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Clover High to move graduation to Winthrop

CLOVER -- Clover High School is taking its graduation ceremony on the road.

The Clover school board voted unanimously last week to move future commencement ceremonies from the school gym to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, starting next June.

All other York County schools already hold their graduations at Winthrop. Space is the primary reason for the move, said David Damm, a district assistant superintendent.

Each graduating class is larger than the last, and next year's class -- starting with about 350 seniors -- will be the largest in the school's history.

The roughly 5,000-seat Winthrop Coliseum allows each student to have 10 tickets for family and friends instead of six or seven, the most allotted to students this year.

The move also addresses parking problems and security concerns, Damm said, adding that the university's security staff will be on hand to help with crowd control and disturbances.

-- Enquirer-Herald

Lakeshore residents opposed to marina

The residents closest to a proposed Tega Cay marina are wondering why they are being kept farthest from it, and the city agrees with their concerns.

The only problem is, neither group can do much about it.

Plans are in the works for a 32-slip city-owned marina just off from the community Beach & Swim Center. That location would put Hidden Harbor Marina squarely within the Lakeshore community, though guidelines for the facility would prohibit Lakeshore residents from using it.

Some Lakeshore residents are working to gather opposition against the project, possibly planning petitions, letters to city officials and public comments at City Council and Lake Wylie Marine Commission meetings.

Tega Cay Mayor Bob Runde, however, advises Lakeshore residents that petitioning the city will not accomplish anything.

"We can't do anything about it. We're on their side, but it's not our rule," Runde said.

The reason Lakeshore residents would not be able to use the marina -- officially classified as a true public marina -- is a guideline in Duke Energy's shoreline management plan that classifies different types of facilities. For a marina to qualify as "true public," said Kelvin Reagan with Duke lake services, no "adjoining development" can be allowed access.

Residents, though, argue that allowing Lakeshore users along with anyone else in the community to use the facility would make the marina truly public.

But as long as the marina is public, which Duke's management plans say it must be, there can be no access for the residents surrounding it.

-- Lake Wylie Pilot

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