News In Brief - July 4, 2007

Richardson to campaign in York County

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democratic presidential hopeful, will campaign in York County on Saturday.

Richardson will attend a breakfast open to the public at 8 a.m. at the York County Democratic Party headquarters in the Heirs building, 339 E. Main St., Rock Hill, and will then visit the Catawba Indian Nation's Longhouse tribal center at 9 a.m.

Richardson's campaign says he wants to be an advocate of American Indian issues if elected president in 2008. He says he will create the first Cabinet-level Department of Indian Affairs and promises to resolve a multibillion-dollar lawsuit over Indian trust lands.

"Since the beginning, since I was a congressman, secretary of Energy, United Nations ambassador, I felt that our Native American people have not gotten the priority attention they deserve, so I've made them partners," Richardson said in an article in Indian Country Today recently.

Richardson has had two cabinet members who were American Indians and has appointed American Indians to administration jobs and commissions that deal with water and infrastructure.

S.C. counties eligible for USDA help after freeze

All South Carolina counties qualify for USDA assistance as a result of the USDA disaster designation of 41 primary disaster area counties in the state, according to a Tuesday news release.

The disaster designation results from losses caused by freezing temperatures from April 7 through April 10. The decision makes all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA's Farm Service Agency, the release stated.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months to apply for loans to assist in covering some of their losses. Farmers can contact their local USDA Service Centers for more information.

Chester robotics club welcomes new members

CHESTER -- The 4-H Robotics Chester Cyber Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Market Building, 116 Columbia St.

The club is open to children ages 9 to 14; new members are being accepted. Participants will learn about robotics and may train for competition this fall. The club leader is Janet Wheeler.

For details, call (803) 385-6181, ext. 114.