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

Clover wants input on downtown sidewalks

CLOVER -- Broken and uneven sidewalks along Clover's downtown section of S.C. 55 could soon be fixed. But first, Clover leaders want residents' input.

A drop-in public meeting will be from 5 to 6 tonight at the Clover school district building for residents to voice their views about how best to fix the street with grant money the town received from the S.C. Department of Transportation.

The section of road runs from Church Street to near town hall.

The total cost of the project is $242,679. The DOT is paying for $194,143, and the town is paying for the remainder, as well as the $32,590 for engineering and surveying fees.

The money will be used to build pedestrian-friendly sidewalks with brick pavers and trees. A committee was formed to look into how to best update the stretch of street and to choose the engineering company for the project.

The committee is made up of beautification committee members, planning commission members and businesses that are located on the street, said Allison Harvey, town administrator.

-- Enquirer-Herald

More voting precincts proposed for Fort Mill area

FORT MILL -- Six new voting precincts may be on the way for the Fort Mill Township.

Growth west of Interstate 77 is driving the need for more precincts, said Wanda Hemphill, director of the York County Voter Registration and Elections Office. Her office is working on a plan to redraw the lines of Tega Cay Precincts 1 and 2 and Fort Mill Precinct 6 to carve out six new precincts. The new polling places will bring the total in the township from 11 to 17.

Hemphill stressed the plan is still a work in progress. Before the new precincts are created, the plan will have to pass the S.C. General Assembly, then be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. The General Assembly finished its 2007 legislative session earlier this summer and will not reconvene until January, so there is no chance the new lines will affect elections for the Fort Mill and Tega Cay city councils this fall, she said.

It's doubtful the lines will be in place, either, for the presidential primaries in January and February or for the proposed Fort Mill School Board referendum likely to be held next March because once the General Assembly approves the plan, the Justice Department has 60 days to review it, Hemphill said.

-- Fort Mill Times

New infestation of hydrilla sighted on Lake Wylie

LAKE WYLIE -- There's a new infestation of the nuisance weed on Lake Wylie.

A recent sighting of hydrilla near the mouth of the South Fork River in Cramerton, N.C., is raising concern because it will be several months until a fish-stocking plan to control the weed can be introduced in Lake Wylie.

The initial hydrilla problem in Lake Wylie was reported at the end of last year. Until now, the infestation has been confined to the Interstate 85 bridge area on the Catawba River. Lake authorities believe the new spotting represents a new growth of the plant.

Hydrilla, a non-native invasive species originally found in subtropical Africa or South America, can grow up to a foot a day. Sometimes called the kudzu of the water, hydrilla often spreads similarly to dandelions -- with fragile stems and leaves dispersing quickly with touch, current or other pressure to form new plants. If left untreated, hydrilla can overtake water bodies and render lakes useless for recreation or even withdrawing water. Duke Energy is treating patches with water-safe pesticides.

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission, along with Duke, is planning to treat the seven-acre I-85 spot with as many as 1,000 sterile Asian grass carp in the spring. The carp help control the water weed but won't eliminate it.

-- Lake Wylie Pilot

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