News In Brief - August 9, 2007

Heat wave assistance effort gets help

Area residents donated 90 fans and pledged close to $900 Wednesday to Feed the Hungry Ministries, a group spreading relief to Rock Hill residents without air conditioning during this week's heat wave.

The Rev. Ronal King said churches and individuals helped collect and distribute the fans Wednesday morning. He thanked supporters for their help and reminded others he still has a list of people asking for help.

"The elderly, homebound and mothers with young children were helped today," he said. "Everyone else will have to wait until we get more fans."

Carolina Community Action also helps relieve individuals suffering from the heat with air conditioners and power bill assistance. The agency is accepting donations all week.

To donate or to get information on assistance programs, call King at 417-3881 or CCA at 366-5537 in York County, (803) 385-5205 in Chester County and (803) 285-2034 in Lancaster County.

City won't cut off power during high heat

Due to Wednesday's dangerously high temperatures, the city of Rock Hill didn't cut off electricity to customers late in paying their utility bills.

The city suspended cutoffs in accordance with a new policy that takes effect when temperatures are forecast higher than 99 degrees.

Two years ago, the city faced criticism for not delaying cutoffs during a similar period of high heat. Local aid agencies voiced fears that elderly people and shut-ins would be left without air conditioning. At the time, city leaders said their policies did not take weather into account.

But the approach has since been changed to include what City Manager Carey Smith called "common sense and judgment."

With highs of at least 100 degrees expected today and Friday, the policy should stay in effect through next week. Rock Hill averages about 60 cutoffs per week.

State of the Community breakfast Friday

FORT MILL -- A Fort Mill State of the Community breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St.

Speakers will be York County Council Chairman Buddy Motz, Fort Mill Mayor Charles Powers, Fort Mill school board Chairwoman Martha Kinard and York County Manager Jim Baker.

The breakfast is sponsored by Piedmont Medical Center, South Carolina Bank & Trust of the Piedmont, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Comporium Communications, York County government, Springs Insurance, the Fort Mill Times and the Fort Mill Area council of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Cost, which includes breakfast, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Trudie Heemsoth at 547-5900 or theemsoth@yorkcountychamber.com.

Barbecue to benefit local veterans

The Rock Hill Vietnam Combat group is holding a picnic and barbecue fundraiser on Saturday to benefit disabled veterans.

The public is invited to the all-day event, featuring food, live music, horseshoe and fishing tournaments and a casual softball game.

Chester's Lori Fairfax Tinsley is scheduled to be among the singers. Her son, Army Spc. Logan Tinsley, was killed in Iraq on Dec. 26 when his Humvee overturned.

The festivities start at 9 a.m. at Chester State Park on S.C. 72/121 just south of Chester.

Lunch will be served between noon and 1:30 p.m. Covered dishes and desserts are requested. Participants who want to camp overnight are asked to make reservations by calling 1-866-345-7275.

To volunteer at the event, contact Rocky Shaw at 581-8765.

New phone books out this month

York County's 2007-2008 telephone directory will be delivered to homes and businesses during the last two weeks of the month.

This year marks the second time that Glencairn Garden has been chosen for the front cover, 37 years after its first appearance. The book is produced by Comporium Communications.

Glencairn was the gift and vision of David and Hazel Bigger, whose love of azaleas began in 1926 and grew to nearly 400 plants by 1940. In 1958, Dr. Bigger's widow deeded the Charlotte Avenue park to the city.

Local parks supporters are now raising money to beautify and expand Glencairn over the next several years.

The weight and size of the book are roughly the same, and the layout has not changed much since last year.

Nearly 111,000 books will be distributed in the Rock Hill and York areas, while 29,000 Fort Mill books will be delivered to that community, said Comporium Vice President Glenn McFadden.