News In Brief - August 22, 2008

York County sheriff gets award

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., presented his South Carolina on the Move award to York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant, according to a press release issued earlier this week by the Sheriff's Office.

"It's a honor to be selected for this award by Sen. DeMint, who has been very supportive of law enforcement during his tenure," Bryant said about the award, which was presented last week during a luncheon at the York County Law Enforcement Training Center.

The award recognizes Bryant's efforts with immigration and homeland security. It also applauds Bryant's efforts to initiate a federal immigration program, geared to identifying and taking action against illegal immigrants after their arrest, he said.

Water restrictions still in effect

Water customers in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie and York are required to observe the following restrictions regarding their daily water use, according to guidelines put in place last week by the city of Rock Hill, the area's main water provider.

• Irrigation systems and sprinklers may be used only twice a week between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays.

• Hand watering is allowed any day of the week during the morning and evening hours. Runoff is prohibited.

• Washing cars, outdoor buildings and pressure washing is prohibited. Customers may use commercial car washes that recycle water.

• Lake Wylie residents also are asked to curtail pumping water from the lake for irrigation, Duke officials announced last week.

Violations of the water restrictions may result in a written warning or fine.

To report violations or for more information, call Rock Hill's water hotline at (803) 326-2450.

Rock Hill officials report seeing a dip in usage after passing mandatory rules last week.

Rock Hill's water usage has fallen by about 9 percent. The city has not imposed fines on any residents yet.

-- The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report