News In Brief - October 10, 2007

Nation Ford band earns victory at competition

The Nation Ford High School marching band won its first competition Saturday at Providence High School in Charlotte.

Nation Ford High opened this year in Fort Mill.

The group won the overall competition as well as first place in percussion, drum major and music. The color guard earned second place, the school announced. Nation Ford is a class AAA school.

Tickets available for Giuliani event

Tickets are still available for Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani's dinner event on Thursday night in Rock Hill.

Giuliani will speak at 7 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, off India Hook Road and north of Celanese Road, during a fundraiser for the York County Republican Party. The cost is $50 per person and $150 per couple. A buffet dinner is included. Tickets will be sold at the door, but organizers encourage advance reservations because seating is limited.

For tickets and information, call Joe St. John at 371-0083 or York County Republican Party Chairman Glenn McCall at 327-0560.

York Tech earns education distinction

York Technical College's Early Care and Education associate degree program recently won accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The designation recognizes schools that meet the highest standards for teacher preparation. It also provides standards so that associate degree programs can be measured the same way from school to school.

"The accreditation status validates the quality of our associate degree program and that the instruction delivered to our students is aligned with the NAEYC standards for excellence," said Linda Weaver-Griggs, York Tech's associate dean for public service.

"Our graduates enter the field of early care and education as professionals, fully equipped to meet the needs of the children and their families in our community."

Public invited to Rock Hill Utilities reception

The city of Rock Hill's Utilities Department will host a customer appreciation day today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Customers are invited for refreshments, giveaways and a chance to win prizes. City staffers will greet customers and provide information about utility services.

The event is being held in place of the Operations Center Open House, which is held every other year. The reception will be in the Customer Service Collections Counter lobby.