York County Roundup

FORT MILL -- Old habits might be hard to break, but some Hardee's customers might not have a choice.

A private driveway used for decades as a shortcut to avoid busy Tom Hall Street may no longer be available, pending a judge's ruling.

For as many as 30 years, restaurant employees, patrons and delivery trucks have used the partially paved alley behind Hardee's and Bank of America. But when developer Kent Olson bought the property last spring from Bank of America, he informed Hardee's he planned to block the restaurant's access to the private drive.

Attorneys for Olson and Hardee's spent the last year discussing possible solutions but could not reach an agreement, which prompted Hardee's lawyer Kip Darwin to file a lawsuit to stop Olson from cutting off the restaurant's access, according to documents filed in the case. Darwin declined to comment on the pending litigation, which is awaiting a decision from York County Master in Equity Judge Jack Kimball.

The Hardee's suit asks Kimball to give Hardee's ownership of the alley property or at least grant the restaurant continued use of the alley. In addition to the filings, Darwin submitted several affidavits -- some from Hardee's executives, one from a person employed at the restaurant in 1980, and one from a longtime restaurant employee -- to make his case for the use of the alley.

-- Fort Mill Times, www.fortmilltimes.com

Clover schools break ground on 6th elementary

CLOVER -- School district leaders on Monday celebrated the groundbreaking of a new elementary school that will change the way grades are split up in the Clover school district.

The new elementary school, located on U.S. 321, will fit 750 students into a space that's about 11,000 square-feet larger than any other elementary school in Clover.

With the extra space, fifth-graders will move back to the elementary level, and sixth-through eighth-graders will occupy a middle school that's also under construction on Oakridge Road.

Both schools, which are expected to open in the fall 2009, are part of a 2006 $58.5 million bond referendum.

Just over $20 million will be spent on constructing the elementary school, which will include practice fields for soccer and baseball and a traffic lane for parents to pick up and drop off students. An eco-friendly design also will be part of the package, including energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and appropriate insulation.

The new site, yet to be named, is Clover's sixth elementary school.

-- Enquirer-Herald, www.enquirerherald.com

Lake Wylie club gives $2,500 to EMS squad

LAKE WYLIE -- K.C. Meade proved he was the biggest loser after a group of five Lake Wylie Liars Club members decided to lose weight for a good cause.

Meade, Jim Olson, Rocky Miller, Bill Markolf and Vince Mugavero began their charity weight-loss competition three months ago. All five participants ponied up $500, with half of the $2,500 collected going to the winner and the other half going to River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS. The weigh-in was Saturday, and Meade easily cleared the field with a whopping 51.5-pound loss. Coming in second was Mugavero, who lost 28 pounds.

More impressive than the weight loss, though, was after the competition Meade wrote a check for the entire $2,500 competition total to the emergency squad.

"I wanted to win it to send it to them," Meade said. "That's a good group of people. We've had a couple of friends, and if it weren't for them, they wouldn't be alive."

-- Lake Wylie Pilot, www.lakewyliepilot.com