News In Brief - October 12, 2007

Chester County under Stage 3 drought

Many Chester County residents will be under stricter water restrictions today, according to a Thursday news release from the local water district.

Beginning at 5 a.m., Chester Metropolitan District customers will be required to conserve more water because of worsening drought conditions. Like most other area communities, the district has declared a Stage 3 drought.

This means sprinklers, irrigation systems and other landscape watering devices are limited to one day a week. Odd-numbered addresses can water between 9 p.m. Saturdays and 5 a.m. Sundays. Even-numbered addresses can water between 9 p.m. Sundays and 5 a.m. Mondays.

However, the district's customers are encouraged to turn off their irrigation systems and sprinklers. There are no variances for irrigation systems under Stage 3 drought rules.

Residents may water landscaping by hand anytime. Washing cars, parking lots, pavement and outdoor structures is prohibited. Residents should use commercial car washes that use recycled water.

For information on Stage 3 drought or the district's drought response plan, visit the Web site www.cmdcsd.com.

Arts initiative gets $30,000 grant

The Dalton Downtown Arts Initiative just got a $30,000 boost.

Winthrop University's College of Visual and Performing Arts was awarded a $15,000 South Carolina Arts Commission grant to put toward the initiative. Winthrop plans to match 100 percent of the grant.

The initiative involves Clinton Junior College and Rock Hill downtown arts providers. Its purpose is to diversify participation in the arts downtown.

The funding will be used for visiting artists' stipends, marketing, receptions, community art events and to develop a community advisory group.

Meeting set for Emmett Scott class of '69

The Emmett Scott High School class of 1969 will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill.

Classmates will elect officers and plan for their 40-year reunion. For details, call Betty Ingram Gordon at 328-2283 after 5 p.m., or Addie Barber Clyburn at 817-7574 or e-mail her at abclyburn50@aol.com.