News In Brief - October 26, 2007

McKinney coming to Fort Mill

Former U.S. Rep Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., will be the featured speaker at a Nov. 1 event sponsored by Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fort Mill.

McKinney, who lost her seat in the 2006 election, left the Democratic Party and is now a member of the Green Party. She is exploring running for president on the Green ticket in 2008.

York County Green Party officials say McKinney's visit is intended to generate support for the party as well as for Bryan Smith, who is running for a Fort Mill Town Council seat.

An outspoken critic of the Bush administration and the U.S.-led war on terror, McKinney has been linked with controversy in recent years. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she floated a conspiracy theory that alleged warnings were ignored by U.S. officials looking for a reason to go to war. She also had a well-publicized scuffle with a police officer when she tried to enter a U.S. House office building without the proper identification.

In her last days in office, McKinney introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush that received little support. The talk is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1003 Steele St. For more information, call 984-5414.

-- Fort Mill Times

New way to get money to inmates installed

The York County Sheriff's Office has a new way for people to get money to inmates at the county detention center.

Officials have installed an ATM-style device that can receive money from families and friends of inmates, according to a press release issued this week from York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant.

The machine is located in the detention center front lobby. It takes credit cards and cash, with deposited money credited directly to inmate accounts, the release notes. Transaction fees are the depositor's responsibility, the release states.

Previously, people mailed Western Union or U.S. Postal Service money orders that were credited to inmates' account by detention center mail clerks, a detention center official said. Now, the ATM takes mail clerks and others out of the equation and helps officials save time and expenses.

Emmett Scott High School class of 1963 to meet

The Emmett Scott High School class of 1963 will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Temple on Crawford Road in Rock Hill. All classmates are asked to attend. For details, call Carol Perry, 980-1513 or Celia Hardy, 329-1558.

Fundraiser set to help with medical bills

A benefit barbecue for B.J. Potts is scheduled for today and Saturday at Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department, located on S.C. 324 just off S.C. 322.

The benefit is co-sponsored by the fire department and New Hope United Methodist Church. All proceeds will go toward medical bills.

Barbecue plates are $7; barbecue is $7 per pound. The event runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. For more information call 328-0779.

Ball set for Saturday

Menzel Temple will host its annual Potentates Ball beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Hill Armory on Museum Road.

Semiformal to formal attire is required. The cost is $30. For tickets or more details, call Noble Cedrick Tidwell at 448-1773.