News In Brief - October 8, 2008

CATS adds later bus to Charlotte

Passengers who ride the bus to Charlotte now have another morning option.

The Charlotte Area Transit System, or CATS, added another morning departure time this week to the 82X commuter bus service between Rock Hill and Charlotte. This represents the fourth morning trip daily between the two cities.

The new trip will be the last morning run, departing from downtown Rock Hill at 7:15 a.m., with stops at Manchester Village, Baxter Village and Carowinds on the way to uptown Charlotte.

The 82X route began operating in 2001 as an express bus service making stops at major hubs.

For information, call city of Rock Hill transportation planner Frances Thomas at 329-7087.

Candidates forum planned in York

YORK -- The Greater York Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Cotton Belt Elementary School.

The moderator is chamber member James Bradford of Bradford & Bradford law firm.

The forum will include candidates running for office in state House District 49, state House District 29 and York County Council District 3. After brief opening statements, candidates will answer questions from the audience. Each session will last 40 minutes.

Democrat John King and Republican Marvin Rogers will speak first as District 49 candidates.

Candidates for District 29, Democratic incumbent Dennis Moss and Republican Danny Stacy, will speak second.

Candidates for District 3 York County Council, Republican incumbent Joe Cox and Democrat Eddie Lee, will speak last.

Voters are invited to e-mail questions to the chamber at info@greateryorkchamber.com.

Candidates plan campaign events

York County Republicans will host a candidates rally Oct. 15 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek. Supporters can talk with candidates at 6 p.m., with a program scheduled to start at 6:30.

Among the candidates slated to attend are U.S. House challenger Albert Spencer, state Senate candidates Mark Bennett and Mick Mulvaney, state House candidates Marvin Rogers and Deborah Long, state House incumbent Gary Simrill, Solicitor Kevin Brackett, Coroner Sabrina Gast and County Council candidates Paul Lindemann, Joe Cox, Rick Lee and Tom Hardin.

The day before the rally, Hardin will host a meet-and-greet event at 6:30 p.m. at the Kessinger home, 524 Joslin Pointe Lane, Rock Hill.

For information, call the party's campaign headquarters at 817-1702.

Rock Hill forum to focus on gang awareness

A community meeting will be held Thursday night to talk about an anti-gang initiative new to Rock Hill call "Gang Out."

October is Gang Awareness Month is South Carolina. The meeting is for anyone concerned about gangs in Rock Hill and will be held by A.V. Strong, a former gang member in the Columbia area whose organization, A Better Way, conducts workshops on gang identification and awareness.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at TLC Ministries, 641 Annafrel St. For information, call 324-1594.

-- Staff reports