Updike files for County Council seat
Jeff Updike isn't pleased with some of the recent decisions by the York County Council, and this week the former county councilman said he's ready to make a comeback.
Updike, a Tega Cay Republican, has filed for the District 1 council seat, covering the Fort Mill and Tega Cay areas. After losing a bid for a second term in 2006, the executive director of Nation Ford Land Trust said he would have voted against the rezoning of a residential parcel on S.C. 160 to commercial. He also said he disagrees with the council's handling of the Firetower and Porter roads intersection project and would like to see the county's waste management controversy resolved.
"I'm very much invested in this community. My family has been here for 28 years, and I'm not sure I like what's going on with the County Council," he said. "It's a bit disturbing."
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After being elected in 2005, Updike lost a primary race to Paul Lindemann in June 2006. Lindemann has not yet filed for re-election. Filing ends at noon March 30.
Native American Studies program lands grant
The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the University of South Carolina Lancaster's Native American Studies program to expand its Catawba Indian pottery collection and programs.
The money will be used to acquire pottery, expand exhibit areas and develop informational programs.
The Native American Studies program offers courses, seminars, workshops and exhibits portraying the history and culture of the Catawba Indians and other Native American communities in South Carolina.
The university will have a Native American Studies week April 21 through 25 and a "Day of the Catawba" festival in November. Portions of the pottery collection will be on exhibition at the campus in the fall to honor the work of Catawba potter and National Heritage Fellow, the late Georgia Harris. The exhibition is sponsored in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Men arrested on drug charges
Two York men face charges after they were arrested during a drug investigation.
Officers with the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit were conducting a narcotics investigation in the Hall Street area of York at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Officers found Jomar Antavis Robinson, 26, with drugs and a gun and charged him with possession with intent to distribute crack, possession with intent to distribute crack in proximity to a park, resisting arrest, unlawfully carrying a pistol and possession of marijuana, according to a police report.
Officers also charged Laquaris Diltorri Patton, 22, with possession with intent to distribute crack and possession with intent to distribute crack in proximity to a park, according to the report.
Both men were being held in the York County Detention Center on Friday. Robinson's bond was set at $19,550. Patton's bond was set at $10,000.
Sheriff's deputies to train at Clover High over break
York County sheriff's deputies will be training at Clover High School next week while students are away for spring break.
About 30 officers will meet there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to practice for intruders and other operations. Most of the activity will be in the 500 wing, but they might use other parts of the school throughout the week.
"We don't want people to become alarmed if they see this is happening and think the high school is under siege," district spokesman Greg Reid said.
Flower-shop rapist sentenced to life
CHARLESTON -- Prosecutors say a flower shop owner who raped a woman who stopped at his store to get a corsage for her son's prom has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports Tommy Mack has been convicted of attacking three other women since 1979.
The woman testified this week that Mack gagged and beat her, then left her locked in a closet in an apartment above the shop.
The woman says she broke through the store's front window while Mack was away to escape last April.
She has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Mack and his ex-wife, who was a co-owner of the shop.