News In Brief - June 15, 2007

York Tech launches Chester EMT course

York Technical College has launched an EMT course in Chester County in conjunction with the Chester Healthcare Foundation.

Nine students representing the Chester County Rescue Squad and the city of Chester, North Chester and West Chester fire departments are enrolled and have qualified for foundation scholarships.

Foundation scholarships also are available for qualified students from Chester County's 84-hour nursing assistance course, which will be held in Chester from July 9 through 31.

For information, contact Chester Center Director Beth Blackwell at (803) 385-5884.

Fundraiser to benefit families of slain officers

The Forever Blue fundraiser, to benefit the families of slain Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Manchester Village off Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill.

The event will begin with a 28-mile motorcycle ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to Manchester Village.

The fundraiser will include a cookout, a dunking booth, a silent auction, raffles and face painting. Shelton and Clark were killed in the line of duty in April.

The fundraiser is being organized Rock Hill Police Officer John Rainier and his wife, Melanie, who have formed the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising money for fallen law enforcers.

Lexington County landfill plan advances

LEXINGTON -- A landfill for construction debris on the east side of the town of Lexington moved a step closer to opening Thursday.

Lexington County officials lost another attempt to block it when the state Board of Health and Environmental Control decided against more review of the project on U.S. 378. County officials say a new landfill is unnecessary, but courts have ruled the ban doesn't apply to landfills in municipalities.

The (Columbia) State