News In Brief - August 4, 2007

Chester Co. authorities rescue woman after fall

LANDO -- Chester County fire and emergency workers rescued a woman this week after she fell through the beams of a Lando train trestle, authorities said.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, several people were walking along the steel beams of the trestle off Reservoir Road on the old Manetta Mills site, said Eddie Murphy, the county's emergency management director.

The woman fell about 15 feet into the water, and her brother jumped in after her, Murphy said. The woman's brother kept her head above water until fire and emergency crews arrived.

Firefighters brought in ropes and a rescue basket to get the woman out of the water and into an ambulance, Murphy said.

The woman suffered a head injury but suffered no life-threatening injuries, Murphy said. She was treated and released from Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

Murphy said authorities have had problems with people visiting the old mill site, which is now private property.

Lake Pointe Academy names new principal

LAKE WYLIE -- Louis Lemmon has been named school pastor and principal of Lake Pointe Academy at 3168 Hands Mill Highway.

Lemmon will oversee school operations for grades one through 12. He replaces Lori Mace, who will remain on the board.

Lemmon has a master's in Educational Ministries from Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions in Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia.

He has lived in the Clover/Lake Wylie area for 12 years. He and his wife, Dr. Jennie Lemmon, have three children.

An information meeting will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at the school.

In May, the school completed its second year with 111 full- and part-time students.

Secondary grades meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while grades one through six meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information is available at school's Web site, www.lakepointeacademy.com, via e-mail at info@lakepointeacademy.com or by phone at (803) 631-5253.

Pender files for re-election

Kathy Pender made it official on Friday, registering as a candidate for re-election to the Rock Hill City Council. The filing period opened last month, and the election is Oct. 16.

Pender, who serves as mayor pro tem, faces no opposition for the Ward 2 seat she has held since 2003. She was formerly chairwoman of the Rock Hill school board.

Earlier this week, Councilman Kevin Sutton filed for re-election to his Ward 3 seat. Susie Hinton has filed to run for the Ward 1 seat being vacated by the retiring Winston Searles. Pender, Sutton and Hinton are unopposed.

Candidates may file to run until 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at the York County Registration and Elections Commission, 13 S. Congress St., York.

Candidates must be registered to vote and live in the appropriate ward for at least 30 days prior to the election. The filing fee is $160. For information, call the elections office at 684-1242.