News In Brief - July 31, 2007

N.C. Guard unit collecting donations for family

A North Carolina Army National Guard unit is collecting donations for the Rock Hill family displaced by a Sunday afternoon fire.

The home of the Keeling family of 611 Rose St. suffered $75,000 in damages. Spc. Bobby Keeling, a member of the 1132nd unit from Mooresville, N.C., is deployed to Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Keeling's wife and children were home at the time of the fire but were not injured.

To donate to the family through the American Red Cross, call (803) 329-6575. To donate through the National Guard's Mooresville armory, call (704) 664-5991.

Realtors group supports longer Dave Lyle

The local Realtors' association has joined a chorus of other business groups in endorsing a proposal to extend Dave Lyle Boulevard into Lancaster County.

A longer Dave Lyle would relieve congestion by forming a southern outer beltway for the Charlotte region, said the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors in announcing its support. The group represents more than 840 real estate agents from York, Lancaster and Chester counties.

The $120 million extension plan was revived this summer after originally being conceived in the late 1980s. It has already won the support of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

However, the project faces an uncertain future because a majority of York County Council members have said they are opposed to it. Supporters believe the proposal needs the backing of local governments to convince the state to commit money.

Palmetto Room opens downtown

Rock Hill's newest ballroom made its debut this month in the renovated McCrory's building downtown.

The local Realtors association unveiled the Palmetto Room, located in the space behind the Old Town Bistro on Main Street. A reception was held last week.

The ballroom will be used for corporate meetings, weddings and other functions. It is believed to be the second-biggest meeting space in Rock Hill, behind the Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College.