YORK -- As Trey Eubanks wraps up his last week in York, city leaders say they'll wait until at least October before hiring his replacement. In the meantime, they plan to tap into residents' opinions on what matters most to York.
Eubanks will step down as city manager Tuesday. He resigned recently to accept a position as city administrator in Mauldin.
His departure, however, comes just before the city's budgeting season. York's fiscal year begins Sept. 1.
Mayor Eddie Lee said it makes no sense hiring someone unfamiliar with York to take on such a big job as preparing the multimillion dollar budget.
Last week, York City Council named Charles Helms, public works director, as interim city manager. Helms has held the post four other times in his 30 years in York.
Once the search for a manager begins, Lee plans to ask for maximum public input.
"We want to hear from all citizens from all neighborhoods," Lee said. "We want input from taxpayers, city employees or anyone else to tell us what characteristics they'd like to see in a city manger."
Tega Cay police cars get makeover
TEGA CAY -- "Busy" is how Tega Cay Police Capt. Dave Nelson describes the department's last design for its cruisers. "Classic" is his word for the new cruiser design.
He came up with both.
"I wanted to simplify it, go classy," Nelson said about the new design.
This year, the department got two new Dodge Chargers. Nelson and Chief Rick Evelsizer decided it was time for a new look, so Nelson worked with ProCal, the Rock Hill company that produces and applies the decals to the cars, to come up with the new look.
The new cars come with a classic black paint job with white doors. "Police" stands out in a block font on the doors. The car numbers stand out black on a blue silhouette of South Carolina.
Nelson worked on the design for about three months, he said. As the department adds more new cars with the new paint job, the older cars with the old design will be phased out. The department's sergeants are driving the cars now to break them in.
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Ministry needs money for homeless shelter
CLOVER -- Lighthouse Ministries in Clover needs about $600,000 to build a proposed homeless shelter that will hold 16 people plus a live-in caretaker.
The ministry is run by Pastor Sam Thompson of New Beginnings Baptist Church and includes a thrift store and soup kitchen.
"Times have gotten tough," Thompson said.
The ministry has cleared land for the building, which will be constructed behind the church. It also has cleared land for the shelter and are waiting on blueprints so it can start getting the floor in shape, Thompson said.
The ministry houses six women in an apartment and six men in a house. Each morning, they have a Bible devotion, after which they volunteer at the thrift store or the kitchen.
The people who stay at the shelter do not have to join the church, but they have to attend services.
Right now, there are 12 people signed up to live in the shelter, plus a waiting list.
Thrift store revenue is down because gas prices are so high and people opt to stay home, Thompson said.
"With gas like it is, some people don't have anything left over to buy a shirt," he said.
For more information, or to donate, call (803) 222-0636.
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