News In Brief - August 28, 2007

Deadline approaching for write-in candidacies

The deadline is approaching for office-seekers to declare themselves as write-in candidates in the Rock Hill and Sharon elections.

If only one person files for an office, that person will be automatically declared the winner, based on a recent change in state law. If a write-in candidate declares, however, the contest will appear on the ballot.

Anyone wishing to declare as a write-in candidate for Rock Hill City Council in Ward 1 or Ward 3 must do so by Friday at 5 p.m. Susie Hinton is the only declared candidate for Ward 1, formerly represented by the late Winston Searles. In Ward 3, incumbent Kevin Sutton is the only declared candidate.

The Ward 2 race will appear on the ballot because Rodney Deason, manager of Emerson's nightclub, has filed to run against incumbent Kathy Pender.

Aspiring write-in candidates for mayor or council for the town of Sharon must register by Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. Declarations should be made in writing to the York County elections office in York. If you have questions, call 684-1242.

Public can have say on S.C. 557 widening

CLOVER -- York County officials want to hear what residents think about a proposal to widen a section of S.C. 557 to three lanes.

The 2.1-mile section would run from the intersection with Kingsbury Road to just west of S.C. 49.

Most of the project will follow the existing alignment, but a number of alternatives will be presented for the roadway between Crowders Creek and Oakridge Road to improve the existing horizontal and vertical curvature.

The meeting will be Thursday in the cafeteria of the Crowders Creek School, 5515 Charlotte Highway. The meeting will be conducted as an informal "open house" workshop, and people can stop by between 5 and 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation.

At the meeting, residents can see the conceptual design plans for the construction project and talk with representatives from York County about the designs, schedules and other project issues. Verbal and written comments will be accepted at the meeting, or mail comments to Myron George, York County's program manager with Capital Management & Engineering, at P.O. Box 37688, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

For more information about this project, call 980-2263.

Tribal youth programs awarded three grants

The Catawba Cultural Preservation Project recently was awarded three grants totaling $346,000 to help pay for a tourism initiative, further enhance the youth cultural immersion program and create a youth alcohol and substance abuse prevention program.

The grant money was funded by the S.C. General Assembly through its competitive grants program.

• $39,000 will be used for development of an interpretive trail and outdoor amphitheater. The trail and amphitheater are designed to attract tourism.

• $202,000 will be used to continue and expand the Catawba Cultural Youth Immersion Program for 2007-2008. The program is designed to instill pride and cultural values in pre-school- through high school-age children.

• $105,000 will fund a youth alcohol and substance abuse prevention program for all school-age children on the reservation.