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News from the past week in York County that you might have missed:

Clover antsy over Ford dealership rubble

CLOVER -- The charred remains of Clover's landmark Ford dealership sit in a pile of rubble as business owners and town leaders grow impatient with the site.

The dealership at 124 Kings Mountain St. was destroyed in an early morning fire in February.

Investigations by county fire officials pointed to a faulty furnace above the dealership. They gave the dealership the OK to bulldoze the remains, but dealership officials say they're still waiting on money from the insurance company.

The five-month cleanup delay is in violation of town regulations that require removal of dilapidated structures within 30 to 90 days, said Town Administrator Allison Harvey.

Harvey said the town is giving the Dickersons some slack by not issuing a notice of violation.

"We're trying to extend every courtesy we can," Harvey said. "They've always been a good business friend to the community."

-- Enquirer-Herald

Twins earn top Girl Scout award for burn project

YORK -- In her last year as a girl scout, Katherine Podmore planned to collect 200 books for burn patients and their families as part of her final project.

Two months later, she had 1,000 books and 140 videos to take to the UNC Chapel Hill Burn Center.

She hauled the books up in her mom's full-size van. Also in the van were 40 fleece blankets, some handmade, collected by her twin sister Elizabeth.

The sisters earned their Gold Award -- similar to a Boy Scout's Eagle honors -- with the project. The award is given to scouts who complete a 50-hour community service project approved by the council.

The Podmore sisters chose the burn center after their scout leader's father, former Sharon mightor Dennis Settlemyre, was severely injured in an accident at work more than a year ago.

-- Enquirer-Herald

Tega Cay city council race heats up

TEGA CAY -- The number of candidates for two City Council seats expiring this year continues to grow.

Though the official registration period is still a month away, resident Ron Kazel threw the fourth hat into the ring last week for two City Council seats up for grabs Nov. 6.

Incumbents Ron Kirby and Larry Harper announced in March that they would seek re-election, while city finance committee chairwoman Hope McBride also has said she intends to run.

This is the first time since York County took over Tega Cay elections that city voters will select council members in the fall. Tega Cay's elections used to be held in June and winners sworn in July 4.

Kazel, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a council seat after living in Tega Cay less than four months, currently serves with the city's community relations committee and finance committee. He also is a member and director with the Tega Cay Lions Club, chairing its scholarship committee.

McBride, known for her opposition several years ago to the Wal-Mart supercenter at Stonecrest, also served as president of the Tega Cay Lioness Club along with her work on the finance committee. In April, McBride's work with the city's finances earned her Volunteer of the Month honors.

Candidate filings begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, and close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

-- Lake Wylie Pilot

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