News In Brief - March 29, 2008

Come-See-Me Frog Float set for April 26

The Come-See-Me annual frog float, set for April 26 at Manchester Meadows lake pavilion, will raise money for the Dalton Help Foundation and the Rock Hill Parks Foundation, organizers announced Friday.

At the 10 a.m. family event, participants will place rubber frogs in the water to float to the finish line. The winning frogs will win prizes for the owners.

Frogs can be purchased for $5 each during business hours at City Hall collections counter, Rock Hill Galleria Mall office, Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex and during the following events: Jewel of the Carolinas spring market at the Baxter Hood Center, Dalton Help Foundation 3rd annual golf tournament at Pinetuck Golf Course and Come-See-Me's Moonlight Jazz, Beach Bash and Gourmet Gardens.

Race winners will receive prizes, including a $1,000 shopping spree at the Rock Hill Galleria, hotel stays in uptown Charlotte, passes to local attractions, gift certificates, gift baskets, an iPod and more.

Proceeds benefit the Dalton Help Foundation, which promotes autism awareness and provides financial support to the York County autism community and the Rock Hill Parks Foundation, which enhances Rock Hill through parks, recreation and tourism.

Winthrop to host self-discovery workshop

A self-discovery workshop sponsored by the Women's Studies Porgram and University College will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Winthrop University Withers/WTS building. The workshop, Celebrating Ones's Self, Journey to the Core, is a series of interactive discussions leading participants on the path to self-discovery. Registration fee is $10.

Man charged with sexual assault, kidnapping

A 40-year-old Rock Hill man faces charges after police say he kicked a female acquaintance in the stomach and sexually assaulted her.

Authorities have charged Timothy Wayne Austin of 2251 Eden Terrace, Apt. 204, with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping/abduction and criminal domestic violence, Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department said.

The charges against Austin stem from an incident that happened at his apartment around 9 p.m. Thursday. The 39-year-old victim told police that Austin choked her and kicked her in the right side and stomach after a verbal confrontation turned physical, according to a police report.

The woman also told police that Austin for 45 minutes prevented her from leaving his house, where he forced her onto a bed in the master bedroom and sexually assaulted her, the report notes. The report also notes Austin tried to prevent the woman from leaving the apartment before she successfully fled on foot.

Austin later turned himself into Rock Hill police. He remained in custody Friday at the Rock Hill city jail.

Create Carolina Festival starts May 19 at Winthrop

The second annual Create Carolina Arts Festival will be held May 19 through June 7 at Winthrop University.

The festival will focus on politics and will showcase independent films.

Inspired by the current political climate, Create Carolina participants will write and produce a theater piece about the untold story of Victoria Woodhull and Frederick Douglass, who ran for president and vice president in the 1800s. Festival writer-in-residence Jonathan Davidson will collaborate with Winthrop students to create a multimedia theater production that examines the parallels between the political processes of the late 1800s and now.

The project will be shown May 30-31 and June 7.

Other independent films also will be screened during the festival.

For more information and for a complete schedule, visit www.createcarolina.com.