sanders said.

On Tuesday, 48 ballots were cast, Sanders said.